Cultural Information

Attractive facts about Lisbon and Portugal…

Lisbon is in the TOP 5 of the most beautiful cities in the world.

In 2013, Oporto was nominated by Lonely Planet’s as one of the Top 10 European Destinations.

In 2012, ABC News chose Lisbon as one of the best places to visit.

In 2012, Guimarães, the cradle city of Portugal, was the European Capital of Culture.  

In 2011, Fado - a typical Portuguese music genre - was classified by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage of humanity (see Museu do Fado).

In 1998, Portugal organized Expo ’98 (1998 Lisbon World Exposition).

In 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture. 

Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém.

Setubal’s Moscatel - a typical Portuguese liquor - was distinguished as the best in the world.

In 2010, “Monte da Vinha” cheese was ranked as 2nd Best Creamy Sheep’s Cheese in the Iberian Peninsula.

Lisbon has a typical cake - Pastel de Belém - which is appreciated by all.

Portugal has several top athletes - Nelson Évora (won a gold medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the triple jump), Naíde Gomes (world champion in long jumper in the World Indoor Athletics, Valência 2008), Cristiano Ronaldo (best player in the world, FIFA 2013), Telma Monteiro (is the number two on the world ranking list in 57Kg category and recently won a silver medal in Masters Almaty, January 2012); top personalities in sport - José Mourinho (best coach in the world, FIFA 2010); top musicians - Mariza (distinguished as “Best Artist of Europe”, by BCC Radio 3 in 2005 and 2006) and Carlos do Carmo (Grammy Award in 2014) .

Updated on 13/04/2015