Lisbon is a fascinating city full of history, monuments, impressive bridges and vintage street cars. And these are just a few of the reasons that make it an extremely interesting city to visit and a place you will want to return to.
In 2016, Lisbon was ranked number 7 in the top ten European cities to visit. Its cheap flights, relative closeness to major capital cities like Madrid, Paris and London, make it an ideal destination for a weekend break.
Lisbon is a bustling and exciting city, that boasts a wide choice of activities and fascinating tourist attractions. The city has a welcoming and liberal atmosphere, while still embracing its deep-rooted heritage and extensive history. Lisbon will appeal to a diverse selection of ages and tourists; it can form a cultural trip, a nightlife extravaganza, a family holiday, a relaxed city-break or even as a base for a beach holiday.
The Portuguese capital is constantly recognised as one of the greatest cities in the world, a claim confirmed by the “Lonely Planet Guides”, who named Lisbon one of the world’s top 10 cities. Surprisingly, Lisbon is still one of Europe’s least visited capitals, but this is rapidly changing as new visitors discover the allure of Portugal.
Lisbon has hot dry summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and mild, but possibly wet winters. The best time of year to visit Lisbon is in the late spring (May-June) when the days are bright and sunny, but the temperatures are not so high. The peak season is between June and August, and if you visit at this time of year, you should expect the city to feel crowded. The weather is suitable for spending time on the beach from May until the end of September.
There can be a significant amount of rain during the winter months (November – February), but the city offers many activities for a wet day. Lisbon attracts visitors year-round, and tourist attractions remain open for the whole year.
Compared to many other major cities Lisbon is a comparatively safe city. The only issues tourists may experience is from pick-pockets or opportunistic thieves, but you should have no issues if you use the same common sense that you would use back at home.