SET ATOP SEVEN HILLS overlooking the Tagus River, Lisbon comprises peaks and valleys packed with ample opportunities for heart-capturing vistas and rousing after-sun activities. The Portuguese capital’s concentrated and well-connected central zones make it easy to zigzag across the city for a few hours of post-work amusement.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
HOP ON A BIKE (it’s less than $5 a day to rent one at the station) to explore Lisbon’s former fishing village of Cascais. Easy access to bikes is one of the eco-friendly features that earned this lively beach enclave the European Union’s coveted QualityCoast Gold award in 2016, naming it one of Europe’s most sustainable coastal tourism destinations.