This excerpt has been taken from the The Guardian‘s Top 40 Holiday Destinations for 2017. I will be visiting Lisbon in August so I’m hoping, and I’m sure it will, justify it’s place on the list. Have you been to Lisbon? Comment below and let us know what recommendations you have.
The Portuguese capital is an easy sell; its hilly streets and faded but stunning architecture form the backdrop to a city where you can wander the streets all day fuelled by coffee and custard tarts, then stay up all night drinking Sagres beer outside its many bars. And after a year that saw the opening of the already iconic Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology and the expansion of Madrid’s Arco arts fair, its cultural status – and visitor numbers – continue to grow.
The first half of 2017 sees the opening of a new Jewish Museum in Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest quarter, while a permanent home will finally be found for the Francisco Fino Gallery, which has promoted contemporary art and hosted exhibitions in various spaces since 2012. Other developments include plans to transform the former Hospital do Desterro into “a new experimental space open to the world”, with a capsule hotel, an alternative therapies centre, contemporary art and design centre and several restaurants. The only problem is a weekend in Lisbon will hardly be long enough to do the city’s new attractions justice, let alone its existing ones.