Lisbon from top to bottom

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Lisbon from top to bottom

With its many hills, cable cars and lookout points, the Portuguese capital has no shortage of vantage points. You won't be able to resist exploring this fascinating city.

Just like Rome, Lisbon was not built in a day. The city was founded by the Phoenicians, who called it Olisipo, and grew throughout the centuries in between the peaks and valleys of its seven hills. The hilly terrain proved to be ideal for building 17 lookout points, all with extraordinary panoramic sights. You reach the upper heights of the city via one of three cable cars to get to Penha de França, one of the least crowded options. It offers views over the rosy pink rooftops of the neighbourhood it was named after. In the distance you can just make out the tip of the monumental 17.28-km-long Vasco da Gama Bridge, which winds its way over the Tagus below near the mouth of the river.

A bit farther along the way, you climb aboard the Santa Justa Lift. When you reach the top, admire the city nestled in between land and sea as the Tagus pours out into the estuary. Back on terra firma, take advantage and explore the Baixa district, Lisbon's most touristic neighbourhood. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the many magnificent squares linked together by traditional streets overflowing with small cafés.