Travel Guides: Lisbon City Guide
Lisbon has established itself as a popular tourist destination and has steadily gained recognition since the World’s Fair at Expo 98 put the city back in the limelight.
With stunning scenery, great hospitality and a warm ambiance, it manages to be trendy and modern while retaining its old world charm.
The city is steeped in history and culture that can be found in the monuments, buildings and sites of the city. It is also home to a world-class modern art scene, which can be found at the Museu ColeÃ§Ã£o Berardo (Berardo Museum). Boutique hotels have sprung up all over the city to meet growing demand. The iconic yellow trams, rustic buildings, and stunning views of the hills overlooking the ocean give the city its unique charm.
Popular attractions and monuments
Start your itinerary with a stroll through Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), one of the largest squares on the continent filled with stunning sculptures and works of art.
Next, explore the Alfama district, one of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods, showcasing the city’s culturally rich area with its maze of narrow tiled streets and stunning views over the city. Here you can visit the Church of Santa Luzia, the Cathedral and the Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora.
Voted one of the best aquariums in the world for several consecutive years, OceanÃ¡rio de Lisboa is a world-class attraction opened during 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 masterpiece of Gothic architecture was built in 1502, inspired by the famous Portuguese navigator Vasco de Gama.
Another popular attraction is the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – Founder’s Collection, featuring over 6,000 pieces, from Antiquity to the beginning of the 20th century. The museum has one of the finest private collections in the world with works by Rembrandt, Degas and Turner.
Lisbon offers a great selection of local and international cuisine. The Timeout Market Lisbon offers an impressive selection of gastronomic delights with more than 40 spaces for all tastes. From burgers and pizzas from the priests to delicious local dishes. It’s a great place to start to get a taste of Lisbon.
For hearty local cuisine, head to Augusto Lisboa, tucked away on a side street in central Lisbon, it’s a great place for breakfast or brunch, with a friendly atmosphere and service. If you fancy trying some seafood, head to O Chefe eo Mar for some of the freshest seafood on offer.
Parque Eduardo VII is the largest park in central Lisbon and has beautiful green spaces, fountains and boardwalks. Perched on a slope, it enjoys a superb backdrop with a view of the hills and the river.
Baixa Pombalina, also known as Baixa, is a pending World Heritage Site and offers a great selection of restaurants, cafes, shops and outlets. Here you will also find the PraÃ§a do ComÃ©rcio.
Another popular area of ââthe city is Bairro Alto with its small cobbled streets and traditional-style buildings. The area dates back to the 15th century, when it was a popular area with sailors and merchants.
The streets mostly come alive later in the evening with quirky bars, cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the neighborhood. You will also find some of the best fado halls in the area. It is also home to the city’s best nightlife spots.
If you want to find the big names and luxury brands, it could be Avenina Da Liberdade, a magnificent boulevard inspired by the Champs-ÃlysÃ©es in Paris. If you want to shop at independent stalls, you can find them in the Principle Real area. Centro Colombo is also the largest shopping center in Lisbon with over 340 stores, where you can find international and local brands.