Non-expensive Culture in Lisbon

LisbonThe UK Post Office recently issued their first annual Cost of Culture survey, which analises 10 culture capitals, 9 of which are located in Europe. The survey looked at a typical short cultural city break to each of the cities and the price of entry to three top museums or art galleries, three heritage sites, tickets to an orchestral performance, opera and ballet, and a free attraction.

Lisbon was judged to be the 3rd-cheapest culture capital of those surveyed and “best value overall” in the eurozone, together with Amsterdam.

The cultural sights in Lisbon included in this survey were the world-class Gulbenkian Museum, the Museum of Ancient Art and the Coach Museum. Tickets were bought to performances of “Bernstein & Friends” at the São Carlos National Theatre, “Tosca” at the São Carlos National Opera House and the National Ballet Company’s performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Coliseu dos Recreios.

The three heritage sites chosen are really a must for any visit to Lisbon: Lisbon’s icon, the Belem Tower, the majestic St. Georges Castle and Sintra’s Pena Palace (a short journey from Lisbon). Together with these unmissable sights, the free attraction was the emblematic Jeronimo’s Monastery.

Coming on top of Mario’s recommendations on how to enjoy Lisbon for free, this highlights once again the fact that Lisbon is one of Europe’s cheapest capitals, and if you need persuading any further that Lisbon is the place to go, also one of its safest.

The first few months of 2008 have seen Lisbon in a number of surveys, all favourable. In January the New York Times places Lisbon second on its list of top 53 places to visit in 2008, a Mercer Consulting survey showed Lisbon to be the cheapest European capital in 2007, and Yahoo & Sherman’s travel voted Lisbon 3rd in their list of top 10 places to visit for 2008.

You surely don’t need any further encouragement to Go Lisbon!

Post Office Survey

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