LISBON, PORTUGAL/TRAVEL TIPS/WHERE TO STAY & EAT/ ACTIVITIES TO GO & PLACES TO GO/SHOPPING

MAANANTAI, 13. HEINÄKUUTA 2020

LISBON

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Seven cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo cradle Lisbon's postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – a captivating scene crafted over centuries.

 

Beyond Bacalhau: Lisbon for Foodies

Dining in Lisbon is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of Portugal's beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; 365 recipes and counting!). While bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; a Bairro Alto original) is never far, Lisbon's strategic seaside position on Europe's doorstep means a bounty of fresh seafood (octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, snails) rules the city's kitchens, from Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers, and you'll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in between.

Last Call, Lisbon!

Cheap booze and the absence of open-container laws means Lisbon loves a night on the town! Don't be fooled by Bairro's Alto's sleepy daytime feel – by night, these narrow cobbled lanes transform into one of Europe's most raucous drinking locales. Student dives, traditional fado houses, upscale wine bars and LGBT hot spots merrily coexist among the muddled mess. In Cais do Sodré, Pink Street and environs are home to some of the city's classic nightclubs and rowdiest cocktail bars, while trendier megaclubs stretch along the waterfront from Santos to Santa Apolónia. Last call? Sunrise!

The Great Lisbon Earthquake

You couldn't blame your average lisboêta for thinking of the Apocalypse when the ground gave way just before 10am on 1 November, 1755. What followed was eight astonishing minutes of city-shattering shaking spread across three tremors, followed 40 minutes later by a massive, city-engulfing tsunami, culminating in a week-long firestorm that incinerated what little was initially spared. Lisbon was decimated. Today, the modern city is shaped by these cataclysmic events – nearly everything is defined as before or after the earthquake – and the Pombaline architecture that defined post-quake Lisbon reconstruction was some of the first seismically protected building in Europe.

Miradouro Mania: Scenic City Views

Lisbon's trademark seven hills are spread across the cityscape like lofty guardians of colour and history. Capped by a collection of terraces known as miradouros (viewpoints), a must-see web of no-filter-necessary views over Lisbon, the Tejo and beyond is formed. Our favourite miradouros – Portas do Sol, São Pedro de Alcântara, da Graça, da Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia and, of course, Castelo de São Jorge – all offer stunning spots to get your bearings and while away afternoons over bica (espresso), elegant glasses of Touriga Nacional or refreshing pitchers of sangria, while rubbernecking the city's stupendous horizons.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT LISBON

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores.

 

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 63.1°F (17.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Lisbon, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 82°F (27.8°C) and 59.8°F (15.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Lisbon to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 63.5°F (17.5°C) and 58.4°F (14.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

 

 

GETTING TO LISBON

There are many ways to get to Lisbon and all of them are easy to use. With the airport just a few minutes from the centre of the city, stations with international rail links and various ports for cruise ships, there are many options for getting to the capital of Portugal. If you prefer to come by car, there are excellent roads from various points north and south along the border with Spain.

 

By Plane - Land at the Lisbon international airport which is just a mere 7 km from the centre of the city. Served by the main international airlines and just 3 hours away from the main European capitals, it is very easy to reach.

By Train - It is just as easy to reach the centre of the city. National and international trains arrive every day at Santa Apolónia station, which is very close to all the traditional neighbourhoods and Terreiro do Paço. But if you would like to add a unique architectural experience to your arrival, get off at Gare do Oriente, whose Calatrava-designed lines impress even those who see it every day.

By Boat - Those arriving by sea have one of the best views of Lisbon – from the river – and can moor in 3 different places, all near the centre. If you come by cruise ship, you can dock at Alcântara, Rocha Conde de Óbidos or Santa Apolónia. If you arrive by yacht, there are several marinas as you sail up the river. 

By Car - The best ways to enter Lisbon are via the A1 and A2, which both have national and international connections along their course. The landscape is beautiful and mobility around the region compensates the long hours of driving. After all, there is more to Lisbon than just city.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND LISBON

Metro -  Lisbon's subway is the quickest way around; useful for Gare do Oriente and Parque das Nações. Runs from 6.30am to 1am.

Tram -  The best way to get up into hilltop neighbourhoods (Alfama, Castelo, Graça) and western neighbourhoods (Estrela, Campo de Ourique). Runs from 5am/6am to about 10pm/11pm.

Elevadores & Ascensors -  Lisbon's historic funiculars and elevators are the fastest way from lower neighbourhoods (Chiado, Baixa, Rossio) to hilltop neighbourhoods (Castelo, Glória, Graça).

Bicycle - Traffic, trams, hills, cobbles and disgruntled drivers make cycling a challenging prospect. There are pleasant rides along a bike lane beside the Rio Tejo, however. Gira is the city's bike-sharing scheme, with 48 stations around the city installed at the time of research and another 140 planned.

Biking in Lisbon - With its steep, winding hills and narrow, traffic-filled lanes, Lisbon may not seem like the ideal place to hop on a bicycle, though the city added a biking/jogging path in 2010, to the delight of pedallers. Coursing along the Rio Tejo for nearly 7km, the path connects Cais do Sodré with Belém, and has artful touches, including the poetry of Pessoa printed along parts of it. It passes beside a rapidly changing landscape, taking in ageing warehouses that are being converted into open-air cafes, restaurants and nightspots, as well as the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT). An additional path connecting Santa Apolónia with Parque das Nações, a 8km jaunt, was opened in 2013. The newest part of the path extends along the waterfront for another 5km from Belém to the Fortress of Caxias. A handy place to rent bikes is Bike Iberia, a short stroll from Cais do Sodré. True enthusiasts will also want to pick up their indispensable and extremely well done Lisbon Bike Map (€5; €3 for customers), which not only details all the bike trails in the Lisbon region, but notes terrain, inclines, points of interest and traffic etiquette. Those looking for a longer ride can bike out to Belém, catch the ferry to Trafaria, and then continue on another bike path (separate from traffic) that runs for about 6km down to the pretty beach of Costa da Caparica. Nature lovers should explore Parque Florestal de Monsanto, situated around 8.5km northwest of Cais do Sodré – self-guided GPS tour options are available from Bike Iberia.

Bus - Carris runs all transport in Lisbon proper except the metro. Its buses run from about 5am or 6am to about 10pm or 11pm; there are some night-bus services. Pick up a transport map, Rede de Transportes de Lisboa, from tourist offices. The Carris website has timetables and route details. Buses are especially useful for neighbourhoods not serviced by the metro or trams, such as Príncipe Real and Marvila. Take bus 711 from Rossio to get to Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto (walk the final 650m).

Car & Motorcycle - Lisbon can be quite stressful to drive around, thanks to heavy traffic, maverick drivers and narrow one-way streets and tram lines. There are two ring roads useful for staying out of the centre: the inner Cintura Regional Interna de Lisboa (CRIL) and the outer Cintura Regional Externa de Lisboa (CREL). There are a few good places for free parking. Campo de Santa Clara, near Alfama, is good on every day except Saturday and Tuesday, when the Feira da Ladra takes over the lot. You can also find free parking on Av 24 de Julho west of Cais do Sodré. Theft is a risk, so always lock up and don’t leave any valuables inside. The cheapest, closest paid car parks are found south of the centre near the coast around Santa Apolónia and Doca de Santo Amaro.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN LISBON

 

  • TURIM Boulevard Hotel

Boasting a bar, terrace and views of city, TURIM Boulevard Hotel is set in Lisbon, 1.6 km from Rossio. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel all rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Guests at TURIM Boulevard Hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Dona Maria II National Theatre is 1.7 km from the accommodation, while Ribeira Market is 2.8 km from the property.

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  • Maxime Hotel Lisbon

Formerly known as a cabaret, the Maxime is now reborn as a hotel. The place where spies and dancers from last century dwelt, is now open to guests and Lisbon’s visitors retaining all its former glory. Always in good care by the mysterious Lady Maxime, guests will enjoy carefully decorated rooms with a variety of themes ranging from the dressing room, the stage or the bondage. Each is air conditioned and comes with a Nespresso machine, a private bathroom with Castelbel amenities, a Marshall speaker and a flat-screen TV. The bar kept its original counter and hosts a restaurant as well. Guests can enjoy a thematic menu next to the glorious stage, under the original ceiling of the cabaret and surrounded by replicas of the original chandeliers. Every Friday and Saturday guests can enjoy the Maxime Restaurant & Bar cabaret shows. Hotel Maxime is just 1-minute walk from the Liberdade Avenue and metro station. Rossio Square is 700 m away and the Chiado shopping area is a 10-minute walk away. Lisbon Airport is 7 km away.

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  • Be Poet Baixa Hotel

With a prime location is Lisbon's historic downtown, Be Poet Baixa Hotel is just 600 m from Chiado and 300 m from Rossio Square. At just 140 m from the Santa Justa Lift, the hotel is also 450 m from Commerce Square and the Tagus River. All of the elegant units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning and free WiFi. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hair dryer. A buffet breakfast is served every morning at the property. There is an on site restaurant, where guests will be able to taste Portuguese delicacies. The surrounding area is also filled with a variety of cafés, eateries and bars. Staff at the 24-hour front desk speak English and Spanish and will be able to assist guests in booking an airport shuttle service, at an extra fee. Bairro Alto, the city's most popular nightlife hotspot, is 1.1 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Humberto Delgado Airport, 7.4 km from Be Poet Baixa Hotel and is reachable via metro.

Be Poet Baixa Hotel (Lisbon, Portugal) - Yamsafer.com

 

 

 

  • Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Chiado Emenda

Set 1.1 km from Ribeira Market in Lisbon, Lisbon Serviced Apartments - Chiado Emenda offers accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. Each unit is fitted with a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A fridge, an oven and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Commerce Square, Rossio and Dona Maria II National Theatre.

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  • Hotel da Baixa

With a colourful and classic façade, as well as a modern interior décor, the 4-star Hotel da Baixa enjoys a prime location in Lisbon's historic downtown area. Featuring a restaurant and a bar, it just 200 m from Rossio Square a short walk from the iconic Santa Justa Lift. The property features free WiFi throughout and has accommodation in elegant double, twin and family rooms, as well as in suites. All units come with a 4K TV with internet access, Nespresso coffee machine and Bluetooth sound system. Some units also include a smartphone with free unlimited data provided. All accommodation comes with a private bathroom, including free Uriage toiletries. The daily buffet breakfast is served at the restaurant area and offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. The restaurant has a traditional atmosphere and specializes in international dishes as well as in tasty Portuguese dishes. The surrounding area features a wide range of restaurants, bakeries and cafés for guests to choose from, many within a 5-minute walk. The property is 600 m from Chiado and 350 m from the Baixa/Chiado metro Station. The trendy and lively Bairro Alto is a 10-minute walk away and has various bars, cafés and shops. At a 9-minute walk is Liberty Avenue, which features many high-end shops and boutiques. Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport, 9.6 km from Hotel da Baixa.

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  • Eurostars Museum

Eurostars Museum is a unique 5-star property situated on the banks of the Tagus River, in a historic building in Lisbon's iconic Alfama quarter. The hotel features a permanent archaeological exhibition, as well as modern facilities, like an indoor pool, restaurant, massage room and Turkish bath. The décor features references to the cultural legacy of the hotel's building. The air-conditioned rooms all come with a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, safety deposit box and a work desk. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. A daily breakfast buffet is available at the property. The in house restaurant features a variety of traditional Portuguese and International dishes. Guests can also find a wide range of restaurants and eateries within a short 5-minute walk. Alfama is famed for its Fado Houses, which pair traditional Fado concerts with tasty Portuguese tapas. A fitness centre is also featured at the property, along with a 24-hour front desk and various meeting rooms. The iconic São Jorge Castle is a 15-minute uphill walk. Commerce Square is just 500 m away, while Rossio is a 16-minute walk from Eurostars Museum. Lisbon's Humberto Delgado Airport is 8.4 km from the property.

A bed or beds in a room at Eurostars Museum

 

 

 

  • The Visionaire Apartments

Set in Lisbon's historical downtown, The Visionaire Apartments features apartments, studios and suites right across from the iconic Figueira Square. Rossio is 130 m away, while Commerce Square and the Tagus riverside are at a 10-minute walk. All of the property's units come with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV and a seating area. The studios, apartments and suites include a kitchen or kitchenette and a dining area, with plenty of natural light. The units can have views over either Lisbon's streets, Figueira Square or even The iconic São Jorge Castle, for some of the suites. The equipped kitchens or kitchenettes all come fully equipped and allow guests to cook their own meals comfortably. The surrounding area is filled with a range of popular eateries, including renowned restaurants, emblematic cafés and classic pastry shops. The high-end shops and boutiques of Avenida da Liberdade are at a short 5-minute walk away. Popular Chiado is within a 6-minute walk. At 1 km is Bairro Alto, one of the city's most renowned nightlife hotspots. The nearest airport is Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, 7.6 km from the accommodation.

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  • WC by The Beautique Hotels

Located in Lisbon's famed Almirante Reis Street, 900 m from the historic downtown, WC by The Beautique Hotels is a uniquely decorated hotel. The property's décor was carefully designed to express the cleanliness and comfort of a modern bathroom. All of the comfortable and soundproofed rooms are elegantly furnished and come equipped with a Smart TV. Each also includes a coffee machine, with complimentary capsules. The rooms also features a private bathroom, with free toiletries. WC by The Beautique Hotels has free WiFi throughout the property. A breakfast buffet is served each morning at the restaurant area. The hotel’s Banho Restaurant features a tasty Portuguese menu, within a romantic and modern ambiance. The WC by The Beautique Hotels also has an onsite bar, where refreshing drinks and cocktails are served. The surrounding area features a wide range of restaurants, many within a 5 to 10-minute walk. Intendente Metro Station is at the doorstep. Historic Rossio is 1.4 km from WC by The Beautique Hotels, while Chiado is 1 km away. Bairro Alto is at 2 km and the property is 1.3 km from Liberty Avenue’s high-end shops and boutiques. Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport is 6.5 km from the property.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel

Situated in Lisbon, 400 m from Chiado, Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel provides accommodation with on-site dining. This 5-star hotel has a chunk of the historical 14th century Muralha Fernandina, along with views over 17th century noble households. Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel offers free WiFi. Rossio is 700 m from the hotel. All rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and Blu-ray player. Guest rooms also include a private bathroom with a bath or shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. At Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel every room is fitted with a seating area. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. With staff speaking English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, advice is available at the reception. Dona Maria II National Theatre is 800 m from Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel, while Bairro Alto is 800 m from the property. Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport is 7 km away.

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  • Upon Lisbon Prime Residences

Upon Lisbon Residences features elegant apartments and studios, with views over SL Benfica's Stadium of Light. Featuring an on site restaurant and bar on the rooftop area, guests can enjoy a meal with a view to the stadium. Alto dos Moinhos Metro Station is 600 m away and connects with the city centre. The studios and apartments all feature a modern décor, with plenty of natural light. Each is air conditioned and includes a flat-screen cable TV, as well as a sofa in the comfortable living area. The private bathrooms come with free toiletries and there is also a full kitchenette, including a coffee machine. Guests are welcome to cook their own meals in the kitchenette, which comes fully equipped. Alternatively, guests can visit the on site restaurant or enjoy drink at the bar area. The nearby Colombo Shopping Centre has an extensive food court, along with various shops, boutiques and even cinemas. The building's rooftop area also boasts an outdoor swimming pool, which all guests of the Upon Lisbon are welcome to use. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Rossio, in Lisbon's historical downtown area is a 20-minute metro ride away, while Liberty Avenue's high end shops are a 17-minute metro ride from Upon Lisbon Residences. The lively bar areas of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré are at 10 km and 11.3 km, respectively. The nearest airport is Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport, 7.2 km from Upon Lisbon Residences and is reachable via metro.

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ACTIVITIES TO DO & PLACES TO VISIT IN LISBON

 

  • São Jorge Castle

Crowning a hill above the historic centre, Lisbon’s fortress transports you back to the Middle Ages. It dates to the 11th century when the city was under Moorish rule, though a settlement has been here since the 7th century BC, as the archaeological site reveals. Head up here for far-reaching views from the pine-shaded ramparts (it’s a great place to play ‘spot the landmark’), a peek through the camera obscura and a shot of history at the museum.

São Jorge Castle - Wikipedia

  • Carmo Convent

With the arches and pillars of its nave open to the sky, the enigmatic ruins of this Gothic convent catch your eye as you wander Lisbon’s smart Chiado district. Founded as a convent for the Carmelite order in 1389, it was ravaged by the 1755 earthquake. Its archaeology museum showcases a chapel, beautifully tiled with baroque azulejos, alongside artefacts from prehistoric tools to Moorish friezes and pre-Columbian pottery.

Portuguese Monuments - Carmo Convent, Lisbon

 

 

 

  • Sé Cathedral

Vintage tram 28E grinds to a halt in front of Lisbon’s fortified cathedral – one of the city’s greatest icons. It was built high and mighty above the ruins of a mosque by Portugal’s first king, Afonso I, after the city was recaptured from the invading Moors. After taking in Gothic arches and medieval statuary in the vaulted interior, be sure to glimpse the Roman and Arabic archaeological remains in the cloisters.

Sé Cathedral - Practical information, photos and videos - Lisbon ...

 

 

 

  • The National Azulejo Museum

Lisbon is famous for the history and artistry of its azulejos (glazed, decorative tiles), and the only the very finest adorn this carefully restored 16th-century Manueline convent, located just east of town (take bus 759). The collection is a magnificent romp through 500 years of azulejo craftsmanship, from the Renaissance to the baroque and contemporary. Go for a coffee in the spectacularly tiled former refectory.

National Tile Museum, Lisbon: Where to see Portugal's famous ...

 

 

  • Cristo Rei Monument

Technically not in Lisbon, the Cristo Rei Monument is a short ride across the Tagus River in Almada. It was built during the time of Salazar to resemble Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue and holds religious significance in the country.

Aerial view drone shot from the side of the Cristo rei mon… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • The National Museum of Ancient Art

Lodged in a baroque palace, just a short hop west of town, this museum harbours one of Lisbon’s most exquisite collections of ancient art. Among the treasures are Egyptian and Roman sculpture, Old Master paintings, Portuguese goldwork dating to the Age of Discovery, plus precious textiles, lacquered furniture and ceramics from Asia. Renaissance genius Dürer’s painting of St Jerome (1521) and Nuno Gonçalves’ St Vincent Panels (1460) are among the unmissables.

ANCIENT ART MUSEUM (Museu de Arte Antiga), Lisbon

 

 

 

  • Lisbon Oceanarium

The centrepiece of Lisbon’s cutting-edge Parque das Nações district, this whopper of an aquarium is Europe’s biggest (and arguably best), recreating the Earth’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Puffins, penguins, jellyfish, sunfish, stingrays and – ramping up the cute factor – playful sea otters all splash around in enormous tanks. Should you so wish, you can even spend a night with the sharks. 

Lisbon Oceanarium | Tourism Portrait

 

 

  • Berardo Museum

The undisputed star of the Belém Cultural Centre, this is Lisbon’s go-to gallery for modern and contemporary art. It showcases the collection of billionaire José Berardo, which reaches from abstract, surrealist and expressionist works to kinetic and pop art. Top billing goes to paintings by the likes of Warhol, Pollock, Man Ray, Dalí and Picasso, as well as sculptures by Antony Gormley and Henry Moore. 

Berardo Collection Museum — Globe Hopping with Irma

 

 

 

  • Belém Tower

Belém Tower is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its role in protecting Portugal’s coast during the Age of Discoveries and later. Portraying a combination of Gothic and Manueline architecture like the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Tower attracts visitors for its appearance as well as its role in history. 

Visiting Torre de Belem: 7 Top Attractions, Tips & Tours | PlanetWare

 

 

  • Ponte 25 de Abril

Take a selfie in front of Lisbon’s most iconic suspension bridge and you can kid people into thinking you’ve been to San Francisco… That’s because the 2.27-km Ponte 25 de Abril, built by the American Bridge Company in 1966, is pretty much the carbon copy of the Golden Gate Bridge. For more of an insight into its construction and head-spinning views of the city and river, check out the Pillar Bridge Experience.

Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge, Lisbon - The Golden Gate Bridge of Portugal

  • Alfama

When most of Lisbon was rocked by the 1755 earthquake, the old Moorish quarter of Alfama stayed standing. With twisting, cobbled alleys leading past higgledy-piggledy houses in pastel colours, this is hands-down one of Lisbon’s most charismatic neighbourhoods. Melancholic fado (Portuguese folk music) drifts from bars, and locals chatter in front of old-school grocery stores and taverns, with the castle peering down from above and the river stretching out below.

The 7 Best Airbnbs in Alfama, Portugal

 

  • Miradouros

The stiff hike up to Lisbon’s miradouros (lookouts) is worth it for the soul-stirring views that await. Some even have kiosk cafes for kicking back and enjoy the view. Among the favourites are Miradouro da Graça and, nearby, the highest of the high Miradouro Senhora do Monte, gazing out over terracotta rooftops to São Jorge Castle and the Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge loping across the river. The tree-shaded Miradouro de Santa Catarina has a more boho vibe. For an overview of the city’s seven hills, hook onto an electric bike tour.

Miradouros (VIEWPOINTS) -- Guide to City Views of Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

 

  • Monastery of São Vicente da Fora

The crowning glory of Lisbon’s Graça neighbourhood, this monastery was founded in the 12th century, and then revamped in late-Renaissance Mannerist style in the 17th century. The atmospheric church and cloisters are exquisitely festooned with blue-and-white azulejos that recount the history of the monastery and the 1147 Siege of Lisbon. The vaulted refectory is now a mausoleum for the Kings of the House of Braganza.

Monastery of São Vicente de Fora - Wikipedia

 

  • The Fado Museum

One of the most defining characteristics of the Portuguese spirit is saudade (a sense of nostalgic longing), best expressed in fado, the nation’s soulful folk music. Huddled away in the Alfama, this museum zooms in on fado’s origins and the genre’s most famous singers and guitarists. Audioguides let you listen to recordings you explore.

Museu do Fado (Lisbon) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go ...

 

 

 

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

For ancient art overload, head over to this phenomenal museum, which presents the collection that Armenian mega-collector Calouste Gulbenkian bequeathed to the city. Egyptian funerary masks and stele, Greco-Roman medallions, Assyrian reliefs, Persian carpets, Qing Dynasty ceramics and Flemish tapestries are among the treasures, as are the exquisite Art Nouveau creations of French jeweller René Lalique.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Center for Modern Art - Portugal ...

 

 

 

  • Jerónimos Monastery

When King Manuel I wanted to shout about Portugal’s colonial triumphs in 1501, he gave the go-ahead to build this monastery in fanciful Manueline style. Now part of a Unesco World Heritage site, the monastery is a visual feast, with intricately wrought stonework, plaited arches and twisted turrets in the cloisters and the cross rib-vaulted church where navigator Vasco da Gama lies buried. 

What to see in Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon - Discover Walks

 

 

 

  • Praça do Comércio

Down by the river, Lisbon’s showpiece square captivates from the first, with its grand 18th-century colonnades, triumphal arch, trams, and equestrian statue of King José I. For the inside scoop on the city’s history from Roman to modern times, check out the Lisbon Story Centre.

Praça do Comércio | Lisbon, Portugal Attractions - Lonely Planet

 

 

 

  • São Roque Church

Climb up the steep Calçada do Duque steps from Rossio square and you’ll emerge at this church: unassuming on the outside, fabulously ornate on the inside. Designed in Rome and shipped to Lisbon in 1747, its baroque chapel is lavishly adorned with gold, lapis lazuli, marble and azulejos. The adjacent museum is crammed with sacred art.

Beautiful church and museum - Review of Museu de Sao Roque ...

 

 

 

  • National Palace of Pena

Of Sintra’s extraordinary clutch of romantic era palaces, villas and castles, none is crazier than Pena Palace, set high on a wooded hill and framed by folly-dotted botanical gardens. King Ferdinand II’s fervent imagination gave rise to this fantastical Moorish-Manueline creation in the mid 1800s, with its riot of candy-coloured domes, spires and fortifications. It’s a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon Rossio to Sintra.

Portugal's castle, Pena National Palace, is in Sintra, near Lisbon ...

 

 

 

  • Castelo dos Mouros

Perched above thickly wooded, boulder-speckled hills in the dreamy Unesco World Heritage town of Sintra, the romantic ruins of this medieval Moorish castle wow with views reaching as far as the Atlantic on clear days. It’s well worth the hike up for the panorama from the snaking ramparts alone. 

Sintra, Portugal: Aerial Top View Of The Castle Of The Moors ...