In spring, Europe’s westernmost capital is bathed in warm climes, with picture-perfect hues that pervade twisting cobblestone alleyways. A spring trip to Lisbon is a fairy-tale fling in a global city that's undergoing something of a renaissance. Outside the city, neighboring castle-clad towns Sintra and Cascais both make for easy day trips.
Insider Tip: The hip, bohemian neighborhood of Bairro Alto is filled with creatives. Explore the quarter's abundance of artistic murals, three-table bars where elderly men smoking pipes flank traditional bars, and Capoeira schools and cafés that boast an eclectic edge.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor’s Lisbon Guide