Lisbon is a city of mystery and wonder. Sitting on the edge of the European peninsula, it evokes a sense of curiosity among intrepid travellers. It is blessed with almost year-round sunshine, excellent travel links and wonderfully friendly inhabitants.
We were lucky enough to spend four days exploring the Portuguese capital. Long enough, just, to enjoy the excellent food, particularly the seafood and pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tarts), and beautiful surroundings.
On our second day, we ventured out of the city to the delightful seaside town of Cascais which had clear blue seas and white sandy beaches. It is hard to think of another European capital so close in proximity to unspoilt natural surroundings.
We made another visit to Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon. This area is famed for Fado music, which has been compared to Spanish flamenco. The music are dramatic and emotional with musicians giving passionate performances which cannot fail to move audiences.
For travellers who are drawn to history and culture, in addition to top sunbathing spots, Lisbon is a fantastic choice.