20 Best City Breaks in the World

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Lisbon, Portugal

Europe’s second-oldest capital city — only Athens has been around longer — Lisbon has long beckoned visitors with its fabulous climate and breathtaking views. Planning a trip? The chances are the sun will be shining.

Summers can be hot here, but late spring is ideal for those keen to top up their tans. With spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches within striking distance, escaping the city’s hectic streets is easy, and we suggest booking in some time to kick back and relax. But so welcoming and wonderful is Lisbon, you’ll soon be drawn back to the heart of the action.

Blending tradition and modernism like nowhere else on Earth, Portugal’s progressive capital appeals to all. Stroll the grand avenues of the Baixa district, before heading up the hill to Sao Jorge Castle for views that cannot be bettered. Lisbon is vibrant all the time — but such is its legendary nightlife, when darkness falls, the city really comes to life.