If you’re dreaming about your next trip to Europe, discover Lisbon, a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees. A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you’ll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste, budget and requirement. Lisbon is a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. The city is ageless, but it loves company, as you’ll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.

From the moment you arrive and see the whitewashed buildings, terracotta roofs, bright yellow trams and glorious vistas you’ll be captivated, because the city is one of the prettiest capitals in Europe.

You may love Lisbon for the history, sunny weather, sport or delicious gastronomy. But one thing is certain: all the time in the world won’t be enough to enjoy all to do and see in the capital!

Favourite Place
The LX Factory
An urban fragment, kept hidden for years, is now returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. A creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry serves also has a stage for a diverse set of happenings related to fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, and music, attracting numerous visitors to rediscover Alcântara through an engaged dynamics. A factory of experiences where intervention, thought, production is made possible.

Where to Stay
Palacio Belmonte
Belmonte scores top marks for history, romance, and having the best views in the city over the terracotta rooftops of Lisbon’s ancient quarters and on to the ever-blue Atlantic. This intimate 10 suite palace feels like the most opulent B&B in the world.

Where to Eat
Chef Jose Avillez’s Belcanto is Lisbon’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant and serious foodies should make a beeline for it. But for light-hearted culinary wizardry at more affordable prices, Avillez’s Mini Bar guarantees an evening of entertainment. Housed in an old theatre, this gourmet bar serves some of Belcanto’s star dishes, such as the Ferrero Rocher – but not as you know it (they are made of foie gras). Dazzling dishes, skilled staff and music over the weekend complete the experience.

Where to Drink
On the top floor of the Bairro Alto, one of Lisbon’s most chic hotels, is the Terrace BA. It offers views over the rooftops to the Tagus River, 25th of April Bridge (a Golden Gate lookalike) and the Christ the Redeemer statue, inspired by the one in Rio. Once you have a seat, you won’t want to leave, so alternate the mojitos and caipirinhas with the bar’s renowned home-made lemonade.

Fusion Magazine
Written by Fusion Magazine