Lisbon has become one of the most charismatic cities in Europe. According to one of the most well-respected travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveller, Lisbon is, in fact, the coolest capital in Europe.
We are talking about a city that is much more than only food, drinks, and nightlife, although these things are important and help define a city’s personality. Lisbon is also a synonym of history, culture, architecture, entrepreneurship, charm and innovation.
If you are thinking of visiting or living in Lisbon (you can find here some properties to buy that might interest you), we believe that you will like these ten facts about the city.
1 – The buildings are truly beautiful
A huge part of the credit of Lisbon being an astonishing and romantic capital goes to it’s buildings. Where different architectural eras come together, from the Arabic, Roman and Gothic to more modern and contemporary styles. This gives Lisbon an entirely different look and feel when comparing to other European capitals. If you´re planning on coming to Lisbon, we recommend you take the time to explore the Castle of São Jorge, Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Carmo Convent, Bairro Alto and Baixa Pombalina.
2 – There are amazing events all year round
From music concerts, film festivals to business and tech conferences, Lisbon hosts a wide range of events and activities throughout the year.
If you are into music, we recommend the Out Jazz festival, with free Summer jazz concerts performed in the city’s public spaces and gardens, and also NOS Alive and Super Bock Super Rock festivals, where well-known international artists come every summer to perform and entertain the crowds.
Regarding the conferences, did you hear about WebSummit - the largest tech conference in the world? That´s true, since last year this huge event is happening in Lisbon. Originally from Dublin, Ireland and founded by Paddy Cosgrave, WebSummit has brought together top world speakers as Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Linda Boff, Travis Kalanik. This year, WebSummit will happen between 6th and 9th of November.
3 – Lisbon is close to everything
Looking for a place to surf, take a long walk in nature or maybe playing golf after work? Luckily for you, Lisbon is not an "oasis in the middle of the desert." Just to mention some places, Lisbon is only 40 minutes away from Ericeira - that was the 1st surfing reserve in Europe and 2nd in the world -, and 25 minutes away from Sintra, classified by UNESCO as a "Cultural Landscape", the first one in Europe receiving this classification, in 1995.
4 - Lisbon region has three sites classed as UNESCO World Heritage:
Apart from Sintra, Lisbon proudly hosts two more monuments classed as UNESCO World Heritage, Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, perfect places for visiting and spending quality time with family.
5 – Airport is only about 7 km (4 miles) north of the city center
Did we tell you that Lisbon is close from everything? Well, you would love to know that the main airport is inside the city, and is linked to the rest of the town by subway, buses and taxi. This modern airport has direct flights to 43 countries and more than 110 destinations, with airlines like Air Canada, Emirates, British Airways, Turkish Airlines flying to and from the airport.
6 – Lisbon Safety Index is 80%!
Talking now about security, no doubt that Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in all Europe. Sitting on the west edge of the Old Continent has it’s advantages and, according to CitySafe.com, Lisbon is considered one of the safest cities to visit or to live in, with a safety index of 80%, slightly lower than Portugal Safety Index that, according to the same entity, is 86%.
7 – The sunshine capital of Europe
Can you imagine living in a place with, at least nine sunny months per year? Looks like a dream, right? Lisbon is considered the sunshine capital of Europe, entirely prepared for the sunny days that everyone loves. Walking along the Tagus river promenade, between Cais do Sodré and Belém, or enjoying the beaches of Cascais, Estoril and Costa da Caparica, are some of the activities you can do to better enjoy the sun and the surroundings.
8 – International celebrities choose trendy Lisbon to live in
Are you wondering about your future neighbors? We would like you to know that many international stars are looking to Portugal, especially in Lisbon, to make their residence. Near to Castle of São Jorge, the famous Italian actress Monica Bellucci has a luxury and modern apartment. But she was not the first one. Nearby, Christian Louboutin, the famous French shoe designer, has one of his second houses there.
The list goes on, with Eric Cantona, the controversial football player, and Jacques Grange, one of the best interior designers in the world.
9 – Lisbon is becoming a big deal for Golf lovers
The Portuguese capital has all the necessary ingredients that golf players are looking for. The combination of Mediterranean weather, - typically with relatively mild winters and warm summers -, with new and modern facilities, makes the region of Lisbon a perfect place to enjoying the game. Penha Longa Resort, Troia Golf, and Estoril Golf are some good suggestions if you are looking to spend quality time playing golf with family and friends, in healthy competition.
10 – Lisbon is the second oldest city in Europe, but it didn’t stop in time
In fact, Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe, even older than other European capitals like London, Madrid, Rome or Paris. In the whole continent, only Athens beats the Portuguese capital. As we previously mentioned, this gives a distinctive character to Lisbon that, year after year, construction after construction, everyone’s committed to preserve. At the moment, many historic buildings are being recuperated ( The Boulevard or Opera are two projects that well represent this) which brings more people and life to the Portuguese capital.