Lisbon is a bewitching city. It is remarkably picturesque, draped across its seven hills and overlooking the wide blue expanse of the River Tagus, with wonderful viewpoints.

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For visitors, it’s hard not to see the city as an urban funfair, a sense heightened by the brooding castle poised above the Alfama district’s medieval streets, the fantasy Manueline architecture of Belém, and the adventurous contemporary architecture in the Parque das Nações.

Gentler than any port or capital should expect to be, laid-back and easy to get around, Lisbon is immediately likeable.

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