Tourists Love Lisbon: The City Exceeds Visitors’ Expectations

Looking out over Lisbon's Alfama district
This year’s annual survey conducted by the Lisbon Tourism Board showed that 92% of foreign tourists who visited the city say they’d like to return.

Their experience in Lisbon was better than they thought it would be for 28% of them, 40% said the city was just as they imagined it, while 32% claimed their expectations were more than met. Diversity of attractions, public transport system, climate, and value for money were seen as the city’s positives, which is why 92% said they’ll likely return and 99% said they’ll recommend the city to others, with the words “pretty”, “historic”, “friendly”, “calm” and “cultural” as the most used to describe Lisbon.

A surprising 75% of visitors had been to Lisbon before and decided to return. Of those, 20% had visited once before, 25% had been twice, and for 8% this was their fourth visit.

The average time spent in Lisbon was 6.3 nights, with 90% choosing to stay in a hotel. The most visited sights were those linked to the city’s “Golden Age of Discovery” in the Belem district, and the Castle of St. George, with 80% of them choosing walking as their preferred way to get around. 75% visited museums, 71% did some shopping, 70% went out for dinner, and 56% headed to the beach.

In fact, many chose to see Lisbon’s surroundings, with 99% of those surveyed saying that Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, and Obidos exceeded their expectations.

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