The capital city of Portugal, Lisbon fairly explodes with culture, history, art and so much more. There are so many reasons this is often considered one of the best capital cities in the world! The city of seven hills is built along the Tagus river, and there is so much to explore. The classic yellow trams going up and down the city, the historical district of the Alfama, San Jorge Castle, Fado dances, monasteries, the bustling Chiado district, the monuments of the Belem district … the list of options is long, and that’s before even leaving the city limits! Using Lisbon as a base you can easily visit nearby sites including Sintra, the colorful and enchanting village that was the summer royal residence for many years.  Must-see sites in Sintra include the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira and the Palacio de Pena, Stop at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European mainland. Don’t miss Estoril and see the casino where the James Bond series was born, or the fabulous beach resort of Cascais. Go Dolphin-watching just across the river or taste the underappreciated wines of the Setubal region.

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