Lisbon and Porto are among the Best Cities in the World to visit according to the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. The award results from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler votes for the international cities they loved the most this year.
Condé Nast Traveler is one of the U.S. most reputable travel magazines. Their 33rd annual survey reveals its readers’ preferences for international cities, divided into Best Small Cities and Best Big Cities.
According to the publication, the list includes a diverse range of global superpower cities filled with everything from centuries-old palaces to neon-lit skylines to staggering skyscrapers. Here is their list:
Best Small Cities
“From historical sites to local art, signature dishes to sun-washed beaches, there’s something for everyone among these small international cities”, explains the publication.
10. Edinburgh, Scotland
9. Florence, Italy
8. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
7. Siena, Italy
6. Salzburg, Austria
5. Valletta, Malta
4. Monte Carlo, Monaco
3. Mérida, Mexico
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Best Big Cities
The magazine highlights: “Your favorite big international cities include destinations beloved for food, wine, architecture, and art. Some are classic travel spots that many have visited multiple times, while others are slightly less-touristed, but all are equally deserving of your attention.”
10. Lisbon, Portugal
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Helsinki, Finland
7. Porto, Portugal
6. Tokyo, Japan
5. Vienna, Austria
4. Sydney, Australia
3. Singapore, Singapore
2. Lyon, France
1. Kyoto, Japan
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Why are Porto and Lisbon among Best Cities in the World according to tourists?
Portugal’s most important cities are often ranked top destinations to visit in Europe thanks to their vibrant cultural scene, exquisite food, and perfect weather all year long. In fact, the tourism sector is one of the most important revenue sources, especially for Porto.
Porto, the second biggest city in the country, was elected The Best European Destination in 2014, 2016, and 2017. Built by the river, Porto offers a unique contrast between medieval architecture and contemporary life. For the past years, many historical buildings were renovated in the city, expanding the hotel industry and offering more hospitality options to tourists. Many investors benefited from this renovation projects and immigrated to Portugal under the Golden Visa Program.
Not by accident, Porto is among the top 5 cities that welcome tourists in the EU with an occupancy rate of over 70%. Hence, the real estate business and the hotel industry are one of the most profitable investment opportunities currently available in Portugal, especially in Porto. If you are an investor looking for the perfect hotel project in Portugal to invest and obtain your Golden Visa, Mercan Group can help you.
What is the best hotel project available in Porto for the Golden Visa? The Lapa Hotel!
Mercan Group of Companies are the developers of the Marriott Renaissance Lapa Hotel. The Lapa Hotel is located in one of Porto’s most historic neighborhoods, right in the gateway to downtown. Dominating the landscape, the Hotel offers a breath-taking view over the city skyline on the top of a hill.
Most visitors come to this area to visit Lapa Church and its iconic religious architecture. Nevertheless, they can’t resist exploring the surroundings, such as the Clérigos Tower or the lively Galerias de Paris, only a 10-minute walk from the Hotel. Marriott Renaissance Lapa Hotel is near all these and other attractions. Porto offers fine restaurants, exclusive shops, historical buildings, and vibrant nightlife. A stay to remember in a monumental city.
Also, the Lapa Hotel will operate under the Renaissance brand. Renaissance is a Marriot brand and has the perfect concept to give the Hotel a vibrant, modern, and sophisticated atmosphere. Benefitting from Marriott’s marketing strategy and approach, the Hotel will also avail from one of the world’s largest hotels selling channels and a market-leading loyalty program.