When looking for what to do in Lisbon, an itinerary is essential for your experience in the capital to be of the highest level, getting to know the main cultural and historical features of the city.
If you are not in Portuguese territory, consider Lisbon as a mandatory stop for those visiting the country. Top of the list among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, it conquers all those who visit it, for its mix of tradition and modernity. Its sights are many and in very different styles, so it is important to define an itinerary before visiting.
Full of monuments, typical neighbourhoods, riverside areas, fado houses, parks, gardens and viewpoints, this city offers many possibilities to discover, visit and enjoy.
In this article we will show you some of the sights you should visit in Lisbon.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, facing the Tagus estuary, it was for many centuries a gateway for those who came by boat from the Atlantic and found there all the splendour.
Boat trip along the Tagus River
If you want to have a different perspective of the city and its reliefs, without leaving the surface, you can always book a boat trip on the Tagus (we strongly recommend at sunset time) and make an exciting journey.
Senhora do Monte and Santa Luzia Viewpoints
In the atrium of the Santa Luzi Church, sheltered under a splendorous garden, we can see the Santa Luzia Viewpoint divided in two areas, an upper one where the church is located and a lower one characterized by a rectangular lake that resembles a swimming pool. The view, similar to the one you can see at Senhora do Monte (this one relatively further away from the river but with a wide perspective of downtown and the São Jorge Castle), is of a great level. You can take the opportunity to breathe the Lisbon atmosphere, usually with live music.
Strategically designed to protect the entrance to the city by boat, the Torre de Belém is an internationally recognised icon for its structure and historical significance. It was the first Portuguese fortification with two floors of firing positions, marking a new evolution in military architecture.
Padrão of the Discoveries
Mirror of the illustrious Lusitanian years, of discoveries along the African, South American and Indian coasts, this monument symbolizes those who fought and sacrificed for the sea currents. The ship, facing the Tagus, symbolises the departure into the unknown and the nation’s dream of discovering the new world by sea.
São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere
Considered the most complete panoramic view of Lisbon, it provides you with natural details with details of the Tagus River and the various new areas of Lisbon like the wide avenues, the modern and old buildings with their various types of peculiar roofs, the Cathedral, among other particularities.
Gare do Oriente / Parque das Nações
The result of a long project for the international event Expo 98 that took place in Lisbon, the Gare do Oriente is the motto for the whole Parque das Nações area, with a seductive and avant-garde architecture that interconnects with buses, trains and the metro. Furthermore, you can depart directly towards Vasco da Gama, the area’s shopping centre, and visit the Oceanarium, stroll along the riverside and visit the Lisbon International Fair and the Altice Arena.
Also called the Parque das Nações Cable Car or the Expo Cable Car, this offers a ride of approximately 10 minutes, where it is possible to see the Tagus River, the Parque das Nações, the Olivais Dock, the Pavilhão de Portugal, the Vasco da Gama Tower, the Lisbon Oceanarium and other sights.
Get to know the heart and soul of Lisbon. In Baixa-Chiado, you can find a bit of everything. From local to international commerce, a mix of cultures and traditions and live performances all over the area. Usually, you’ll find very busy streets and you can take tram and tuk-tuk rides.
A novelty for its 2013 revitalisation, Pink Street is located in Cais do Sodré and is known for its nightlife. Considered one of the 12 most charming streets in Europe, it usually brings together various personalities for fun and convivial moments.
S. Jorge Castle
Reach the skies in the Castle that is National Monument since 1910. The São Jorge fortification had its foundation in the 10th and 11th centuries, when Lisbon was an important Muslim port city. In 1147, the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, conquered the castle and the city from the Moors.
In addition to the wide green spaces, you can find stunning views and pristine historical artefacts.
Finally, we could not fail to indicate “the highest quarter of the dream”, as Carlos do Carmo used to sing. Known for its bohemian atmosphere, it is located in the heart of Lisbon and offers some visual suggestions, such as the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, the Bica/Glória lifts, the Roque Museum and the Santa Catarina viewpoint.
But your evening ends beautifully at A Severa, with a Fado show and top-notch gastronomy.
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