A grand city built upon seven hills where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon was the point of departure for Portugal’s legendary explorers during the great age of discovery. The following centuries of lucrative trade with its distant colonies in Africa, India, the Far East and the Americas enriched the city, now Europe’s westernmost capital. One of the best introductions to Lisbon is a ride on Tram 28, one of the last remaining traditional trams, which rattles along the eccentric, twisting streets of the Alfama (the Moorish quarter), past the restaurants and music clubs of hilltop Bairro Alto, and through the broad avenues and elegant squares of Baixa, the 18th-century heart of central Lisbon.
Lisbon, one of the most important ports of call in 15th century Europe, retains the romantic mystique of asea-going city. The Atlantic lends great beauty to the shores, and the legacy of centuries of multi-ethnictravelers congregating here from all over the world is retained in Lisbon's unique melting-pot of inhabitants.