Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, has to be the most underrated city in all of Europe, it´s not only one of the cheapest capital in western Europe.
It’s also the capital with the most sunny days in all of Europe with an average of 2799 sunny hours a year, with Athens in Greece on second place with 2771 hours and Madrid the capital of Spain on third place with 2769hours.
The city center is the home to none more than half a million people, that makes the city not too crowded and you can walk everywhere in the city center easily by foot.
Lisbon will remind you of cities like San Fransisco in the USA, Istanbul in Turkey and Rome in Italy since the city is built over seven hills. With the lowest point being at only 2 meters (7ft) above sea level to the highest point at to 227meters (744ft).
This lets you get a good day exercise when you have to walk up and down hills all day long, but if you don´t feel for walking too much can you take a ride on the oldest working tram system in Europe, a sight on its own.
Lisbon has one of the most colorful architectures in Europe. You can find everything from Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Traditional Portuguese, Modern and Post-Modern styles.
Lisbon center lacks the typical sights, the most interesting sights are located a short day trip away in Belem and Sintra.
So the best thing do is just to walk around Lisbon looking at some funny graffiti that’s located in the city.
Or just walk around the city to you find a good viewpoint where you can enjoy a cold beer or a coffee while you are taking a break from the sun.
The city square of “Praça do Comércio” that´s located right by the water is also a great place to enjoy a cold beer, but, unfortunately, is there a lot of annoying drug dealers in this area, it´s hard to walk around without someone trying to sell you drugs.
Additional info about Lisbon
How to get there
Lisbon is easily reached by flights from all over Europe and many parts of Africa.
Portugal’s largest international airport is the Aeroporto da Portela is located just outside of Lisbon and can be easily reached from the city center with the city metro, a ride from the airport to the center takes about 40min.
Euro is the currency in Portugal
Portugal and Lisbon is one off, if not the cheapest country in western Europe.
You can easily live for around 20Euro a day, a good hostel starts from 8Euro and often include a big breakfast plus free coffee/tea all day.
Metro Ticket in Lisbon – 1.9 Euro for one ride with unlimited line changes or 6 Euro for a 24hours ticket.
1L Bottle of water – 0.8 Euro.
0.33L Coke/Pepsi – 1.1 Euro.
Meal in a local restaurant – 3-4 Euro.
Meal in a good restaurant – 7-9 Euro.
Big Mac meal at Mcdonalds – 6 Euro.
Coffee in a coffee chain – 1.5 Euro.
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) – 5 Euro.
Beer local 0.6L can – 1.1 Euro.
Beer imported 0.33L (Heineken) – 1.4 Euro.
Gasoline (1 liter) – 1.4 Euro.
Where to Sleep.
Hostels in Lisbon are world class, and they often win prices for that, in 2015 this Lisbon get TOP 6 of the annual Hoscar awards for best medium hostels (76-150 beds) worldwide based on your reviews from 2014.
And top 2/3 of the best hotels in all of Europe is located in Lisbon.
Located just steps away from Rossio square and Rossio metro station. Dorms from 12Euro with a big breakfast included. Small hostel with super friendly and helpful staff located right next to one of the main squares and supermarkets in the center oft he city.
Have won the price for Best Hostel Worldwide no more than 4times, located on one of the most famous streets in all of Portugal. Dorms from 12 Euro with breakfast included.
The best located? Hostel in all of Lisbon it´s a very clean and relaxing hostel with a fantastic staff.