Trendy Lisbon is the oldest city in Western Europe.
Boasting a superb setting, the Portuguese capital is built on seven hills, sprawling along the right bank of the Tagus estuary, and looking proudly towards the Atlantic Ocean.
There's science behind Lisbon's claim of being basked in a unique and enchanting light: topography, the river, the colours of the buildings and the amount of sunshine hours.
With its wandering streets, intricate tile work and unforgettable colours, is one of Europe’s most charming cities.
From several well-appointed viewpoints, it is possible to discover amazing sweeping views over the city, facing the river, the castle and the bridge over Tagus, known as the “the golden gate bridge's twin sister”, in San Francisco.
Culture lovers can explore the city’s past by riding on vintage trams, visiting historic neighbourhoods such as labyrinthic “Alfama”, elegant “Baixa” or the cultural “Chiado”, to name but a few.
Lisbon is home to “Fado”, a music genre so integral to the Portuguese experience, that “Unesco” recognizes it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The city is also home to the most “Unesco” Heritage Landmarks in the world.
Lisbon hosts international notoriety events and is home to an endless cultural heritage, as well as the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, the “Oceanarium”, which features terrestrial and marine ecosystems of all the oceans.
Romantic Lisbon is at its best on summer evenings, when pavement cafes and riverside restaurants bustle with life.
It is on dessert-lover’s map, with its “Pastéis de Nata”, loved by both locals and tourists alike for their flaky crust and creamy, sweet egg filling.
The international airport, named “best airport in Europe”, in 2020, it’s a mere 15 minutes away from the from the city centre.
To the west of Lisbon lies the 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 an endless variety of exotic trees, subtropical plants, and shrubs imported in the 19th Century. Besides, it offers spectacular views across the coastline. The beaches of the Sintra/Colares region, including Praia da Adraga, on Sintra's coastline, are visited by many locals, scattered across the sand. Several characteristic rocks give it its personality, combining the mountains with the beach landscape.
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 renowned beach Guincho located near Cascais, is known for its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world. 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 natural reserve and 13 kilometers coastline board Aroeira Golf Resort, 350 hectares area surrounded by pine trees. White sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs are the delight of all beachgoers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and fishing enthusiasts.
Serra da Arrábida and picturesque villages of Sesimbra and Meco are also worth visiting 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 the most freshly caught fish with an abundance of seafood. Cheese made from ewe's milk in Azeitão and wines produced in Palmela are internationally renowned for their high quality.