Lisbon is increasingly a city focused on tourism. In 2018, it won the distinction of “Best Destination City in Europe” at the World Travel Awards, which are, in essence, the Oscars of world tourism. You still don't know all the corners of Lisbon? It's time to change that.
What to do in Lisbon? What are the main sights of Lisbon?
Need ideas to start outlining your travel plan to the capital? Here you have ten sights that you mustn’t miss while you're there.
Castle of S. Jorge
The Castle of S. Jorge is a must-stop location in Lisbon. In addition to having an incredible viewpoint over the city, it allows you to discover archaeological remains of the ancient Royal Palace.
The Belém Tower is one of the most characteristic monuments not only of Lisbon, but also of Portugal. If you visit Lisbon, be sure to enter the Belém Tower. World Heritage since 2007, it is considered one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal. This tower was built on the bank of the Tagus, in the year 1515, to serve as a fortress defending the entrance to the port of Lisbon.
The Jerónimos Monastery was declared a National Monument in 1907 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Closely linked to the Portuguese Royal House and the epic of the Discoveries, it is also one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal.
Pattern of the Discoveries
The pattern of the Discoveries, also called Monument to the Discoveries or Monument to the seafarers, in Belém, is another historical symbol of great importance for Portugal. This monument was erected in 1940 with the aim of honouring the historical figures involved in the Portuguese Discoveries. The current replica, in concrete and stone, was built later, having been inaugurated in 1960.
Do you love marine life and all its surroundings? Then, you can't miss the Lisbon Oceanarium, a public aquarium of national and international reference, which houses more than eight thousand creatures. In this oceanarium, fun and the acquisition of new knowledge are guaranteed.
If you travel with children or are simply passionate about the animal world, a trip to the Zoo is a must. Even if you have visited a short time ago, it is always a fun program that will allow you to discover something new.
Santa Justa Elevator
Coming from the time when forged iron was, in addition to a building material, an art form, the elegant Santa Justa elevator, inserted in the historic centre of Lisbon, integrated an invaluable network of public transport. If you've never had a chance to make this trip, you must do it now. The view, at the top, over the old part of the city is fantastic.
Rua Augusta Arch Viewpoint
The Rua Augusta Arch viewpoint, fully rehabilitated and with access to an incredible viewpoint, for its unique panoramic view over the city and in particular to the Praça do Comércio, is a recent cultural and tourist attraction that you will not want to miss.
National Coach Museum
The National Coach Museum presents the world's most important collection of royal coaches and carriages from the 16th to the 19th century. If you are a lover of history, visit this museum.
If you have a special interest in the history of Portugal, in the historic area of Santa Clara, you will find the National Pantheon, which hosts the tombs of great figures of national history.
What to visit in Lisbon for free?
Do you have a modest budget to visit the capital? Don't worry about it. There are countless fantastic places you can visit. Take a peek here at 10 suggestions for free visits.
Alfama is one of the most beautiful and historical places in the Portuguese capital. In this neighbourhood, among picturesque streets, you will discover the roots of fado and you can even watch some shows in the fado houses.
São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint
The São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint is considered the most complete panoramic view of Lisbon. To climb to the viewpoint, you can resort to the Glória Elevator, if you do not want to walk.
Bairro Alto, with lots of restaurants and bars, is one of the best places in Lisbon to go out at night. Strolling there is a very pleasant walk and, if you want to make a stop, you will find drinks at affordable prices.
Edward VII Park
Very popular for morning jogs, at the end of the day or simply for walks, in Eduardo VII Park, you can relax a little while enjoying the beauty of the garden.
If you are thinking of walking around Lisbon, as it is an important cultural and commercial neighbourhood, a trip to Chiado, one of the most iconic areas of the city, is practically mandatory. Next to the famous café “A Brasileira”, you will find the statue of Fernando Pessoa, which many visitors like to photograph.
Largo do Carmo
In the Chiado area, accessible to the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, ideal for walks, with a fountain built in 1771, you have the quiet Largo do Carmo. If you want to take a break from your tour, you can rest on one of the terraces on the square.
Cais do SodrÃ©
Cais do Sodré has become one of the most trendy neighbourhoods in the capital. Lisbon's most vibrant nightlife is concentrated here. Its main venue, Rua Cor-de-Rosa will be worth your visit..
Although admission to the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is charged, enjoying the much-worthwhile exterior architecture of the museum is totally free.
Lx Factory is a kind of underground Lisbon within Lisbon. With the edge of the rejuvenated Tagus River as a backdrop, among diverse bars and restaurants, decoration shops, creative workshops and activities with different themes, possible occupations will not be lacking.
Mouraria e Martim Moniz
If you are looking for a pleasant place to walk around and know different forms of art and culture expressions, be sure to visit Mouraria and Martim Moniz. These areas have been the subject of revitalisation work and are, nowadays, very interesting places. The neighbourhood of Mouraria is considered the birthplace of fado, being the home of many fado singers. At the weekend, in Martim Moniz Square, you can find the “Fusion Market”.
Where to eat in Lisbon? What are the best restaurants in Lisbon?
ALMA Henrique SÃ¡ Pessoa
If you are looking for author cuisine, ALMA, by chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, is an excellent option. With two Michelin stars and a menu that is an authentic invitation to travel through various flavours, the restaurant is thoroughly prepared to give you an unforgettable experience.
The Old Pharmacy
Open since the summer of 2012, it was a pharmacy, but now it is a wine bar. It is located in Bairro Alto and is ideal for those who, instead of a full meal, in a rustic and, simultaneously, sophisticated atmosphere, want to combine snacks with a glass of wine.
The well-known restaurant of chef José Avillez - Belcanto, distinguished with two Michelin stars, is one of the best restaurants in our country. At Chiado, it offers discreet service and high quality dishes.
Recognized for its delicacies with chicken, lamb and shrimp, in the Bica area, Sanskar Nepal, also super suitable for vegetarians and vegans, specialises in Indian food.
Rosa da Rua
It is located in Bairro Alto and it is known as the one that NIT readers voted as the best Portuguese stew in Lisbon. The restaurant is not large, but traditional Portuguese food options are not lacking.
HÃ¡ tapas no mercado
At the Arroios Market, in Arroios, with a menu consisting of a varied panoply of tapas, you will find Há Tapas no Mercado.
At Rua do Instituto Industrial, in Santos, Sucolento, famous for its meat dishes, is a restaurant serving Mediterranean and European cuisine.
If instead of a full meal you prefer to drink a glass of quality wine and snack, know that here you will find an extensive wine list.
Alto do Bairro
Alto do Bairro, in Travessa das Mercês, in Bairro Alto, is a tapas and cocktail restaurant, which combines fusion cuisine with options suitable also for vegetarians.
Seen Lisboa by Olivier
Based on the concept developed by Chefpreuner Olivier da Costa, Seen Lisboa, combines panoramic views, cool ambience, eclectic cuisine and a bar menu, with its art deco decor and resident DJ it is the city's undisputed hotspot.
Where to sleep in Lisbon? What are the best hotels in Lisbon?
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Hotel da Baixa
Hotel da Baixa, just 250 metres from the city centre and a nine-minute walk from Avenida da Liberdade, is a hotel with an excellent location. Lively and modern, it has a four-star rating.
Áurea Museum by Eurostars Hotel Company
Located on the banks of the Tagus River, in a historic building in the iconic Alfama district, equipped with a restaurant, swimming pool, massage room and Turkish bath, you will find the Áurea Museum by Eurostars Hotel Company.
Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel
Deserving a five star rating, 400 metres from Chiado, merging the views over the noble houses of the 17th century with a piece of the historic Fernandina Wall of the 14th century, the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel is ideal for those who want to combine comfort with refinement.
Lisbon Wine Hotel
Boasting four stars, very close to Lisbon's Dona Maria II National Theatre, Lisbon Wine Hotel offers a restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout. The hotel offers car rental if you need this service.
MYRIAD by SANA Hotels
On the banks of the Tagus River and offering panoramic views, this 5-star hotel is located in Parque das Nações and with luxurious accommodation and original, colourful decorations, it is defined as a true futuristic oasis.
Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto
Raw Culture Art & Lofts Bairro Alto is an apart-hotel that strives for difference, offering a unique cultural experience as well as a comfortable and sophisticated atmosphere. All cottages feature décor based on the owner's art collection, including temporary displays.
Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites
Martinhal Lisbon Chiado Family Suites is located in central Lisbon, in the Chiado district, just a 6-minute walk from Cais do Sodré Metro and Train Station. This aparthotel was designed for families with younger members in mind, hence the existence of a Kids' Club nearby.
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel & Spa
Stylishly decorated with rooms designed according to Feng Shui principles, this four-star hotel is 80 metres from Liberty Avenue and 300 metres from Marquês de Pombal Square.
Four metres from Saldanha Metro Station, with modern and bright rooms, in the four star Olissippo Saldanha you will surely have a very pleasant stay.
Located in the historic centre, two minutes from Praça do Comércio, the Pestana CR7 results from a partnership between the Pestana Hotels group and the world-renowned footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. If you like football, you'll love the Pestana CR7 hotel.