Lisbon Tourism Survey: Portugal’s capital is a surprising and recommended destination

The results of a Lisbon tourism survey conducted last April were released last week. When asked how they’d describe the Portuguese capital, Inside Belem Tower most tourists used the adjectives “beautiful,” “attractive,” and “interesting,” followed by “relaxing,” “pleasant,” and “romantic.”

About half said the city exceeded their expectations, and for about one quarter of them it was “a magnificent surprise.” About 99% of those surveyed would recommend a visit to others, and more than half claimed it’s very likely they’ll return.

The most visited attraction was the Jeronimos Monastery, followed by Belem Tower and Saint George’s Castle. These were followed by the Discoveries Monument, the Cathedral, the Ancient Art Museum, the Oceanarium, the Coaches Museum, and the Belem Cultural Center (which at the time of the survey didn’t yet house the Berardo Museum). The district where most spent the majority of their time was Baixa, followed by Alfama, Bairro Alto, and Belem. Their favorite activity was walking around the city, followed by visiting the individual attractions, and sampling the restaurants.

Most stated the main reason for their decision to visit Lisbon was “recommendation by friends or family,” while about a third said this was a destination they’ve always wanted to visit.

Outside the city, the most popular daytrips continued to be Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril, with the Pena Palace as the most-visited attraction.

These were the top choices of the tourists, but for the very best of Lisbon, see GoLisbon’s Top 10 – The Best of Lisbon page. It includes a list of Top 10 sights, ranked based on their singularity or global significance, and should therefore not be missed.