The 18 must-see things to do and see in Lisbon

The capital of Portugal has a lot to offer you, whether for a 2-day weekend, a 3 to 6-day getaway or a long week. Spread over 7 steep hills overlooking the Tagus River, Lisbon offers all the pleasures you expect from the Portuguese star destination, without the tourist turmoil of other European capitals (it all depends on the time of year). Gothic cathedrals, monasteries and majestic castles, and picturesque museums will be part of your activities, but you will have more fun to stroll through the narrow streets of the different neighborhoods during your visit to Lisbon.

To better prepare your stay on site, we have prepared a list of ideas for things to do and visit in Lisbon. Follow the guide !

 


– The Saint-Georges castle
This imposing monument is located on a hill overlooking the historic center of the city. Solidly fortified, it is a Moors castle that goes back as far as the medieval period. Today, it is extremely popular, and its shaded terraces called miradouro offer a superb view of Lisbon and the Tagus.

 


– Belem Tower
A walk to see Torre de Belém is highly recommended. Classified at UNESCO, this fortified tower of the 16th century is impressive and magnificent, with its Manueline architecture.

 


– The Jeronimos Monastery
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is an impressive monastery located in the parish of Belém. Started in 1501 and completed 100 years later, the monastery is an excellent example of Portuguese architecture. To do preferably with the Tower of Belém.

 


– The Santa Justa lift
The Santa Justa Elevator is an architectural masterpiece from Lisbon that provides a view of the entire city, its rooftops, the surrounding hills and the Tagus River. Built by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard in 1902, this funny lift is considered the most important tourist attraction of the Baixa district.

 


– The Monument to the Discoveries
Built in Belém in 1960, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a great monument that celebrates the time of the Portuguese Discoveries during the 15th and 16th centuries. Belém also left great explorers like Vasco de Gama.

 


– The triumphal arch of Rua Augusta
Located on the Praça do Comércio, you will not miss to see the Arc de Triomphe of Rua Augusta. Built following the earthquake of 1755, it symbolizes the rebirth of the city during its reconstruction. It is possible to climb to the top of the arch to have a panoramic view of the city and the Tagus.

 


– Museum of Electricity
Lisbon’s Museu da Electricidade is a cultural center and exhibition space located in an old power station. You will find it on the banks of the Tagus, and it is well worth a trip, if only to admire the building!

 


– Calouste-Gulbenkian Museum
The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is a museum that houses the collection of Calouste Gulbenkian. It exhibits oriental, classical and European art, and the museum is located in a beautiful garden in the center of the city.

 


– National Museum of Azulejo
The Museu Nacional do Azulejo is a national museum dedicated to the celebration of the art of azulejos.

 


– MUDE (Museum of Design and Fashion)
Regarded as one of the most important design collections in the world, the Museu do Design e da Moda is currently located on Rua Augusta in a fantastic building that was once a bank.

 


– Museum of the Orient
The Museu do Oriente houses a collection of Asian artifacts collected during the exploration of the Orient by Portugal. If you are interested in the Orient, then this is definitely the place to go!

 


– Sintra
This small historic town deserves a good day there when you visit Lisbon. Located within the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, it is home to a number of important historical sites, including Castelo dos Mouros, Pena National Palace and Sintra National Palace.

 


– Cascais
This small coastal town is a former fishing village and a popular holiday spot for Portuguese and tourists alike. The seaside resort has many small beaches and several restaurants. Cascais is 30 kilometers west of the white city.

 


– Almada
Located less than 4 km from Lisbon, Almada is just across the Tagus River. It is interesting to visit it simply to travel aboard a local ferry which offers great views of the city and the river.

 


– Praia do Guincho
Located 5 km north-west of Cascais, Praia do Guincho is an ideal beach for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. She is also famous for having served as a backdrop for the James Bond movie at Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

 


– Costa da Caparica
Near Almada, Costa da Caparica is worth a look if you are looking for a beach. It is the largest straight beach in Portugal, with a stretch of almost 30 km long.

 


– Take the number 28 tram
Take the number 28 line of the legendary yellow tram from Lisbon. It will pass some of the most beautiful places of Lisbon and through small steep streets.

 


– The neighborhoods of the city center
Explore the different historic districts of Lisbon such as Alfama, the Baixa district, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Belém, or the Parque das Nações (very recent Nations Park). Each of them has many interesting sights and attractions.

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