LISBON POINTS OF INTEREST
Lisbon is the rich capital of Portugal and contains some of the most beautiful architecture and memories of the past. This is a must-visit city in the country, but it can be difficult to choose what to do. Here’s a look at 10 things to do in Lisbon to make the most of your vacation.
1 - Start with the Torre de Belem
Torre de Belem is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. It’s a world heritage site from UNESCO and has some of the most famous monuments of Portugal. You’ll see stonework from the 1500s around the area and there are walking tours available.
2 - Pay a Visit to the Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora
Less than a month after taking Lisbon, King Afonso Henriques laid the first stone of St Vincent ‘Outside’. It’s been the home of many royals, including the Braganza family, and is the home of the weeping woman, who kneels before the tombs of Dom Carlos I and Crown Prince Luis Filipe.
3 - See the Artwork of Muesu Calouste Gulbenkian
Take a trip to the epic Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, which has exhibits from as far back as 2000 BC. There is something for all interests, including an art library that as classical recitals on Sundays. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and cafe on the way out. It’s the perfect way to start your day of rest.
4 - Spend Time at the Time Out Market
The Time Out Market is Lisbon’s most popular market hall, and is one of those top things to do in Lisbon. You’ll get a spot of retail therapy and a delicious lunch, while taking in the sights and sounds of the locals.
5 - Go Underground at MUDE - Museu do Design a da Moda
The whole museum isn’t underground, but there are some beautiful exhibits that are. This is Lisbon’s Museum of Design and Fashion, with a range of private collections from locals on display. The building used to be the bank headquarters and part of the underground section is within the old vaults. You’ll see a range of exhibits involving household design, footwear, iconic clothing, and more.
6 - Take Tram 28 to Alfama
Tram 28 is a must-do when visiting the city, but it’s worth having a destination in mind. Alfama is the best destination, as it tends to be hilly to get there on foot. However, if you love walking, take a walk there instead! Alfama is a picturesque village, and home to Se Cathedral, St. George’s Castle, and much more. It’s also the space for cozy and authentic cafes, clubs, and architecture.
7 - Spend Time at Cascais and Estoril
This is technically two in one, but they are connected by the coastal train and just 40 minutes apart. Start in one and then visit the other. These are the perfect spots for beach lovers.
8 - Go to Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
The beautiful monastery has stood since the 15th century, and was originally built in commemoration of Vasco da Gama discovering India. It houses a beautiful and quaint Gothic chapel, which is now a focal point of the grand building. You’ll also find the resting places of a number of historical figures from Portugal.
9 - See the Castelo Sao Jorge
This is one of the things to do in Portugal when you visit Alfama. It’s the orange-walled castle that you can see from anywhere in the area. This Moorish pinnacle has stood since the 9th century, so definitely something to add to your list.
10 - Finish with Sintra
Want to see beautiful fairy tale palaces? Sintra is the place to go, with its floral gardens, wild woodlands, and aristocratic flare. You can get there easily from Rossio by train.