Landmarks and tourist attractions in Lisbon

Lisbon is a historic city, and one big open-air museum, where you will find any number of interesting sights:

The most important squares

Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio is Lisbon’s principal square. It is built on the site where the former Royal Palace was located, before it was destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.

Rossio Square

Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio), also known as Praça de D. Pedro IV, is the liveliest plaza in Lisbon. It houses several landmarks, like the National Theatre.

Marques de Pombal Square

Marquess of Pombal Square is the centre of modern Lisbon. It is located next to Park Edward VII at the end of Avenida da Liberdade.

Unmissable landmarks

Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral, better known as Sé de Lisboa, is the oldest and most important church in the city. Its construction dates from the twelfth Century.

Jerónimos Monastery

The Jerónimos Monastery (Hieronymites Monastery) is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lisbon. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983.

Belém Tower

Belém Tower was first built to defend Lisbon. Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and customs center.

Monument to the Discoveries

The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) stands 170 Ft (52 m) tall. It was designed to commemorate the Age of Discoveries in Portugal.

São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle sits on the summit of São Jorge hill. It is one of the most emblematic symbols of Lisbon and is visible from anywhere in the city.

Museums

National Coach Museum

Lisbon’s National Coach Museum features one of the most prominent horse-drawn carriage collections in the world. Extremely surprising and worthwhile.

National Archaeology Museum

The National Archaeology Museum (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia) of Lisbon contains the most important archaeological collection in Portugal. Discover the museum.

Other attractions

Lisbon Oceanarium

The Oceanário de Lisboa is the second largest aquarium in Europe. It features over 15,000 water-dwelling animals and plants from over 450 different species.

Bridges

Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Lisbon and Europe. It was built for the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition and measures 17.2 km long.

25 de Abril Bridge

The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) in Lisbon is the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It was built by the company that constructed the San Francisco Bridge.

Staying in Lisbon for longer?

If you’ve visited the city’s top attractions and museums, we recommend you discover Lisbon’s nearby regions and towns, Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Fátima, Arrábida...