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Top ChoiceMonastery in Belém

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Belém’s undisputed heart-stealer is this Unesco-listed monastery. The mosteiro is the stuff of pure fantasy: a fusion of Diogo de Boitaca’s creative vision and the spice and pepper dosh of Manuel I, who...

Top ChoiceCastle in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Castelo de São Jorge

Castelo de São Jorge

Towering dramatically above Lisbon, these mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for superlative views over the city’s red...

Top ChoiceArea in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Alfama

Alfama

Wander downhill (to save your legs) through Alfama's steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets and catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of Lisbon before it too is gentrified. Linger in a backstreet cafe along...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lapa & Alcântara

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

Set in a lemon-fronted, 17th-century palace, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is Lapa’s biggest draw. It presents a star-studded collection of European and Asian paintings and decorative arts.

Top ChoiceMuseum in Marquês de Pombal & Around

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – Coleção do Fundador

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian – Coleção do Fundador

Famous for its outstanding quality and breadth, the world-class Founder's Collection at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian showcases an epic collection of Western and Eastern art – from Egyptian treasures to Old Master...

Top ChoiceTram in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

Tram 28E

Tram 28E

Don't leave the city without riding popular tram 28E from Largo Martim Moniz. This rickety, screechy, gloriously old-fashioned ride from Praça Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique provides 45 minutes of mood-lifting...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Hitch a ride on vintage Ascensor da Glória from Praça dos Restauradores, or huff your way up steep Calçada da Glória to this terrific hilltop viewpoint. Fountains and Greek busts add a regal air to the...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Lisbon

Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira

Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira

This 17th-century former hunting pavilion is in the Benfica neighbourhood. Italian Renaissance influences are blended with Portuguese-inspired blue-and-white tiles throughout the palace and extraordinary gardens....

Top ChoiceRuins in Baixa & Rossio

Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros

Hidden under the Millennium BCP bank building are layers of ruins dating from the Iron Age, discovered on a 1991 parking-lot dig. Fascinating archaeologist-led tours, run by Fundacão Millennium (booking ahead...

Top ChoiceAquarium in Parque das Nações

Oceanário de Lisboa

Oceanário de Lisboa

The closest you’ll get to scuba diving without a wetsuit, Oceanário is mind-blowing. With 8000 marine creatures splashing in 7 million litres of seawater, no amount of hyperbole does it justice. Huge wrap-around...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Lisbon

Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto

Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto

Lisbon’s beloved secret viewpoint is a graffiti- and art-plastered building that was once an exclusive high-society restaurant in the late 1960s. A series of bad investment decisions led to its abandonment from...

Top ChoicePlaza in Baixa & Rossio

Praça do Comércio

Praça do Comércio

With its grand 18th-century arcades, lemon-meringue facades and mosaic cobbles, the riverfront Praça do Comércio is a square to out-pomp them all. Everyone arriving by boat used to disembark here, and it still...

Top ChoiceChurch in Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

Basílica da Estrela

The curvaceous, sugar-white dome and twin belfries of Basílica da Estrela are visible from afar. The echoing interior is awash with pink-and-black marble, which creates a kaleidoscopic effect when you gaze up...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Lisbon

Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Housed in a sublime 16th-century convent, Lisbon's Museu Nacional do Azulejo covers the entire azulejo (hand-painted tile) spectrum. Star exhibits feature a 36m-long panel depicting pre-earthquake Lisbon, a...

Top ChoiceChurch in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Igreja & Museu São Roque

Igreja & Museu São Roque

The plain facade of 16th-century Jesuit Igreja de São Roque belies its dazzling interior of gold, marble and Florentine azulejos – bankrolled by Brazilian riches. Its star attraction is Capela de São João...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Belém

Museu Nacional dos Coches

Cinderella wannabes delight in Portugal's most visited museum, which dazzles with its world-class collection of 70 17th- to 19th-century coaches in an ultramodern (and some might say inappropriately contrasting)...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Belém

Museu Coleção Berardo

Museu Coleção Berardo

Culture fiends can get their contemporary-art fix at Museu Coleção Berardo, the star of the Centro Cultural de Belém. The ultrawhite, minimalist gallery displays billionaire José Berardo’s eye-popping collection...

Top ChoiceRuins in Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

Convento do Carmo & Museu Arqueológico

Soaring above Lisbon, the skeletal Convento do Carmo was all but devoured by the 1755 earthquake, and that's precisely what makes it so captivating. Its shattered pillars and wishbone-like arches are completely...

Top ChoiceChurch in Baixa & Rossio

Igreja de São Domingos

It’s a miracle that this baroque church dating to 1241 still stands, having barely survived the 1755 earthquake, then fire in 1959. Its sea of tea lights illuminates gashed pillars, battered walls and ethereal...

Tower in Belém

Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém

Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this Unesco World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries. You'll need to breathe in to climb the narrow spiral staircase to the tower, which affords sublime...