4 Hours In: Lisbon

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Published July 2006; Newsweek

The Portuguese capital was reconstructed after a devastating 18th-century earthquake, creating a mishmash of old and new—and offering plenty of opportunities on your next stopover.

See Castelo de São Jorge, a crumbling fortress perched high atop the city, for panoramic views of the ubiquitous red rooftops and the Tejo River.

Sample delectable regional specialties like skewers of barbecued monkfish and shrimp at Papµ Açorda, a hidden culinary treasure in the shabby-chic Bairro Alto neighborhood (Rua da Atalaia).

Visit Igreja de São Domingos, a dilapidated but impressive church where judgments were handed down during the Portuguese Inquisition.

Take one of the bright yellow, rickety trams through the hilly cobblestone streets. Or hop on one of the three funiculars that take you steadily up some of Lisbon’s steepest lanes.


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