With seven cinematic hills and a passion for rustic, traditional food and fine wine, Lisbon is a truly romantic place to live or visit. Whatever draws people here – a chance to sample the famous pastries in the Belem quarter or the sunset from one of the hillsides – the charm is what convinces them to stay. Lisbon is a tremendously colourful place to live, either full time or as your holiday bolthole, with its flower-filled green spaces, yellow and terracotta residences, flocks of butterflies and, of course, the glittering River Tagus framing the sunrise.
What’s more, there’s a quarter for every mood, with plenty of quaint old-town locations and five-star modern venues too. Lisbon has recently begun attracting smaller companies and startups, with the riverside Parque das Nações a hub of modernity, stunning contemporary architecture and chic bars and restaurants. The Martinhal Residences are at the heart of the action, close to some of Lisbon's most popular squares and plazas, only walking distance from the old town and steps from the waterfront.