Lisbon Travel Guide
The westernmost capital of Europe on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon is a thriving port city, lying on the north side of the beautiful Tagus River. This bewitching historic city oozes an exciting blend of architectural grandeur, lovely scenery, tangy seafood cuisine and intoxicating nightlife. Each quarter making up Lisbon boasts its own unique characteristics that will appeal to travelers of all tastes.
With a myriad of attractions including castles, cathedrals, courtyards and parks located in close proximity, it is easy to explore Lisbon on foot. Museum-goers can find several interesting venues to visit during their stay. The city is split into many quarters, perfect for a stroll in the late afternoon, with the Bairro Alto quarter being the hub for tantalizing seafood and remarkable views. Those looking for markets and quaint little shops should head to the Alfama quarter, the oldest quarter in Lisbon.
Portuguese cuisine is known for its richness and delicacy, and Lisbon represents the perfect blend of Mediterranean flavors. After a meal, hit one of many clubs and dance the night away until dawn. Nightlife in Lisbon is fun and exciting, especially around the Bairro Alto quarter.
Castle of St George: sitting on the tallest of the seven hills, the castle features a fascinating tour of the city’s history and spectacular presentations. Gasp at breath-taking views from the ramparts.
Belem Tower: one of Lisbon’s landmarks and boasting the impressive Manueline architectural style and naval themes, the tower offers fantastic views of the city.
Hieronimite Monastery: listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the monastery is one of the fine remaining examples of medieval Manueline architecture, displaying remarkable naval motifs.
Sé Cathedral: was built by Dom Alfonso Henriques, the country’s first king, in a beautiful Romanesque style. The cathedral also houses a small museum.
Tram 28: is an example of public transport as well as an attraction. The tram offers views of the exquisite River Tagus and other major tourist spots in Lisbon.
Oceanário: one of the largest aquariums in Europe, Oceanário has large pools of fascinating creatures including otters, penguins, sharks, dolphins and manta rays.
Belém Cultural Center: will please those into design as it showcases an array of 20th century design styles and other interesting exhibitions.
National Museum of Ancient Art: is home to plenty of beautiful 12th century sculptures and paintings from local and international artists.