Best Sights in Lisbon


Lisbon is almost bursting at the seams from all that beauty! Beautiful parks, beautiful buildings, grand squares and stately avenues. You’ll need at least a week to visit just the top attractions!Below you’ll find all must-sees during your visit in Lisbon.




Campo Pequeno – Lisbon’s bullring

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In the middle of the city lies the bullring Campo Pequeno. Yes, they still have bullfights in Portugal. But this place is much more than just a bullfighting arena. For instance they also have big concerts here. Moorish facade The facade is quite striking with the 19th century neo-Moorish facade….

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Ponte 25 de Abril – The Golden Gate bridge of Lisbon

Red, high and impressive. That’s the 2 mile long bridge over the Tagus river. Ponte 25 de Abril bridge has been designed by the same architect who drew the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. Although the bridge looks red, the color is actually ‘International Orange’. This color is often…

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Miradouro da Graça – inspiration for artists

The Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, also known as Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, is especially popular with young people who seek some cooling down in the shade of the pine trees on the terrace of the café. Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen This miradouro contains a bronze statue of…

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Ginjinha sem Rival – have a ginjinha without rivals

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Ginjinha Sem Rival literally means Ginjinha without a rival. It’s funny that this little bar is called this way, because just a stone’s throw away you’ll find enough other Ginjinha bars. Maybe they think they’re without any competition… We don’t think it matters much if you get your Ginja at…

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Cemitério dos Prazeres – cemetery of joy

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On the western edge of Lisbon is one of the city’s two larger cemeteries, Cemitério dos Prazeres. After a cholera outbreak in Lisbon in 1833 two cemeteries were established on either side of the city centre (back then it was far outside the centre). To the north the Cemitério de…

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A Tribute – an ode to the inhabitants of Mouraria

The English photographer Camille Watson runs her studio in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Lisbon: Mouraria. “A Tribute” shows a series of portraits of the older inhabitants of this district. nspired by the district, the old houses and the original inhabitants of this district, she decided to start this…

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Reservatório da Patriarcal – Lisbon’s water supply

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Hidden under the pond in the park Jardim do Príncipe Real you will find Reservatório da Patriarcal, (Patriarcal Reservoir). From 1864 until the mid-twentieth century, this reservoir was an important part of the water supply for large parts of Lisbon’s city centre. The reservoir, also known as Praça de D….

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Santuário da Peninha – hidden gem in the Pena

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Santuário da Peninha is a hidden gem in the Pena mountains where few tourists come. Which makes this a very nice and quiet place. Especially for an attraction in the middle of the Pena. Actually, Santuário da Peninha is not completely hidden, the shrine of Peninha is next to Palácio…

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Igreja de São Roque – seemingly boring facade

Many times I walked past Igreja de São Roque, never really noticing this church. Why is that?! I don’t get it either. It’s a massive building on the corner of a very narrow road (R. São Pedro de Alcântara) that leads to the Ascensor Gloria and Instituto Dos Vinhos Do…

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Elevador de Santa Justa – Lisbon’s Eiffel Tower

n the Rua Santa Justa, right in the centre, stands the iron, Elevador de Santa Justa, 45 Meters high, connecting the lower city of Baixa with the upper city of Bairro Alto. The elevator was built at the beginning of the 20th century. The steep hills formed a major obstacle…

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Tram 28 – see Lisbon from the Elétrico

Want to see Lisbon through the eyes of the locals? You can! Take tram 28 (official name: Elétrico 28E). It is quite an experience to go with this tram through the narrow streets. Line 28 frequents all the historic neighbourhoods of the city. But hold on tight, because even though…

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Mosaics in Lisbon – where art hits the streets

When you book a trip to Lisbon and read all the things in your travel guides you want to see and do, you will sometimes forget that almost everywhere you go or stand in Lisbon, art is literally in the streets. The streets of Lisbon are often beautifully covered with…

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Parque Eduardo VII – park with a grand view

Parque Eduardo VII might not be the most spectacular park in Lisbon, but the view that the park offers definitely makes it worthwhile to go here. The park is located on a slope and sports some beautiful views over the Baixa and the Tagus river. In clear weather you can…

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Óbidos – fortress city with ginja

The city of Óbidos, surrounded by castles walls, is an one hour’s drive north of Lisbon. In Óbidos time appears to have stood still. This city is located near the sea and had an important strategic function in defending the Portuguese territory in the past. The city is built on…

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Miradouro de Santa Luzia – romantic view

If it’s romance you want, you have to go to Miradouro de Santa Luzia. This beautiful vantage point is next to the eponymous church: Santa Luzia. The view of this miradouro covers the oldest part of the city, Alfama en de Taag. Even though this miradouro is located on a…

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Hospital de Bonecas – the Lisbon dolls hospital

So your doll is sick, what do you do? In Lisbon, people have been going to the doll doctor at the dolls hospital for generations: Hospital de Bonecas, right in the centre of town. The dolls hospital has existed since 1830 and has cured all kinds of dolls over the…

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Arco do Triunfo da Rua Augusta

Arco do Triunfo da Rua Augusta is the gateway to the Baixa district, with Rua Augusta as its main street. DThe arch was built after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed a large part of Lisbon, in particular the Baixa. The arch rests on six Corinthian columns. Various statues can be…

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Pink Street – rua Nova do Carvalho

Rua Nova do Carvalho, is better known with tourists as Pink Street. Currently it is one of the most famous and favorite nightlife areas of locals, but you will also find tourists there. The bars in Bairro Alto in Bairro Alto close earlier than in Rua Nova do Carvalho, making…

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Church and monastery of São Vicente de Fora

For years, shipping was very important for Portugal in general and especially for Lisbon. So important that one of the largest churches in the city is named after the patron saint of sailors: Igreja de São Vicente de Fora. São Vicente de Fora is a church with an adjacent monastery…

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LX Factory – Small city hidden under the bridge

In 1846 one of the largest factories in Lisbon moved to the place where now the LX Factory is. At that time, it was just outside the city. More than 23,000 m2 of industrial complex was present there during the golden times that Lisbon had at that time. The site…

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Panteão Nacional – igreja de Santa Engrácia

his place is definitely not to be missed on your tour through Alfama: the church of Santa Engrácia, better known as the Panteão Nacional. Legend has it that the place where the Pantheon stands is cursed. Apparently, back in the day when it was still a church, an innocent man…

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Torre Vasco Da Gama – crow’s nest of Lissabon

Torre Vasco da Gama is named after one of Portugal’s most important figures in history, the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Not only is the building named after this famous seafarer, it’s also built as a ship. Built like a ship The tube where the elevator is located, resembles the…

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Ascensor do Lavra – Lisbon secret cable car

Ascensor do Lavra is the oldest cable car in Lisbon still in use. This tram is not yet widely known by tourists, and it is definitely worth a ride! At 188 meters this route is the shortest ride with any cable tram in Lisbon, and with an average gradient of…

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Ascensor da Bica – charming yellow tram

The Ascensor da Bica tram runs through Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo and is, together with the Ascensor da Gloria, a popular place for tourists to take a nice picture with the yellow tram. What makes Ascensor da Bica so special is that it runs straight through a street…

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Miradouro das Portas do Sol – gateway to the sun

A visit to Miradouro das Portas do Sol feels like you’re standing on the balcony of a regular house. Despite the fact that it looks like a large observation deck, it feels cozy and cozy. Miradouro das Portas do Sol is a perfect stop when you are discovering Alfama. When…

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Convento do Carmo – photogenic ruins in Lisbon

In the middle of the city of Lisbon, between Chiado and Bairro Alto, you can find Convento do Carmo, the Carmo monastery. This impressive ruin mainly shows the traces of the great earthquake of 1755. But there is a lot more more than just that. At first you might think…

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Basílica da Estrela: beautiful light and view

Basílica da Estrela is often skipped by tourists, probably because it’s not in the city centre. Big mistake, because for me this basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon. The Basílica da Estrela distinguishes itself with the white dome that rises high above the surroundings and is…

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Miradouros – scenic viewpoints in Lisbon

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Lisbon is built on seven hills, so there is always a place with an overlook of the city. Miradouros (scenic viewpoints) are often tiled with azulejos (Portuguese tiles). You won’t just find tourists here, the locals also like to enjoy the view of their city. Especially couples in love make…

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Padrão dos Descobrimentos – tribute to explorers

The monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos was built in 1960 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, who inspired the Portuguese discovery voyages. This monument is in honour of all Portuguese explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries, when Portugal was a global force…

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Parque e Palácio de Monserrate – 1001 nights in Sintra

In many travel guides and on various travel blogs we read that Palácio de Monserrate is not as spectacular as the other sights in Sintra. We respectfully disagree with that. The atmosphere in this palace is indeed very special. On the ground floor there are Arab influences that definitely recreates…

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Historical city centre of Sintra

The historical centre of Sintra is not that big and usually filled with tourists, but definitely worth a visit. The old centre consists of a number of streets that you can walk up, Sintra is built against a mountain. The city lends itself to beautiful photos, wherever you look there…

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Parques de Sintra – a wealth of monuments

Parques de Sintra is the collective name for all sights in and around Sintra and Monte da Lua. Parques de Sintra consists of a foundation that is responsible for the maintenance of the natural and cultural values of the surroundings of Sintra and Queluz. The Foundation receives no subsidies from…

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