Whenever anybody suggests Lisbon as a holiday destination, not many people jump at the offer. And as a Muslim traveller it is probably the last place to visit on your list. The capital of Portugal offers brilliant tourist attractions, filled with history and on top of all that culture, they also cater to Muslims who are looking for halal food and places to pray.
Once you visit the city once, it’s hard not to fall in love and yearn to go back. Lisbon is home to modern art museums, entertainment venues, sleepy storefronts and historic monuments. your trip will definitely be the most unforgettable travel trip ever! Overall, Portugal is a very Muslim friendly holiday destination that can cater to many of your needs and expectations as a Muslim traveller.
Here are a few reasons you should visit the Muslim-friendly Lisbon:
There are a great many reasons as to why you should get up and go to Lisbon, rather than repeating the last 5 years of vacations and going to Turkey. From museums to cobbled streets, the city is a beautiful place to visit and a great cultural hub.
You can take a trip around Lisbon on a tram which passes through the beautiful picturesque streets of the 1870’s and be sure to visit the secret garden of Edward VII. There are many halal restaurants in the city, meaning you will be able to take your pick, rather than restricting yourself to vegetarian options!
Did you know there is a deep-rooted Islamic history in the city? Muslim Moors conquered the city in 711, withnumerous historical and architectural memorials.
When should you visit Lisbon?
Lucky for you, Portugal has great weather all year round!
However, the best time would be around March to May and September to October. This is because of the lovely warm weather and hotel prices being low. Oh, and fewer tourists!
The peak travel times are in June to August. This in turns means higher hotel prices and cramped tourist areas.
Things to do in Lisbon:
1. Visit the Lisbon Cathedral
The Lisbon Cathedral was constructed in the 12th century. On the outside, it looks like a fort more than any type of religious building. It was built on the top of an old ruined mosque. This confirmed the invasion of Portugal by the Catholics.
2. Lisbon Aquarium (Oceanario de Lisboa)
The Oceanario de Lisboa is thought to be the largest aquarium in the world. It is a family space, great for the kids! Sea otters, penguins, jellyfish, and most of the best underwater creatures are here. There is even the opportunity to have an amazing date night with a shark. It is definitely worth the visit!
3. Central Mosque of Lisbon
For the Portuguese Islamic community, this is the central and most prominent mosque in the city. In 1985, the mosque was opened and allowed the public access to the mosque. The mosque is filled with beautiful designs and architecture, with a dome on the exterior.
4. The National Museum of Ancient (Art Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
This museum is the most significant cultural attraction there is in Lisbon. That is why it is a must-visit for every tourist in Lisbon. This museum is the home to the largest Portuguese paintings which date back all the way to the 15th century. It also houses artwork from other parts of Europe and Africa.
5. Join a free walking tour
I love to walk. And I love to walk with beautiful sites around me. And what is even better, it’s free! You will be able to explore the city on foot and see everything it has to offer. When the tour ends you can wander through the city, getting lost and trying to find your way back home.
If you hadn’t already noticed, Lisbon is an amazing holiday destination for Muslims looking for a Muslim-friendly experience. Great food, weather and sites is all enough to get me to want to book my ticket now!
The destination you visit is never a place, but a new experience that is full of surprises, which is why I love travelling so much. My parents instilled a love of travel in me since I was very young. My father was always taking us somewhere new in the holidays. Now that I have my own family, with two young children, I am doing the same. Although it takes a little more organisation to travel with young kids, it really is worth the effort. I am passionate about having as many adventures as possible because after all, life is short.