Lisbon TOP 10
Highlighting 10 of the best sites in Lisbon is a challenging task. The city has so much to offer what with all of its history and modern characteristics. However, by combining some of the historical “must-sees” of Portugal’s capital city with the more contemporary and classy attractions, we have managed to select the best attractions for all who visit Lisbon!
1. The São Jorge Castle stands at 364 feet tall and was subdued by the first king of Portugal in 1147. It offers a wonderful 360 degree view of the entire city that extends from the hills of Lisbon to the Tagus River.
2. At largo de São Miguel, the Santo António de Alfama restaurant is renowned for its Portuguese home cooking with dishes like crumbed eggplant with yoghurt and duck leg with an orange and olive salad. You should also take the opportunity to visit the famous and traditional Alfama neighbourhood.
3. In the Portas do Sol viewpoint, a lovely terrace (hence the name!), bar and restaurant invites you to a refreshing drink while relaxing your body and watching the boats as they cross the Tagus river. A highly recommended spot!
4. Further east, the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the major modern attractions of the city. It houses a huge central aquarium which perfectly replicates the natural habitat of hundreds of the maritime species and sea birds living there.
5. Returning to the city centre, stopping at the Ginginha Rubi bar for a cherry liquor and a taste of the typical street life in Lisbon is a must.
6. The Elevador da Bica is another classic attraction to visit when passing through one of the most typical areas of the city. It is buzzing with life and locals.
7. The Estrela Basilica which was built in 1779 in the western part of the city. Here you can admire a baroque era Nativity scene with over 500 figures.
8. In Belem, the Jerónimos Monastery is one Lisbon’s most magnificent monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. In 1502, King Manuel I dedicated this Monastery to his family. It is now also the final resting place for some remarkable Portuguese figures such as Vasco da Gama who discovered the maritime path to India and Luís de Camoes, the famous Portuguese poet and author of the Lusíadas, a poetic saga of the Vasco da Gama journals.
9. On the south bank of the Tagus, the top of the Shrine of Christ the King provides a spectacular view over the entire river estuary. This scenic attraction, dated 1949, was inspired by the statue of Christ the Redeemer located on the Corcovado mountain, Rio de Janeiro.
10. In Sintra stands the Pena’s Palace, modelled on the romantic castles of Bavaria. Erected in 1843, this palace is a blend of artistic styles that fit harmoniously with the earthly and mysterious atmosphere of serra de Sintra. This palace was built by the King consort D. Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Maria II. Surrounding the Palace, there is the Parque da Pena which is over 494 acres big with gardens, ponds, bridges, caves, greenhouses and small houses.