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A patchwork of dusty terracotta-tiled roofs, scattered elegantly over seven hills that offer unique, breathtaking views over the Tagus estuary and the city that climbs and crawls towards each summit, Lisbon is a city ripe for exploration.
Wander the mazes of cobbled alleyways, the winding, creeping staircases past postcard-perfect pastel houses with washing lines spanning the shaded lanes in the warm, heavy air, as cats snooze in mossy corners and go padding away through narrow nooks and crannies.
Stumble upon Gothic towers and gleaming white cathedrals as trams go rattling by through the narrow lanes and the solemn melodies of fado float from secret courtyards and the smells of grilled sardines and freshly baked Pastel de Natas rise in the breeze.
As night falls and the city lights up in its magical orange glow, settle into a cosy tavern filled with chatter, or head to Bairro Alto for a raucous night in the heaving alleyways as the city is transformed from sleepy to vibrant in the blink of an eye.
The high season (June-August) serves up stunningly bright days and the best weather for the beach, for festivals and dining on picturesque patios and terraces, although it can get a little hot for exploring.
For the best weather when it comes to climbing the many staircases and hilly slopes, try visiting in the spring (March-May).