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Lisbon’s nostalgia is characterised by the century-old wooden trams that lurch up and down the narrow streets and the ability to stroll off the beaten track and wind up in historic neighbourhoods where time seems to stand still. The Parisienne-esque boulevards and grand squares of Baixa are in complete contrast to the narrow, windy and maze-like streets of Alfama and the quirky, steep cobbled streets of Bairro Alto. Built across seven hills, nearly every street’s brow affords immensely satisfying views over the city.
Lisbon is well renowned for its urban street art and at some point over the years, graffiti that was once considered an eyesore graduated into intricate citywide murals. The city plays host to some of the world’s best street artists and makes for increasingly lively and unpredictable streets and spaces.
As with many European ports, Lisbon spent much of the late 20th century turning its back on the messy, and increasingly redundant industrial river banks, however over recent years it has been driving a riverside regeneration. Its gritty, industrial past is being celebrated with contemporary architecture such as the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) by Amanda Levete and the repurposing of warehouses/workshops into creative hubs and spaces for startups, such as at the LX Factory. This revival has driven many artists and designers to the area, ensuring that Lisbon’s trademark charm is being retained.
Lisbon is a city that has everything and is well deserving of its ranking as one of Europe’s coolest capitals….a real must see!