Portugal’s lively and compact capital offers everything a traveller could wish for from a European city – stunning architecture, world-class cuisine and colourful, cobbled streets to get lost in. Take the traditional yellow number 28 tram through the winding medieval streets of the Alfama district and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city and the sparkling sea beyond. For a taste of Portuguese tradition, catch a melancholic Fado show or stop in a backstreet café for a strong coffee and a delectable ‘Pastéis de Nata’- the region’s famous custard tart.
For all its history, Lisbon has a contemporary and cosmopolitan vibe, most evident in the ultra-cool Bairro Alto and its hip restaurants and bars, awash with global influences. Built on a series of hills, Lisbon is the perfect location for a romantic city break, or even a blissful combination of city and sand. After you have soaked up the city sights, head to the charming coastal town of Cascais to catch some waves, or simply relax on the broad, golden sands.