Shopping will be fun, but there’s a lot to notice when the Portuguese capital is on fire. The Hyatt Regency Lisbon joined the list of already selected hotels when it opened its doors earlier this year, offering 204 stylish rooms and destination restaurants, including the main Viseversa cafe. Hotel Das Amoreiras is a low-key hideaway at the time, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World that features a sunny, peaceful garden.
Elsewhere, delicious new restaurants and buzzing bars are attracting people from all over the region and beyond – think small plates at Rosetta, late-night cocktails at UNI, or a seasonal party at Senhor Uva.
The Portuguese capital has taken the top spot for the first time, in a barometer that usually sees Eastern European cities outside the Eurozone take the top spot. However, heading east is cheaper – Vilnius is the second cheapest city, Krakow takes third place, and Riga is fifth.
The rest of the top 10 is Athens (fourth), while Porto, Zagreb, Budapest, Warsaw and Lille claim five to 10 places. The Slovak city of Bratislava just misses the top 10, although the week is not required. breaking the bank at £333.51.
It will come as no surprise to Londoners paying £7-a-pint that the British capital is one of the most expensive places to visit. The city is ranked 28th between Geneva and Belfast, and the average cost includes £73.80 for a three-course meal and £30.40 for a 48-hour travel card.
Amsterdam took the title of Europe’s most expensive city at £727.07, while the sophistication of Paris and the culture of Venice are among the other European cities that require a little planning – and saving – before you visit.
Starting with the cheapest, the top 10 cities in Europe by total cost in 2023 are:
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Vilnius, Lithuania
- Krakow, Poland
- Athens, Greece
- Riga, Latvia
- Porto, Portugal
- Zagreb, Croatia
- Budapest, Hungary
- Warsaw, Poland
- Lille, France