10 Things to see in Lisbon

LISBON 10 BEST SPOTS TO SEE

Exploring the Best of Lisbon Most Scenic Capital

1) JERONIMOS MONASTERY

The resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama is a church built in the 1500s as part of a magnificent monastery. Its cloisters are considered among the most beautiful in the world and have been listed as a World Heritage Site.

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Lisbon

2) BELEM TOWER

The city’s icon is also a symbol of the Age of Discovery. Built in the early 1500s, this ornate watchtower has been declared a World Heritage monument by UNESCO.

Belem Tower, Lisbon

3) ST. GEORGE’S CASTLE

From the millennium-old battlements of this castle, you have a bird’s-eye view of the city in the company of roaming peacocks. Inside is a small archaeological museum and down the hill are a couple of terraces with perfect postcard views over Alfama, the city’s medieval village-like neighbourhood.

St. George's Castle, Lisbon

4) CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM

Treasures from the East and the West collected by one man is now one of the world’s finest private art collections. It includes works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and René Lalique.

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

5) PARQUE DAS NACOES

Contrasting with the city’s oldest neighbourhoods is this 21st-century district showcasing striking contemporary architecture with Europe’s longest bridge as the backdrop. It includes a state-of-the-art aquarium, a casino, and a wonderful waterfront promenade.

Parque das Nações, Lisbon

6) BERARDO MUSEUM

A Portuguese millionaire has put together one of Europe’s greatest modern art collections which include works by Andy Warhol, Picasso, and Dali among others. Best of all, it’s free.

Berardo Museum, Lisbon

7) MADRE DE DEUS CONVENT

Unique in the world, this lavish former convent is now a museum presenting an ancient art form (decorative ceramic tiles). Worth the visit for the beautiful church alone (pictured on the right).

Tile Museum, Lisbon

8) THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHAPEL

See what the gold found in colonial Brazil was able to pay for, hidden in the surprisingly rich São Roque Church. The Chapel of St. John the Baptist inside is a European masterpiece (what look like paintings are actually mosaics!) made in Rome for this Lisbon church, and to see more baroque magnificence head to Santa Catarina Church nearby.
If you develop a taste for this type of golden art, don’t miss the golden carriages of the Coaches Museum.

The World's Most Expensive Chapel, Lisbon

9) ANCIENT ART MUSEUM

Fascinating Oriental and European art make up the collection of Portugal’s “National Gallery.” Much of it is related to the Age of Discovery, illustrating Portugal’s links with Asia and Africa.

Ancient Art Museum, Lisbon

10) DESIGN & FASHION MUSEUM

The creations of top international names in fashion and design are presented in a permanent collection and in temporary exhibitions. Opened in 2009 in a former bank’s headquarters, this is one of Lisbon’s most surprising spaces, recognised as one of the world’s leading design and fashion museums. Admission is free.

Design Museum, Lisbon

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