Over the past few years, Lisbon has taken center stage in the European travel scene. Portugal’s up-all-night capital has caught the eye of every type of traveler under the sun, whether they’re on party patrol, in search of amazing food, or eager to dig into Portuguese art and culture. Everyone gathers en masse on the banks of the Tagus, but shockingly few visitors actually think to cross the river, missing out on the many charms of the South Bay.
Smaller and more suburban than Lisbon, the South Bay lacks eclectic speakeasies and concept boutiques, but it shares much of what makes the capital city so compelling. It’s laid-back and beautiful, filled with good people, great food, and more than a few sights. Here’s why you can’t leave Lisbon without dedicating a day to the South Bay.