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Top things to do in Lisbon

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Top things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal is known for its colonial history, Manueline architecture and Fado shows (Melancholic Portuguese folk music). The city’s cobbled street will take you back in time. The white cathedrals of the city will restore your faith in picturesque backdrops. The mighty castles will awaken your curiosity to explore every nook and corner. The lavish gardens of the city will give you the much needed break. The narrow streets of the old city will bring out the local in you. On a whole, this vibrant and colorful city of Lisbon is another European delight, and one of its old cities to cherish. So here we are with some of the top things to do while in Lisbon.

Belem – It is a very popular neighborhood in Lisbon that comprises of Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Discoveries Monument, Belem Palace, and Colecao Berardo Museum. The Belem Tower was the sailing starting point in historic Lisbon where likes of Vasco DE Gama started their discovery journeys. The monuments are classic examples of Gothic architecture and appeal tourists for their looks.

Alfama – It is the oldest and most charming neighborhood of Lisbon. It withstood the earthquake of 1755. The cobbled streets, pastel colored houses, Fado clubs, quaint cafes, are the distinct identity of this neighborhood. Here you will find many hotels and home stays, which we recommend during your visit in Lisbon. To explore like a local, we recommend sightseeing guided tours.

Santa Justa Elevator – Situated in the Baixa Neighborhood of Lisbon, this place is truly iconic and wholly touristy. Built in Neo Gothic architecture, its architect was the discipline of Gustave Eiffel (The Eiffel Tower fame). The views from the top of this tower are truly stunning. The exterior of the tower is wrought iron, while inside you will still find the original cabins that take up to the top.

Sintra – Situated roughly 20 plus miles from Lisbon, it is a perfect day trip that any traveler can have. The cobblestoned narrow streets, Moorish Castle, lavish gardens, Mighty mansions, colorful castles are highlights of this place. In 19th century this place was holiday destination for most of the elites of Europe. Historically is was the summer retreat for the royal family of Portugal.

St. George Castle – It is one of the must see attractions of Lisbon, which is situated on the highest hill in Aflama district. This castle has a long history of being used a fort by Romans, and Moors, until Portuguese king made it an official royal palace. Within the castle there are gardens, museum, 18 towers, underground cabins, and still intact canons, which still reminds the history of this castle.

St. Jerome Monastery – This UNESCO World Heritage site has a highly ornate style of architecture. It was built to commemorate the discoveries of Vasco De Gama. Historically this monastery was for monks who served the sailors, and prayed for the kings. The construction of this monastery was primarily funded by the trade of spices that Vasco De Gama brought. The vaulted ceilings still stun tourists.

Oceanarium – It is the largest indoor aquarium of Europe. With 15,000 plus animals, and 400 plus species of marine life, it offers wholesome experience for people of all ages. Puffins, jellyfish, sting rays, sunfish, sea dragons, sleek sharks and otters are some of marine animals you will enjoy watching. It offers many activities like guided tours and even a Fado show. When in Lisbon, it is must see.

National Tile Museum – This museum is dedicated to Portuguese tiles, also known as Azulejos. The penetration of these ceramic tiles can be seen in all historic places to Lisbon. The museum showcases the 500 years history of the Portuguese tiles craftsmanship. The major highlight of this museum is a Lisbon scenery straight out from 18th Century, made from 1200 plus tiles.

Gulbenkian Museum – This museum is named in honor of a former oil tycoon Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian who donated all his collection of artworks (Roughly 6000 works of arts) to Portugal. Some of the highlights of this museum are Egyptian sculptures, paintings of Rubens and Rembrandt, and Chinese porcelain. It also houses collection of 11 Roman Medallions, and some of well preserved Persian carpets.

Carmo Church – Situated in the Chiado District, this church was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755. Still the ruins in form of arches and pillars, of this most distinguished historic church still fascinates the tourists. It was built in Gothic style of architecture and its history dates back to 14th Century. The complex comprises of an architectural museum , showcasing chapel adorned with Portuguese tiles.

Let’s go Lisbon!

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