One of the safest metropolises in Western Europe is Lisbon, Portugal. When traveling to Europe, tourists oftentimes worry about being pick-pocketed while in major metropolises. Lisbon has the least amount of violent crime compared to other major European metropolises, and actually has the best value for your money. You can stay in the most luxurious hotels in Lisbon for an inexpensive amount.
Exploring the city will leave you very fulfilled as there is so much to do throughout Lisbon. Traveling to the major Western European capital is a cinch, especially if you are traveling from the United States, being that it is the closest capital from America. If you are looking to widen your European holiday and visit other cities it is around a 2-hour flight to any major city you would want to visit.
Blessed with being the only European capital situated so close to sandy beaches and miles of dune-backed sands, locals and tourists alike can come to gaze at the sea, delight in a refreshing day in the sun or enjoy water activities such as swimming and surfboarding. The climate in Lisbon is the best in Europe, usually warm even in the winter, much warmer than other major cities in Europe where the weather can be freezing. This enables you to revel in the gorgeous beaches 20 minutes outside of the city known for world-famous surfboarding are Guincho and Costa da Caparic, where the long stretches of sand along the coast seem to never end.
You can unwind and lay by the sea during the day while being able to enjoy the vibrant nightlife at night while visiting Lisbon. The picturesque views of the endless sandy beaches and the cobblestone streets throughout the city will gratify any kind of traveler. A vibrant, rich culture transudes throughout the city with coffee shops and eating places, stores and museums all within reach. As you are walking through the city you can experience the great lively sense of a caf culture.
For great shopping in the city, Rua Augusta is my favorite destination. A lively pedestrian street with mosaic pavements, this outdoor plaza features vendors who sell anything to get the attention of tourists passing by, international stores and outdoor coffee shops. The main pedestrian street in Lisbon, Rua Augusta is where you would go to get a keepsake or t shirt for your friends back home or if you require upscale shopping as well.
Whatever brings you to Lisbon, you will never run out of things to do in this coastal, historical capital that creates a beautiful setting for travelers and sightseers.
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