Elevador da GlóriaSome of Lisbon’s main attractions are its four funiculars. They date back to the late nineteenth century and a ride in one of them is mandatory in any city tour. Perhaps the Santa Justa Elevator is the most beautiful and the one that allows the best views over the town, but it’s also the one with the biggest queues at the entrance. There are other emblematic points, as the Casa dos Bicos and the Columns’ Pier. The Lisbon Oceanarium is, however, the most visited attraction: its two tanks show the diversity of species that inhabit the oceans. The Lisbon Zoo and Casino de Lisboa are also very popular entertainment venues. In Sintra, explore the renovated cottage and the gardens of the Countess of Edla.

Major Attractions in Lisbon

25 de abril bridge

The 25 de abril bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of Lisbon. It is composed of a suspended metallic structure with 1.2 miles long. Its two main towers are composed entirely of carbon steel, rising 357 feet over the water. By the time it was built, it was the biggest bridge in Europe. […]

Belém Cultural Centre

Centro Cultural de Belém was built in 1992, to host the Portuguese presidency of the European Union. By the time its construction began, it was a highly controversial work, since its modern lines are a blatant contrast with the secular looks of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. It was designed by the Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado […]

Belém Tower

The Belém Tower, a former defence bastion situated in the Lisbon fluvial entrance, was built on the north bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520 on a rocky point in front of the former Belém beach. It is one of the most visited and iconic monuments of the city and was classified as […]

Bica Funicular

The Bica Funicular, opened in 1892, was the third of its kind built in Lisbon. It is one of the town’s major tourist attractions, along with the Santa Justa, Lavra and Glória elevators. The Bica Lift consists of two carriages, each with three uneven compartments and independent access, capable of carrying 23 passengers (of which nine seated). Designed […]

Cais das Colunas

The Cais das Colunas (or the Columns Pier) owes its name to the two pillars erected at the waterfront of Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço, a work by the architect Eugénio dos Santos, held during Lisbon’s reconstruction after the earthquake of 1755. These columns, which end the marble staircase leading down to the Tagus River, are […]

Casa dos Bicos

Casa dos Bicos, located east of praça do Comércio and facing the Tagus riverfront, is one of Lisbon’s most original buildings. Not only for its peculiar name (the House of Pointy Stones), but also for the façade covered with 1.125 diamond shaped stones. Nowadays, it hosts the headquarters of José Saramago foundation – the late […]

Chalet of the Countess of Edla

The chalet of the Countess of Edla opened in May 2011, after four years of work to recover it from a fire that nearly destroyed it in 1999. It was built by King Fernando II for Elise Hensler, his second wife, between 1864 and 1869, in the west part of Parque da Pena. Elise Hensler was […]

Fábrica da Pólvora

The Fábrica da Pólvora (Powder Factory) is a leisure, culture and fun complex. Located in Barcarena, within Oeiras county, began as a dependency of the Arsenal of the Army from 1791 to 1869. Since then, the space was used for various other functions, always always connected to the storage and production of gunpowder, when in 1995 the Oeiras Municipality acquired the facilities, inaugurating the new space in 1998. In addition to green spaces, Fábrica da Pólvora […]

Glória Funicular

Elevador da Glória was inaugurated on October 24th 1885 and it is a National Monument since 2002. It was the second of its kind constructed in Lisbon, after elevador da Lavra and before elevador da Bica and elevador de Santa Justa. The Portuguese engineer of French origin Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard designed it to be moved through a combination of […]

José Saramago Foundation

José Saramago Foundation is a repository of the life and works of the Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998. It was Saramago himself who signed the declaration of principles that defined the statutes of this foundation, on the 29th of June 2007. Casa dos Bicos, an ancient palace owned by […]