My favourite place: Lisbon, Portugal

Continuing our historical holidays series, Roger explores a city that was once the wealthiest and most exotic in Europe

The 16th-century tower of Belém

This article was first published in the September 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

From the ramparts of the medieval castle of St George, perched high above the city, it’s possible to understand why Lisbon exists. I’ve been coming here to research Portugal’s voyages of exploration and have grown to love this surprising place, rich in history. With its line of hills and the river Tagus beyond, wide as the straits between continents, gleaming in the sunlight, Lisbon is a gateway to the Atlantic.

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