Traveling to Europe can be expensive, and in today’s economic climate, many travelers are looking to get more bang for their buck.
If you want to travel without breaking the bank this summer, you should consider visiting Lisbon in Portugal.
According to a new report from the Post Office, Lisbon is the cheapest city in the Eurozone to visit this summer.
The research looked at a range of costs travelers would typically incur, including hotel costs, meals, and the cost of visiting the main cultural attractions.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Cheaper Than Eastern Europe
The average costs involved in visiting Lisbon in 2023 are only 2% higher than they were in 2022. That’s a much smaller increase in costs than any other European city included in the research.
What makes this so surprising is that Eastern European destinations are typically considered the best value in Europe.
Last year, Vilnius in Lithuania was the cheapest destination to visit, but Lisbon narrowly knocked it down into second place this year.
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Only four Western European cities made it into the top ten cheapest destinations in Europe list. They were Lisbon (Portugal), Athens (Greece), Porto (Portugal), and Lille (France).
It is no coincidence that two of these cities are in Portugal: Portugal is a country that offers a warm and friendly welcome alongside affordable prices.
The Average Costs In Lisbon
So, what can you expect to spend if you choose to visit Lisbon for your summer vacation?
The average price of a two-night hotel stay in the city for two people is $150, on average, which is just a 5.2% increase on 2022’s average prices. This is based on guests staying in a 3-star hotel.
For a three-course meal for two people with a bottle of house wine, you can expect to pay around $48 on average.
A cup of coffee in a café will set you back just $1.70 and a bottle of beer in a bar just $2.80.
Culture vultures can expect to pay around $5.50 to visit a top art gallery in the city and $11 for one of the highest-quality heritage sites.
Prefer to see all the attractions Lisbon has to offer via the convenience of a sightseeing city bus tour? This will cost you $22.50 per person.
Why Visit Lisbon?
As well as being incredibly affordable, Lisbon is also a beautiful city packed full of cultural attractions.
As a capital city, it has all the modern bustle and amenities you would expect, but these are blended with an ancient, historical feel.
This is because Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, second only to Athens.
Lisbon is famed not only for its unique historical center but also for its incredible weather and delicious food.
While the food might be affordable here, that doesn’t mean that quality isn’t exceptional. Because Lisbon is a melting pot of cultures, this is reflected in the cuisine. Looking for dishes that are traditionally Portuguese? You can enjoy incredible seafood and delicate pastries called Pasteis de nata.
If you’re looking for a sun-soaked break, then you’re in luck because Lisbon is also the sunniest capital city in mainland Europe. If you visit in July, you’ll be able to experience an incredible 352 hours of sunshine.
From the high-octane nightlife to the incredible views, Lisbon has so much to offer travelers. Whilst it is best known as a city-break destination, Lisbon also boasts its own coastline not far from the city center.
This long stretch of golden sand beach is ideal if you’re looking to relax and unwind away from the bustle of the city. It is also the best place to eat the seafood that Lisbon is famous for, as close as possible to the source.
And thanks to the strong southerly swell, the Lisbon coast is a great place for surfing and windsurfing too. It’s an affordable destination that offers something for everyone.
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