Recently, Mercer Company released Its annual “Worldwide Quality of Living Survey”. These last three years, Lisbon has managed to raise 12 places on the global ranking, placing it on the 45th place, in front of other 176 cities that include Madrid, New York and Rome.
I think this is the result of all the effort we’ve been seeing in Lisbon for the last decade. Streets are cleaner, traffic is much more controlled and organized, access to the city is much better than before. Lisbon has the highest grades on relations with other countries and on the social and cultural levels. It has an excellent net of electricity, water and telecommunications supply, as much as global consuming goods. Also, in Lisbon we have a great offer of foreign schools, excellent banking and health care services. Above all, we have low risk of natural disaster occurrence and a great weather. We have gone a long way, that’s true. It’s also true that we still have a long way to go.
There is still too much traffic and too many car accidents. Public transportation, although has been improving, is still far from good. With all this, pollution is still too high. The Eco-Ranking placed Lisbon on the 75th over 221 cities.
Lisbon has been receiving many Travel Destination Awards for the last couple of years. Also, many are the foreign visitors that fall in love with this city and decide never to part again. That may not only be the results of all the effort we’ve seen this last decade, but also and above all a great incentive to keep improving. There is no doubt that Lisbon is a great place to visit and to live in. There aren’t many cities in the world I would trade Lisbon for.
Recent Articles in this category
Downtown Lisbon will be filled with joy and culture with the biggest cultural event from Minho region, outside that area. You will be able to see folklore music and dancing from Minho.
Minho is the ancient province that stands along the littoral to the north of Porto, up to Galicia, Spain.
Next 5th and...
May 27th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: culture, dancing, festival, folklore, music
There is no doubt that Lisbon has been setting its standards higher each year. The city has received many awards lately, including several World Travel Awards and best 2010 destination in Europe . Hotel in Lisbon have been doing the same. Along with the old traditional hotels and the international...
May 25th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: hotel
Apart from water, coffee may just be the easiest drink to get anywhere in Lisbon. In fact it’s said that 80% of the Portuguese population drinks coffee. If you sit in any pastelaria, café or restaurant, you’ll find out just how popular coffee is in Lisbon.
The Portuguese started drinking coffee...
May 24th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cafe, restaurant, top-feature
Until the 16th of July you can move your feet to exquisite, traditional music at some of the nicest parts of Lisbon.
Micro Bailes (Micro Balls) will happen at the old traditional streets and squares of Mouraria and Graça districts, through time, until the 16th of July, and to the magic sound of Celina...
May 24th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, Arts and Entertainment, Attractions, Events, Family Friendly, music, nightlife, Outdoors & Recreation
Today is Rock in Rio Lisbon kick off. Shakira, John Mayer, Ivete Sangalo and Mariza are just a few names of the chosen ones for this first day.
For five days Lisbon will be the city of rock with over 12 hour of performances a day. On the “World Stage” you may see some of the best international bands,...
May 21st, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Attractions, Events, festival, music, nightlife, Outdoors & Recreation, The Arts
This new festival (this will be the second edition) is already known as the greatest performing arts festival in Lisbon.
Throughout 20 days, you will be able to see artist from all over the world, dancers and actors, performers, installations and talks, among others. Some of the most awaited shows include...
May 20th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Events, festival, Outdoors & Recreation, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance, The Arts
The first contemporary boutique Hotel in Lisbon will be celebrating its 5th anniversary with five senses.
Bairro Alto Hotel stands right in the heart of the old part of town, at Praça Luís de Camões (map). This is one of the most vibrant parts of town with great shopping, restaurants and nightlife....
May 19th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Food & Beverage, Hotels & Places to Stay, special offers
Once more, OutJazz will be bringing music to everyone, gathering people at some of the most interesting parks in Lisbon.
During 5 months, from May to September, jazz will take over a main garden in the city, a different one each month. The music will play at the sound of nature, in the open air.
May 12th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, culture, Events, Family Friendly, jazz, music, Outdoors & Recreation, park
Recently I moved to the other side of the river, to Costa da Caparica. Although just a short and beautiful boat ride from Lisbon, or some 15 minutes by car crossing 25 de Abril bridge, it feels like a sweet break from the rushing of the city.
But you may ask why I’m writing about it now… Costa da...
May 10th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, beach, Family Friendly, Food & Beverage, Outdoors & Recreation
I have a clear thing for TAP, the biggest Portuguese Flight Company. My mother was a air hostess for TAP since I was born, until I was about 16 years old. These days I still get some great discounts, so I am still a frequent flyer.
All this to say I’m glad to announce that TAP was just awarded the...
May 7th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: airlines, Announcements
After a month off, taking my time to get some things done and after traveling through the magic land of Egipt, here I am again to bring you insights of what is happening in the recently awarded Lisbon.
The good weather is finally setting in. After an unusual rainy and cold winter (one like we hadn’t...
May 5th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements
Peixe em Lisboa (Fish in Lisbon), now in the third edition, has become one of the best gastronomic events in the country. It gathers in the same place top restaurants, live demonstrations of the best chefs in action, gourmet products, wine and beer and lots of activities like concerts.
Pavilhão de Portugal,...
March 31st, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Events, Family Friendly, Restaurants & Bars
Saturday evening at Museu do Oriente, I arrive just before 9h30pm to one of the best Portuguese music composers concert. Following an invitation of Museu do Oriente, Rodrigo de Leão would feature his voyages around the world, his latest album “Mãe” and obviously some of his best work.
March 30th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, culture, featuredarticle, music
What better way to start this year than being nominated and winning Travel Awards. Lisbon has just won another award for Europes top destination by European Consumers Choice.
This non-profit organization rewards each year 25 product ranges chosen by a jury and European consumers. For the first edition...
March 29th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, News
Santini Stores are both on Cascais area. The main one, still close for vacations, stands on Cascais Village (map). The second in near S.João do Estoril train station (map) and is already open.
Santini is known to have the best ice-creams in Lisbon. The same products that have already...
March 27th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, Attractions, Family Friendly, Food & Beverage, ice cream
As part of a global action, the Earth Hour, tomorrow (26th of March 2010) at 8h30pm Lisbon will turn off the lights. Hopefully the results will be bigger than last years.
This is the second year that Lisbon takes part on this action that sends a clear message of the urge to change our ways of thinking...
March 26th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, Events, News, planet
It seems that Lisbon is finally coming out of the shade and assuming its deserved place. After winning 2009 World Travel Awards for Europe’s Leading City Break Destination, Europe´s Leading Cruise Destination and Europe’s Leading Destination, Lisbon is once again nominated for the 2010 World Travel...
March 22nd, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, awards, News
CoolJazzFest is a music festival presenting some of the best and talented artist on the jazz scene. Combining different expressions and perspectives of this kind of music, the program is wide and definitely to take into consideration.
This next July summer nights, CoolJazzFest will be presenting top...
March 21st, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, Events, festival, jazz, music
Next 21st of March you’ll have the opportunity to cross the 25 de Abril bridge running or walking.
This year’s edition will be starting at the bridge, on the other side of the river and finishing at Lisbon. As you cross the bridge, you will then go down to Alcântara and go all the way to Cais do...
March 20th, 2010 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, Attractions, Family Friendly, Marathon, Outdoors & Recreation, sports