Plain and patterned, ornamental and utilitarian, blue-and-white and polychrome – azulejos adorn facades all over Lisbon. Like Rome, Lisbon sits astride seven hills, which equates to a different view for every day of the week it is nowadays considered one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe.
Renowned for its warm and sunny disposition, the city is blessed with a wealth of historic monuments, world-class museums, and a host of other fabulous things to do. You can explore the narrow streets of the old quarter, stroll the riverbank promenade, or wander through verdant parks and gardens. Enjoy Lisbon like the locals do, at an easy and unhurried pace, and you'll quickly fall for its welcoming character and beguiling charm.
Sintra is a charming town in the northwest of Lisbon and can be easily reached by train or car. Nestled amidst the lush hills of the Serra de Sintra, it is known for its stunning palaces, historic castles, and beautiful natural landscapes. Sintra is a popular day trip destination from Lisbon, offering visitors a chance to explore its magical attractions and immerse themselves in its rich history and architectural beauty.
When to visit
Lisbon has generally hot dry summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and mild, but possibly wet winters. The best time of year to visit Lisbon is in the late spring (May-June) when the days are bright and sunny, but the temperatures are not so high. The peak season is between June and August, and if you visit at this time of year, you should expect the city to feel crowded. The weather is suitable for spending time on the beach from May until the end of September.
There can be a significant amount of rain during the winter months (November - February), but the city offers many activities for a wet day. Lisbon attracts visitors year-round, and tourist attractions remain open for the whole year.