Portugal’s capital Lisbon comes alive with a rich history seen in every nook and cranny of the city. From the resting place of famous explorer Vasco de Gama at Jeronimos Monastery to the impressive turrets of São Jorge Castle dating all the way back to second century B.C.E., Lisbon offers a deep dive into the past to satiate the most curious travelers.
While Western Europe’s oldest city boasts an array of Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, that does not mean it has remained stuck in the past. On the contrary, the colorful culture and vibrant life that runs throughout the city’s restaurants, shops, and rooftop bars make it buzz with infectious energy. Taking a tuk tuk through its hard to reach passages allows you to experience Lisbon as the locals do.
Atop of Lisbon’s seven hills you get an incomparable bird’s eye view. The sprawl of historical and modern complexes expands all the way to the waterfronts of where the Atlantic Ocean and River Tagus meet. The mountains lie so far in the distance it gives the impression that this city has no end.
Whether you dig into the local Portuguese favorite dish, bacalhau, or snack on a pastéis de Nata, an egg custard pastry that has been enjoyed for centuries, Lisbon delivers flavors that will send your palette to a whole new world. If you stop off in the streets of Bairro Alto, you can pop into a café for pastries, coffee, and good conversation with the locals.