Lisbon Attractions

Compiling a list of things to do in Lisbon challenges even the most fertile of imaginations. The Portuguese capital is blessed with a rich historical legacy, but is equally celebrated for its enthusiastic promotion of the fashionable and contemporary. The following top 10 attractions we feel reflect an itinerary of extraordinary diversity and highlights the very best the city has to offer.

Lisbon is home to Portugal's most popular visitor attraction, the Oceanário de Lisboa, in Parque das Nações. This is one of Europe's largest aquariums and is filled to the gills with an astonishing range of sea life. We are particularly fond of the sleek sharks and graceful rays that patrol the central tank. And look out for the colossal sun fish, the largest bony fish on the planet! Elsewhere, the cuddly sea otters are the family favourites. The oceanarium is easily our top pick but a close second is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, in Belém. A 16th-century monastery of great cultural significance forever associated with Portugal's golden Age of Discovery, it's a masterpiece of Manueline stonework, an architectural style unique to this country. Its beauty alone is worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage Site status. For a novel journey across downtown Lisbon hop aboard Tram 28, the wonderfully quirky streetcar that trundles through some of the city's most attractive neighbourhoods. Along the way it passes several grand and noble monuments, including the Sé (cathedral).

One of the city's newest museums is the Museu do Oriente. Themed around Portugal's presence in Asia, a time span that encompasses 500 years, the dazzling collection numbers rare Chinese and Japanese porcelain and unusual artefacts unearthed in the Middle East and sub-continent.

And where to go for that picture-postcard moment? It has to be Castelo de São Jorge. The edifying views across the city and the shimmering River Tagus are simply unbeatable and the perfect way to glean an overall impression of this most endearing of European capital cities.

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Oceanário de Lisboa

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Esplanada D.Carlos I - Doca dos Olivais
Doca dos Olivais

The world's oceans and sealife under one roof...
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

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Praça do Império

A Manueline masterpiece built to honour Vasco da Gama... read more

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Castelo de São Jorge

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Porta de São Jorge, Rua do Chão da Feira

A Lisbon landmark overlooking the city's Baixa district... read more

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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

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Avenida de Berna 45

Epic collection of Western and Eastern art...
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Tram 28

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Martim Moniz/Campo Ourique

Ride past city sights and historic monuments in a streetcar... read more

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Elevador de Santa Justa

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Rua da Santa Justa & Largo do Carmo

Beloved industrial-age city landmark. Fantastic views... read more

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Museu do Oriente

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Avenida Brasília, Doca de Alcântara
Doca de Alcântara

Dazzling collection and of great cultural significance... read more

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Torre de Belém

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Avenida da India
Belém

Decorative tower with fine views over the River Tejo... read more

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Museu Colecção Berardo

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Centro Cultural de Belém, Praça do Império

Brilliant, wide-ranging modern and contemporary art collection... read more

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Praça do Comércio

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Praca do Comercio

Emblematic square, historically significant...
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Palacio Nacional de Sintra

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Largo Rainha D. Amelia

Historic palace, UNESCO classified, in the heart of the old town... read more

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Quinta da Regaleira

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Rua Barbosa du Bocage

Mansion, cultural attraction, historic and mysterious, fun for kids... read more

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A Vida Portuguesa

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Rua Anchieta 11

Traditional retro handicrafts and goods, high quality, uniquely Portuguese... read more

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We Hate Tourism Tours

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Original, young vibe, city centre and suburb destinations... read more

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Casa das Historias Paula Rego

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Avenida da República 300

Culturally significant contemporary art collection... read more

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Spirito Spa

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Rua Latino Coelho 1

Luxury spa, upscale facilities, global hotel brand... read more

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Ritz Spa

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Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca 88

Luxurious setting, specialist treatments, central location... read more

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Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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Rua Madre de Deus 4

Unrivalled collection of antique decorative tiles and panels... read more

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Museu Nacional dos Coches

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Praca Afonso de Albuquerque

World-class collection of horse-drawn carriages...
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Miradouro do Monte

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Rua Senhora do Monte

Romantic viewpoint and one of the highest in the city... read more
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