The best Lisbon attractions
All About Portugal will help you with a list of Lisbon main attractions, when planning your travel itinerary through the Portuguese capital city,
If you are traveling to Lisbon and you are short of time, All About Portugal will help you. Here you will find a great list of attractions in Lisbon that will help you to discover the best that the Portuguese capital has to offer. From Portuguese culture to the rich and historical heritage, from the most contemporary attractions to routes through the noble and most historic areas of the city. Everything is included, as Sintra, the lovely town situated only a few kilometers from the city. Pay attention to these suggestions and set out to discover.
This typical Lisbon district is situated between the castleand the river. Its typical houses and narrow streets withstood the earthquake of 1755. Witness the life of this neighborhood that is constantly rejuvenating with new shops and restaurants, making your way through the alleys and steep streets until you run out of breath.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is, since it opened in 1998, a “must see” experience in any travel guide about Lisbon. It is located at Doca dos Olivais, in Parque das Nações, and offers the traditional visit to the aquariums and also the regular exhibitions about the oceans. It has around one million visitors annually, so we recommend that you plan your visit in advance on the official website.
Strolling through Belém
Belém is a privileged Lisbon area where the best attractions of the city can be found. In a short walk you will find a lot of must-visit places. Discover the Belém Tower, the Discoveries Monument, the Jerónimos Monastery, the National Coach Museum, the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, among other attractions. Finally, taste the famous Pastéis de Belém.
If you are curious to understand the symbology and importance that Fado has for Lisbon and for Portuguese culture, we suggest a visit to the Fado Museum. This museum incorporates a large collection: photographs, posters, sheet music, musical instruments, costumes and performance props, among many objects alluding to Fado.
São Jorge Castle
São Jorge Castle is one of the most visited monuments in Portugal. It has the most complete Lisbon view. Starting from the Torre de Ulisses, this location is one of the most privileged places to photograph the city: from the historic area to the forested area of Monsanto, the Tagus River and the Cristo Rei Monument.
Mouro Castle is part of the Sintra Parks and Monuments itinerary. It goes back to the 10th century, and it is a Muslim fortification. Its irregular walls, heavily buffeted by strong sea winds, surround the castle. Stroll on top of the walls and enjoy the panoramic view over the village and the Serra de Sintra.
At the top of the mountain, the exotic Pena Palace is one of the most beautiful examples of 19th century romanticism. Its yellow dome is an iconic image and a postcard from Portugal. Explore the entire surrounding area, which is also a natural park, where forests, lagoons and granite boulders abound, covered with the mosses velvet.
Bairro Alto is one of the busiest and most cosmopolitan areas of Lisbon. Its narrow streets, its centuries-old houses and, above all, the diversity of shops, galleries, fado houses, restaurants and bars, make this neighborhood an irreverent and bohemian spot. We suggest a tour from Bairro Alto to Cais do Sodré that will lead you to discover a significant part of Lisbon's culture. Immerse yourself in the city and let yourself go.
Calouste Gulbenkian Garden
In the heart of Lisbon, these gardens are a great suggestion to combine culture, leisure and moments of relaxation. This beautiful space has lakes and many spots to lay down a towel and have a picnic, read or simply relax after a whole day walking around the city. It also has a very popular outdoor amphitheater, excellent for reading.
Praça do Comércio
Also known as Terreiro do Paço, there is no better way to end a tour through the Baixa Pombalina. See Praça do Comércio in all its splendor with the Tagus River as a backdrop and the statue of Dom José I on horseback in the center of the square. It is one of the most iconic locations for a souvenir photo.
Santa Justa Lift
The Santa Justa Lift is one of the most visited attractions in Lisbon. In addition to the interest and curiosity in getting to know this structure by Mesnier du Ponsard, after going up in the elevator you'll see one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the city, which you can access through a spiral staircase. On the terrace of this tower you can enjoy the splendid view over the Baixa Pombalina, the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus River.
It is one of the most charismatic and cherished neighborhoods in the city, with a lot of history and commerce. Here the streets are buzzing with enthusiasm and movement. If you are looking for the perfect place to shop traditional souvenirs or local products, you came to the right place. There are also a lot of good restaurants and bars.