Hot foot it to the Portuguese capital, pronto!
The capital city of Portugal has long been an important sea port because of its strategic location at the mouth of the mighty Tagus River and the trade in everything from gold to spices and silks has flowed through the city for centuries. Take a stroll through the Barrio Alto and it’s not hard to see the legacy of this affluent period in Lisbon’s history as beautiful, highly ornate buildings line the streets.
1) That fabulous Mediterranean climate
Portugal boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, and very low rainfall, so no matter what time of year you happen to be here you are almost guaranteed good weather – making it an ideal winter-sun destination. Fancy leaving your thick coats behind or enjoying a sun-downer outdoors in February? Lisbon might just be for you my friend…
2) Incredible cuisine – from Michelin starred restaurants to family-owned eateries
Portugal has one of Europe’s most underrated cuisines, in our humble opinion. With influences from all over the world, including flavour and spice from Africa, and typically Mediterranean ingredients, the Portuguese gastronomy is unlike any other. In Lisbon you can indulge in a spot of haute-cuisine at the city’s buzzing, cosmopolitan restaurants, mingle with locals at the Mercado da Ribeira or chow-down on sumptuous, hearty dishes passed down from generation to generation. It is also the birthplace of the sinfully delicious pastel de nata *packs bags immediately* I
3) It’s still affordable
Despite being one of Europe’s fastest growing destinations and a favourite among those in the know, Lisbon is still affordable when compared to other Southern European hotspots. A cup of coffee is generally under €1 whilst you can bag a beer for around 80 cents – bargain!
4) Some seriously snap-worthy views
The city of Lisbon is a hilly one, meaning it is made to be admired from its many different viewpoints and boasts some amazing views, or Miradouros. Weave your way up through the tangle of winding streets or, for an option that’s easier on the glutes, hop on one of the city’s iconic elevadores (aka trams). Think terracotta rooftops, colourful buildings and a bright blue canopy of sky – add a sunset (and maybe a sundowner) and you’ve got the stuff travel dreams are made of.
5) There’s a host of activities on offer
With the wild Atlantic on one side and the unspoilt Portuguese inland on the other, Lisbon offers activities galore. Pop to the beach to catch some rays or enjoy more active pursuits like surfing, or head just outside the city to enjoy some hikes that are breath-taking in more ways than one.