Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal’s capital. Legend has it that the city of Lisbon was founded by the mythical Ulysses. True or not, the fact is that Lisbon’s history goes back to the time of Phoenicians and Carthaginians with whom the Portuguese already traded. Dominated by Rome, invaded by North European peoples and conquered from the Arabs by the first King of Portugal in 1147, Lisbon was the “capital of the world” in 15th and 16th centuries, at the time of the Portuguese Discoveries, and possesses an extremely eventful history which put together Jews, Slaves, Arabs, French and Italian Artists, English and Dutch traders and, in the 70’s, many people from the former Portuguese colonies.
The last few years have witnessed an unusual cultural “wave” which has turned it into one of Europe’s most interesting, vibrant and (still) unknown capitals. Combining tradition and modernity, history and architecture, Fado and gastronomy, sunshine and the sea, Lisbon includes all that other capitals already have … and a little something else.