Top 10 Things To See And Do In Lisbon
1. Take A Ride On The 28 Line Tram
From the 5 tram lines left in the city, the most famous is the Yellow nr. 28 tram. The tram starting point is at Martim Moniz square, named after a 12th century knight who died after he lodged himself in the door of Lisbon’s St George’s Castle so his army would be able to get in and reclaim it from the Moors.
After a scenic ride through many notable land marks in Lisbon it stops in Campo Ourique (Prazere). The main sight to see here is the Prazeres Cemetery.
It’s the largest cemetery in Lisbon and had a rather inauspicious start, being created in 1833 after a cholera epidemic. However, it has become the de facto national cemetery in recent years and there are many important Portuguese figures buried here.
What a great way to see the city at a cost of about €2.90 per person. Services run from about 6am - 9pm. You can buy a ticket from the driver or a machine on board alternatively you can buy a Viva Card in advance (€0.50) and top it off with cash instead of tickets.
2. A Visit To The Tower Of Belem
The Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) was built between 1514 and 1520 in a Manuelino style by the Portuguese architect and sculptor Francisco de Arruda.
It was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. Constructed on the northern bank of the Tagus River, this tower was used to defend the city.
Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and customs house. Click here for updated ticket prices and discounts.
3. Jeronimos Monastery
The Jeronimos Monastery is, along with the Belem tower, the most important tourist attraction in Lisbon, inside which lies the tomb of Vasco de Gama.
4. Time Out Market
In 2014, Time Out Lisbon editors turned a historic market hall in the city into Time Out Market, thus creating the world’s first food and cultural market, and the first market experience rooted wholly in editorial curation.
A place that previously housed the city’s top vendors now brings together the best of the city under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.
5. Pasteis de Belem
A visit to Lisbon will not be complete unless you visit this original bakery. In 1837, the baking of the “Pastéis de Belém” began in the buildings attached to the refinery, following the ancient ‘secret recipe` from the monastery.
Passed on and known exclusively to the master confectioners who hand-crafted the pastries in the ‘secret room’, this recipe remained unchanged to the present day.
You can make your own with our easy to follow recipe on or recipe page.
6. Padrão dos Descobrimentos
The Padrão dos Descobrimentos marks the shore of the Tagus Estuary with its grand architecture and beige stone. You can reach the towering landmark by strolling along the waterside of Santa Maria de Belém.
Once you spot it, be sure to pick out the legendary figures of Vasco da Gama (an explorer of India and Arabia) and Prince Henry the Navigator (an adventurer of the Great Sand Sea).
It’s been here since the early 1960s and is an ornate testimony to the successes of Portuguese exploration during the Age of Discovery.
7. Enjoy the natural beauty of Tróia
About an hour from Lisbon, in Setúbal, you simply take the ferry across the river Sado to get to the beaches of the Tróia Peninsula.
It’s very common to see dolphins at this point where the river Sado meets the sea, and taking a boat ride with time to observe them is always a good idea.
Or go bird watching in the Serra da Arrabida Natural Park or the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, where there’s no lack of interesting species.
Not far away is Carrasqueira, a very traditional fishing port built on stilts.
In the heart of the peninsula, you’ll find one of Portugal’s most engaging and challenging golf courses, the Troia Golf, voted one of Continental Europe’s best 10 resorts by Golf World magazine in 2019. If you are a golf player the Troia course should definitely be on your bucket list.
9. 25th April Bridge
Stretching across the estuary at the Tagus River in Lisbon is the Ponte 25 de April (25th April Bridge). Standing over 200 feet (70 m) above the water it is the largest suspension bridge in Europe and the 20th longest in the world. Often considered as a twin sister of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco because of its similar design, the bridge in Lisbon is 300 feet (100m) longer.
Heading across the bridge by train or car will give you a fantastic viewpoint to see the city of Lisbon from, the uninterrupted views are breathtaking.
The bridge is a spectacular sight from any direction with a length of approximately 1.5 miles (2.3 Km), it dominates the river and there are many places to get views of the structure from. But my absolute favorite was from Cristo Rei.
This mind blowing aquarium with its huge wrap-around tank makes you feel as if you're underwater, as you eyeball zebra sharks, honeycombed rays, gliding mantas and schools of neon fish. Located in the Parque das Nações.
It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe.
That conclude our Top 10 list of Lisbon. There are certainly a million more things to do and see and you can easily spent weeks in Lisbon. Go to street markets, nightly concerts, listening to Fado while enjoying a local meal or simply taking in the sun.
It is definitely a family favorite destination for us.
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