What to do in Lisbon?
We understand the many travelers who say they have fallen in love with this beautiful city which has become one of the most popular European destinations at the moment. Above all, the Lusitanian capital benefits from an exceptional geographical situation. Located on the right bank of the Tagus Estuary, a few steps from the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon overlooks the river with its seven hills, giving the city its unique and uneven reliefs. Here, cobblestone streets, streetcars and funiculars are essential to gain height and enjoy the many lookouts. It is a city with spectacular horizons, dotted with gigantic bridges and architectural splendors of all times, honoring its status as a European capital.
Must-see in Lisbon
•Let's begin our visit with the oldest district of the city: Alfama. The soul of Lisbon is reflected in this historic bairro, which starts from the banks of the Tagus and climbs up to the majestic Castle of St. George. With mazes of staircases and winding alleyways with colorful houses, Alfama is home to other notable monuments, such as the National Pantheon or Santa Maior Cathedral and its two Romanesque towers.
•Another emblematic district in the heart of the city is Belém. It is here that we can appreciate some of the most beautiful monuments of Lisbon, such as the famous Tower of Belém, ancient gateway to the city and major work of the Manueline style. The impressive Jerónimos Monastery situated close by stands witness to the golden age of the Portuguese conquests. One should not miss to taste the famous local delicacy, pastéis de nata (or pastéis of Belém), nor climb to the top of the Monument of The Discoveries, erected in 1960 in the memory of the Portuguese navigators.
•As for museums, Lisbon is not left out! Let us consider two very different ones: the National Museum of the Azulejo, presenting in all its diversity this Portuguese art of ornamental ceramics; and the Berardo Museum, inaugurated in 2007, which houses a beautiful collection of modern and contemporary art, amongst which nearly 900 works by Picasso, Magritte or Andy Warhol.
•High points from where to admire the 'city of seven hills' are not lacking! We leave you the choice between the 110 meter high statue of the Sanctuary of Christ the King, the neo-Gothic Santa Justa Lift, or one of the many miradouros, large terraces with panoramic views. The Miradouro de Santa Luiza is a good example!