Travelers looking to experience something new this summer could do worse than head to Lisbon, according to new research released July 6.
The Portuguese capital, often ignored by tourists choosing instead to flock to the country’s sunny south, topped a list of most “underrated” European cities released this week.
It managed the distinction above Bruges, the “Venice of the North” which has yet to crack the mass tourism market, and Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital which often proves just a little bit too far for visitors to London to visit.
The survey, conducted among over 3,500 European travelers by travel review site TripAdvisor, also revealed some surprising – and utterly unsurprising – opinions on other capitals.
London, for instance, was named the “easiest to get around” by respondents, despite boasting a notoriously unreliable underground rail network and being larger than most of the other cities featured, although it also won the distinction of being the most exciting.
Parisians, rather unsurprisingly, were named the least friendly locals, along with the rudest cab drivers – not that taxis are a particularly effective way to traverse the French capital anyway.
If you’re looking for some romance, steer well clear of Birmingham in Britain, said the survey, and head instead to Venice – where the combination of good weather, sprawling canals and quaint buildings appears to have won the affection of visitors.