LISBON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA
Lisbon is an exciting city with plenty of stories to tell. Find out what unique and unforgettable experiences await in this capital city full of contrasts, pleasures and human warmth.
We have created several routes to help you discover some of the city’s best known landmarks, its character and its twenty centuries of history. Plan your trip now and make the most of your stay in Lisbon.
THE HEART OF THE CITY
Discover all of Lisbon’s charm and elegance in the city centre. In the area that was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake can be found ample squares and avenues, pedestrian streets with traditional Portuguese mosaics, cafés, restaurants, esplanades, shops and street artists.
Here, in one of the city’s most bustling areas, can also be found historical buildings, monuments, museums and lookout points with amazing views over the city and the River Tagus.
Praça da Figueira – Praça D. Pedro IV (Rossio) – Rossio Railway Station – Glória Lift – São Pedro de Alcântara Garden and lookout point – Carmo Convent – São Roque Museum – Rua Garrett – Santa Justa Lift – Rua Augusta – rua Augusta archway – Praça do Comércio – Avenida da Liberdade – Praça Marquês de Pombal – Parque Eduardo VII.
ALFAMA AND CASTELO
TRADITIONAL AND PICTURESQUE LISBON
The historical city, dating back to medieval times, popular and multicultural. Its steep, narrow cobbled streets lead you to discover unique history and traditions, such as Fado and strumming Portuguese guitars that keep you company along the way.
Take in magnificent views from the different lookout points and don’t miss monuments like the Cathedral, São Jorge Castle and the São Vicente de Fora Monastery.
São Jorge Castle – Graça Lookout Point – São Vicente de Fora Monastery – National Pantheon – Fado Museum – Santa Luzia Lookout Point – Lisbon Cathedral
THE DISTRICT WITH A FESTIVE SPIRIT
Known for its many evening entertainment options – restaurants, bars and esplanades with city views, Bairro Alto is full of contrasts.
The picturesque atmosphere of its houses and streets contrasts with a vast range of alternative shops selling art, design, decoration, music and vintage clothing, along with barbers and tattoo artists – a peculiar mix that creates a unique atmosphere.
Santa Justa Lift – Largo do Carmo – Rua Garrett – Praça Luís de Camões – Bica Lift – Santa Catarina Lookout Point
Parque das Nações
A new area has risen up at the eastern end of the city, revamped for the great world ocean exhibition in 1998. The luminous modern architecture of the large buildings is interspersed with gardens and many green spaces that just invite visitors to take a stroll along the river banks.
Parque das Nações also plays host to a rich and varied range of cultural and educational activities, such as the Oceanarium, the Museum of Knowledge, the Altice Arena, Lisbon Casino and Camões Theatre.
Oriente Station – Vasco da Gama Tower – Cable car – Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre – Lisbon Cathedral – Oceanarium
FIVE CENTURIES OF HISTORY
The point of departure of Portuguese navigators sailing towards new worlds is a district full of history and heritage, including the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém, both monuments of great architectural wealth listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
But Belém has a lot more to offer: from its renovated Car Museum, with an exhibition that is unique in the world and the extraordinary contemporary art collection at the Berardo Museum, at the Belém Cultural Centre, to the brand new MAAT, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which provides the city with a new vantage point of the River Tagus. A view to enjoy with a Belém pastry, an irresistible treat to eat in one of the many parks or next to the river.
Belém Tower – Monument to the Discoveries – Belém Cultural Centre – Jerónimos Monastery – Belém Pastries – National Car Museum
Compras na Baixa
ANOTHER WAY TO DISCOVER THE CITY
Baixa Pombalina is Lisbon’s best known traditional shopping area. In the city-centre streets, major international brands rub shoulders with centuries-old, classic and avant-garde stores, with authentic and surprising goods.
Here can be found traditional, hand-made and gourmet products, innovative brands full of design and creative items that draw inspiration from Portuguese culture and history. Gifts that embody all of the charms of the city and help you to remember it for a long time.