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“Lisbon is the new Barcelona ... but better”

07 Oct 2015

The British website Standard gives ten good reasons for the Portuguese capital city to form part of the tourist route of this new year.

Lisbon is the new Barcelona ... but better

“It is, basically, the new Barcelona... but better”. This is how Kate Lough, from the Standard, describes Lisbon.

In an article published at the end of last month, the journalist discloses ten reasons to visit the Portuguese capital city, which is currently one of the most coveted destinations by tourists. 

First of all, there is the cost. For Kate, Lisbon is one of the “cheapest” European capitals, and a proof of this is the price of beer, well below the prices practised in Barcelona, Amsterdam or Paris.

But, more than being a cheap city, Lisbon is also a destination filled with activities: “water sports such as sailing and surf, fishing, cooking, boat trips, wine tastings, walks”. 

The climate is another aspect highlighted by the journalist, who does not overlook the fact that Lisbon has “3,000 sunlight hours a year and temperatures over 30 degrees Celsius [86 degrees Fahrenheit] in the hottest months”.

And what if, to activities and climate, we add a vast range of parties? Well, the Standard journalist did so, underlining the “brilliant night life” offered by this city, where Bairro Alto is “one of the best districts to spend a great evening”. Lisbon is “home to more than 250 bars and clubs, including hotspots like Lust, Ministerium and Lux”.

That Lisbon is about two hours from London by plane is also a relevant factor to the journalist, who sees the Portuguese capital city as a “destination for the whole year”.

For those who like to visit the places chosen by celebrities, Lisbon is the ideal location. “Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez and Little Mix” are some of the celebrities who already felt the ‘attraction’ of the Portuguese capital city, which has also been classified as “one of the quietest in the world”.

Cultural and historical attractions are another reason to place Lisbon in the travel route, such as the “never-ending variety of beaches”, which makes the “alfacinha” capital city one of the ideal spots to spend summer, and not only summer.

Finally, the journalist states that Lisbon is “a compact city, friendly and soaked in the essence of life”.

Source:
Notícias ao Minuto

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