Lisbon, Portugal, is one of the few European capitols to boast both a river and a coastline, making it one of the hottest destinations for travelers who enjoy active itineraries paired with stunning seaside vistas. This Sunday, athletes from around the world will descend on the city to compete in the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon, which will stretch from the Bay of Cascais across the Tagus River to the Parque das Nações.
The race will fill the city with fitness enthusiasts, but for those who prefer to take in the sights at a slower pace, the "city of seven hills" is ripe with hikes that stretch through eclectic neighborhoods and showcase historical monuments, including two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.
Many travelers have compared the port city to San Francisco, namely for their similar hilly walks, foggy climate, and love of a good glass of wine, but the two iconic destinations share a much closer connection. The cities are home to sister bridges, the Golden Gate Bridge and Lisbon's the 25 de Abril Bridge, and both use a trolley system to connect the high neighborhoods to the low neighborhoods.
Whether you plan to take this capitol city at a sprint or just want to climb among history, Lisbon is sure not to disappoint. The weather stays dry and warm through October, making the fall months an optimal time to explore.
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