Lively Lisbon

In the wise words of our local guide Bruno Jorge, the best way to experience Alfama — one of the only neighbourhoods in Lisbon to withstand the earthquake, fire and tsunami of 1755 — is to get lost strolling through its picturesque streets, reports assistant editor, Ann Ruppenstein in this week’s Travel Courier cover story.

After taking random lefts and rights, meandering through narrow alleyways, up steep stairways and along cobblestone streets, we came to a pause as we heard someone call out to us from a second floor window.

Through some interpretation we learned the voice belonged to an 84 year-old named Angela, who has lived in the building since she got married many moons ago, and today, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

The exchange lasted mere minutes, but it perfectly captured the essence of discovery. You can’t script these moments.

Dubbed the capital of cool, Lisbon has come into its own as a trending European city destination.

From panoramic views across seven hilltops to its distinct neighbourhoods with tile covered houses to stunning castles and diverse architecture, Portugal’s capital city is packed with postcard-worthy scenes. Even its yellow trams command attention.

While there are no shortage of things to discover in the city, we thought it would be helpful to put together a list of must-dos for any visit to Lisbon …

For the full story, check out the digital edition of this week’s Travel Courier.