Lisbon is the vibrant epicentre of Portugal, full of colour, culture and charisma. Turn any corner and you’ll discover more and more about the coastal town. Known as the ‘City of Seven Hills’, get your walking shoes ready for a hilly but picturesque wander through the city. A popular weekend destination for many Europeans wanting to soak up its year-long sunshine and for a growing number of digital nomads gravitating towards its thriving entrepreneurial and creative scene, you’ll never be bored in Lisbon.
As the ‘City of 7 Hills’, you know they’ll be some great miradouros (“viewpoints”) for some breathtaking scenery and epic sunsets. Miraduoro de Santa Catarina is the most popular of them all, offering one of the best views of the famous 25th of April Bridge and Christo Rei monument. But if you want to escape the crowds, head to Panoramic of Monsanto, a viewpoint that has been a warehouse, nightclub and office building in its past life. Now, it’s one of the best places to get a 360° view of the city.
Between the technicolour castles, moss-covered ancient wells and ominous forest, Sintra looks like something out of a dark fairytale. But it’s all just a 30-minute train ride from Lisbon. Follow in the footsteps of many artists, filmmakers and even the Portuguese royal family who take their escape to the colourful fantasy and get inspired.
Visit Bairro Alto during the day and then the night, and it will be like gonig to two completely different neighbourhoods in Lisbon. During the day, its the boho centre, filled with trendy stores, antique shops and charming cafes. At night, the maze of bars around the neighbourhood come alive. Follow the sounds of traditional music to one of the fado houses and continue late into the night, bar-hopping down the cobblestone streets.
One the joys of life in Europe is how accessible the rest of the region is. From Lisbon you can catch a flight to Barcelona, Paris, Rome, and London, all for less than $100 return. While you're over here, it would be rude not to tick a couple of them off the bucket list right?!
Need a break from the hustle and bustle of city life? Catch the train to the Atlantic coast. The Portuguese coastline is a surfers paradise, hosting world class surf events from Peniche to Nazare. If you're around at the right time of year you can see the best surfers on the planet in action. Or simply catch a surf lesson at the weekend! It's only a 20 minute drive to the waves from central Lisbon.
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