Portugal

Hopping On and Off in Lisbon

Organized bus tours have never really been my thing. In fact, I generally avoid them like the plague. The few times that I've succumbed to one have been because someone I was travelling with insisted or because in a moment of weakness after weeks of backpacking I thought it would be nice to have a rest and let someone else do the work. At any rate, I've never really been impressed and always left the bus feeling as though I'd just thrown away money for quick glimpses of things I could have paid much less to see and enjoy on my own. Imagine my surprise, then, when a bus tour in Lisbon was not only my idea, but that I liked it a lot and that I would recommend it. Highly.

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 Full name: Portuguese Republic

 Population: 10.8 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Lisbon

 Largest city: Lisbon

 Area: 92,090 sq.km. (35,556.1 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: Portuguese, Mirandese

 Major religions: Roman Catholic, Other

 Monetary unit: Euro

 GDP per capita: US $23,200

 Internet domain: .pt

 International dialling code: +351

 Source: CIA World Factbook