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Ideal for: Culture Cravers, History Buffs, Foodies
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon has no shortage of centuries-old charisma. Wander maze-like ceramic-covered alleyways, tour ancient ruins, gaze up at white-domed cathedrals, and discover hidden squares with charming al fresco cafes. Head to the Bairro Alto district for the city’s best nightlife, dine at hip restaurants along the waterfront, or indulge in a traditional custard tart. For a truly remarkable experience, take the Ascensor de Santa Justa street elevator, which connects passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district, going up almost 150 feet along the way. With so much to see and do, it’s no surprise this modern, ancient city is one of Southern Europe’s most visited.
Once a fortress and a gateway to Lisbon, this iconic seafront tower—and UNESCO World Heritage Site—has stood watch over the mouth of the Tagus River since its construction in the early 16th century.
Much like San Francisco, Lisbon is famous for its historic, colorful tram lines. Travel up steep roads and narrow alleys into the old Alfama district on Tram 28 for views of the Estrela Basilica’s beautiful domes and spires.
Rising above the streets of the Alfama District, St George’s Castle is the most visible landmark of Lisbon’s historic center. First built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans, it was continuously developed by subsequent rulers of the city.
Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate of mild and rainy weather in the winter and plenty of dry and warm days in the summer. Thanks to its oceanfront location on the western coast of the continent, Lisbon also has a milder climate than most other European cities, boasting an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. July is typically the hottest month with an average high temperature of 81°F, while January is typically the coldest month at an average low of 47°F.