Whether you're taking in views of the open sea, like the Portuguese explorers bound for the New World, or letting yourself be hypnotized by the silvery shores of the Tagus, Lisbon is truly amazing. Few capitals can boast as much charming heritage while still holding on to a passionate authenticity.
To the disarmingly delicate and elegant sounds of Fado music, the charms of this Portuguese beauty will mesmerize any traveler who becomes lost in her gaze. It's almost impossible to remain unmoved upon hearing the click-clacking of the eternal tram line 28. Snaking its way through the streets of Lisbon, that which was voted "the best tram in the world" remains the eternal incarnation of this city. It makes for the perfect companion as you set off to explore Lisbon's various neighborhoods, with its wood paneling exuding the old smells of a thousand sights, like the Luz stadium, nicknamed "the cathedral".
Mirroring the whole of Portugal, Lisbon is a dulcet hum that follows its own beat, oscillating between tempos of old and a modern energy. The famous district of Alfama embodies this quite Portuguese duality in all its little nooks and crannies. As Lisbon's most characteristic neighborhood, it has remained indifferent to passing time, and with the most natural grace. To lose yourself in this characterful jewel, both delicate and wild, is a must during any stay in Lisbon. You can just as well wander the little streets of the Bairro Alto as you can climb up to one of the neighborhood's splendid miradouros (lookouts). Listening to the distant murmur of the city as you watch it light up epitomizes Mediterranean-style easy living, with its perfect balance of elegance and frivolity.
Once you've been won over, head back to the heart of the neighborhood where you'll be entranced by the endless charm of its colorful little squares. Once night falls, these terraces, lit with lanterns, recite poetry that's as Portuguese as it's universal: of happiness and sharing.