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What to see in Lisbon

Lisbon Attractions


Perched on the coast of Portugal and steeped in a rich and diverse maritime history, it's no wonder that many of Lisbon's attractions are of the aquatic variety. Visitors will have a grand time exploring the many sights this exciting city has to offer.

Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, which is marketed as the second best aquarium in the world and boasting a 1.3-million gallon (5-million litre) and a wonderful array of marine life, or for a slightly more historical look at the sea, the Maritime Museum is one of Europe's best and a must for history buffs.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Tower of Belem, stroll through the streets of the charming Alfama, Lisbon's old quarter, visit the São Jorge Castle and take a stroll through the Jeronimos Monastery, a World Heritage Site and the resting place of Vasco de Gama.

Visitors wanting to see the sights in Lisbon should look into purchasing a Lisboa Card, which grants the bearer free admission or 50 percent off of admission fees to most attractions as well as free access to public transport. The card costs €19, is valid for 24 hours and is available from tourist offices throughout the city.


Alfama

The oldest part of Lisbon, the Alfama quarter sprawls down the hillside from below the Castelo de São Jorge. It retains much of the traditional colour and atmosphere from the days when it was…

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Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto district is, like the Alfama, an historic enclave dating back to 1513. It is reached via the Santa Justa Elevator, a structure reminiscent of the Eiffel tower in Paris, from the lower…

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Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Gulbenkian was an Armenian oil magnate who died in 1955 having put together one of the world's finest private art collections. The collection is now housed in a modern centre where the Calouste Gulbenkian…

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Castelo de São Jorge

The walls of Castelo de São Jorge sit atop a hill guarding the Tagus, dating from the Moorish occupation in the 10th century. But the site has been a fortress for centuries, possibly from 500…

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Cristo Rei

Christ the King, known as Cristo Rei, is a Catholic statue and monument dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. It overlooks the city of Lisbon in the central part of Portugal. The shrine was…

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Fado Bars

As wonderful as Lisbon's historical area of Alfama is by day, its culture can be even better experienced at night in one of the legendary fado bars of the area. Fado, meaning 'fate' or 'destiny', is…

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Fatima

In 1917, the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared above an oak tree and spoke to three peasant children in the valley of Cova da Iria, 79 miles (127km) north of Lisbon. The children claimed to have seen…

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Jerónimos Monastery

One of Portugal's most iconic tourist sights, the Jerónimos Monastery is an absolute must-see attraction for visitors to Lisbon. A stellar example of Manueline, also known as Portuguese late-Gothic…

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Lisbon Cathedral

Sé de Lisboa, also known as the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Alfama district of Lisbon. Since the beginning of its construction in the…

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Monument to the Discoveries

One of the most famous sights in Lisbon is the imposing Padrão dos Descobrimentos, situated on the riverbank along Avenida de Brasilia in the district of Belém. Designed to commemorate…

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Tower of Belém

Belém Tower, also known as the Tower of Saint Vincent, is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belem in the municipality of Lisbon. The tower was built in the 16th…

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Tram 28

Although holiday itineraries should never be too inflexible or prescriptive, it should be obligatory for all tourists visiting Lisbon to take a ride on the famous Tram 28. These yellow trams, with…

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