Lisbon has just been voted “Best Destination 2010 – European Consumers Choice”, based on the voting results from a list of ten cities proposed by the European Consumers Choice, an independent association headquartered in Brussels.
The criteria considered for this vote – which took place from December 2009 to January 2010 and included, for the first time, cities – took into account Lisbon’s quality of life and infrastructures, as well as its cultural and tourism offerings.
For the European Consumers Choice, the vote reflects “a city that was able to preserve all of its soul and offer a point of entry for Tourism without forgetting its social and cultural riches”.
Lisbon is known for its excellent-value restaurants, with decent portions at prices no longer found in other Western European capitals. But it’s not the bargain it used to be, and most places are now reaching the European average. So where can you still find those places where you can eat for less than 20 euros, […] » Read More
At the top of monuments or at the top of hills, Lisbon is known as a photogenic city forcing you to stop to take photos or to simply admire the views. The city’s legendary seven hills are all topped by gardens or terraces meant for exactly that, and although there are many viewpoints that you’ll […] » Read More
Enjoy street food and outdoor dining, or simply want quick inexpensive meals in Lisbon? Go here: MARTIM MONIZ SQUARE MARTIM MONIZ Martim Moniz Square is the heart of the city’s most multi-ethnic neighborhood, home to immigrants from China, Bangladesh, Goa, and Mozambique. The square is overlooked by the castle, and offers a number of food […] » Read More
In recent times, Lisbon has seen a veritable boom in fun activities for tourists. It’s now possible to visit the historic neighbourhoods of the centre of the city, and navigate the cobbled streets in a variety of ways, ranging from Segways, to jeeps, to sidecars and even aboard an amphibious vehicle which will then […] » Read More
RELAX ON THE WATERFRONT Mild temperatures may tempt you to head to the beaches of Cascais, but the ocean may still be cold. So do the next best thing, and stay on the waterfront in the center of Lisbon. At Ribeira das Naus you can simply sit in the sun or enjoy a drink served […] » Read More
Although it’s home to a large number of hotels, Lisbon’s Avenidas Novas district is the least touristy in the city. Mostly dating from the the early-to-mid-20th-century, it’s mostly a business and residential area, but there are a couple of museums that top the list of must-see attractions for many tourists. If you’re staying in this […] » Read More
NEW GREEN SPACES Two projects that were supposed to have been completed in 2013 will only be ready in 2014. The creation of a big hilltop garden overlooking the city by the Graça viewpoint was stalled when skeletons of around 50 people were found. Believed to date back to the 1755 earthquake, they caused the […] » Read More
Start the new year with new experiences. If you’re in Lisbon at the moment or will be arriving in early 2014, you may be among the first to experience some new spots for lunch or dinner. Here are five: DE CASTRO Rua Marcos Portugal, 1 Phone: 915 986 474 The name is that of the […] » Read More
Lisbon’s Metro is about to become the second underground train service in Europe to offer free wi-fi internet connection to all passengers, after London. It will start next week at the stations of Marquês de Pombal, Alameda, Campo Grande, and Colégio Militar, and should cover the entire network by the spring of 2014 after a […] » Read More
If you’re in Lisbon this Christmas, you should know that most of the city will be closed on the 25th. That’s most of the city, but not all. You’ll find several things to do on that day that have a special appeal for families. On the 24th many attractions close earlier, but are open during […] » Read More