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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.