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Are you wondering why Lisbon is the dream destination that has it all? People don’t go to Lisbon for the monuments or museums. You have to experience the city itself by wandering through the neighborhoods.

When most people decide to take a trip to Europe, they think of visiting Athens, London, or Madrid. One of the places that seem to fly under the radar is Lisbon, Portugal. It is the perfect place for a summer trip for reasons that you likely never even knew.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal; it has so many things to offer visitors. Here are six reasons why you need to add Lisbon to your list of dream destinations.

The Sun

lisbon the dream destination to visit in portugal

When most people think of sunny European destinations, places like Athens, Rome, or Barcelona come to mind. Lisbon is the last place that people consider, although it should be the first.

Lisbon averages 2,799 hours of sun a year, which makes it the sunniest European cities. The excellent beaches that are located about 30 minutes from the city center are the perfect place to enjoy this sunshine.

Lisbon’s Age

 Praça do Comércio in Lisbon

[Praça do Comércio]

Lisbon is one of the earliest capital cities in the world. It is older than more famous capitals like Rome or Paris. This age is shown in its architecture, museums, and sites to see around the city.

It is home to the oldest bookstore in the world, Bertrand, as it holds the Guinness Book record for being the oldest.

lisbon tram

There is the old tram system that still runs along the cobblestone streets. Lisbon the dream destination, is incredibly proud of the Age of Discovery for its history during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Food And Spirits

From the delicious port wines (which is the national drink of Portugal) to the sausages to the custard tarts, the food and beverages of Portugal are amazing.

There are fantastic cafes and restaurants throughout the city that serve traditional fares and modern world-class cuisine. Step out to the open-air markets in the town for on the go street foods.

Is it Graffiti or Art?

graffiti art in lisbon

Graffiti is considered to be an eyesore in most places. But Lisbon has turned the idea of graffiti into something to be enjoyed by all. Street art is something that Lisbon has come to embrace, so much so that there are even street art tours throughout the city.

There are murals scattered all over Lisbon, and one of the places visitors should go to see some amazing examples of street art is the Calcada da Gloria.

The Neighborhoods in Lisbon

baixa lisbon

[lower Baixa of Lisbon]

The Baixa or lower neighborhood is where you’ll find the most restaurants & cafes. An earthquake in 1755 destroyed this part of Lisbon followed by fires and a tsunami on November 1. Later rebuilt in the next century the city of Lisbon is now thriving with visitors. It’s easily accessible by tram as they all pass through here.

Wonder through the narrow streets of Alfama. It’s one of the oldest areas of Lisbon. Alfama has more of a village feel and where the locals like to shop.

elevator in lisbon

[The Santa Justa Lift]

An elevator helps connect the Baixa to the Bairro Alto or the upper region of the city. This is such a cool place in the city to visit. The hilly neighborhoods come alive at night. Here you’ll find lots of restaurants, cafes, bars, and art shops.

The View

city view from castello in lisbon

Built across seven separate hills contributes to the cities stunning views and landscapes everywhere. Lisbon is a city that is just pretty to admire. View a mix of old and new from many different points in the city. There is something new to see atop every hill and corner.

Castelo São Jorge is in a historic neighborhood that overlooks all of Lisbon. For the best views, you’ll want to visit the castle because it has the highest point in the city.

Lisbon is a place that is a world-class capital that most people don’t even consider visiting. It is old, artsy, modern, and steep in history. There is something for everyone in Lisbon.

view of sao jorges castle

[Castelo Sao Jorge in the distance]

From the beaches to the cobblestone streets, world-class restaurants to street art murals, Lisbon is a thriving capital that seems to be one of the un-hidden gems of Europe.

So you can see that Lisbon is the dream destination for people who like to experience cities in depth. When you’re ready to start planning your dream vacation to Lisbon, schedule your free consultation. We do all the research to plan an amazing itinerary for you.