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Lisbon The Dream Destination That Has It All

When most people decide to take a fantastic trip to Europe, they think of visiting Athens, London, or Madrid. One of the places that seem to fly under the radar is Lisbon, Portugal. It is the perfect place for a summer trip for reasons that you likely never even knew. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal; it has so many things to offer visitors.

Here are five reasons why you need to add Lisbon to your list of dream destinations.

The Sun

When most people think of sunny European destinations, places like Athens, Rome, or Barcelona come to mind.

Lisbon is the last place that people consider, although it should be the first.

Lisbon averages 2,799 hours of sun a year, which makes it the sunniest European city.

The excellent beaches that are located about 30 minutes from the city center are the perfect place to enjoy this sunshine.

Lisbon's Age

Lisbon is one of the earliest capital cities in the world. It is older than more famous capitals like Rome or Paris by hundreds of years.

Its age is shown in its architecture, museums, and sites to see around the city.

It is home to the oldest bookstore in the world, Bertrand, as recorded in the Guinness Book.

There is the old tram system that still runs along the cobblestone streets and the place that it holds in history during the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries (which Lisbon is incredibly proud of).

The Food And Spirits

From the amazing port wines (which is the national drink of Portugal) to the sausages to the custard tarts, the food, and beverages of Portugal are amazing.

There are fantastic cafes and restaurants throughout the city that serve traditional fares and modern world-class cuisine.

Step out to the open-air markets in the town for on-the-go street foods.


Graffiti is considered to be an eyesore, but Lisbon has turned the idea of graffiti into something to be enjoyed by all.

Street art is something that Lisbon has come to embrace, so much so that there are even street art tours throughout the city.

There are murals scattered all over Lisbon, and one of the places visitors should go to see some amazing examples of street art is the Calcada da Gloria.

The View

Built across seven separate hills contributes to the city's stunning views and landscapes everywhere.

Lisbon is a city that is just pretty to admire.

View a mix of old and new from many different points in the city.

There is something new to see atop every hill and corner.

Lisbon is a place that is a world-class capital that most people don't even consider visiting.

It is old, artsy, modern, and steep in history.

There is something for everyone in Lisbon.

From the beaches to the cobblestone streets, world-class restaurants to street art murals, Lisbon is a thriving capital that seems to be one of the hidden gems of Europe.


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These are just some of the questions many travelers have.  Let me share the 8 top tips for visiting wineries & distilleries.  You can listen to them on my podcast or download below.

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Danielle Belyeu


I absolutely love to travel.  My husband always says I'm in planning mode, so even when I'm on a trip, I'm planning for the next one. 


This has led to some amazing destinations for our gastro experiences.  Some of our favorites have been Melbourne Australia, Auckland New Zealand, Milan Italy, Columbo Sri Lanka, and Lisbon Portugal.  And of course, I'm already planning for the next one.


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