Lisbon has established itself as a major tourism hub and has been gaining continued recognition since the Expo 98 World Fair brought the city back into the limelight.
With stunning scenery, great hospitality and warm ambience, it manages to be trendy and modern whilst retaining its old-school charm.
The city is steeped in history and culture which can be found in the monuments, buildings and sites throughout the city. It also home to a world-class modern arts scene, which can be found in the Museu Coleção Berardo (Berardo Museum). Boutique hotels have sprung up across the city to cater to growing demand. The iconic yellow trams, rustic buildings and stunning hilltop views overlooking the ocean gives the city its unique charm.
Popular Attractions and Landmarks
Start your itinerary with a stroll through Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), one of the largest squares on the continent boasting stunning sculptures and works of art.
Then explore the Alfama district, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Lisbon, showcasing the culturally rich area of the city with its maze of tiled narrow streets and stunning city views. Here you can visit the Santa Luzia church, the Cathedral and Sao Vicente de Fora monastery.
Voted one of the best aquariums in the world for multiple years running, Oceanário de Lisboa is a world-class attraction opened during the Expo ’98. Here you will find a fantastic array of aquatic exhibits and a fascinating insight into the different species and the importance of preserving aquatic life.
Art and Culture
For history buffs, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos should be on the itinerary. Paying homage to the city’s famous explorers, this gothic architectural masterpiece was built in 1502, inspired by famed Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama.
Another popular attraction is the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection, showcasing over 6000 pieces, from Antiquity to the early twentieth century. The museum boasts one of finest private collections in the world featuring works by Rembrandt, Degas, and Turner.
Food & Drink
Lisbon offers a great selection of local and International cuisine. The Timeout Market Lisbon boasts an impressive selection of gastronomical delights with over 40 spaces catering to all tastes. From curates burgers and pizzas, to delightful local dishes. Its a great place to start to get a taste of Lisbon.
For hearty local cuisine head to Augusto Lisboa, tucked away in a small street in central Lisbon, its a great place for breakfast or brunch, with a friendly atmosphere and service. If you would like to try some seafood then head to O Chefe e o Mar for some of the freshest seafood on offer.
Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in central Lisbon and boasts stunning green spaces, fountains and promenades. Perched on a slope, it boasts stunning backdrop with views of the hilltops and river.
Baixa Pombalina, also simply known as Baixa, is a pending World Heritage Site and boasts a great selection of restaurants, cafes, shops and outlets. Here you will also find the Praça do Comércio.
Bairro Alto is another popular area in the city with its small cobbled streets and traditional style buildings. The area dates back to the 15th century, where it was a popular district with sailers and merchants.
The streets mostly come alive later in the evening with quirky bars, cafes and restaurants dotted all over the district. You will also find some of the best fado venues in the area. It is also home to the best nightlife venues in the city.
If you want to find the big names and luxury brands, they can be Avenina Da Liberdade, a stunning boulevard inspired by Paris’ Champs-Élysées. If you want to shop from independent stalls they can be found in the Principle Real neighborhood. The Centro Colombo is also the largest mall in Lisbon boasting over 340 stores, where you can find both international and local brands.