"World Travel Awards is proud to annouce the 2010 winner for Europe's leading City Break Destination as Lisbon, Portugal"
For the second year in a row those were the words heard by Lisbon, defeating cities like London, Paris or Rome also competing in this race. And why, you might ask?
Why was this small city, when compared to those big cosmopolitan cities and almost unknown in the United States, chosen?
Culture in Fado, per excellemce the song of Lisbon, which can be traced from the 1820's, born of an unique emotion, of a soul that can't be explained, only felt. In the old days this song could be heard throughout the narrow streets of Bairro Alto and Alfama, now only in Fado Restaurants, where you can "hear and taste" some of Lisbon's Culture.
And finally Climate, a sub-tropical Mediterranean weather, with mild winters and warm to hot summers. A city where you can seat outdoor Café Brasileira almost all year to have that special coffee in the "company" of Fernando Pessoa, and not worrying about the rain. Or be able to visit the old city by foot, without the need of carrying an umbrella.
Pleasure like these cannot be enjoyed in many cities across Europe and it made Lisbon a Leader in City Break Destination.