You thought you had seen it all after your stay in Barcelona? Well, let’s wait a little until you have seen Lisbon and felt its true potential. This city clearly has everything to offer – and even more. Party, culture, food, wonderful weather and – above all – its people. We tell you five explicit reasons why your next destination should be the capital of Portugal.
1) The Mediterranean climate
Lisbon is one of the capitals with the most sunshine of Europe. We are talking 3000 hours, to be exact. It is common to have over 30 degrees Celsius (about 85 degrees Fahrenheit) in October or in April. Lisboetas (that is how you call the friendly people from Lisbon) can go to the beach in about 8 – 9 months of the year. This is an unbeatable argument for a visit, isn’t it? With this weather, it is possible to do all kinds of sports in and around the city all year. There is a lot of surfing going on, but as well you can go windsurf, sail, play golf or football. The weather and all of Portugal’s incredibly diverse landscape invite as well to go hiking.
2) Party all week
The Portuguese might start their party activities late at night, but they do not stop until the morning. Of course, the wildest party times can be experienced on the weekend. You can choose between bars, clubs, big discos and pubs. The famous quarter of Bairro Alto desperately awaits you. It is Lisbon’s mekka of party – with more than 250 bars in total. Unfortunately, the bars close at 3am in Bairro Alto but then you can go on to other party hotspots in the city, e.g. Cais do Sodré or Santos. If it gets even later and you are still not tired of dancing, then join the crowds and stroll to one of the famous clubs. You will dance, sing and meet open-minded and crazy people all around Lisbon when partying.
3) The biggest village of the world
How wonderful is it to feel the spirit of a metropolitan city and likewise being able to get around very quickly and to know almost everyone? Lisbon is a city where you get exactly that feeling. Despite its more than 500.000 inhabitants, you constantly meet people in the old city or when partying. Furthermore, you can drive from one end to the other in about one hour. The great accessibility makes this city so liveable and loveable. It is also an excellent advantage compared with Barcelona, which is a lot more metropolitan.
4) Incredible diversity
Lisbon is one of the most diverse cities of Europe. It offers affordable food in typical Portuguese restaurants and likewise dining extraordinarily in luxury sports. You can stroll around the ancient castle of Saint George and afterwards go to one of the countless, interesting museums. Our favorite is the Lisbon Story Center, where you get to know the city’s history whilst all your senses will get engaged. The bridge of 25th of April and the cute electro-trams will make you feel like you are in San Francisco, while the pretentious statue of Christ the King that overlooks the city will remind you of Rio de Janeiro. You can walk through quarters like Mouraria, where all the buildings either seem quite old or are already falling apart (and where you can observe a unique scene of street art, by the way) but then hop onto the famous tram 28 and go to the hipster-like complex LX Factory, which will surprise with all its art, cafés and restaurants. You will just not be able to stop admiring Lisbon.
5) A gente -the people
This is our final point to be stretched – but certainly the most important one. Lisbon’s people – and Portuguese in general. How can one nation be more alike but still differ from each other so much at the same time? Lisboetas are indeed some sort of quirky and peculiar. But they are also easy-going, relaxed and vibrant at the same time. Some people say that it’s hard to make friends with Lisboetas but we experienced a totally different way. The people of Lisbon easily approach you in a bar or the supermarket and welcome you in their group. The young ones speak English very well and the elder ones will at least try. Lastly, a fact that includes all Portuguese people: They deeply feel the famous saudade, a word only existing in Portuguese and a feeling that apparently only Portuguese people feel: The longing for something new and better whilst keeping everything as it is and even dreaming of old times where everything was better, like elder people like to say. This extraordinary mixture of feelings makes up saudade. Ask any person in Lisbon about it and they will gladly tell you their own, little story about it.