The Global Post in a recent article emphasizes what the city has to offer to those who not only visit the city, but also to those who decide to move here.
From the 31 reasons and their explanations described in the article these are the 10 best reasons to move to Lisbon, in our opinion:
#1. It basks in Europe’s greatest climate
More sunshine than Madrid, Rome or Athens — yet while they all sweat through the Mediterranean summer, there’s usually a breeze blowing off the Atlantic to give Lisbon natural air-conditioning.
#3. The beach is 20 minutes from downtown
“The soft sandy beaches of Oeiras and Cascais are a short hop along a coast-hugging suburban rail line.”
#5. It’s got a river that feels like the sea
“The Tagus at its widest is over 10 miles across, forming western Europe’s largest estuary. It’s a haven for wildlife — including pink flamingos that flock to the far bank.”
#7. Rome can’t match the views from Lisbon’s seven hills
“Like the Italian capital, Lisbon is supposed to have been built on seven hills. Almost every one offers a fabulous view, from across the rooftops of the old city to the shimmering waters of the Tagus beyond.”
#12. There’s loads of culture
“You can overdose on the arts — from the gilded interior of the Sao Carlos opera house, to the fabulous art in the Gulbenkian Museum and Berardo Collection.”
#16. You can eat really, really well for practically nothing
“Food is taken very seriously here and even fancy restaurants are much cheaper than in most European capitals.”
#18. It has what might be the greatest aquarium in the world
“The Oceanario is Lisbon’s biggest attraction. An aquarium like no other, its 180,000 cubic feet main tank holds more than 100 species of big fish, including tuna, rays and sharks.”
#21. Johnny Depp speaks English here
“Unlike in most European countries, Portuguese theaters play movies in their original language, with subtitles.”
#27. There’s a fairy-tale fortress up in the hills
In less than 40 minutes by train, you can visit the village of Sintra, filled with castles and romantic places. Palacio da Pena is the most astonishing one, is a UNESCO heritage site.
#29. It’s full of leafy havens
“Lisbon is full of green getaways” like the 2500 acre Monsanto park or the Principe real garden, “a verdant oasis surrounded by chic shops and bars”
Read the full article here.
For all these reasons and many more, Lisbon is a great option for those considering retirement abroad. Moving to Portugal is now easier thanks to the Non Habitual Regime and Golden Visa status.
Read more about retirement in Portugal here.