Top 10 of the places to visit in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital and biggest city in Portugal, is in the top of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The seven hills city has won the hearts of visitors from all over the world through a sumptuous fusion of tradition and modernity.

Here is the top 10 of the places to visit in Lisbon:

1.Tower of Belém (Torre de Belém)

Unesco World Heritage since 1983, Tower of Belém was built from 1515 to 1521 to watch over Lisbon’s harbor thus controlling the passage of ships. 35 metre high, it offers an astounding view over the Tagus river.

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:30 (18:30 in the summer)
  • Tickets: 6€

Tip: for about 12€ per person, some companies offer a boat trip from Cais do Sodré to Tower of Belém.

2. Alfama Neighbourhood

The famous Alfama neighbourhood is one of the oldest in Lisbon.

Located in the heart of the capital, this is the most typical location to discover the Portuguese culture. The narrow streets, flowered balconies, restaurants, fado and daily life scenes are part of the tour.

Tip: Take the tram nº 28 to visit Alfama or walk there (wear appropriate footwear). Make a stop on one of many old taverns and enjoy a meal of fresh grilled fish.

3. National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)

This museum has a great collection of glazed tiles. You will discover approximately 7000 tiles, some of which from the 16th century.

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00
  • Tickets: 5€ (discounts for those over 65, young people and families)

Tip: use the “tour ticket” for 15€ and don’t miss the opportunity of visiting the Old Art Museum and the National Pantheon.

4. Casa pastéis de Belém

You can’t leave Lisbon before tasting Portugal’s pastry: pastel de nata, a Portuguese custard tart. “Casa Pastéis Belém”, considered to be the best patisserie in Lisbon, produces and distributes this delicacy since 1837!

Tip: take a seat in the patisserie to enjoy the atmosphere and to see how the pastel de nata is made – eat one with a cup of coffee, simply delicious…

5. Monastery of the Hieronymites (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)

In 1502, King Manuel I decided to order the construction of a huge religious monument. Located in Belém neighbourhood, this magnificent building mirrors the richness of the Portuguese discoveries all over the world in the 16th century.

  • Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00 (18:00 from May to September)
  • Tickets: 10€

Tip: If you also want to visit the Tower of Belém, choose the ticket “descoberta” and visit both monuments for 12€ instead of 16€.

6. 25 April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

Over the river Tagus and inspired by the Bay Bridge and San Francisco Golden Gate, the 25 April Bridge, renamed after the Carnation Revolution, is one of the longest hanging bridges in the world. Its construction began in 1962 and finished in 1966.

Tip: to have a great view over the bridge go to the Cristo Rei

7. Cristo Rei

Located on the right side of Tagus, in the city of Almada, and facing Lisbon, the Cristo Rei is a sanctuary and a religious monument representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Inspired in Rio de Janeiro Cristo Redentor, this magnificent 110 metre structure was inaugurated in 1959.

  • Opening hours: daily, 09:30 to 18:15 (19:00 in the summer)
  • Tickets: 4€ to gain access to the statue via the elevator.

Tip: seize the opportunity of getting to know the glamorous streets of Almada.

8. Luz Stadium (Estádio Da luz)

Temple of the Portuguese football, the Luz Stadium, named after a neighbourhood of the parish of Benfica, is the Sport Lisboa Benfica stadium.

Nicknamed as the “cathedral”, the stadium was renewed in time for the Euro 2004, which took place in Portugal. It has a capacity for 65.000 seats (against the 120.000 seats of the old stadium).

  • Opening hours: visits depending on the football matches, from 10:30 to 12:00 and 15:30 to 17:00.
  • Tickets: 5€

Tip: If you can schedule your visit to Lisbon when SL Benfica vs FC Porto take place and try to get tickets in time for the most important match of the year. You’ll experience unique moments, an electrifying atmosphere like no other in football stadiums.

9. Markets of Lisbon (Mercados de Lisboa)

It’s hard to choose a particular market, because every and each one of them has their own characteristics. I chose to tell you about the Feira da Ladra (Tuesday 07:00-14:00, 14:00-18:00 Saturday), a market where you can find anything, and the Mercado da Ribeira renewed in 2014. The market is divided in two parts, the traditional area that sells fresh products (06:00-14:00) and the eating area (10:00-00:00).

10. Bairro Alto

The neighbourhood has two faces, ordinary during the day and classy at night. There are many bars, restaurants, bookshops, nightclubs and a superb panoramic view.

Tip: take one of these two elevators: the Ascensor da Bica and the Elevador da Glória.

  •     Days you will need to visit Lisbon: 4 days

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How to get to Lisbon

You can travel to Lisbon by plane, car, train or bus.

If you’re travelling by plane you can go to the historic centre of Lisbon by taxi, metro or bus. If you choose to take a taxi, it will cost you 12€ and take 15 minutes. You can also take the metro at the airport (red line) that will take you to the historic centre of Lisbon for 1,40€. If you prefer to take the bus, check here the available lines. If you buy a ticket in the bus you’ll pay 1,80€ instead of 1,40€.

If you’re coming by car, check here the available parking lots in the centre of Lisbon.

Getting to Lisbon by train is a great option for those who are coming from Porto, Coimbra, Évora or Algarve. To know the prices of the tickets check here.

Bus is a good option if there isn’t a train station nearby. Check here the available lines connecting the whole country to Lisbon.

Getting around in Lisbon

The best way to get around Lisbon is by public transportation (metro, tram, bus).

I suggest you buy a day ticket if you’re counting on using public transportation on a regular basis.

Buying this ticket, that costs 6€, will give you the chance to use the metro, buses, trams and lifts limitlessly. Using this limitless ticket starts when you get in a public transport for the first time and lasts until the following day at the same hour.

When you buy this ticket you’ll have to buy the Viva Viagem card (0,50€) that you can use to charge other tickets (daily or single).

If you’re going to use public transportation only twice a day, buy single tickets. It costs 1,40€ and allows you to use public transports for an hour.

Important: Don’t buy a ticket in the buses and trams because the price goes from 1,40€ to 1,80€ (bus) and 2,85€ (tram). Always buy in the ticket machines in metro stations.

You can also use Lisboa card for public transportation, free of charge. For more information, click in “Useful Information” above.

Where you can spend the night

The 3 best hotels in Lisbon

All the information about Lisbon: visitlisboa.com

Tourist Office

Lisboa Card : Lisboa Card allows you to freely use the metro, buses, trams and Carris lifts. You can also use the card to travel to Sintra and Cascais by train.

Aside from public transportation, you’ll also have free access to 25 museums, monuments and other points of interest.

The card costs 18,5€ (24h), 31,50€ (48h) and 39€ (72h).

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