Often called the White City, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the continent’s second-oldest capital after Athens. Seamlessly blending history with modernity, Lisbon offers fascinating locations, unique venues, and unforgettable sights and attractions around every corner.
Magical, Captivating Lisboa
Seven Hills, Many Neighbourhoods
Legend has it that, like Rome, Lisbon was built on seven hills, and there is certainly no denying that Lisbon is a very hilly city with unique architecture, scattered with scenic viewpoints that emerge, as if from nowhere when you round a corner.
One of the best ways to take in the main sights is by riding on iconic yellow number 28 Tram up Lisbon’s hills, taking visitors to the oldest, most striking parts of the city. As you explore, notice the difference between the distinct neighbourhoods, each of which has its own character and history.
The most famous? Belém, home to two of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks – Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower – and the city’s most famous delicacy, pastéis da nata. The soulful sounds of a Fado tune rings out in the historic fishing neighbourhood of Alfama, while the Baixa, arguably the most vibrant and lively of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods, hums with life. The bohemian, alternative side of Lisbon can be found in the Chiado & Bairro Alto districts, whereas modern, spacious Park of Nations is the city’s commercial hub and the most recently developed district.
While days can be spent lost in the streets of Lisbon, its regal surroundings are also worth at least a day trip, with Sintra, a UNESCO world heritage site filled with marvellous palaces and mansions only a stone’s throw away. Just up the coast, Lisbon’s Atlantic coastline makes the city all the more attractive, giving way to coastal villages lined with golden beaches serving fantastic local food and providing plenty of opportunities for surfing.
A region filled with fascinating spots and hidden gems just waiting to be stumbled upon if you know where to look!