Paris, London, Berlin, Rome are all cities that have a clear identity and cultural offering. Lisbon is complex and unique and not the obvious choice for a destination, but it is seeing an increase in popularity. Often thought of as the San Francisco of Europe, Lisbon is undergoing a major change.
The city is filled with winding, hilly streets. The architecture perfectly harmonises the old with the new. In addition, Lisbon is attracting young creative talent and because of this fact it is starting to stand out as a city of design. The relaxed ambience is perfect for young artists looking to live a bohemian life. Small independent boutiques are popping up around the city. Lisbon also still manages to provide the ideal environment for an older crowd wanting to enjoy the sun and the sea alongside a city life.
The buildings are bright and colourful and speak to the heritage of the culture. The café culture is very much thriving with young entrepreneurs opening new restaurants and cafés, adding great culinary value to the city. The energy is unpretentious, relaxed and vibrant. It is uncomplicated and certainly the most interesting European capital to watch out for in the coming years.