IN LISBON, UNLIKE IN OTHER European capitals, first-time visitors arrive without a lot of expectations. There’s no Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace or Sistine Chapel. That’s not to say Lisbon has no outstanding historical monuments. Of course it does. They’re just not as well-known as those iconic examples of European travel tours.
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT would be a different place if Portuguese explorers and merchants during the Age of Discovery had not made their mark around the world via the oceans, the Silk Road and the Spice Road. Lisbon became the ultimate point of origin for ships heading toward the Americas, Africa and Asia, later returning with goods, ideas and business practices that would lay the foundations for today’s global economy.