Courtesy Lisbon Tourism

Despite its cultural riches, Lisbon has never reached the same level of tourism popularity that other Iberian cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville) have enjoyed for decades. The Portuguese capital, however, has everything a traveler could want: great food, fabulous art, robust history, sensational wine and a bustling contemporary culture scene that’s reshaping the country’s international reputation as a hotbed for creativity.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep… at the removed but refined Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
  • Experience…the winding Old World streets of Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood
  • Splurge…on the dinner at José Avillez’s Belcanto
  • Eat…the country’s most popular pastry: pasteis de nata
  • Drink…Portuguese wine with every meal
  • Savor…all of Lisbon from the hilltop viewpoints at Castelo de Sao Jorge
  • Visit…the Carmo Convent, which was destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755
  • See…the fairytale city of Sintra
  • Shop…for stylish souvenirs at A Vida Portuguesa
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Lay of the Land

The capital Lisbon, which is located on the Atlantic coast in the middle of the country, remains the most important and populous city in Portugal. Built on seven hills, Lisbon has many faces: the party-heavy neighborhood of Bairro Alto (where evening revelers spill out of bars and onto the cobblestone streets) provides a stark contrast to the hilly district of Alfama, where Fado (the Portugueses’ melancholic music of choice) bars reign supreme. Its topography can make it a taxing city to traverse on foot so having a car handy is helpful, especially because sights are spread across the city. From Lisbon, an overnight trip to either Sintra (the fairytale-looking city where the royal family once lived) or Cascais (the chic beach town 30 minutes from the capital) is a must.

Getting There

Flights arrive into Lisbon Airport, which is serviced by many carriers including TAP, which is headquartered in Lisbon. The airport is just located a short, 20-minute drive from the city center.

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