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The historic, ocean-facing city of Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and the second-oldest European city. It has the warmest winters in Europe meaning it’s a fantastic destination to visit our hostels year-round to experience the alluring combination of beach-trip and city-break. In one day, you can take part in ocean-based activities like surfing and dolphin watching, followed by wandering a labyrinth of cobbled streets while taking in the lively atmosphere of this charming city. Hop on a tram and visit each distinctive neighbourhood including Alfama, with its close-together buildings and medieval architecture. Or Belem which is a historical district containing some of Lisbon’s best sights like the Belem Tower and Ajuda Palace. Then there’s Principe Real which is full of antique shops, galleries and colourful 19th century mansions. Not forgetting Parque das Nações, the contemporary part of the city which is located on the riverfront and features the impressive Vasco da Gama Bridge.