Offering 290 days of sunshine a year, Portugal’s capital is packed with history, culture and delicious food. Discover our 5 reasons to visit Lisbon!
The world is full of exciting cities to visit, and Lisbon is one that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. The capital of Portugal is ranked 16th in the world’s best cities by the Telegraph Travel Award. Known for its nice buildings with colorful tiles and its amazing food, the city has a lot to offer, from culture to great summer days by the beach! Discover our top 5 reasons to visit Lisbon!
Portugal’s picturesque coastline makes it the perfect place to enjoy some of the country’s fantastic seafood. Sardines, bacalhau (dried, salted cod), dourada (sea bream) are some of the traditional dishes you’ll find in Lisbon’s restaurants. To accompany the country’s excellent cuisine, you should have a glass of white Vinho Verde (green wine), a local favorite. As for dessert, we suggest you go to Belém or at one of the traditional cafés of the city where you will enjoy the local and famous pastel de nata (custard tart) sprinkled with canela (cinnamon).
There are more than 20 viewpoints spread across the city that offer different angles and perspectives over a unique cityscape. With Lisbon’s sunny climate, rooftop restaurants and bars are plentiful and a great way to survey the city while having a drink.
Hillsides covered in tumbledown houses and a mix of baroque and neoclassical buildings, including cathedrals and palaces, make up Lisbon’s skyline. Lisbon reveals an eclectic range of architectural styles formed as the city expanded: a combination of old and new, with beautiful modern buildings constructed near renovated historical landmarks and ruins. Many buildings are also covered in spectacular azulejo tiles, especially in the Alfama neighborhood.
If you love shopping for luxury brands on your travels, Lisbon is the place to go. The capital of Portugal has plenty of choices for you to shop the latest fashion trends and luxury brands. We advise you to step into Avenida da Liberdade and Chiado, the most exclusive areas in Lisbon for luxury shopping. Lisbon is a truly hidden gem for luxury brands: you may find Fendi Casa, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Dolce & Gabanna, Gant, Gucci, Hermès, Porsche Design, Prada and many others that will make your stay in the city.
Surrounded by a beautiful coastline, Portugal is home to an array of beautiful beaches. Many of the beaches are just 30 minutes drive from the city center of Lisbon. Some of them are even surrounded by craggy cliffs and coves which offers an incredible landscape. Moreover, as it is perched on the western edge of Europe, Lisbon is the continent’s sunniest capital city, boasting an average of 2,799 hours of sunshine a year, pipping Athens, which has 2,771 hours of sun a year. So, you are pretty sure to experience sunny weather!