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A historic maritime city, welcoming modern explorers

Europe’s westernmost capital is probably also its most stunningly situated, on hilly ground in a bend of the River Tagus where it broadens out into a giant bay. Writers rave about Lisbon’s unique light; modern tourists also warm to the mild climate and relaxed feel of its summer nights, when the bars' patrons spill out onto cobbled streets. Centuries of maritime exploration have also left a rich artistic heritage.


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Wasting time in the best possible way

Stay Editor's Note

A great name for a bar, Perditempo (‘wasting time’) was an instant hit when it opened in early 2008. By day a book and record shop (check out the vinyl downstairs), by night it’s a gathering place for the alternative set, who spill out onto one of the Centro Storico’s narrow streets.

The decor at Perditempo is akin to someone’s living room, with shelves stacked with books, a bar in one corner and a console playing suave sounds in another. There’s free wi-fi for those with laptops to waste time online.

Via San Pietro a Maiella, 8 Napoli, Naples
39 081 444958
Open 10am-midnight Tue-Sat; 4pm-10pm Mon; 7pm-10pm Sun