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Bring your walking shoes, because Lisbon is known as the city with seven hills. If you've indulged in too many royal feasts, hop on a vintage street tram or a funicular. Start by strolling around the Rossío, the downtown square, and walk through Baixa. There are several world-class museums here. Make time also to get out of the city and see Estoril.
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  • History
  • Museums


  • Within the walls of Castelo de São Jorge are ramparts, towers, and other remnants of a palace that was a residence of the kings of Portugal.
  • The Museum-School of Decorative Arts is inside the 17th-century Azurara palace and houses silver work, ceramics, and jewelry.
  • View one of the world's best collections of royal coaches at the Coach Museum in Belém. On display are more than 50 carriages from the 16th to 19th centuries.


  • Watch a bullfight in Campo Pequeno; they take place every Thursday night from June to September.
  • Rock in Rio concert is held ever two years in Lisbon; expect top international rock bands.

Side Trips

  • Nineteenth-century aristocrats wintered in Estoril (16 mi/26 km west of Lisbon); visit its casino and esplanade.
  • The Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell) is a natural grotto along the coastline (2 mi/3 km west of Estoril).

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