Take a SWISS flight to your next favorite holiday destination: Lisbon, the hilly capital of Portugal. Lisbon is a city of café-lined avenues, grand squares and pastel-painted houses. The trams going up and down treacherous hills, finish up the unforgettable atmosphere of this city.
After a disastrous earthquake in 1755, Lisbon was rebuilt within one generation. Maybe that explains why Lisbon has a feel of seductive melancholy. The fado music heard in many restaurants, with its passionate and soulful singing, expresses the spirit of Lisbon perfectly. By the river you can see two survivors of the earthquake, reminders of Lisbon’s maritime history: the Belém tower, an architectural confection that was part fort and part ceremonial gateway, and the Jerónimos Monastery, where explorer Vasco da Gama spent the night in prayer before sailing to India.