Lisbon was recently named as being the fourth most beautiful city in the world in the latest edition of Urban City Guides, behind Venice, Paris and Prague. It’s hoped this accolade will help boost tourism to the city, as Lisbon is often overlooked by tourists in search of a beach holiday.
Lisbon beat other notable cities such as Amsterdam, Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Florence. The guide is certainly effusive in its description of Lisbon, pointing out the enchanting views, picturesque streets and beautiful buildings. Urban City Guides also praised Portugal, awarding it sixth place in the world’s top 10 most beautiful countries. It was beaten by Greece, Australia, France, Spain and Italy, but was ahead of Germany, South Africa, Brazil and the USA. Areas that were particularly singled out for attention included the Azores, and Madeira.
Many people would say Lisbon thoroughly deserves its fourth place, as it does have unique architecture and is undeniably beautiful. Visitors will find a plethora of things to do and see, while there are plenty of parks and gardens to enjoy a quieter moments. Madeira and the Azores are often thought of as being expensive places to visit, as it would be reasonable to expect the cost of transporting goods to these islands would push up the prices.
However the reality is somewhat different and holidaymakers are often pleasantly surprised to find the cost of living is as low as in mainland Portugal. Portugal currently has the distinction of being the cheapest western European nation in the euro area in which to live.