Spotlight On: Lisbon, Portugal

Portugal is considered the 3rd most peaceful country in the world—perhaps because it is a country so old that is has seen centuries of empires rise and fall and rise again. Perched on the Western-most edge of Europe, Portugal has quietly adapted over time. And while the world may change around it, the charm and allure of this charming country has endured the years.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the capital city, Lisbon. One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon predates places like London, Paris, and even Rome by centuries. But that’s not to say Lisbon is a sleepy town stuck in the past. It’s the exciting collision of old and new, historic and modern that makes this city so vibrant.

Crowned by seven iconic hills, Portugal boasts picturesque cobblestone alleys, ancient ruins, castles, and cathedrals—not to mention two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastrey.

For those looking for a more modern experience, Lisbon is also a thriving economic centre. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest in Portugal with a GDP well above the European Union average. The capital is also home to a variety of contemporary design, fashion, film, and architectural festivals throughout the year.

From modern neighbourhoods like Parque das Nações to historic districts like Baxia, Lisbon offers something for every taste and interest.