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Explore the city

Like all European cities, Lisbon is dripping with history. You can't turn a corner without coming across a castle or a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, in recent years, the city has experienced a significant renaissance as a result of the influx of young creatives who are attracted by the city's lifestyle. The end product is a celebration of Portugal's distinctive culture, both in the present and with regard to the numerous kingdoms and armies who dominated the city in ages past, all in a location that is close to some of Europe's top wines and coastal resorts. The city itself is situated on a series of hills, making it easiest to get around on foot.​  

In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra, created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.

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Eat like a local

The food in Portugal is made with simple ingredients that are impeccably prepared.  You’ll find many regional Portuguese dishes across the city, emphasizing fish, seafood, meat, olive oil, bread, tomato, herbs & spices. It’s a Mediterranean-based cuisine that makes use of a wide variety of spices, many of which came from Portugal’s former colonies. The flavors are fresh and wholesome. And, the local wines and beverages to wash everything down are extensive.

If you want to know what to eat in Lisbon and Sintra, don’t miss traditional Portuguese food and delicious pastries.

Bom apetite!

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