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Portgutal will play host to the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. The event will take place in the country’s capital and largest city, Lisbon!
semi-finals and grand final of the 63rd annual Eurovision Song Contest
(ESC) in Lisbon @ MEO Arena
The arena for Eurovision 2018 will be MEO Arena (originally Pavilhão Atlântico). The MEO Arena is perfect for a huge event like Eurovision Song Contest. With a capacity of 20,000 it is one of the largest indoor arenas in the EU. The arena is placed very central in Lisbon and is well connected to rail and bus routes. Many international acts have given concerts at the MEO Arena: Madonna, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus etc.
Parque das Nações, home to MEO Arena, has it all — from food to entertainment. From the Portuguese food at Bota Feijão to the Chinese at Old House to the some quick and delish pizza at Il Pizzarium. You can grab a selfie along the Ponte Vasco da Gama — Europe’s longest bridge — and buy clothes for EuroClub at the nearby Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall.
The latter is an airy and bright temple to fashion with more than 170 shops, including 33 restaurants, six movie screens and a health club.
Tickets usually go on sale in November/December the year before, so we expect the tickets for Eurovision 2018 to be released late 2017.
Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Lisbon during Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcasted from the Arena.
Eurovision Village will be at Praça do Comércio (also called “Terreiro do Paço”). Praça do Comércio is the largest of Lisbon’s squares located just next to the Tagus river. The square has traditional painted buildings lining the three sides and a magnificent statue of King José I positioned in the centre. Praça do Comércio was traditional where traders would sell their foreign goods.
Portugal is relatively liberal on LGBT rights. It is one of only a few countries in the world that maintains a Constitution protecting people from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Portugal was the eighth country in the world to pass same-sex marriage, back in 2010, and recent years have also seen gender recognition laws and same-sex adoption approved.
Video Of Eurovision Lisbon
Video Highlights of Eurovision Lisbon
Recommended Hotels in Lisbon
Lisbon is quite a compact city with two distinct gay districts,Principe Real area and in the old Bairro Alto quarter. Barrio Alto tends to lean more towards the mixed, gay-friendly groups. Principe Real hosts the best bear and cruising bars. We have selected hotels within easy walking distance from both areas. Remember, Lisbon is a city of hills, so sometimes a taxi is the best option!
Lisboa Carmo Hotel
Soundproofed, all rooms at the Second Floor B&B have either a balcony or a view of the Coliseum. Each includes a safe, flat-screen TV and fridge.