Lisbon, which is this month hosting the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, rose ten places to 16th in the World’s Best Cities category at last year’s Telegraph Travel Awards, voted for by more than 90,000 readers. Here’s why it’s been proving so popular…
1. There’s fine dining by the bowlful
In 2015, Lisbon had one Michelin star and by 2016, three more restaurants had been awarded their first – LAB by Sergi Arola, Loco, and Alma – reinforcing Lisbon’s ever-growing culinary reputation. There are currently four one-star establishments in the city, and one – Belcanto – with two.
2. It’s one of the world’s oldest cities
…predating the likes of London, Rome and Paris by hundreds of years. You can feel its antiquity clinging to every corner, especially in the district of Alfama. This makes Lisbon a veritable banquet for history-hungry visitors. It was very nearly destroyed entirely by a massive earthquake in 1755, but was (thankfully) patched together and revived.
3. Your pound goes a long way
The post-Brexit slump hit travellers to Portugal (and the rest of the Eurozone), but sterling has recovered much of the ground it lost since then.