Must-see attractions in Lisbon

  • Miradouro de Santa Catarina

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    Students bashing out rhythms, pot-smoking hippies, stroller-pushing parents and loved-up couples all meet at this precipitous viewpoint in boho Santa…

  • Pavilhão do Conhecimento

    Parque das Nações

    Kids won’t grumble about science at the interactive Pavilhão do Conhecimento, where they can run riot in the adult-free unfinished house, get dizzy on a…

  • Casa Museu Dr Anastácio Gonçalves

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    This architecturally intriguing and rambling house/museum (built in 1905) contains a small but fascinating collection of 19th-century paintings by…

  • Igreja da Conceição Velha

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    Completed in 1534 on orders from King Manuel I, Igreja da Conceição Velha is the second-oldest Manueline religious building in Lisbon. Its facade remains…

  • Praça da Alegria

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Swooping palms and banyan trees shade tranquil Praça da Alegria, which is actually more round than square. Look out for the bronze bust of 19th-century…

  • Statue of Dom José I

    Baixa & Rossio

    Rising from the centre of triumphant Praça do Comercio, the dashing equestrian statue of Dom José I hints at the square’s royal roots as the pre…

  • Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    The eye-catching Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas dates to 1864. Its trompe l’œil azulejos (hand-painted tiles) depict allegorical figures and the elements.

  • Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado

    Bairro Alto, Chiado & Cais do Sodré

    The contemporary-art extension of Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado is housed inside the former monk's sleeping quarters of the Convento de…

  • Praça das Flores

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    One of Lisbon's loveliest squares, Praça das Flores is a leafy gem surrounded by some of Príncipe Real's trendiest hot spots.

  • Ponte Vasco da Gama

    Parque das Nações

    Vanishing into a watery distance, the Vasco da Gama Bridge is Europe’s longest, stretching 17.2km across the Rio Tejo.

  • Praça das Amoreiras

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    One of the best places to see the Águas Livres aqueduct is in the leafy Praça das Amoreiras.

  • Culture, gardens, and a library at this refurbished 19th century palace

    Palácio Baldaya


    This cultural centre is in a restored 19th-century palace in the Benfica quarter, a semi-suburban, residential area of Lisbon, full of boutique-sized…

  • Farming tools at Museu Arte Popular

    Museu de Arte Popular


    This museum is set in one of the remaining buildings from the 1940s Exhibition of the Portuguese World, part of the city's architectural heritage…

  • Campo Pequeno Bullring


    This red-brick, neo-Moorish building built in 1892 hosts big concerts and other events, including bullfighting, and houses a museum. Below the stadium is…

  • Lavadouro das Francesinhas

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Most folks walk right past one of Lisbon's only surviving public laundromats – there's no sign other than 'CML' inscripted across the doorframe – and this…

  • Ponte 25 de Abril


    Most people experience visual déjà vu the first time they clap eyes on the bombastic suspension bridge Ponte 25 de Abril. It’s hardly surprising given…

  • Gothic Cloister

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    History buffs shouldn’t miss the less-visited Gothic cloister inside Sé de Lisboa, which opens onto a deep pit full of archaeological excavations going…

  • Jardim Botânico

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Nurtured by green-fingered students, the Jardim Botânico is a quiet, 1500-species pocket of lushness fresh off a €500,000 renovation that mostly improved…

  • Cemitério dos Ingleses

    Príncipe Real, Santos & Estrela

    Overgrown with cypress trees, the Cemitério dos Ingleses was founded in 1717. Expats at rest here include Henry Fielding (author of Tom Jones), who died…

  • Campo dos Mártires da Pátria

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Framed by elegant buildings, this grassy square is dotted with pine, weeping willow and jacaranda trees, with a pond for ducks and a pleasant indoor…

  • Estufas

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    Tucked away in a pocket of Parque Eduardo VII, this trio of glasshouses nurtures tree ferns and camellias in the estufa fría (cool greenhouse), coffee and…

  • Caminho da Água

    Parque das Nações

    Portuguese muralist Rigo designed this splash-happy boardwalk. Watch blue-mosaic volcanoes erupt spontaneously or relax on one of the wave-shaped benches…

  • Feira Internacional de Lisboa

    Parque das Nações

    Designed by Portuguese architects Barreiros Ferreira and França Dória, the striking, crystalline FIL is Lisbon’s premier venue for exhibitions and trade…

  • Jardim Amália Rodrigues

    Marquês de Pombal & Around

    This tiny pocket of pond-dotted greenery, named after the famous fadista (fado singer), is home to Fernando Botero's voluptuous bronze sculpture…

  • Treasury

    Alfama, Castelo & Graça

    The treasury inside Sé de Lisboa showcases religious artwork.

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