Let’s start with one thing I am sure about you… you were about to enjoy your next vacations in Portugal but COVID19 ruined your plans. If it’s right, don’t worry, because COVID19 in Lisbon is the only thing that made possible to see Lisbon the way you are about to see.
Portugal became sorte of a Disneyland itself lately, during the last decade to be accurate. Crisis after crisis, the government decided to invest huge amounts of money into tourism, which was the sector responsible for huge increase in Portugal GDP.
Even though the numbers of deaths caused by COVID19 in Lisbon is still under control, the number of new homeless or indebted entrepreneurs are terrifying.
As a matter of a fact, when huge part of the country’s economy is based on tourism, well… it’s a house of cards ready to collapse.
Lisbon streets are empty, street artists in Lisbon are silent, probably sold their instruments to fix a meal. Bars are closed. Restaurants in Lisbon are off. What happened with that Lisbon once visited by that uncountable frenches, germans, brazilians, italians?
If you were about to come to Lisbon, you should know that the last thing you would see is the town itself. It was only possible to see trash, tourists, fake “portuguese” food, fake castle, fake architecture, fake “local” experiences, fake Lisbon drinks, fake everything.
COVID19 in Lisbon was actually the only thing able to reaveal the city as it is. Until now, the Airbnb apartments in Lisbon are filled with real people who needed a home or empty and mouldy. True portuguese restaurants of Manuel and Maria are still working for takeaway and the Pasteis de Nata are still being made and consumed as a dessert and not as tourist experience, BIO and local markets in Lisbon are running as possible as well.
If you read it until here, let me know, what actually are you looking for when you choose a destination for your next vacation? Devastation? Impoverishment? Price inflation? Pollution? Do we need another airport in Lisbon to receive more of this? Take a minute to read about Montijo Airport, another disgusting machine of destruction!
It seems that COVID19 in Lisbon wasn’t much that terrible villain but maybe a saviour, mass tourism kills people and cities, how odd, innit?
Welcome to Lisbon, this is the first time you actually SEE the city and probably the last.