Lisbon may not have the famous attractions of other Western European capitals but it doesn’t have the crowds and high prices either. The Portuguese capital surprised us with its charm, color and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a city of spectacular views, winding cobblestoned lanes, pavement cafes, and magnificent churches. It’s the perfect place to wander aimlessly, getting lost in the maze of hilly streets, but there’s also plenty to do.
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Check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that still lurch and rumble their way among the seven steep hills over which this city lies. Or witness the best of this bygone heritage by wandering through the Baixa district, where age-old herbalists, haberdashers and tailors rub shoulders in the baroque streets of the ornate city center.