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Words & Photography by Sivan Askayo
Portugal’s comfortable Mediterranean climate and its warm, loving citizens have made the country one of Europe’s most popular destinations. I visited Lisbon for the first time in 2012, before the city was as popular as it is today, and I fell in love with its old-fashioned flair. I’ve since returned many times, and, whenever I’m there, I’m happily surprised to see the city’s growth and new waves of creativity. I feel like I’ve witnessed Lisbon welcome tourism and grow more alive and sophisticated over the years.
When Virtuoso Life asked me to go to Lisbon and photograph the trendy Príncipe Real neighborhood last year for a City Guide, I couldn’t say no. There’s nothing like returning to a familiar place for the 20th-or-so time and feeling like you never left.
A new generation of venues had popped up since the last time I visited, upgrading the city’s nightlife and dining scenes. More chef-oriented restaurants had opened, more design-forward bars and clubs had debuted, and there were trendy fashion boutiques everywhere. Lucky for me, I got the chance to photograph some of the best of them.