Luz. Light. When you arrive, it’s the first thing you notice. When you leave, it’s memory will haunt you. Every time you look up a sky that isn’t Lisbon’s, you will shake your head sadly – say to yourself, “It’s just the same”. ‘Lusco Fusco’, Lisbon’s blue hour, is the best time to experience the city’s singular light in all its misty majesty. It’s that span of twilight that stretches between sunset and night. When you leave Lisbon, the light will have filled your soul. You too will be blue.

Le cool, A weird and wonderful guide to Lisbon.

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal with an estimated population of 505,526. It is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second oldest in Western Europe, predating other European capitals such as London, Paris, and Rome by centuries. It is the most occidental city in continental Europe bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, and warmed by the sun all year long. Lisbon enchants travelers with its unusual light, which reflects off the water onto white tiled streets, with buildings designed around luminosity, shade and shadow and often searching out river views. Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in the last decade, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today’s Europe.

Around Lisbon: Estoril, Cascais and Sintra


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