Often overlooked for its popular European cousins, Lisbon specializes in lulling tourists into its laid-back charm. Perched atop seven hills, its alleyways wind between colorful, centuries-old buildings.
Fanciful St. George’s Castle peeks out to the skyline, lending an Old World-mystery to the burgeoning cosmopolitan city. And despite the modern sleek buildings that are slowly rising throughout the city, village life holds strong.
But there’s more to Lisbon than lazing about in coffee shops nibbling pastéis de nata (custard tarts) all day: From exploring the Fado clubs in Bairro Alto to taking in the view at the top of the Santa Justa Elevator; from laying out at the Cascais beaches to treasure hunting at the historic Feira da Ladra flea market; from gazing at the gargantuan displays at the Oceanarium to gorging on bacalhau (salted cod); Portugal’s coastal capital is rich with opportunity.