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Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is a city full of history

Lisbon's been charming since ancient times, when Romans and Carthaginians and Mediterranean swashbucklers all vied for its beautiful _ and useful _ Tagus estuary. The result is a city layered with history. It's visible from the Barrio Alto to the Alfama, where vintage trams rattle below mighty Moorish castles on the hills. Talking of hills, there are 7 of them here, each lined with miradors and beer bars and cool coffee shops that combine to champion Lisbon as Europe's hipster-in-waiting. Elsewhere and Lisbon vacation rentals hide between spice-scented Indian eateries or sizzling Portuguese fish restaurants _ just another example of the multicultural joie de vivre.

Get lost in Lisbon

There's really no better way to feel the beating pulse of life in Lisbon than by simply strolling its streets. From the wiggling rabbit-warren of lanes in the Alfama to the begrimed cobbles of the venerable Barrio Alto, you'll discover grand Baroque palazzos and great monuments to the Age of Discovery as you go. Guided tours of Moorish citadels and sightseeing jaunts on vintage trams can be dropped in for good measure, all before the Baixa bars and the open-air beer joints start swinging along the Tagus in the evening.

Plenty of Portuguese culture in Lisbon

There are reams of museums to get through in Lisbon. Blue-hued Azulejos ceramics and centuries of elegant ceramic art are the forte of the National Tile Museum. The Museu da Marinha on the Tagus's banks is where you can go to uncover the glorious golden age of Portugal, when the nation's explorers commanded the waves. That's connected to the Jeronimos Monastery and its elegant fusion of Manueline-Gothic architecture, which, in turn, is linked to the handsome Belem Tower down the coast _ a must-see relic that bears a UNESCO tag.

Enjoy Lisbon vacation rentals at any time

Lisbon is a city that always has something to offer. Most travelers come in the summer, between May and August, when the heat cranks up to the 90s and the sun's a reliable mainstay. There are usually pleasant breezes rolling in off the estuary to keep things cool then, while the sizzling sardine festival and other events brings real life to the districts. Winter can be cool and is always more affordable when it comes to Lisbon vacation rentals. It also means fewer people crowding the awesome exhibits in the museums.

Lisbon occupies a lovely spot

Few cities in Europe can flaunt such a lovely spot as Lisbon. Nestled on the edge of the Tagus River as it drifts into the Atlantic Ocean, it's also close to the mystical Sintra Mountains. Starting on the coast, you can hit the surf-washed beaches of Cascais just a train ride from the center, or you can hop across the bridge to find the remote sands around Costa da Caparica. Inland and to the west are the windblown cliffs of Cabo da Roca, where the sunsets are gorgeous and the lighthouses mark the westernmost point of mainland Europe.