It’s that time of year again when the wild, weird and wonderful world of the Eurovision Song Contest comes back to our screens. For many, the annual song competition is a guilty pleasure and this 63rd edition is sure to be as magical and entertaining as ever. This year’s event will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, at the Altice Arena. If you’re a Eurovision fan and managed to snag some tickets, Lisbon could be an ideal holiday adventure! At The Insurance Emporium, we want to help you on your escapades, that’s why we put together this guide to Eurovision 2018’s host city!
Brush up on your ‘Bucks Fizz’-tory
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and there are plenty of options for any history buffs heading to Eurovision. One of the most famous structures to see is Belém Tower, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was completed in 1519 in order to help guard the mouth of the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon from invasion. Another historical must-see could be the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, a historical wonder which dates back as far as the 12th century. Its architecture includes elements of Mannerism and Baroque stylings amongst others and charts much of the history of this city, making it something that could be well worth seeing!
Good ‘Lordi’, that’s good seafood!
With its Mediterranean, coastal location, Lisbon is well-known for producing some amazing seafood dishes. One of the region’s most famous culinary delights to check out could be Bacalhau. This dates back at least 500 years and comprises of dried and salted cod. If you’re in Lisbon for Eurovision and want to keep your energy levels up before the big night, there is a bounty of different seafood options fresh from the Atlantic available. Whether it’s sardines straight from the grill, fried cuttlefish or prawns so good that you might end up ‘shellfishly’ scoffing them down! Lisbon could be a culinary paradise for foodies! If you’re looking for more than shellfish, the Bairro Alto district houses the Príncipe do Calhariz restaurant, a mecca for meat eaters with their traditional Portugese menu!
Head to the beach for some ‘Katrina and the Waves’
The average high temperature in Lisbon in May is around 22°C! As the sun shines on the city for roughly 290 days of the year, you might find yourself wanting to head to the beach and do some sun-worshipping or take a cool dip in the sea. The beach town of Cascais is a short train ride away and was once the preferred holiday destination for Portugal’s royal family. There are plenty of other beaches to choose from within easy reach of Lisbon, meaning that you could easily combine your Eurovision experience with a tan top-up! Visit Lisboa has a useful guide to some of the beaches in the region.
‘Abba’ good look round the museums!
As Lisbon is such a historic city, it might come as no surprise to learn that there are various museums to visit whilst you’re in town. The National Ancient Art Museum houses over 40,000 items and could be the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Portuguese culture, with many of its works classified as ‘national treasures’. If you like something a little different from your museums, the National Coach Museum might be the place to go! It houses a large collection of historical carriages and is one of Lisbon’s most visited museums. From the travelling coach of King Philip II of Portugal to the ceremonial coach of Pope Clement XI, there are plenty of carriages to see!
Whether you’re attending the Eurovision Song Contest or just fancy exploring Lisbon, there is plenty to see in the Portuguese capital. Before you head on an adventure to discover the magic of Lisbon, you may want to consider purchasing some Travel Insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, we have three Travel Insurance* policy types to choose from and include standard benefits such as Personal Accident cover up to £75,000^. Take a trip to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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