Lisbon Named Leading City Break Destination for 2013

Last week, the World Travel Awards named Lisbon, Portugal as Europe's Leading City Break Destination for 2013. The city also earned the recognition in 2009 and 2010, and beat out notable cities like Dublin, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Venice to take the title for the third time.

So what makes Lisbon special? Plenty. We took a look at the city's hospitality options back in February, noting the combination of historic palace hotels and newer properties like the Altis Belem Hotel & Spa...which, in keeping with the city's theme of contrasts, is located in between two historic buildings. 

Portugal has become especially popular for the river cruise market, and several lines visit the capital city as part of their tours. AmaWaterwaysEnticing Douro itinerary begins with three nights in Lisbon, while Viking Cruises' Hemming and Torgil sail a 10-night River of Gold cruise that include two nights in Lisbon. The upcoming ocean-faring Viking Star will also dock in Lisbon when it launches in 2015.

Kensington Tours announced private guided tours to Portugal earlier this year, including a five-day "Lisbon Discovery" tour that covers the city's historic regions and outlying areas. There's also the seven-day "Gastronomic Lisbon and Porto" option that brings foodies to some of the top restaurants and culinary sites in both cities. 

And for a special deal, the The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon has launched "The Ultimate Lisbon Experience," a promotion allowing guests a 50 percent discount on all room upgrades. This offer allows guests to upgrade to executive rooms and suites for half price and access to the Executive Club. The promotion is valid on bookings made on for stays until December 31. There is no minimum night stay.