Great Offbeat Places to Go in 2012: Lisbon, Portugal
If you want to go to Europe but don’t feel like paying astronomical prices, head to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where you can lunch on a delicious baguette sandwich and fresh-squeezed orange juice for under $5. The best time to visit Lisbon is in June, when the city transforms into an outdoor carnival, with colorful garlands and lights adorning buildings for the saints’ days.
The festivities start on June 12, the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day. Saint Anthony was known as a matchmaker, so many couples get married on the 13th, and men who are unmarried present the girl they hope to marry with a pot of basil.
Processions march down the main avenues, live music takes over the city center, and dancers perform outdoors. Locals barbeque in the street, and bars shut their doors and serve caipirinhas, mojitos and sangria outside.