Lisbon can get hearts a-flutter with its fairy tale castle and palaces, regal monuments and historic cafes and restaurants. In fact, exploring Portugal’s capital is to discover one of Europe’s most attractive cities, its sights, sounds and flavours. And for lovers, there are romantic things to do a-plenty. For a flavour of things to come, first take a wonderful brunch in the beautiful Salao de Cha, in the remarkable Palacete Chafariz D'El Rei. The city’s Castelo de São Jorge leaves an indelible impression on visitors, especially the picture-book views from its lofty ramparts. For an altogether different overview, hop on the Tram 28, a vintage streetcar that trundles its way through charming and picturesque neighbourhoods. For a taste of traditional Lisbon in quaint, yesteryear surroundings, grab a coffee and cake at the 1920s Café Versailles. The majestic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém is a must-see A-lister and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After being awed in the church, enjoy quiet contemplation in the ornate cloisters. The nearby Belem Palace Gardens offer another chance for peaceful reflection and unhurried conversation. The chateaux-like 18th-century Palácio Nacional de Queluz sits in a landscaped estate in Lisbon’s northern suburbs, and the journey back in time continues by staying on the train all the way to Sintra. Head up towards the 9th-century Castelo dos Mouros, the evocative Moorish castle, and then take in the Disney-like splendor of the amazing Palácio da Pena. End the day over a romantic, candlelit dinner at Senhor Vinho while listening to the haunting strains of fado.
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