Lisbon Attractions & Attractions
Jeronimos Monastery (Mosterio dos Jeronimus)
This is a fantastic building from the 16th century and Portugal’s foremost example of the distinctive manual style. The main attractions are the church, the monastery and the southern portal. Jeronimo Monastery is located in the Belem worm (Praca do Imerio.) Free admission is available, and the monastery is open Tuesday to Sunday at. 1000-1800. It’s closed on Mondays.
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The Carriage Museum – (Museu Nacional dos Coches)
The museum is located in the eastern wing of the presidential palace, a building that used to be a riding school. The building was designed by the Italian architect Giacomo. The museum has perhaps Europe’s finest collection of horse carriages. It is located Praca Afonso de Albuequerque in Belem. The carriage museum is open Tuesday to Sunday at. From 1000 to 1730. It’s closed on Mondays.
The Leaning Tower – (Torre de Belem)
This is a beautiful tower erected in the period 1515-1521. It was commissioned in time by Manual I. This architectural gem was once situated in the middle of the river Tejo and was the starting point for seafarers and a symbol of Portugal’s greatness. The Belem Tower is located in Avenida da India in Belem and is open Tuesday to Sunday at. 1000-1800. It’s closed on Mondays. (Of course, the tower can be viewed from the outside).
Christ Statue – (Cristo Rei)
Cristo Redentor in Rio is the model for this gigantic Christ statue on the southern banks of the river Tejo. The figure, which is 28 meters high, stands on an 82 meter high pedestal. The statue of Christ was unveiled in 1959. You can find it in Santuario Nacional do Cristo Rei, Alto do Pragal, Almada. Opening hours are at 0930-18.00 (November – February 0930-1900). Take the ferry from Praco do Commercio or Cais de Sodre to Cacilhas and travel by bus 1.
Edward VII Park – (Parque Eduardo VII)
This is the largest park in central Lisbon, at the very top of Avenida Liberda de. From here there is a fantastic view of Lisbon. The park’s name comes from Edward VII of England’s visit to Portugal in 1902 and which confirmed the alliance between England and Portugal. Here are two greenhouses, Estufah Estufa Qente, the cold and warm greenhouse. The park is located at Praca Marques de Pombal. The greenhouses are open at 0900-1800 (November to March, 0900-1700).
Gulbenkian Museum – (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
This art collection is considered the finest in Lisbon. In the Gulbenkian Museum you will find irreplaceable works of art over a period of 4000 years, from Egyptian art from ca. 2700 BC for 19th century European art. Calouse Gulbenkian was an Aramaic oil magnate. During the Second World War he moved to Portugal. On his death in 1995, he bequeathed his entire fortune to Portugal through a charity foundation. The museum is located in Avenida de Berna 45, at Praca de Espanha. It is open Wednesday to Sunday at. 1000–1800, Tuesday at 1400-1800. It’s closed on Mondays.
The Modern Museum – (Centro de Arte Moderna)
On the other side of the park where the Gulbenkian Museum is located The Modern Museum. In bright and pleasant rooms and inviting gardens you can see Portuguese paintings and sculptures from the early 1900s until today. Contemporary artists such as Paula Rego and Rui Sanches are represented. The museum is located in Rua Dr. Nicolau Bettencourt, near Parac de Espanha. It is open Wednesday to Sunday at. 1000-1800, Tuesdays at 1400-1800. It’s closed on Mondays.
Lisbon National Museum – (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
The museum is housed in a 16th century palace, popularly known as the Museu das Janelas. Janelas means window, and the palace was adorned with green windows. The extension is from 1940. The National Museum has collections of gold and silver jewelry, European art, Portuguese paintings and sculptures. It also has Portuguese and Chinese pottery, applied arts and various collections from Africa and the Orient. The museum is located in Rua das Janelas, in the district of Estrela. It is open Wednesday to Sunday at. 1000–1300 and 1400–1800. The museum is open on Tuesdays. 1400-1800. It’s closed on Mondays.
Monument of Discovery – (Padrao dos Desobrimentos)
The monument was erected in 1960 to mark the death of Henrik the Seafarer 500 years earlier. It is built like a caravan and is 52 meters high. The Discovery Monument is surrounded by former seafarers, royal patrons, poets, poets and writers. The farthest ahead is Henrik the Seafarer with a caravan in his hand. In front of the monument is a giant compass made of street stones. The monument is located in Avenida de Brasilia, Belem. It is open at 1000-1230 and at 1400-1700 every day, except Mondays where it is closed.
Parque das Nacoes – (Expo 98)
The Parque das Nacoes area is an attraction in itself today. It used to be a derelict industrial area that has been transformed into a modern district in connection with the 1998 World Exhibition. Here you will find shops, hotels and various attractions. The building style is modern and futuristic. Among the attractions are the Knowledge and Research Pavilion, Ocenario, the world’s second largest aquarium and Torre de Vasco da Gama, Lisbon’s tallest tower.
Ceramic Tile Museum – (Museu Nacional de Azulejo)
Portugal has a long and proud tradition when it comes to ceramic tiles. In this museum several beautiful tile works can be admired. Here you can also see how the technique has evolved from the Moors introduced tile in Portugal to today’s styles. The Ceramic Tile Museum is located in Rua Madre de Deus 4 at Campo Grande. It is open Wednesday to Sunday at. 1000–1800, Tuesday at 1400-1800. It’s closed on Mondays.
Lisbon Cathedral – (Sè)
The building dates back to the 11th century, but was destroyed by an earthquake in the 1300s and in 1755. The cathedral has been rebuilt and is today a majestic building of various styles. Inside the cathedral there is, among other things, the sarcophagus of King Afonso IV. The cathedral also has an exciting treasury. The cathedral is located in Largo da se in Alfama. The cathedral is open every day at. 1000-1700.
Castles of Sao Jorge – (Castelo de Sao Jorge)
Sao Jorge Castle is at the top of Alfama. From here there is a fantastic view of Lisbon. This Moorish castle was transformed into a royal residence in 1147. It has since served as theater, prison and weapons depot. The castle was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755 and was restored in the middle of the 20th century. Cobblestone streets and narrow alleys characterize the area around Sao Jorge Castle, which is an attraction you must bring when you are in Lisbon. The main entrance is called Porta de S. Jorge and is located in Rua do Chao de Feira. The castle is open from November to February at. From 0900 to 2100 and from March to October at. 0900-1800.
Tourist in Lisbon
Lisbon offers so much of history, culture, sights, museums, shopping, markets, restaurants and people’s lives that you won’t want to miss everything in two days. Therefore, you must prioritize. We therefore suggest the following tourist activities in Lisbon:
Day 1 in Lisbon
Start the day at Lisbon’s Parade Ball, Avenida da Liberade. The street was built between 1879 and 1882 at the initiative of Marques de Pombal. The same person was responsible for the reconstruction of Lisbon after the great earthquake in 1755. The street is inspired by the Champs Elysees in Paris, and many art noveau facades have been preserved. The cobblestones are black and white, making the street very elegant.
Start at the top and go down towards Praca dos Restauradores. Here you will find exclusive hotels, design shops, but also “simpler” shops and local restaurants. Below Praca dos Restauradores is Praca dom Pedro IV, which is the very center of Lisbon. The square is called on the crowded Rossio square.
At one end you will find the Teatro Nacional Dona Maria II. The National Theater is a beautiful neoclassical building from the mid-1800s. Rossi Square is also surrounded by several cafés with outdoor seating. Two of the most famous are Pasteleria Suica and Cafe Nicola. Both are favorites of both tourists and locals. This area is called Baixa. The area from Rossio Square down to the river Tejo is Lisbon’s best shopping area.
From Rossio Square, three main streets extend to the south: Rua da Prata on the far left, Rua Augusta in the middle and Rua do Ouro on the right. The streets end in another majestic place called Praca do Commercio. The great buildings around the place have been royal castles, libraries, government offices and the like over the years.
In the middle of the square stands the statue of King Jose I. An impressive triumphal arch in the square is used for concerts, festivals and other events. At Praco do Commercio is also Lisbon’s oldest café – Martinho da Arcada. Previously, this was the main cafe for Lisbon’s intellectuals.
Now is the time to be ready to try out Lisbon’s charming old trams. From Praca do Commercio, take tram 28, which has a terminal at Castelo de Sao Jorge at the top of the Alfama area. Originally from 1147, the castle has been exposed to war and earthquakes. It is therefore restored and not completely authentic. S
the thirsty part of the castle has been restored since 1940. Anyway, the castle and surrounding area offer Lisbon’s best views and are cozy to stroll in. You will see the large Christ statue, Cristo Rei, across the river, the suburbs and several of Lisbon’s seven heights. It costs money to go into the castle itself.
Walk down to the city. You can choose from several streets, but which is less important. What is interesting is to see the charming old facades, the sink that hangs to dry and to feel the special atmosphere. It’s almost like you think this is an exhibition, but that’s how people live and live here. Halfway down, stop at Miradouro de Santa Luzia.
From the square there is a great view of parts of Lisbon, and it is surrounded by beautiful models and copies, including the Praca do Commercio as it looked before the earthquake of 1755. The walk ends at the bottom of Alfama at Casa Dos Bicos. This is a striking facade of mosaic that differs markedly from the neighboring houses. This style was popular in Portugal in the 16th century. The house was built by Bras de Albuquerque, the illegitimate son of the Viceroy of India, who conquered Goa in India, among others.
After lunch we suggest you go to Belem, which is a few kilometers from the city center. From the port at Belem, the large maritime expeditions started. To Belem you can take a taxi or tram (15) from Parca do Commercio, at the bottom of Baixa. From the same place you can also take bus 28. Start at the Discovery Monument, Padrao dos Descobrimentos. This impressive monument was built in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Henrik the Seafarer.
In front of the monument is a giant compass. It was a gift from South Africa in connection with the dedication of the monument. A little away from the monument you will find Torre de Belem (Belem Tower). It is built in typical Portuguese manual style, a unique Portuguese style characterized by rich decoration of eg. navigation instruments and exotic animals.
Various voyages of discovery have inspired the style. Originally, the tower stood in the middle of the river and served as a starting point for the expeditions and a symbol of the heyday of Portugal’s maritime history. Within these monuments extends an impressively beautiful façade which, among other things. contains the monastery Monesteiro dos Jeronimos. The Jeronimo monastery is Portugal’s foremost building in the manual style. To the left of the church and monastery you will find Lisbon’s Archaeological Museum.
The Jeronimo monastery also houses the Palacio de Belem, which is popularly called the Pink Palace. Today, this is the president’s palace. Next to the presidential palace you will find the Museu Nacional dos Coches, which has one of the world’s foremost collections of horse carriages. Also visit the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, which after a secret recipe bakes all of Portugal’s favorite sweets, Pasteis de Belem.
We suggest you have dinner in Barrio Alto. From Praca dos Restaurdores take the cable car up the hill to the upper part of Barrio Alto. The journey takes no more than three minutes. Here you can also visit O Solar do Vinho do Port, where you can taste almost all port wines produced in the country.
Day 2 in Lisbon
The first day should have given you a good overview of the city. Now you should get three suggestions for day 2: a walk in Lisbon with museum visits, experiences in Parque dos Nacoes or a trip to Sintra.
Walking tour with museum visits
We also recommend that you start today at the top of Avenida Liberade. Continue up through the park Eduardo VII. If you want time and time, you can visit the greenhouse Estufa Fria, located in the upper part of the park. At the top of the park you have brilliant views of the entire Avenida Liberade and the River Tejo.
Continue north through the Campolide district. Here you will find architecture from the 1950s to the present. The area consists mostly of apartments, offices, some hotels and as always, plenty of cafes. The destination of the trip is Praca Espanha and the Bulbenkian Museum, which is said to contain Lisbon’s finest collection of art over 4,000 years.
After lunch in the same area, you can experience other important parts of Lisbon on foot by following Avenida Berna until you reach Avenida Republica. Turn right until you reach Saldanha Square and continue on Avenida Fontes Perreira de Melo. This will take you back to the starting point. This is a long walk. You will see beautiful facades, restaurants, cafes and shops. One consolation if the walk is too long is that Lisbon is teeming with taxis.
Experiences in Parque dos Nacoes
Take the subway or taxi from Restauradores to the Expo area Parque dos Nacoes. Here you will find a taste of modern and futuristic Portugal. Spend the day in the world’s second largest aquarium or visit the view tower Vasco da Gama (Lisbon’s tallest building). And if you fancy, you can shop in the mall (there are at least 150 stores there) or in surrounding specialty stores. In addition, you have access to a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from fast food to more local cuisine.
Travel to Sintra
The city of Sintra is approx. 25 kilometers from Lisbon. It was in its time the summer residence of the royal family. There is a train connection from the Rossio station in Lisbon. If you travel early from Lisbon, you can visit the main park in Sintra and look at the two most important places, Palacio Real and Palacio da Pena before having lunch at a nice restaurant in the city center. The center is charming with shops, narrow alleys, cafes and restaurants.
Then return by train to Lisbon or take a bus or taxi to Cascais. Cascais is a beautiful beach town that is pleasant to get to know. From an old age this was a fishing village. Cascais has now been restored and is today a charming seaside resort. A beautiful boardwalk connects Cascais with the town of Estoril, which is also recommended. From Cascais take the train back to Lisbon. You will then arrive at Cais de Sodre station.