The shops, the people, the public gardens and mostly the streets gain a new life when the spring time arrives to the city. Spring is here and we like it!
I believe that in every city in the world Spring turns cities merrier and with it’s life throbbing from everywhere, but in Lisbon we do have something that no other city has: a combination of factors that turns this European Capital Unique!
I’ll explain … The fact that we have many kms of beautiful white sanded beaches just besides the city center, the fact that we have the widest river estuary in Europe – the river Tagus at Lisbon area, in certain points, reaches 22 km wide – and the fact that all the city is developed on hills (allowing you to always have a view over the city and the river), makes Lisbon a unique place to witness the change of Winter into Spring.
And one more aspect makes all these aspects special – Lisbon’s White Light. Antonio Tabucchi (an Italian writer) called Lisbon “The White City”. He even wrote a novel under this title, and a film was made from it (Love the film by the way …).
More unique than any monument, any neighbourhood, any place or cafè, any pastery or delicatessen, any garden or person is Lisbon’s White Light. The sun is our major ally on diferenciating our city from the others. Lisbon (as I usually say to my foreign friends) is the only capital city in Europe, where you can live with all the commodities and all the cultural benifits of a European Capital, and at the same time have the white sunny light of far away and exotic hot beaches. Better even… you have those beaches on a 20 min ride from Lisbon center!
Want better? Imagine better situation than living on a major European Capital with wonderful beaches at you door step? And with lots of hot sun to go with it?
OK … one last metaphor: cross Rio de Janeiro beach mood with historical heritage of Rome and the nice, alternative and civilized mood of Barcelona… and you’ll have – LISBON!
Now do you understand why Spring in Lisbon is Special?