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Exploring the Best of Europe's Most Scenic Capital

1) JERONIMOS MONASTERY


The resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama is a church built in the 1500s as part of a magnificent monastery. Its cloisters are considered among the most beautiful in the world and has been listed as a World Heritage Site.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Lisbon

2) BELEM TOWER


The city's icon is also a symbol of the Age of Discovery. Built in the early 1500s, this ornate watchtower has been declared a World Heritage monument by UNESCO.
Belem Tower, Lisbon

3) ST. GEORGE'S CASTLE


From the millennium-old battlements of this castle you have a bird's-eye view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks. Inside is a small archaeological museum and down the hill are a couple of terraces with perfect postcard views over Alfama, the city's medieval village-like neighborhood.
St. George's Castle, Lisbon

4) CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM


Treasures from the East and the West collected by one man is now one of the world's finest private art collections. It includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and René Lalique.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

5) PARQUE DAS NACOES


Contrasting with the city's oldest neighborhoods is this 21st-century district showcasing striking contemporary architecture with Europe's longest bridge as the backdrop. It includes a state-of-the-art aquarium, a casino, and a wonderful waterfront promenade.
Parque das Nações, Lisbon

6) BERARDO MUSEUM


A Portuguese millionaire has put together one of Europe's greatest modern art collections which includes works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali among others. Best of all, it's free.
Berardo Museum, Lisbon

7) MADRE DE DEUS CONVENT


Unique in the world, this lavish former convent is now a museum presenting an ancient art form (decorative ceramic tiles). Worth the visit for the beautiful church alone (pictured on the right).
(You may also be interested in the top 10 tiled attractions in Lisbon).
Tile Museum, Lisbon

8) THE WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE CHAPEL


See what the gold found in colonial Brazil was able to pay for, hidden in the surprisingly rich São Roque Church. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist inside is a European masterpiece (what look like paintings are actually mosaics!) made in Rome for this Lisbon church, and to see more baroque magnificence head to Santa Catarina Church nearby.
If you develop a taste for this type of golden art, don't miss the golden carriages of the Coaches Museum.
The World's Most Expensive Chapel, Lisbon

9) ANCIENT ART MUSEUM


Fascinating Oriental and European art makes up the collection of Portugal's "National Gallery." Much of it is related to the Age of Discovery, illustrating Portugal's links with Asia and Africa.
Ancient Art Museum, Lisbon

10) DESIGN & FASHION MUSEUM


The creations of top international names in fashion and design are presented in a permanent collection and in temporary exhibitions. Opened in 2009 in a former bank's headquarters, this is one of Lisbon's most surprising spaces, recognized as one of the world's leading design and fashion museums. Admission is free.
Design Museum, Lisbon

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10 BEST LISBON EXPERIENCES

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10 BEST DAYTRIPS

Sintra

1) SINTRA


One of Europe's most romantic and enchanting towns just a 40-minute train ride away from central Lisbon.
Its impressive concentration of fairytale palaces makes it a destination not to be missed, and although most visit on a daytrip (heading straight to the famous Pena Palace), it is also a good idea to stay overnight.
Many organized Lisbon sightseeing tours also end up here.
Evora

2) EVORA


A World Heritage town less than 2 hours away by express bus or car. The highlight is a Roman temple, but more memorable is its chapel of bones or the prehistoric monuments nearby. Although most visitors arrive by car, it's also possible to visit on a bus tour from Lisbon.
Cascais

3) CASCAIS


A picturesque town and surfer's paradise reached in 40 minutes by train. Known for its beautiful and refreshing Atlantic beaches, it's the most accessible for tourists looking for a day in the sand and sun.
Estoril

4) ESTORIL


Europe's largest casino and spectacular golf are just 40 minutes away by train. Although usually seen together with Cascais (reached walking down the beachfront boardwalk), it's a destination on its own, whether for gambling at the casino or for the postcard beach Tamariz.
Obidos

5) OBIDOS


The country's prettiest medieval village is just over one hour away by car. It's a romantic storybook place known as "the wedding present town" for having been a gift of a king to his bride. It's also known for major festivals throughout the year, from the chocolate festival to the medieval market and the "Christmas village".
Tourists usually visit on a sightseeing bus tour from Lisbon.
Queluz

6) QUELUZ


A beautiful rococo palace about 20 minutes away on the Sintra train line. It's a smaller Portuguese version of Versailles with gardens that are just as impressive as the palace's interior.
Mafra

7) MAFRA


One of Europe's biggest palaces reached by bus (less than 1h30m away). Made famous by Nobel Prize author Jose Saramago's novel "Baltazar and Blimunda", it's also known for one of the finest libraries in Europe.
Costa da Caparica

8) COSTA DA CAPARICA


You'll need a car but you'll want to join most Lisboetas at the beaches of this 30km-long coastline in the summer. Some beaches are crowded, others nearly deserted, some overdeveloped, others wild and pristine. The choice is yours.
Arrabida

9) ARRÁBIDA


Beautiful, wild Mediterranean vegetation by the Atlantic south of the city, only reached by car but worth it -- not just for the beauty of the natural park but also for one of the Lisbon Coast's most beautiful beaches - the Portinho da Arrábida.
Ericeira

10) ERICEIRA


Although Nazare further to the north has all the fame for "the world's biggest waves," this traditional seaside village closer to Lisbon is the original surfing mecca. Just 1h30m away by bus, it was Europe's first designated surfing reserve. Those who don't surf head here for relaxing days by the Atlantic in the atmosphere of a former fishing village with good seafood restaurants.
Memmo Alfama Hotel, Lisbon

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LISBON ATTRACTIONS
NEIGHBORHOODS
-Baixa (Downtown)
-Bairro Alto & Chiado
-Belem
-Alfama
-Parque das Nações
-Uptown

CASTLES & FORTRESSES
-Saint George's Castle
-Belem Tower

PALACES
-Ajuda Palace
-Fronteira Palace
-Belem Palace
-São Bento Palace

MUSEUMS
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HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
-Discoveries Monument
-Santa Justa Elevator
-Rossio Station
-Casa dos Bicos
-25th of April Bridge
-Monument to Christ
-São Carlos Theater
-The Aqueduct
-Campo Pequeno
-Roman Theater Ruins

MODERN ARCHITECTURE
-Vasco da Gama Bridge
-Vasco da Gama Tower
-Oriente Station
-Portugal Pavilion
-Atlantic Pavilion
-Belem Cultural Center
-Lisbon Casino
-Oceanarium
MAIN STREETS & SQUARES
-Comercio Square
-Rossio Square
-Rua Augusta
-Municipal Square
-Camões Square
-Figueira Square
-Rua Portas Santo Antão
-Restauradores Square
-Avenida da Liberdade
-Marquês de Pombal Square

CHURCHES
-Jeronimos Monastery
-Carmo Convent
-São Roque Church
-Estrela Basilica
-The Cathedral
-São Vicente de Fora Monastery
-National Pantheon
-Saint Anthony Church
-Graça Church
-Conceição Velha Church
-São Domingos Church
-Memoria Church
PARKS & GARDENS
-Edward VII Park
-Tropical Garden
-Miradouro São Pedro Alcântara
-Miradouro de Santa Catarina
-Botanical Garden
-Estrela Gardens
-Ajuda Botanical Garden
-Principe Real
-Santa Luzia
-Portas do Sol
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-VIEWPOINTS
-BEACHES
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