Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is situated at the mouth of the Tagus river and was built upon seven cinematic hills that provide a breathtaking view through numerous picturesque gardens and terraces. Its proximity to the Atlantic ocean sustains a mild Mediterranean climate - in July, the average maximum temperature is about 28°C/83ºF.
Older than Rome, Paris and London, Lisbon is considered among the oldest capitals in Europe. Over the course of time, it has hosted different cultures who left many remarkable signs, notable even today: the Roman theater, charming narrow streets in the Muslim neighborhood of Alfama – nowadays home to several cozy restaurants where one can listen to heart-touching Portuguese music, called fado, while enjoying a tasty dinner, St. George’s castle (dating back to the 1st century BC), the medieval cathedral of St. Mary Major, the Hieronymites monastery built in a unique Manueline gothic style and home to the renowned pastry called pastel de nata (add a sprinkling of cinnamon on top!).
Portugal is a seafaring nation. Between the 15-20th centuries, Lisbon was the capital of one of the largest and longest-lived maritime empires, covering six continents and mostly relying on the spice trade.
All of this heritage is reflected not only in the Portuguese identity but also in the flavorful cuisine, particularly the seafood.
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Lisbon has a metro, trams, buses, ferries, trains and even funiculars to offer. See this guide to public transport for details. Taxi fares are lower than in most other European cities.
Bolt and Uber operate in Lisbon.
The city is very walkable, although steep in places. A web search yields dozens of interesting self-guided walking tours, e.g. this.
Bicycles and Scooters
Bolt, Bird, Hive and Lime are the most common electric bicycle and scooter hire companies.