Portugal is a haven of contemporary history in Europe, a city you can visit calmly, enjoying the numerous nooks and the legacy of a country that lived its golden age in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.
It is worth visiting the city of Lisbon, in which to remember how the Portuguese empire left its mark in the popular "Age of Discovery", when empires were measured for their naval fleet and the great deeds of their prompt and tireless conquerors. An era marked by the development of all naval coastal cities of Europe and economic progress of the trade routes between the old and the new continent. In Lisbon there are many castles, forts and monuments that recall the glory of the past.
The construction of Jeronimos Monastery was begun under the direction of Dom Manuel I in 1502. This monastery is one of the most striking and authentic monuments of the city and it was the residence of the monks of the Order of St. Jerome. In the cloister we find the different rooms that gave life to a historical moment in Portugal, the monks' dining room, a great room in contemporary style and very well preserved. In the sunny cloister the architectural elements of the time mix with the courts in which you can enjoy the good weather of Lisboa. This monastery has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is a legacy the Portuguese feel especially proud of.
Another monument to visit is San Jorge’s Castle, which is located on the highest hill of Lisbon and from its viewpoint you can enjoy the best views of the entire city. Its oldest parts date back to the sixth century and passed through the hands of the Romans, Visigoths and Moors. After the conquest of the citadel by the first king of Portugal in 1147, Afonso Henriques, the castle was transformed into a royal residence until 1580. Currently is a large reserve of Portuguese history and it is a recommended visit in the city.
The location of the city makes it a perfect place to enjoy the views from its many viewpoints, for example with tram line 28 you can reach Mirador de Graça, in which to recreate having a coffee at sunset. Another of its viewpoints is Mirador de França, which can be reached from the subway stations Arroios and Anjos. This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the city for those who want to take a photographic souvenir of the place.
Enjoy the spring weather along most of the year in Portugal and visit this city which once was an empire.