Lisbon is Europe's smallest capital and is home to areas that have been described as ‘Paris in miniature’ and sits at the point where the River Tagus feeds into the Atlantic, just about as far west as you can go without actually stepping into the water. The City of Seven Hills has recently gone through a phase of new construction & restoration of existing historical facades due to hosting Euro 2004.
The winding alleys of the Arab Quarter - Alfama - still retain an old world charm and Estoril, only 15 miles west of Lisbon, is easily accessible by train and offers long sandy beaches and a wide choice of dining options - ideal for a day trip if you’re interested!
The Portuguese eat a lot of fish and we would strongly suggest that you try and join them in this regard. We’d recommend that you visit Terreiro do Paco, Bica do Sapato and Casa da Comida, but there are many other restaurants to choose from. Some may require reservations, so make sure to check beforehand!
Nightlife in Lisbon tends to really start around 11pm so don’t start the evening off too early! If you’re looking for somewhere to have a few drinks we would recommend Bar do Rio or Café a Brasileira, even if it’s only to start your night off.
Lisbon is Western Europe’s least expensive capital, so having a bit of extra spending money is a great idea as you’ll be able to buy much more than you could normally afford. Avenida da Liberdade is where you’ll find the international high-fashion names while the Portuguese designers are found in the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts, so you’ll definitely find something to suit your interests. Colombo, one of the largest shopping malls in Europe is a shopping mall that you can’t afford not to visit, even if it’s only to wonder at how large it is.