Draped across a string of seven hills on the western Iberian Peninsula lies the gritty, picturesque city of Lisbon, the westernmost and oldest city in western Europe. Its long and tumultuous history has resulted in an aesthetic characterised by a haphazard, and at times overwhelming, combination of old and new. Happily however, the aesthetic chaos of Lisbon, while potentially jarring, only adds to its appeal and its undeniable charm. Walking through the city, you are likely to witness bright yellow centenarian trams rattling their way up steep, tree-lined, cobbled streets, ornate ironwork balconies overrun with bougainvillea above elegant outdoor cafés housed in ancient whitewashed, red roofed stone houses, a flurry of detailed mosaics strewn along the sidewalks and ancient statues adorning grand squares and hidden gardens. Add to this maelstrom a diverse culinary scene and a plethora of fascinating museums, castles and historic sites, and it is easy to see why Lisbon is one of Europe’s most misunderstood and underrated cities.

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