Who will be in Lisbon this Champion weekend? The Capital of Portugal will be crowded with football fans who want to witness the final of Champions League. And the “Cathedral”, the Stadium of Light, will be the main stage of this match.
Enjoy your football weekend and take this chance to discover one of the most wonderful European cities. We will give you the best travel tips and advices for your Champion weekend in Lisbon!
Lisbon: the main stage of UEFA Champions League
This year the main stage of the UEFA Champions League final is the Stadium of Light in Lisbon (Estádio da Luz). Indeed, this stadium is historically accustomed to be elected the principal scenario of epic events. The Stadium of Light is called "The Cathedral" and it witnessed the consecration of great champions. Many of the world's best players of all time trod this turf, the best teams faced each other within these walls. The Stadium of Light was the chosen stadium for the final of the European 2004, this year its Benfica team celebrated here the conquest of the three Portuguese competitions and, this weekend, there will be another clash of titans: the finalists of the most prestigious European League - Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – will play here and here will be crowned the great winner.
Lisbon will be crowded. The hotels have exhausted a long time ago, not only in Lisbon but in its faraway surroundings. After the match, the party will be forceful with football lovers coming from the entire world. But while the game does not start, take this weekend to visit the westernmost Capital of Europe.
Lisbon is a fascinating and inspiring place. A city set on seven hills, as the legend tells. Thanks to its wonderful waterfront location, pleasant climate and quirky range of traditional and modern attractions, Lisbon can aggregate the best that we can find in each European capital. Are you excited? So come to Lisbon to find out…
Why a visit through Lisbon?
Indeed, the match of the Champions League is a great motive to visit Lisbon. However, this city was recently considered as “The Best European City for Short Breaks”, by the World Travel Award, and so, there are a lot of reasons for this award beyond this game. And some of those reasons are:
It's the closest European capital to the United States and just around a 2-hour flight from all the other major European cities. It is the westernmost European city and, therefore, its Atlantic beaches are simply gorgeous.
Its mild climate makes it an ideal year-round destination. In winter, the most European cities are freezing and, in Lisbon, the temperatures are moderate. By the way, in Portugal, the holy St. Pedro is associated to the meteorology and he acceded to the fans requests and a very good weather is scheduled for this Champion weekend. There will be temperatures between 18 and 20 degrees and a lot of sun. The heat won’t be a lot… just enough heat to excite even more the mood.
it is the only European capital located close to sandy and golden beaches. Perhaps, the weather will help and you can probably try diving. Or, if you like it, we can surf one splendid surfing beaches.
It is one of the greatest historical cities, with amazing places, cultural pearls and beautiful settings that make it a paradise for walkers. You will have the chance to visit Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower, the Cathedral, the Praça do Comércio, Baixa and much more! Lisbon also hosts a great number of remarkable museums of ancient and modern art, like the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, etc.
Fado Music and Districts
Alfama is the most characteristic district in Lisbon and it preserves its old and traditional identity. Stroll through its streets and listen the Fado Music, a typical Portuguese music, listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Its surroundings are a true must-see. Very close to Lisbon lasts the romantic town of Sintra, the interesting Estoril (where you can find the Europe’s largest Casino), the surfing town of Cascais, and the amazing Setúbal (with dolphins-watching). A few kilometres away, the towns and villages of Évora, Óbidos, Batalha, Alcobaça and Fatima are very interesting too.
Lisbon is considered one of the safest European capitals. And this weekend, the secury will be greatly enhanced in the capital of Portugal.
Interesting Nightlife: The nightlife in Lisbon is considered one of the most vibrants in Europe. Here, Bairro Alto is the most important spot with various restaurants and bars.
The world known Pastel de Belém (Belem Pastry) is a “must-taste” as well as the meals with fresh and delicious fish. Try the amazing Mediterranean diet!
For tired people shopping will be a very interesting option. The biggest shopping mall in Iberian Peninsula, Centro Commercial Colombo, will offer you innumerous possibilities. And guess what! It is close to Stadium of Light! But we can also choose the local markets.
And like the other Portuguese people, in Lisbon visitors will be very well received for nice and friendly people.