Best Lisbon Attractions
Lisbon is an incredibly interesting open-air museum with numerous things to do and see:
Most popular squares
- Lisbon’s principal square is called Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). For decades, it was where all the maritime commerce would be brought into.
- Rossio Square, officially known as Pedro IV Square, is Lisbon’s liveliest area. The plaza and its surrounding streets are packed with bars, restaurants and shops. It is also where both locals and tourists meet up.
- Praça Marquês de Pombal is a striking square situated between Park Edward VII and Avenida da Liberdade.
- St Mary Major or just Lisbon Cathedral is Lisbon’s most important religious edifice. It is commonly called “Sé de Lisboa”.
- Jerónimos Monastery is also called Hieronymites Monastery. It is the most visited landmark in Lisbon, along with the Belém Tower. Inside the Monastery is Vasco da Gama’s tomb.
- Belém Tower sits in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve. It was initially built to defend the city. Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and a customs house.
- Padrão dos Descobrimentos stands 170 Ft (52 m) tall. It was designed to commemorate the Age of Discoveries in Portugal. It was inaugurated on the fifth centenary of Prince Henry the Navigator, the discoverer of the Azores, Madeira and Cape Verde.
- São Jorge Castle sits on the summit of São Jorge hill, the highest mountain in Lisbon. It is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic symbols.
Best Museums in Lisbon
- The National Coach Museum houses one of the most important horse-drawn carriage collections in the world. Well-worth visiting!
- Lisbon’s Archaeology Museum was founded in 1893. It features the largest archaeological collection in Portugal and includes objects from the Paleolithic period until the Middle Ages.
- The Lisbon Oceanarium is the second largest aquarium in Europe. It houses over 15,000 water-dwelling animals and plants from over 450 different species.
- The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe. It measures over 10 miles (17 km) long and connects the northern and southern part of Portugal.
- The 25 of April Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Europe, measuring 1.4 miles (2.2 km) long. It was the first overpass built in Lisbon, connecting Lisbon to Almada.
Staying in Lisbon for more days?
If you’ve visited the city’s top attractions and museums, we recommend you discover Lisbon’s nearby regions and towns.