Must-see attractions in Lisbon

  • Portugal, Lisbon, Belem district, Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), Santa Maria church

    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    Belém

    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…

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    Castelo de São Jorge

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Towering dramatically above Lisbon, these mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine…

  • Lisbon's Gloria funicular classified in Bairro Alto in Lisbon, Portugal
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    Alfama

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    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…

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

    Lisbon

    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…

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    Tram 28E

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Don't leave the city without riding popular tram 28E from Largo Martim Moniz. This rickety, screechy, gloriously old-fashioned ride from Praça Martim…

  • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    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…

  • LISBON, circa 2017 - Wide establishing shot of Palacio Fronteira Palace, aka Palacio dos Marqueses de Fronteira, one of the hidden gems of Lisbon, Portugal, dating from 1671..; Shutterstock ID 781758556; your: Alex Howard; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira POI

    Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira

    Lisbon

    This 17th-century former hunting pavilion is in the Benfica neighbourhood. Italian Renaissance influences are blended with Portuguese-inspired blue-and…

  • Central tank at Oceanario (oceanarium), Parque da Nacoes.

    Oceanário de Lisboa

    Parque das Nações

    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,…

  • The Monsanto Viewpoint in Lisbon.

    Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto

    Lisbon

    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…

  • Praça do Comércio

    Baixa & Rossio

    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…

  • Tile detail in the Museo Nacional do Azulejo, Azulejos Museum.

    Museu Nacional do Azulejo

    Lisbon

    Housed in a sublime 16th-century convent, Lisbon's Museu Nacional do Azulejo covers the entire azulejo (hand-painted tile) spectrum. Star exhibits feature…

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    Igreja & Museu São Roque

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    The plain facade of 16th-century Jesuit Igreja de São Roque belies its dazzling interior of gold, marble and Florentine azulejos – bankrolled by Brazilian…

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    Museu Coleção Berardo

    Belém

    Culture fiends can get their contemporary-art fix at Museu Coleção Berardo, the star of the Centro Cultural de Belém. The ultrawhite, minimalist gallery…

  • Basílica da Estrela

    Príncipe Real, Santos & 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,…

  • Museu Nacional dos Coches

    Belém

    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…

  • Convento do Carmo & Museu Arqueológico

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    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…

  • Igreja de São Domingos

    Baixa & Rossio

    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…

  • Torre de Belem, Belem.

    Torre de Belém

    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…

  • LX Factory

    Lisbon

    Lisbon's hub of cutting-edge creativity hosts a dynamic menu of events from live concerts and film screenings to fashion shows and art exhibitions. There…

  • Miradouro da Graça

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    A much-loved summertime hang-out of lisboêtas, this miradouro (lookout) sidles up to the baroque Igreja da Graça. It has an incredible view of the castle…

  • Largo das Portas do Sol

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    This original Moorish gateway affords stunning angles over Alfama’s jumble of red rooftops and pastel-coloured houses, underscored by the true blue Rio…

  • Miradouro do Castelo de São Jorge

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    One of Lisbon's privileged views is on offer from this outstanding lookout point on the grounds of the Castelo de São Jorge.

  • Low Angle View Of Lisbon Cathedral At Night

    Sé de Lisboa

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    The fortress-like Sé de Lisboa is one of Lisbon’s icons, built in 1150 on the site of a mosque soon after Christians recaptured the city from the Moors…

  • (GERMANY OUT) The Puppet Museum (Museu da Marioneta) in Lisbon, Portugal  (Photo by Forster/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

    Museu da Marioneta

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Discover your inner child at the surprisingly enchanting Museu da Marioneta, a veritable Geppetto’s workshop housed in the 17th-century Convento das…

  • Museu do Oriente

    Lisbon

    The beautifully designed Museu do Oriente highlights Portugal’s ties with Asia, from colonial baby steps in Macau to ancestor worship. The cavernous…

  • City and Ponte 25 de Abril bridge from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

    Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Lisbon spreads out before you at Graça’s highest of the high, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Come for the relaxed vibe and the best views of the castle on…

  • Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Graça’s Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora was founded in 1147 and revamped by Italian architect Felipe Terzi in the late 16th century. Since the adjacent…

  • Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

    Belém

    Lisbon's latest riverfront star is this low-rise, glazed-tiled structure that intriguingly hips and sways into ground-level exhibition halls. Visitors can…

  • Museu do Aljube

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Both poignant and haunting, this new and highly important museum has turned the former Portuguese dictatorship's political prison of choice into a museum…

  • Museu da Presidência da República

    Belém

    Portugal's small presidential museum is worth a look for its fascinating state gifts exhibit – note the outrageous 1957 offering from Brazil's Juscelino…

  • Panteão Nacional

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Perched high and mighty above Graça’s Campo de Santa Clara, the porcelain-white Panteão Nacional is a baroque beauty. Originally intended as a church, it…

  • Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

    Belém

    Built in the early 19th century, this staggering neoclassical palace served as the royal residence from the 1860s until the end of the monarchy (1910)…

  • Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Housed in a stunning early-19th-century mansion, this little-known museum presents António Medeiros e Almeida's exquisite fine- and decorative-arts…

  • Antigo Picadeiro Real

    Belém

    Lisbon's original coach museum is now home to just seven of these majestic 18th-century four-wheeled works of art, but it's worth also visiting the…

  • Jardim da Cerca da Graça

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Closed for centuries, this 1.7-hectare green space opened again in 2015 and is Lisbon's second-biggest park, offering a lush transition between the…

  • Museu do Fado

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Fado (traditional Portuguese melancholic song) was born in Alfama. Immerse yourself in its bittersweet symphonies at Museu do Fado. This engaging museum…

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