Portugal, Europe

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    Head back in time with Western Europe’s oldest city

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    Head back in time with Western Europe’s oldest city

How to enjoy Lisbon

With its red roofs, pink cascades of bougainvillea, green palms and walls of white and yellow, Lisbon is a colorful city with a Mediterranean sense of passion and an Atlantic sense of adventure

  • If only for its name alone, you must shop at Thieves’ Market in Graça; for fashion, discover Ana Salazar in Chiado
  • Spend a day at the beach at Cascais or Estoril and watch the sunset over the Atlantic as you savor garlic clams and sip chilled vinho verde
  • Cross the harbor on the timbered walkway to visit the ornate castle-like tower, the Torre de Belém

Lisbon’s oldest quarter is Alfama where cobbled medieval alleys wind around the ochre and burnt sienna walls to the 9th century castle, St George’s. One way to get to the castle is via Tram 28. This charming old pantograph-powered tram begins at Bairro Alto and rumbles its way through the city’s most picturesque suburbs, arriving at Alfama and Graça in preparation for the return journey.

A day trip must is Sintra. Perched close to Europe’s most western tip, Sintra is an architectural and historical jewel. The fanciful towers and domes of the many palaces here rise up from the huge granite block on which Sintra sits. Most glorious of these is the fantastical Palácio Nacional da Pena, the royal family’s former summer retreat, with its pink and yellow walls and onion domes.

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    When to visit Lisbon

    Although Lisbon is a year round destination, during August many independent and smaller shops and restaurants close as their owners head off on their own vacations.

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