Portuguese capital Lisbon is a city that is full of attractions. Offering beauties for all tastes, it is hard to decide on a few activities in Lisbon. With its history, cuisine, art, and nightlife; Lisbon offers a full package. While it is impossible to definitively select 10 best attractions in this city, here are our top 10.
1Sao Jorge Castle
No matter how many alternative lists are being made about the attractions of Lisbon, Sao Jorge Castle will be there. Both because its cultural and historical importance, and its beauty. Situated on one of the seven hills of the city, the castle also has a great view of the city.
The most popular object of the postcards of Lisbon is the Tram 28. Travelling through the picturesque streets of central Lisbon, Tram 28 is one of the most famous attractions of the city. A full trip on the Tram takes around one hour and it passes by most attractions throughout central Lisbon.
Made during the reign of King Dom Manuel I, the monastery symbolizes Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India in 1498. Included into UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage Sites list in 1983, Jeronimos Monastery is another magnificent monument in Lisbon.
While not central, Sintra is definitely worth the trip. The village might be involved into the travel plan as a day trip, because it involves many great features like the Palacio da Pena, a semitropical garden, and many beautiful sights. The transportation by train from Lisbon to Sintra takes approximately 30 minutes.
5Parque das Naçoes
Formerly an unattractive industrial spot, Parque das Naçoes is a relatively young area with futuristic architecture. Owing its conversion to the Expo 98, Parque das Naçoes is also home to one of the most famous attractions of the city: Oceanarium which involves a vast diversity of marine species.
Again, one of the most famous attractions of the city, Torre de Belem is originally built as a fortress on the shore of Tagus River as a defensive building. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city, Belem Tower, also offers great views of the river.
7Elevador da Santa Justa
As an industrial age architecture, the Elevador da Santa Justa, combines beauty, delicacy, functionality and grandeur. Captivating its audience with its gothic style, the elevator also provides its guest with stunning views of the city.
8The Statue of Cristo Rei
Portuguese version of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Cristo Rei statue is another famous and important monument of Lisbon. Despite being a great work of art, the statue also is situated on an amazing viewpoint which sees the Tagus River and 25 de Abril Bridge from a perfect spot.
9Oceanario de Lisboa
Translated as Oceanarium into English, this attraction is a huge sample of marine life. One of the biggest aquariums in Europe, Oceanarium hosts thousands of species. It is possible to see species from every ocean in the world.
10The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Showcasing art pieces from many periods of time and many styles, The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon is a paradise for every art lover. Including pieces from Islamic Art, Far East Arts and Egyptian Art; the museum displays an array of priceless items. Also surrounded by great gardens, Gulbenkian Museum is one of the must-see attractions of Lisbon.