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Lisbon – now that was famous for sailing back in the day...
I believe you are referring to the Age of Discovery, when Vasco da Gama left from the beach at Belém, Lisbon on the voyage that finally opened the sea route around the Cape of Good Hope to India in 1498.
I guess if Vasco da Gama can find India, I can probably find Lisbon?
The capital of Portugal is one of the world’s great cities, and the heart of what was perhaps the first great maritime empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. The city is tucked into a stretch of south-facing Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Tagus River. These days the empire has gone, but Lisbon is still a major economic centre with a population of about half a million in the actual city, and an urban hinterland of over three million people.
And what mischief can I get up to when I'm not in the Race Village?
Lisbon was one of the world’s most historic cities, pre-dating other modern European capitals. So if you’re a history buff there’s an impossible amount to see and you will need to book a long stay. Take the vintage tram number 28 for a great starter tour of the city centre. And don’t miss the fortified tower at Belem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lisbon isn’t just some stuffy old museum though, head to the Parque Das Nações, which was built for the International Expo Fair of 1998. It runs along the Tagus River and is a great spot to hang out with markets, bars and entertainment. And then there’s the nightclubs, the beaches and seafood restaurants. You get the drift.
It’s summer again!
Portugal means great weather. The daily average is a lovely 21C, with a drop to just 17C at night. It might rain a little, this is an Atlantic coast after all, but with a monthly average of just 16mm I wouldn’t worry too much.