Built on seven hills, Lisbon is a thriving cosmopolitan city and Europe’s oldest capital city. Fine examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture can be found throughout, and there are plenty of monuments, museums and gardens to explore.
Significant historical sites include Jeronimos Monastery, located in the Belem city center, the Castle of St. George and the Lisbon Cathedral. The National Coach Museum and the Calouste Gulblenkian Museum are worth exploring, as is Alfama, the oldest quarter in Lisbon. For shopping, visit Baixa, where you’ll find all sorts of Portuguese handicrafts and gold and silver filigree jewelry.
If you’d like to take advantage of Portugal’s sunny weather and beautiful beaches, consider traveling beyond Lisbon to Estoril or Cascais for the day. These upscale beach resorts offer great restaurants, luxury hotels and plenty of entertainment for the discerning traveler.