10 Great Reasons to Visit Portugal in 2012
Once again Lisbon and Portugal is on the top of most to do lists in 2012, and you can see bellow why
THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
The city of Guimarães was Portugal’s capital for a brief period back in the 1100s, and in 2012 it will be European Capital of Culture.
THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF YOUTH
Taking advantage of its proximity to Guimarães, the baroque city of Braga will turn into the European Capital of Youth.
EUROPE’S NEW HISTORIC CITY
All the attention on Guimarães and Braga will be beneficial to Porto, the capital city of the north of Portugal.
LISBON’S NEW ATTRACTIONS
Despite all the budget cutbacks, Lisbon will go on. The José Saramago Foundation will finally open in the landmark Casa dos Bicos after countless delays, presenting literary events and the Nobel Prize author’s library.
LISBON’S MUSIC FESTIVALS
2012 is a year of Rock in Rio-Lisboa, the festival that takes place every two years with lots of major international stars. So far Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Metallica and Bruce Springsteen have been confirmed but other big names will be announced soon and until the event which lasts for several days in late May and early June.
THE EVENTS BY THE SEA
The Lisbon coast will host major international events in 2012. The Volvo Ocean Race will pass by the Portuguese capital in June before heading back into the Atlantic towards the Portuguese island of São Miguel in the Azores, eventually reaching the Brittany coast in France. A few weeks later the Tall Ships Races will be in town (July 19th-22nd), with a fleet of major ships moored by the historic center of Lisbon for a unique and magnificent sight.