Porto and Lisbon among the 10 must friendly cities according to Condé Nast Traveller readers
Cities are usually judged by their history, architecture or even food quality. Still, there’s always one factor that’s important to take into account—people. The kindness of the locals is what can transform the trip of any tourist. Condé Nast Traveller has asked its readers to rate the friendliest cities in Europe and there are two Portuguese on the final list.
In all, there are ten locations chosen by the British travel magazine. The cities of Porto and Lisbon are at the top of the list — in fourth and fifth place, respectively. In the case of the Portuguese capital, the choice with the renewal of the city in the last five years is justified. “Its historic streets, trams, river and tiled facades still remain, but there are now several intriguing spaces to visit as well,” Condé Nast Traveller writes.
In addition, ten things are recommended to do in Lisbon, such as learning to surf, taking a great walk through the historic neighborhoods or eating a pastel de nata.
Porto, which appears ahead of the Portuguese capital, is described as “one of the few cities in Europe that remain the same, both literally and metaphorically”. For critics of this magazine there is “nothing particularly spectacular to admire”, but with the new restaurants, bars and shops, “Porto flees from the other equal cities in Europe”.
The list was created for the annual awards of the British travel magazine, which put readers to analyze the best hotels in the world, the best airlines, the tours that all visitors should do or the best villa to rent in Greece and Croatia. You can see in the full list that Dublin, Valetta or Athens complete the rest of this top.