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 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 the 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 we believe that you will like these ten facts about the Portuguese capital.
1 – The buildings are truly beautiful
One of the main reasons for why Lisbon has been considered an astonishing and romantic capital goes out to its incredible buildings. This is where different architectural eras come together, from the Arabic, Roman, and Gothic and combine with more modern and contemporary styles. This gives Lisbon an entirely different look when compared 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, the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Carmo Convent, the 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? Since 2016, this incredible event takes place in Lisbon. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, and founded by Paddy Cosgrave, WebSummit has brought together top world speakers as so Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey, Linda Boff, Travis Kalanik.
3 – Lisbon is close to everything
Looking for a place to surf? 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 - which was considered 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 in Europe to receive this classification, in 1995.
4 - Lisbon region has three monuments 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 already that Lisbon is close to almost everything you need? Well, you would love to know that the main airport is in 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 every day.
6 – Lisbon Safety Index is 80%!
No to mention security! No doubt that Lisbon is one of the safest capitals in Europe. Sitting on the west edge of the Old Continent has its 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
Wondering about your future neighbors? Many international stars are looking to Portugal, especially in Lisbon, to make their residence. Near the Castle of São Jorge, the famous Italian actress Monica Bellucci owns a luxury and modern apartment. However, she was not the first one to move to Lisbon. 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.
Most recently, it was the turn of Michael Fassbender to buy a luxury apartment in Portugal. Located in Alfama, a historical and traditional neighborhood in the heart of Lisbon, the actor bought an apartment from the XVI century. Evaluated in 2 million euros, the T5 apartment has a private garden, luxury finishes and a privileged view of Tagus river.
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 for enjoying the game. Penha Longa Resort, Troia Golf, and Estoril Golf are other 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 preserving this beautiful city. At the moment, many historical buildings are being recovered (take for example The Boulevard or the Opera, two projects suffering extreme makeovers and improvements) which helps bring more people and life to the Portuguese capital.
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