Yellow trams clatter up Lisbon’s seven hills, as they have done for over a century – offering dizzying views of the hazy Atlantic and zigzagging terracotta rooftops. Ride one to the old fishermen’s district of Alfama, where rickety balconies are weighed down with bougainvillea. Local women gossip in front of azulejo-covered walls – the dapper Portuguese tile work – their shadows lengthening in the late afternoon sun. A little further up, you will reach the Castelo do Jorge, a Moorish fairy tale castle. Make sure to check out the downtown Baixa District, swerve off from the checkerboard Rossio square and allow yourself to get a little lost among the melancholic strains of fado music and the sweet, buttery aroma of pasteis de nata – Portugal’s signature sweet treat. Find a café serving up the best of both, and fall irrevocably in love with Lisbon.
People visiting Lisbon also definitely visit Porto, Madeira, Terceira Island and Pico Island.