12 Reasons to Love Lisbon
By Ann Abel
There are more than a dozen reasons to love Lisbon, of course. Lately the city’s safety and good value—it’s Western Europe’s least expensive capital—have been winning a lot of hearts. But its appeal goes far deeper: narrow cobblestone streets ascending the city’s many hills, historic architecture, beautiful palaces, a culture that’s both soulful (even melancholic) and cheerful, trendy restaurants in neighborhoods like Chiado and Principe Real and a freewheeling late-night scene on the exuberant streets of Bairro Alto.
Most of the Portuguese people I met in this postcard-picturesque city of about half a million were welcoming, effusive and justifiably proud of the place they call home—especially their cuisine, as this is a country where eating is considered a national sport. And several of the expats I met asked me not to write about Lisbon and spoil their secret playground. (Um, sorry.)