Lisbon, Portugal

Called the White City for its accumulation of natural light,
Lisbon is nevertheless full of color. The city’s architecture offers intricate tiles and strikingly bright roofs and between them stands a wistful, intimate, incandescent city.

Near the coast and embraced by the Tagus River,

which is wide enough to look like a spit of sea itself, Lisbon is a makeshift island away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Built over seven hills, Lisbon is a walking city and probably the quietest capital in Europe—except at night in the Baixa, when the guitarists and accordion players come out to serenade.