The inspiration for the choice of slogan comes from the link between Lisbon and the ocean, a historical connection, because Lisbon was the centre of the most important world maritime routes that linked Europe to the rest of the world.
Today, Lisbon is a city of diversity, respect and tolerance, sharing the values that Eurovision represents. Through the sea, Portugal invites the international community to come together and celebrate Europe and music in this year’s competition.
The Festival, which takes place at the Altice Arena, will have two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May followed by the Grand Final on 12 May. If you don’t manage to get a ticket, you can experience this unique environment in the Eurovision Village. Here, admission will be free, and it will be open to the public between 4 and 13 May from 3 pm to 11 pm.
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Every day you will find here a lot of entertainment in which music plays a leading part, and you can watch as the DJs perform or follow the broadcasting of the festival performances.
If you want to watch other musical shows, you will find that the musical programme is packed and varied throughout the year, in both Lisbon and the rest of the country. In addition to shows by national artists, Portugal is part of the tours of the most highly acclaimed foreign artists and is increasingly known for the quality of its Music Festivals. From urban settings to festivals in the heart of the countryside, in a field or beside the sea, or even in historical sites, the choice is huge. From rock to classical music, from jazz to dance music, there are sounds to suit all tastes.
Take the chance, too, to get to know unique expressions of Portuguese music that have been recognized by UNESCO as intangible heritage of humanity. Two examples are Fado, which conveys the Portuguese soul so well, sung brimming with feeling, accompanied only by a guitar, and the Cante Alentejano [Alentejo singing] in which groups of men and women sing in chorus, without any instrumental accompaniment.
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There is also plenty to see and find out about in the outskirts, too. The coast of Estoril and Cascais, a small fishing town, the romantic Sintra with its palaces and farms, and Mafra with its majestic Convent are places you really shouldn't miss. And if you prefer wave sports like bodyboarding and kitesurfing, you’ll find the perfect conditions for them very close by, on the Costa de Caparica or in Ericeira, Europe’s 1st surfing reserve.
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Lisbon is also a good starting point for travelling around the country because there are excellent transport links to all parts of the country. Do the same as the competitors in the Festival, who have been filming their postcards in several places in Portugal and venturing out into our country. You’ll find that you won’t regret it. In addition to the diversity of landscapes, a wealth of experience awaits you that will ensure great moments to remember.
Starting in Portugal’s Centro Region, try a trip on the colourful moliceiros (boats used to gather seaweed) in Aveiro and taste the delicious cheese in the Serra da Estrela. Further north, next to Oporto in Gaia, you absolutely have to visit the port wine cellars to enjoy this delicious nectar, and if you want to get to know some of our most traditional folklore, go a little further up, to Viana do Castelo. In addition to the music and dance, you will be entranced by the wealth of costumes and Portuguese jewellery.
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|Ponta da Piedade - Lagos © Algarve Tourism Bureau|
Come to Portugal to fall in love with other places and with new melodies. All aboard!
Find more information at:
- https://www.visitlisboa.com/Eurovision Song Contest' 18