Lisbon (Lisboa) is a beguiling city. It has a great past and a promising future. It may easily strike the visitor as old-fashioned
and crumbling - but these elements also are an essential part of its charm. Look for the positive: the port city's vigor and
life; its great colonial past; the atmospheric old trams; and the evocative sights and scents - laundry flapping in the wind,
shoeshine men hawking their trade, the smell of roasting coffee and chestnuts. Most sights of interest are within walking
distance of downtown, with the exception of the glorious attractions of suburban Belém, an easy train, bus or tram ride away.