Lisbon is marked by a distinctive geographical setting with multiple hills descending to the river Tagus delta, close to the Atlantic Ocean, providing for spectacular views. The districts of Lisbon faithfully reflect different expansion periods, serving as a display of the evolution of architectural characteristics over the ages. With monuments for the explorers of the golden age of Discoveries, the view from the São Jorge castle, or the narrow streets of the Alfama Moorish medieval district.
Other attraction include the black and white cobblestones, the world-famous custard cakes (pastéis de Belém, since 1837), chilled green wine (Vinho Verde) in the blazing sun, fine dining with live Fado music, vibrant nightlife, the Belém Tower, Oceanarium, the Eiffel-style Santa Justa elevator, Rua Augusta, and dried salted cod-fish.
Close to Lisbon there are many interesting cities, ranging from the unique Sintra village (UNESCO World Heritage) to the cosmopolitan coastal areas of Estoril and Cascais and the long stretch of sandy beaches of Costa da Caparica. All reachable via local buses and trains (approx. 30-60 mins).