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What to see in Lisbon

Lisbon Attractions


Perched on the coast of Portugal and steeped in a rich and diverse marine 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 qaurter, visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge 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% on admission fees to most attractions as well as free access to public transport. The card costs €15, 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 Sao Jorge, retaining…

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Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto district (literally the Upper City) is, like the Alfama, an historic enclave dating from 1513, which…

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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.…

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Castelo de Sao Jorge

The walls of Saint George's Castle, sitting atop a hill guarding the Tagus, date from the Moorish occupation in the 10th…

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Cristo Rei

Like the iconic Christ the Redeemer in Rio, the Cristo Rei spreads his massive arms as if to embrace all of Lisbon. Situated…

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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…

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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…

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Jeronimos Monastery

One of Portugal's most iconic tourist sights, the Jeronimos Monastery is an absolute must-see attraction for visitors…

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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 in…

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Sé de Lisboa

Although this cathedral in Largo da Se in the Alfama district is not outwardly appealing, it was the first church in…

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Setúbal

A popular touring destination 25 miles (40km) south of Lisbon is Setúbal, one of Portugal's oldest cities, renowned…

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Tower of Belem

The famous Tower of Belem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of Lisbon's most photographed landmarks because…

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Tram 28

Lisbon's public transport is an attraction all its own! Although holiday itineraries should never be too inflexible or…

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