17 things to see in Lisbon, Portugal

Top 20 places to see in Lisbon

Self-explanatory, enchanting and falling in love at first sight – that’s all about it, about Lisbon. Tourists from all over the world come here for unforgettable vacations and vivid impressions. We will tell you about the most interesting places in Lisbon, which you must see to guarantee this experience.

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1. the Belém Tower

In Lisbon, you simply cannot pass by this marvel on the Tagus River. Erected in honor of Vasco da Gama’s legendary expedition to the Indies, the Belém Tower is today a favorite spot of Lisbon citizens and tourists and a great choice if you want to admire the river.

Belém Tower - Lisbon

  • Address: Santa Maria de Belem, Cais da Princesa, 1400, Lisbon.
  • How to get there: by bus (nos. 727, 729, 714, 28 and 751), streetcar 15 or by metro (Belem station).
  • Opening hours: October-May from 10:00 to 17:30 and May-September from 10:00 to 18:30. The tower is closed to the public on Mondays and on January 1, May 1, June 13, Easter Sunday and December 25.
  • Price of admission: €6.

2. St. George’s Castle

The “cradle of the city” as the locals affectionately call the old castle of St. George. According to historical data, the fortress on this site existed since the V century BC. The fortification of the Visigoths, the royal palace, prison and arsenal – the history of the castle does not leave anyone indifferent.

  • Address: The castle is located in Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo
  • Getting there: Take the Metro to the nearest station Rossio, bus number 12E or 734 to Largo do Terreirinho, Sao Tome, Martim Moniz stops.
  • Opening hours: The castle is open to tourists from 09:00 to 18:00 from November 1 to February 28, and from 09:00 to 21:00 from March 1 to October 31.
  • Prices of tickets : €8.50, for students (under 25), seniors and disabled people €5, family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 18) €20.

3. The Kellusz Palace

Do you want to see how the Portuguese monarchs and court nobility lived? Visit the Queluz palace on the outskirts of Lisbon. Its interiors are literally filled with works of art – paintings, statues, and more. And after you’ve seen enough of the palace’s sumptuous apartments and halls, take a stroll in the park surrounding the residence.

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Palacio de Queluz - Lisbon

  • How to get there: by train or by bus. Take the first one and get off at the Queluz, Belas or Monte Abraao stations and walk 15 minutes. If you go second, get off at Queluz or Caminhos stations and walk a short distance.
  • Ticket price : €9.50 (€8.50 for senior citizens, €7.50 for children under 18).
  • Opening hours : from 09:00 to 19:00.

4. Museum of Ancient Art

Learn about the history of Portugal in color by visiting the Museum of Ancient Art. Besides the usual paintings (Bosch, Dürer, Velázquez) there is a big collection of gold and silver objects by Portuguese and foreign masters, and many objects from India, China, Persia and Japan.

  • Address: The museum is located in Rua Janelas Verdes.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket prices: €6 (€3 for pensioners and students), free admission for children up to 12 years old. Free entrance to the museum every first Sunday of the month.

5. Basilica da Estrela

“The Basilica of the Star” (so its name is translated) is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful buildings in Lisbon. Built in Baroque and Neo-Gothic style, this snow-white beauty impresses with its openwork, as if floating architecture, and from the terrace that encircles the central dome and bell towers, you have a magnificent view of the city.

Basilica da Estrela - Lisbon

  • Address : The Basilica is located on Praca da Estrela, 1200-667
  • Opening hours : Monday to Sunday, 07:30 to 20:00.
  • Entrance is free.

6. City Museum

If time does not permit you to know the highlights of the Portuguese capital and you really want to, the Lisbon City Museum is your go-to place! The collection spans the Palaeolithic to the present day and is arranged so that different parts of it are dedicated to the highlights of the region.

  • Address : the museum is in Campo Grande, 245.
  • The best way to get there: take the Metro (Campo Grande station, green and yellow line).
  • Opening hours : Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 to 13:00 / 14:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket prices : €2.

7. Maritime Museum

Lisbon would not be Lisbon if it were not for the sea. The sea (or more precisely the ocean) played a big role in the history of Lisbon so you need to take some time and visit the Maritime Museum of Lisbon. It will be interesting for everyone! There are about 17 thousand items in the museum collection: naval uniforms, maps, globes and, of course, models of ships (some of them life-size).

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Maritime Museum of Lisbon

  • Address: The museum is located at 1400-206, Praca do Imperio.
  • Opening hours : every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket prices : €5 (full) and €2.50 (children).

8. Calouste Gulbenkian Art Museum

It is a rare case when a private collection gives way to the most “cool” state museums. Based on the collection of the richest oil tycoon, the museum is a real treasure house. Paintings by world-renowned masters (Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck, Gainsborough, Renoir, Monet), ancient artifacts from Egypt and Mesopotamia, old jewelry, which is more than a hundred or even a thousand years – everyone can find something here to watch for hours.

  • Address: The museum is located in Avenue de Berna, 45a. Get there by metro (St.Sebastian/Spain Square station).
  • Every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (second Monday off).
  • Ticket price: €5.

9. Puppet Museum

If you get tired of the abundance of art treasures you should see Lisbon’s Muppet Museum, the only one in the country dedicated to puppets and puppet theater. This is a place to transport you back to your childhood! Puppets from different countries and eras – Vietnamese, Portuguese, Thai, Indian and even African – are all on display here under the same roof.

Some exhibits “entertained” the public in the Middle Ages. And after seeing the collection you can make your own doll in the circle that is open to visitors, or learn how to manipulate ready-made ones.

  • Address: The museum is located in Rua Esperanca, 146.
  • Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 / 14:00 to 18:00. Weekends: Monday, January 1st, May 1st, December 25th and 31st.
  • Tickets cost: €7.50, €5 (children, seniors and students) and €13 (family, 2 adults + 2 children).

10. Museum of Costume and Fashion

To immerse yourself in the life of the Portuguese (and not only them) of different eras, you should go to the Museum of Costume and Fashion. What’s that got to do with it, you might ask? It has to do with the fact that it not only has an impressive collection of clothing (for men, women and children), but also home textiles, household items, accessories and more that made up people’s lives centuries ago.

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Wonderful XVII-XVIII century dresses embroidered with gold, dresses and suits of the XX century, children’s clothes and toys – you can wander in the halls of the museum endlessly! You can finish your tour in the botanical park around the museum.

  • The address of the museum is: Lisboa, Lumiar, Largo Julio de Castilho.
  • Getting there: Take the metro (Lumiar station, yellow line).
  • Opening hours: museum and park open Tuesday mornings from 14:00 to 18:00, Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Tickets cost €4 (museum) and €3 (park). Total (park+museum) €6.

11. azulejo museum

First of all, let’s be clear: azulejo is a painted and glazed earthenware tile (a kind of glazed tiles). It is a traditional decorative material in Portugal and Spain, and came there from the Arab countries. Today, for example, azulejo decorates the palace of the President of Portugal and the exhibition hall of the Carriage Museum. Well, the museum is worth visiting at least because it simply has no analogues – except for Portugal and Spain, azulejo is produced nowhere else.

Museum of Azulejo - Lisbon

You can wander here endlessly, looking at the bizarre paintings on tiles of different ages (the oldest is from the XV century) and learn how they are made and painted.

  • Museum address : Rua da Madre de Deus, 4
  • Getting there: Santa Apolonia Metro Station or by bus lines 718, 742 and 794.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket price : €5.

12. Church of Santa Engracia

A beautiful view from the first sight: the white Baroque building with its dome domed by the terracotta roofs and the blue of the sky. The church is famous for the fact that it was built for nearly 300 years, and even with interruptions, the domes of the towers are not finished even today. Its main feature is the marvelous view from the observation deck of the dome.

Santa Engracia Church

  • Address : Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-471
  • Ticket price : €3.

13. The Mafra Palace

Another Lisbon gem is the Mafra Palace. It is in the suburbs but well worth the time. The palace is the largest in the country (just kidding, its area is equal to the area of ten soccer fields!), but not only the size of the building attracts tourists. The magnificent interiors of the former royal residence, the elegant appearance of the palace and of course – the famous bell towers with a hundred bells.

  • Address of the palace : Mafra, Terreiro Dom Joao V
  • Opening hours: 09:00 to 18:00 (Tuesdays are closed).
  • Ticket price : €6.
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14. Quinta da Regaleira palace and park complex

This estate with its quaint palace and park is also on the outskirts of Lisbon. But it’s well worth the trip. This magical castle (there’s no other way to put it!) was built by its owner, millionaire Antonio Monteiro, in 1910. The building is Gothic and Renaissance, surrounded by a lush garden with intricate paths, and at its center is the mysterious Well of Dedication.

Quinta da Regaleira

  • Opening hours: November to January from 10:00 to 17:00, February, March and October from 10:00 to 18:00, April to September from 10:00 to 19:00.
  • Tickets cost €6 (adults), €3 (children 9-14 years old), €4 (pupils over 15 and retired). Children up to 8 years old free of charge.

15. Lisbon Zoo

Whether you are travelling with children or on your own, the City Zoo is a must-see in Lisbon. One of the oldest and largest zoos in Europe will delight you with the variety of animals and the leisure park with the pleasant coolness of the shady alleys.

  • Address of the zoo : Praca Marechal Humberto Delgado.
  • Opening hours : 10:00 to 20:00 (March 21 to September 20) and 10:00 to 18:00 (September 21 to March 20).
  • Tickets cost: €19.50 (adult), €14 (children, 3-11 years), €15.50 (pension) and €17.50 (group). Children under 3 years old are free to enter.

16. Carriage Museum

Do you want to visit the royal “carriage house” of the XVII-XIX centuries? Then the Carriage Museum is exactly what you need. The museum exhibits a variety of carriages from Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Gilded and jeweled gala carriages, but also modest everyday carriages, child’s faytones and pleasure coaches – one can endlessly contemplate this magnificence! A guided tour of the museum, Belém: The Two Dawns of Lisbon, will teach you more about the museum.

Coach Museum - Lisbon

  • Address of the museum : Avenida da India, 136
  • Getting there : Take buses 28, 714, 727, 729, 751, Metro (Belem station) or Tram 15 to get to the museum.
  • Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
  • Ticket costs : €6.
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17. Sé Cathedral.

Also known as Maria Major de Lisboa. This temple is remarkable not only for the fact that it is the oldest in the city, but also for the fact that it stands on the remains of former religious buildings – a Roman temple, later rebuilt into a church and then replaced by a mosque, which stood here until the XIII century.

Lisbon Cathedral

It is worth visiting this amazing place because the cathedral is a true incarnation of the history of the city.

  • The address is Largo Santo António da Sé, 1100-585. The Cathedral is open from 09:00 to 19:00 (Sunday at 20:00).
  • Entrance: free, but you’ll have to pay €2.50 to visit the Gothic Courtyard.
  • Getting there: take buses #12E, 28E, 737 to the bus stop Se and Limoeiro.

18. Bridge of April 25th

One of the twenty longest suspension bridges in the world connects Lisbon and Almada. The view from the shore is spectacular and if you want a view from the water take bus number 753 at the Marquês de Pombal Square for a breeze ride over the bridge. You can also take bus number 712 to the bridge (stop Doca de Alcantara).

For information! There is a fee of €1.40 for cars driving on the bridge in Lisbon.

19. Rossio Square

The best place to see Lisbon in the evening and at night is Rossio Square.

Place de Rossio - Lisbon

One of the main squares in the capital has a fabulous view in the light of lanterns: with a wave pattern, lined with two tone cobblestones, with magnificent bronze fountains, Rossio Square has its own unique atmosphere.

20. Gloria Funicular

Feel like a native Lisbonian of the twentieth century by taking the historic Gloria cable car. The funny yellow streetcar (which has been running regularly since 1885!) takes you slowly from Resdoradures square to the center of the city while you admire the streets of Lisbon behind the window.

The ticket costs €1.25 (Zapping) and €3.60 (for 2 rides, purchased from the driver).

Hint: the cable car only makes two stops – at the beginning of the route and at the end, at the top of the hill, where you have a beautiful view of the city.

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