Lisbon – the City of Seven Hills

Lisbon, Portugal, is the city of the seven hills, and my legs certainly felt it.  There was no way to go from one place to another without heading up a hill.  The entire trip was one giant aerobic exercise, with periodic stops for fantastic food and drink.  It didn’t help that even when we stopped for food, we were often left eating while standing!

Did I enjoy the hills?  Well…. maybe not so much.  But, the sights were worth it. 

Aside from it’s reputation of being a city of seven hills, I also knew Lisbon is a gorgeous city, with gorgeous food.  I had been wanting to go to Portugal for years, and was happy to be greeted by just what I expected.

The city of seven hills is loaded with beautifully tiled buildings in intricate mosaic designs.  It often seemed from the angle of the tiles that the roads were even more steep than in reality.

City of Seven Hills

We saw brightly painted buildings, in every shade, but there is something special about a red building, I am not sure exactly what it is.

City of Seven Hills

Mosaic style sidewalks and plazas with small black and white stones laid in intricate designs seemed to greet us at the top of each hill.

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Elegant, large plazas, with gorgeous fountains, set on a bright blue sky, made the hills worth while – a place to sit for a minute and catch my breath. 

City of Seven Hills Historic street cars climbed the hills and circled the city, including the famous tram number 28, many in energetic, if aging yellow paint.  We even saw some youngsters hanging off the back, trying to score a free ride.  They probably did not want to climb one of those famous seven hilss. 

City of Seven Hills

But, oh my, my butt.  I think if I lived in Lisbon, the city of seven hills, I would have an amazing rear.  That is certainly one reason to move there, and perhaps we will someday in the future.

Looking For Great Food and Wine Tours in Portugal?

Check out our recommendations for the best Portuguese food tours, cooking classes, and wine tours. With tours from Lisbon and Porto, these tours cover Alentejo, Minho, and everything in between.

And, for more Portuguese culinary travel inspiration, check out our Portugal food travel guide.

 TourDurationCity of DeparturePrice FromBook It!
Portugal Food Tours Wine & Cheese Tasting on a Luxury Sailing Yacht2.5 HoursLisbon$1000 Book Travel Now
Portugal Food and Wine Tours Private Tour of Douro Wineries and Vineyards10 HoursPorto$500 Book Travel Now
Portugal food and wine tours Private Wine Lovers Tour6 HoursLisbon$212 Book Travel Now
Portugal Food and Wine Tours Alentejo Food & Wine Tour8 HoursLisbon$188 Book Travel Now
Portugal food and wine tours Douro Valley Grape Harvest - Picking & Tasting10 HoursPorto$148 Book Travel Now
Portugal Food and Wine Tours Minho & Vinho Verde Gastronomic Tour & Tasting11 HoursPorto$136 Book Travel Now
Portugal food and wine tours Vinho Verde Wine Tour & Lunch11 HoursPorto$112 Book Travel Now
Portugal food and wine tours Portuguese Cooking Class, Dinner & Wine3.5 HoursLisbon$106 Book Travel Now
Portugal Food & Wine Tours Porto City Flavors Gastronomy TourFlexiblePorto$91 Book Travel Now
Portugal food and wine tours Lisbon Food Tour - Tapas and Wine3 HoursLisbon$69 Book Travel Now

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For more tips on traveling Lisbon and exploring Portugal through food, check out our Portugal Food Travel Guide.

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