The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is called the city of the 7 hills and is known for its amazing light. It has been named one of the top five sunniest cities on the continent. Bathed by the River Tagus, the city is a rapidly developing place with a Mediterranean climate, striking architecture and incredible food. Lisbon is home to many of the country's most splendid buildings and landmarks. Steep hills, yellow trams and blue-and-white tiles will catch your eyes instantaneously. The streets of Lisbon breathe history and every corner has something fascinating to tell. The Jeronimos Monastery, the 14th-century St. George's Castle are examples you cannot miss. You must climb up to viewing points called miradouros and terraces with amazing panoramic views. Europe’s biggest aquarium is worth a visit for its perfect picture of ocean wildlife. You'll leave Lisbon with unforgettable memories if you visit a typical Fado house and let yourself be nostalgic. The musical genre has been registered on the UNESCO’s World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Many European capitals can envy Lisbon its vibrant nightlife. Bairro Alto is the spot to go. Portugal is renowned for its pastry and Lisbon for the sweet, soft eggy confection known as Pasteis de Nata that can be found at every corner.
To the west of Lisbon lies mysterious Sintra, a verdant cultural landscape declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site with its mystical forests crowned with castles, palaces, and grand mansions. Taking a ride on a horse-pulled carriage and gazing at the marvelous manor-houses as one heads to Pena Palace, is the perfect experience that epitomizes this magical place. It has a vast and endless variety of exotic trees, subtropical plants, and shrubs imported in the 19th Century. Besides, it offers spectacular views across the coastline.
Sunny Cascais, a chic seaside resort, is also located a mere 15 km west of Lisbon. This lively town boasts several sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, and championship golf courses, as well as a world-class marina. The renown beach Guincho located near Cascais is known for its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world. Whereas the beaches around the Praia da Adraga near Sintra are considered by many to be amongst the best in Europe. To the east of Cascais, you’ll find Estoril with its famous casino and trendy nightlife.
Heading south across the Tagus river, about 20 minutes' drive from Lisbon, you'll find the Costa da Caparica that features some of the very best beaches within Lisbon. A 350 hectares’ resort of Aroeira is located in a natural reserve bordered by a 13 kilometers coastline of white sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs which are the delight of all beachgoers, windsurfing and fishing enthusiasts. Serra da Arrábida and picturesque villages of Sesimbra and Meco are also worth a visit for their natural splendor. Don't miss Troia and Comporta located on natural reserves and surrounded by kilometers of unspoiled sandy beaches backed up by dunes and ochre cliffs, considered the best in the Lisbon region. In terms of gastronomy, the Southern part of Lisbon is where you'll find most freshly caught fish with an abundance of seafood. Cheese made from ewe's milk in Azeitão and wines produced in the region of Palmela are internationally renowned for their high quality.