I am not a football (soccer) aficionado but when Portugal was qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-final and Ronaldo’s spell was finally broken with 2 magical goals I felt an emotion hard to describe.
This is Portugal at its best and this is why I am so passionate about this country and, in particular, about Lisbon (Lisboa). It´s Fado* (latim Fatum = destiny). And it’s the enchantment of this colorful people. One can find nearly a bit of every piece of the world in this country: desert, mountain, city, sea, hot sunny weather and snow… you name it.
The food, and forgive me for being biased, is the best (fresh fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, all the best from a Mediterranean diet with the taste to cry for more).
The best football trainer: the special one Mourinho. The best soccer player, CR7… The 1998 Nobel prize literature was awarded to José Saramago… and the list is endless! No wonder that Lisbon and its surroundings (Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, Sesimbra, Eiriceira, Mafra, Fátima, Torres Vedras, just to mention a few) is so special and it’s a favorite for worldly renowned events such as Rock-in-Rio, Volvo Ocean Race, Harley-Davidson European H.O.G. Rally, Estoril Open, Estoril Jazz Festival.
Yet, to really experience this city one also has to look out for the local cultural and entertaining activities: the Lisbon festivities (“Festas de Lisboa”)! These are the highlight for the month of June, it celebrates the 7 hills where this city was built on. It celebrates St. Antonio, the patron saint of the city and the patron saint of weddings. It celebrates the food, mainly the sardine grilled eaten with salad or bread as well as caldo-verde (a delicious soup made of kale) and grilled chouriço (chorizo, in Spanish, although the recipe is different), at the sound of live popular bands, under the stars.
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