The Portuguese capital of Lisbon is enchanting and is just the place for a Valentine’s Day getaway. It’s one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, and many groups have contributed to its development, from the Celts to the Moors. Today, according to Civitatis, Lisbon boasts “a population of over 500,000, and a metropolitan area of 2.8 million.”

Tourists marvel at how frozen in time Lisbon is. The town squares, former centers of trade, are just as exciting today. Among the most famous is Praça do Comércio, near the Tagus River. Largo de São Domingos is much smaller, but tourists and locals alike congregate there in large numbers. From fine dining to shopping and nightlife to museums, Lisbon is eager to welcome you.

Here are some romantic activities to do in Lisbon.

Enjoy A Glass Of Wine

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In Lisbon, as with all of Portugal, wine is taken seriously.

The wine bars are great for socializing. Take your lover to By The Wine on Rua das Flores, in Lisbon’s historic center. Taste of Lisboa explains, “this establishment is a wine bar, restaurant and wine shop with the entire portfolio of Sogrape, one of the oldest and biggest wine companies in Portugal, operating since 1942.”

Alternatively, the two of you may enjoy a private wine tour. Pair your wine with tasty Portuguese petiscos, similar to tapas. Tantalize your palate with cured hams, various cheeses, fish, sausages and much more.

Take A Walk By The Tagus River

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The best way to take in the sights anywhere is on foot. Check out this waterside promenade.

One tourist wrote about their experience walking along the Tagus River to the Belem Tower on Trip Advisor. “Along the way there is a marina, a couple of restaurants, an unusual lighthouse and the Coutinho monument,” the user wrote. “Mostly, it’s just a beautiful stretch to walk along, and the wide, flat path makes it suitable for small children and pushchairs.”

Even with the breeze blowing off the river, make sure to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed.

Hop On A Tram

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Rickety, bright yellow trams are a common sight in Lisbon. A ride on Tram 28 is highly recommended, but be warned, its a tourist trap because of its scenic route. You can avoid the crowds by riding the tram early in the morning or late at night.

As you pass by the city’s main sites, keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets are always lurking. If you aren’t able to get a seat, hold on tight as the tram stops abruptly.

Visit The Alfama District

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What’s so special about Alfama? Well, it’s the oldest district in Lisbon and is characterized by its steep hills and winding, cobblestone streets.

In Alfama, you’ll find many of Lisbon’s most iconic structures, including Castelo de São Jorge, Panteão Nacional and Igreja de Santo António. There is a beautiful church between Alfama and Baixa, which replaces the one destroyed by an earthquake.

Sneak Off To The Algarve

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France has the Cote d’Azur and Italy has the Amalfi Coast, but Portugal is home to The Algarve. All of these regions are equally magical.

Not only will you have access to The Algarve’s fantastic beaches, mystical coves and adorable fishing villages, you can eat some of the best seafood you’ve had in your life. Drive or take the train from Lisbon for a scenic experience. But, the most efficient way is to fly into Faro Airport.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out Travel Noire’s feature on properties in The Algarve here.