Get lost in a maze of narrow streets, enjoy the view from a castle and get a glimpse of Portugal’s glorious past. We have to admit: Lisbon is so incredibly diverse that it was a challenge to select the most characteristic sights.
This monastery in the Belém area is one of Lisbon’s most famous sights. Here, you will find the remains of the explorer Vasco de Gama and members of the royal family. Next to this remarkable monastery is an equally impressive square. At the centre of the Praça do Imperio is a 3,300-square-metre garden with a large fountain.
The Torre de Belém is a defence tower on the bank of the Tagus River in Belém. The tower, dating from 1515, is a stunning piece of art in Manueline style with touches of Islamic and Moorish architecture. It was built in honour of Vasco da Gama’s voyages of discovery and the splendour of Portuguese power.
Rua Augusta is a very lively pedestrian street in the city’s chic shopping area with beautiful mosaic pavements. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the huge Arco Triunfal. This arch is a memorial to the earthquake of 1755. And if you feel like taking a break from all the shopping, you can pull up a chair at one of the cosy outdoor cafés and enjoy performances by street artists.
At the top of the highest hill in the centre of Lisbon you will find a sights you really should not miss. The Castelo de São Jorge has an absolutely breathtaking panoramic view of the city. And then there’s the vast castle gardens, with geese and ducks wobbling around, which are definitely worth a visit as well. With these temperatures, you will love the shade of the trees.
The Bairro Alto is a somewhat more alternative and quaint area with a bohemian atmosphere. Its many steps, narrow alleys, steep streets, winding paths, unexpected squares and beautiful views make exploring this area on foot a real pleasure. Enjoy the shaded streets and arty shops and galleries by day and enjoy the busy bars, restaurants and clubs by night.