The history of the Portuguese nation vibrates within the city of the seven hills. Lisbon is divided between the modernity of places like the Parque das Nações, which showed the Expo'98 to the world, and the typical neighborhoods, like Alfama and Bairro Alto, that perpetuate the tradition of Santo António marches. Or the conviviality of the Centro Cultural de Belém with the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. The views over the Tagus river from the top of Castelo de São Jorge are unforgettable. The monuments of the Portuguese capital give the opportunity for the visitors to meet a unique historical heritage. In addition to those already referred to, also the Igreja de Santo António (matchmaker saint), the Águas Livres Aqueduct, Lisbon's Cathedral, the Belém Palace, the Basilica da Estrela, the Ajuda National Palace and even the Assembleia da República building are important to be mentioned. The city has much to offer in cultural terms. Some of these cultural events take place in buildings that deserve a visit themselves, like the Teatro de São Carlos and the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. The Museu dos Coches (Carriages Museum), the Museu Nacional de História Natural (Natural History National Museum), the Museu de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art Museum) and the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum) are proofs of the existing cultural diversity. And then there's the Museum of Fado, which recalls the tradition of this music style in the Portuguese capital. The Jardim Zoológico (Zoo) and the Oceanário (Aquarium) are also must-see places, as these include programs for the whole family without an age-limit. In a tour through the Baixa pombalina, check the Santa Justa elevator, which is waiting for a visit and wishes to share its magnificent views over the city with you. This is where international gastronomic influences settled first, thanks for it being the country's capital. Hence there is a huge choice of flavors from all around the world, including the national ones, in the many existing restaurants. However, one can say that the snails and the pastéis de Belém (typical egg tart pastry) are among the more typical Lisboa delicacies.
What to do in Lisboa
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Raised at the time of the Exposição do Mundo Português, the pompous Padrão, designed by Leopoldo de Almeida, it is set on a wind rose and its caravel shaped drawing is creative. Inside the monument, a lift goes up to the sixth floor, where you find the access to a terrace from which you have a great view over the …
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Exemplar Monument of the Discoveries period glory, the maximum exponent of the Manueline style. The original drawing is by Boitaca, the architect that started the work. Built in blue limestone, it shows a façade with more than 300 meters. The south portico, with an exuberant decoration, is one of the master pieces of the flaming gothic, and the double cloister …
Conjunto urbano da Baixa Pombalina
The downtown is the result of an urban innovative project, imbued on a clear concern for modernity. With a rigours geometrical sketch, it has its main references on the Tejo River and the D. José statue. Nearby are also the Rossio and Figueira squares. This area was totally rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755, and became one of the best …
Parque Eduardo VII
A park with 26 ha, located at the top of the Liberdade Avenue. Its present shape is by Keil do Amaral (1945). It has a central grass border, sided by a Portuguese stone-paved walkway. Here are varied sculptures, an esplanade, a lake and a belvedere. The Estufa Fria (greenhouse), with a large variety of plants coming from several parts of …
Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge
A privileged place to view the city of Lisbon. The views are amazing from wherever one stands on the walls and one may even use the periscope, located in the Tower of Ulysses, so as to view things in more detail. It is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
Castelo de São Jorge
The São Jorge Castle was the cradle of Lisbon. 111 meters above the Tagus water level, the castle and the walls suffered several adaptations along the centuries. The present look is of one medieval construction, where there are still the ruins of the royal palace. It is a nice place to take a walk in the gardens or in the …
Parque Florestal de Monsanto
Created in 1934, it has about 1000 ha and is called the city lung. It has a space of ecologic reserve, protecting 150 species. It also has a leisure area with restaurants, café, playground and lots of space to walk.
Sé de Lisboa
It is a mixture of architectonical styles, as a result of several remodelling. You may visit the gothic cloister and the treasure, with a collection of varied silver objects, vestments, images, manuscripts and relics related to Saint Vicente. The front has a church porch and a portal with four primitive Romanic archivolts.
Torre de Belém
This work, a symbol of the Portuguese expansion, is the city ex-libris. The exterior is decorated with shaped stones and the gothic salon is an austere space that was once a storage room and a prison. The private dependencies are worthy of notice for its renaissance arcade and the panoramic view.
Oceanário de Lisboa
Planed by the north-American architect Peter Chermayeff, is “moored” at the Olivais Dock, at the Parque das Nações. It was one of the main attractions of the Expo 98 and, since then, it became one of the most emblematic places of the city. In this “global ocean” are recreated four different habitats – the north Atlantic, the mild Pacific, the …
Panteão Nacional / Igreja de Santa Engrácia
It is one of the most magnificent monuments of Lisbon, with the huge church cupola standing out of the city roofs. The construction, dated from the late XVII century, opens a new baroque cycle with a clear Italian influence.
Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa
Opened in 1884, the zoological garden of Lisbon lodges, at present, about 2 thousand animals of 380 species. The main attractions are the dolphins’ bay that imitates a typical fishing village, the small farm where the country atmosphere is created, the reptilian with different kinds of reptiles’ species and the rope-way that takes you on a relaxed journey through the …
Centro Cultural de Belém
This is a modern building, opened in 1990, placed between the Jerónimos Monastery and the river. It began being the headquarters of the Portuguese Presidence of the European Union and became a cultural centre in 1993. At the pavilion reserved for temporary exhibitions occur musical, theatre and photography events.
Basílica da Estrela
An imponent monument, opened in 1789, with four statues, symbolizing the virtues, standing out: Faith, Devotion, Gratitude and Freedom. The building is integrated in the set of the Santíssimo Coração de Jesus Convent. The inside is large and majestic, with the walls covered with grey, rose and yellow marbles. It was the first church in the world devoted to the …
Praça do Comércio / Terreiro do Paço
Located at the downtown, the Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço is an open, pedestrian space, with cafés and out of doors sale. The Arco do Triunfo, the equestrian statue of Dom José and the beautiful entrance in Lisbon, right in front of the river are worthy of notice.
Museu Nacional dos Coches
Located by the river Tagus, in the western area of Lisbon, the National Coach Museum occupies the premises formerly belonging to the Oficinas Gerais do Exército (old General Military Workshops). The Royal Riding School, which used to belong to the Royal Palace of Belém, currently the official residence of the President of the Republic, can still be visited as an …
Elevador de Santa Justa
This is one of the most eccentric edifications at the downtown. The Santa Justa Lift allows you to get to the Bairro Alto when you are downtown (32 meters eight). On top of the tower, where you may also get by climbing a spiral staircase, there is an open air café. The views are splendid.
Museu Nacional do Teatro
Located at the former Monteiro-Mor Palace, the museum exhibits a large panoply of objects related to the theatre. The exhibition includes pictures, humoristic vignettes, clothes and stage props and many other objects evocative of the life and career of personalities …
À descoberta de Alfama
This typical quarter was once one of the most cosmopolitan of lisbon. Placed between the castle and the river, Alfama is an historical quarter that makes us go back to the time of the portuguese discoveries. Its typical buildings prevail …
À descoberta de Belém
Get to know this noble area of the city, where you can find numerous museums, cultural centers, palaces, churchs and other monuments. Among these, some deserve a closer look, such as: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos; National Museum dos coches; Church of …
Obelisco dos Restauradores
Located at the Praça dos Restauradores, it was built in 1886, pay homage to those who died during the Restauração War. The Bronze figures on the pedestal symbolize the victory and the liberty. The names and dates on the lateral …
Igreja da Conceição Velha
The primitive church was destroyed in 1755, and its reconstruction was ordered by Dom José, at the ruins of the Misericórdia Church, from which was save the lateral portal, manueline, two windows, also manueline, a low embossed work of Nossa …
Conjunto da Praça da Viscondessa dos Olivais
Characterized by a strong rural component, this set was once the centre of a playground area, in the town suburbs, organized in several farms, most of them long lost. Standing out there is a small house from the “pombalino” period, …
Jardim Botânico de Lisboa
Beginning in 1873, it was considered to be, during a long time, the best Botanic garden in Europe. The space, with 4ha, is quite picturesque with its staircases in wood and ashlar masonry. You can find here varied rare or …
Pavilhão de Portugal
Planed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira to the Expo 98, the building is inspired in the Portuguese architecture typologies. It was one of the most visited pavilions at the expo and is now one of the ex-libris of the …
Museu Nacional do Traje
Located at the Angeja-Palmela palace, this museum integrates collections of civil clothes from the XIV to the XX centuries, popular clothes, opera dresses, accessories, toys from the XIX and XX centuries, among other curiosities. In order to maintain the conservation …
Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian
Space located at the same building of the Marinha Museum, under a cupola with 23 meters of diameter, and where the visitors are invited to observe the universe and the stars constellations.
Igreja da Luz
The church, which construction was ordered be the Infanta Dona Maria in 1575, suffered serious damages with the earthquake of 1755, resisting only the main-chapel, the cross arch and part of the walls of the body.
Igreja da Madalena
Built in 1761, the classification of National Monument only includes the main portal, Manueline, from the Conceição dos Freires Church. Inside are worthy of notice the P. Alexandrino paintings and the images attributed to Machado de Castro.
Igreja da Memória
A neoclassical style work, dated from the XVI century. It is a construction with an Italian influence ended by a dome. The church has neoclassical cupola and the inside is covered with marble. It has a small chapel where is …
Avenida da Liberdade
In this avenue, placed in the heart of Lisbon, the international trade marks have a privileged position. Here you will mostly find clothing and accessories stores, shoes stores and perfume stores. After going around the commercial establishments take a break …
Ruínas da Igreja do Carmo
The gothic ruins of this church, built upon a hill, remind the earthquake of 1755. At the only intact space works an archaeological museum that presents a small and heterogeneous collection of sarcophagus, statues, ceramic and mosaic. Outside is the …
Pavilhão do Conhecimento
The Interactive Centre of Science and Technology presents regular exhibitions, allowing the visitor a direct contact with the most diversified scientific and technologic experiences. Add to the exhibitions (permanent and temporary), the programming of this space includes debates and conferences. …
Igreja de São Roque
Built in the XVI century, it owns an austere front, accordingly to the canons of the Companhia de Jesus. Inside, on the contrary, it is decorated with carvings, painting, glazed tiles and marbles that make up an important set of …
This is one of the most famous nightlife places of Lisbon. Because it is so large, you can choose a relaxing spot or an agitated moment at the dance floor. Open from 18h to 6h and closed on Monday.
Casa-Museu Doutor Anastácio Gonçalves
Placed at the residence/atelier of José Malhoa, this house-museum, art-nouveau style, owes its name to Anastácio Gonçalves, famous Portuguese art collector from the meadle of the XX century. It exhibits a collection of Portuguese paintings from the XIX and XX …
Pastéis de Belém
Founded in 1837 it is the most famous house specialized in pastéis de nata (traditional pastry). Open from 8h to 23h.
Parque Recreativo dos Moinhos de Santana
This park with ample lawns and numerous trees and bushes, Lake and waterfall, is a nice area to walk around. Offers a variety of recreational and sports equipment, such as, restaurant, open-air amphitheatre with seating for 180 people, picnic Park, …
Parque Urbano do Vale Fundão
This area is characterized by the existence of many agricultural farms whose lands where afterwards used for construction. The Parque Urbano do Vale do Fundão was born from the improvement of the surrounding areas. It has many trees and is …
Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira
Time seems to have stopped in this beautiful renaissance garden, located at the Largo de São Domingos de Benfica. The most relevant decorative characteristics of this palace are the stucco and the glazed tiles. The Salad as Batalhas, that evokes …
Cordoaria Nacional - Edifício da Fábrica Nacional da Cordoaria
The building, founded in the reign of D. José, in 1771, is also known Cordoaria Nacional, Real Cordoaria da Junqueira, or Real Fábrica da Cordoaria da Junqueira.
Elevador da Glória
An elevator that connects the Avenida da Liberdade and the Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara.
Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Its construction was ordered by Dom Afonso Henriques, outside the Moorish walls. The temple has a limestone front with a central body and two turrets. All the inside deserves a special attention.
Parque da Bela Vista
The Bela Vista (Lovely View) Park is the result of the reconversion of an old farm, one among the many that once existed in the eastern part of town. Th first plantation of trees dates back to almost two decades …
Aqueduto das Águas Livres
Huge work that crosses the Alcântara valley, being that the most visible part of this monument are the 14 arches. At the end of the aqueduct rises a structure with a castle shape called the Mãe d’àgua of the Amoreiras. …
Miradouro da Torre Vasco da Gama
Built over the bank of Tejo River, it has a panoramic terrace 104 metres high, allowing a beautiful view of the city and the river.
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Built to replace the “Real Barraca”, its construction began in 1795. Although it is unfinished, it is the biggest royal residence in Lisbon. This is an opulent monumnet where you may visit the halls decorated with silk tapestry, Sévres porcelain …
Capela de Santo Amaro
The chapel has beautiful glazed tiles and a wonderful lavabo at the sacristy. The two altars and the golden carving retable stand out.
Palácio Nacional de Belém
Its construction was ordered by Dom João V in 1726 and it suffered important remodelling works during the XIX century. The Palace gardens, with statues and lakes are worthy of notice. After the Republic Implantation, this elegant pink house became …
Museu do Chiado - Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea
The Chiado Museum or Modern Art National Museum, offers a panoramic of the Portuguese art from 1850 to 1960, from the romantic to the modernism period, going through the naturalism, the surrealism and the abstractionism periods. Subordinated to the theme …
Telecabine do Parque das Nações
Along a way of more than 1000 meters and about 20 meters height, you get a dazzling perspective of the Parque das Nações and the River Tagus.
Passeio pela Zona Ribeirinha - De Madragoa a Santo Amaro
This is, perhaps, the most nostalgic area of the city. It is the Lisbon of the Tejo and the genuine people. On this tour, two districts are travelled over: The Prazeres and the Santo Amaro. Take delight in the river …
Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II
Placed on the north side of Rossio, the National Theatre Dona Maria II, which name pays homage to the daughter of Dom Pedro, was built in the 1840s by the Italian architect Fortunato Lodi. The façade of this neoclassic building …
It is one of the most characteristic quarters of the town, filled with history and tradition. It was the subject of a recuperation plan, due to the serious fire of 1988. The Portuguese traditional commerce prevails here, with big shops, …
Museu das Comunicações
Museum dedicated to the Communication universe, describing its evolution since the most archaic processes until the new technologies. It has multimedia space, with internet access and two permanent exhibitions: National collection of stamps and “Communicating worlds”.
Typical café at the Chiado, where is usual to find show business people. Open from 8h to 24h.
Museu do Fado / Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa
Museum dedicated to the fado history and its most famous figures. The collection, with 8000 pieces (relics, treasures and other curiosities), is divided by several exhibition nucleuses. It also has a documentation centre, an auditorium, a thematic shop and a …
Quintas das Conchas e dos Liláses
Space resulting from the recovery of two 16th century farms with a total area of about 25 hectares, being the third largest green space in the capital. Here you can walk through paths where you'll see canals of water, a …
Museu Coleção Berardo
The Berardo Collection is recognized on the international scene as a significant art collection that, in addition to certain clusters of excellence, allows you to track the major artistic movements of the 20TH century. The representation of more than 70 …
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Nice theatre made accordingly to the model of Scalla of Milan and the San Carlo of Naples. The façade is beautiful the inside richly decorated, with golden and red shades. The ceiling, the candelabrum and the presidential box stand out.
Parque Recreativo do Alto da Serafina / Parque dos Índios
The entertaining Park Alto da Serafina is a pleasant place for people of all ages, but mostly for the children. It has large lawns and lots of trees and bushes, the ideal spot for a walk. It also has a …
Arco da Rua Augusta
The Arco do Triunfo is located at the Augusta Street. It is a work from the XVIII century which symbolizes the city recovery after the earthquake in 1755.
Da Mouraria ao Castelo
The tour begins in the Capelão Street. Go, then, through the Mouraria Street until the Senhora da Saúde Church, where you can enjoy the woodcarving altar and the beautiful glazed tiles. Enter the picturesque Mouraria Quarter climbing the small stairs …
Coliseu dos Recreios
This is one of the most famous rooms in the city, where several shows take place.
A Ginjinha do Largo de São Domingos foi o primeiro estabelecimento em Lisboa a comercializar a bebida que lhe dá o nome e que fez sucesso na cidade. Doce, barato, ninguém resiste brindar, "com ou sem elas", durante um passeio …
Tapada das Necessidades
Former enclosed field of a farm with a convent that the earthquake destroyed. Nowadays it is a set of gardens and preserve, rich in exotic vegetation. The Casa do Regalo with the lakes, greenhouses, Virtues statue and the bust of …
Centro Interpretativo da Ponte 25 de Abril - Experiência Pilar 7
The Interpretive Center of the 25 de Abril Bridge (Pilar 7 Experience) offers a unique discovery of the 25 de Abril Bridge. The experience culminates with the ascension, through an elevator, to a panoramic viewpoint, which is up to the …
Casa dos Bicos
This building, which façade is made of diamond shaped stones, is quite unique. Its construction is from the beginning of the XVI century, inspired in two Italian palaces: the Diamond Palace (Ferrara) and the Bevilacqua (Bologna).
Palácio das Cortes / Assembleia da República
This huge, white building is the seat of the Portuguese Parliament. In the end of the XVI century this was the Benedictine São Bento Monastery. The inside is imposing, with marble pillars and neoclassical statues.
Miradouro do Elevador de Santa Justa
Built in the end of the XIX, beginning of the XX century, this lift, neoclassic style, connects down town with Carmo. Up there the view of downtown, São Jorge Castle and Tejo River is magnificent.
Created in 1848 by the first “Geologic Commissions” to be the base of the territory investigation and placed in this building since 1859, the Geologic Museum assembles the most complete set of palaeontologist and stratigraphic Portuguese collections, as well as …
Jardim Botânico da Ajuda
The construction of this Italian style garden was ordered by the Marquês de Pombal, in 1728. It is a space filled with tropical trees, offering peace and quiet. Worthy of notice are the 400 years dragon-tree, from Madeira and the …
Passeio pela Zona Histórica de Lisboa
Go down the Avenida da Liberdade and start on a discovery journey of the town historical centre. Here, you’ll find plenty of interesting points. At the Restauradores square the majestic Foz Palace, in its neo-classical style, and the frontispiece of …
Museu do Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Built in the XIX century, in a neoclassical style, the palace was the permanent residence of the King D. Luís, his wife and his children, which lived here on the second half of eight hundred. The throne-room, the supper-room and …
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
The present National Museum of Archaeology (MNA) was founded in 1893. It is the reference institution of the Portuguese archaeology, keeping regular correspondence with museums, universities and investigation centres all over the world. Apart from the exhibitions, the museum offers …
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
In this museum, dedicated to the plastic and decorative arts, is a collection that includes pieces from the XII to the XIX, such as paintings, illuminations, engraving, drawing, sculpture, goldsmithery, ceramic, furniture and tapestry.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
The museum is a result of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian’s will, an Armenian that gathered more than 6000 works of art during his life, that are now assembled in this beautiful space. It is an impressive collection, covering a temporal space …
Museu Nacional de Etnologia
It has an ethnographic collection coming from the counties and communities with Portuguese as an official language, but also from other globe regions, such as the Maconde people and the Amazonian Indians.
Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência
The National Museum of Natural history is an organism of the University of Lisbon, which has the functions of preserving heritage, investigate and disseminate knowledge through the methods and techniques of communication that are appropriate. In the space dedicated to …
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
In this museum, located at the former Madre Deus Convent, the visitor is invited to make a journey through the glazed tiles art, from the XV century till our days.
Igreja de Santo António de Lisboa
A church that was financed, partly by the donations of the children that used to wander in the streets asking “a coin to Saint António”. The ground of the small crypt chape lis filled with coins and the walls have …
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