Perhaps Portugal’s neighboring country of Spain is a more popular destination for travelers. But there are hundreds of reasons to visit this nation on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Lisbon has seen an increase in visits from travel enthusiasts recently, and it’s easy to see why. Anyone contemplating a trip to Europe will find Lisbon fulls of delights, from the food to the culture. Often underrated compared to other European capitals, Lisbon has much more to offer than many people first expect. The city is better value than similar destinations. But it’s also rich in history, food and drink, culture and beautiful architecture. Keep reading to find out what you’ll discover in Portugal’s capital.

Reasons to Visit

There are hundreds of reasons to visit Lisbon over other cities in Europe. To begin with, you’ll find the capital cheaper than many others, such as Paris or London. You’ll get more bang for your buck with the excellent exchange rate and lower prices. There are plenty of free or inexpensive attractions, especially if you want to explore the history and culture of the city. This beautiful city has not only stunning architecture, but incredible weather that’s not too hot or too cool. You can spend your time on the beach or in restaurants and bars. And there’s a lively nightlife for people who prefer to save their energy for later in the day.

Where to Stay

Like many European cities, Lisbon’s rich history doesn’t stop it from having a modern and stylish side too. When you choose your accommodation in the Portuguese capital, you can choose from chic and contemporary hotels and apartments in the city center. Or if you would prefer, you can go for a more traditional villa with a private swimming pool by the beach or on the outskirts of the city. If you check, you’ll find hundreds of fantastic examples. For example, the refined Hotel Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade. You can also see luxury apartments like My Suite Lisbon. There are also bed-and-breakfasts, inns, and guesthouses. There’s plenty of choice for your Lisbon accommodation.

Where to Eat and Drink

Lisbon’s position on the Atlantic Ocean means it’s one of the dream destinations for people who love seafood. If you’re looking for a foodie adventure, you should first head to Mercado la Ribeiro, which is the city’s largest fresh food market. The food court there is only a year old but quickly became popular with the locals. You’ll find delicious things to sample, from cheese and ham to custard tarts. When you want to worship some seafood, head to Cervejaria Ramiro, nicknamed the seafood temple. You can choose from a colorful array of fresh fish, with excellent service to go along with it. For modern dining, try Cantinho do Avillez, a bistro belonging to Michelin-starred chef José Avillez.

You’re sure to be delighted by everything that Lisbon has to offer. Even if you just want to spend your vacation relaxing and eating, Portugal’s capital is the place to do it.

Image Credits: Photo by Marcus Holland-Moritz.