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Portugal’s capital city that enjoys a Mediterranean weather, Lisbon is a historical, economic and cultural centre of the country. Lisbon’s old-world setting complete with cobblestone streets, cathedrals with a sparkling white dome, historical relics and a breathtaking view of the blue Atlantic make it a favorite of travelers with varied palate and interests. It is also the iconic seven hills of Lisbon scattered across its breadth that give it a distinct character. On a sightseeing tour of Lisbon look for its array of open terraces which are basically viewpoints or miradouros that offer grand, sweeping vistas over the city. Some of the popular ones include Castelo de Sao, Sao Pedro de Alcantara da Graca, and Santa Luzia to name a few. As you walk down its narrow alleyways, stop by for a refreshing glass of Sangria.

When in Lisbon you cannot gloss over Portugal’s national dish, the bacalhau, a dried and salted cod fish dish with more than 300 renditions across restaurants, cafes and households. Everyone in this city has a version of the bacalhau. You can try the one that comes with shredded cod fish, a sprinkling of onion, an egg and their beloved, potatoes. The city is a haven for seafood lovers as they come in a great array, fresh off the Atlantic and put together in some very interesting styles that range from traditional to the contemporary. You can order anything in octopus, clams, monkfish, snails, sardines, tuna and of course shrimp and jumbo prawns at either a street-side cosy cafe or a Michelin restaurant, but you are assured a great gourmet experience. Don’t miss the Alentejan beef steaks and a whole assortment of Moroccan dishes while at it.

Among fun activities in Lisbon, take time out to experience its throbbing nightlife. One of Europe’s popular drinking venue, the cosy cobblestone lanes come out spilling with pubs, wine bars, local fado houses, backpacker dens including LGBT spots. Some of the best in nightclubs and cocktail bars are clustered in the Pink Street and Cais do Sodre neighborhoods, outside of a collection of swish clubs along the glorious waterfront, all the way from Santos to Santa Apolonia. History lovers must embark on a sightseeing tour of Lisbon and head to the Sao Jorge Castle to take in panoramic views of the beautiful pastel-colored buildings in the old quarter, the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge and the Tagus Estuary. Club it with a trip to the National Azulejo Museum for its heart-stopping display of ornate ceramic tiles from the last five centuries. Another fun activity in Lisbon would be to take a day trip and soak up some sun at one of the many sun-kissed Atlantic beaches of Estoril, Cascais among others.