Some of the Experiences & Highlights to enoy whilst you enjoy your stay in Lisbon
The World Heritage Belem Tower is to Lisbon what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or Big Ben is to London. It is the city's most photographed landmark, which along with the marvellous Jeronimos Monastery should top your list of must-see monuments.
But Lisbon's biggest attraction is the city itself, a city that is not spruced up for the tourist to see, but an authentic place that stands out in such an increasingly homogeneous world. Although it boasts a range of must-see sights, its biggest pleasures are its street life and setting, admired from a pavement cafe, from the top of a hilltop miradouro, or simply by wandering around the atmospheric "bairros."
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 has been listed as a World Heritage Site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisbon River Cruise
See Lisbon from a different angle as you take a leisurely two-hour cruise down the Tagus River. Relax on the boat as you drift past Lisbon's monuments scattered along the waterfront, such as the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações), the Monument of the Discoveries and the 25th of April Bridge. Take in views of the beautiful St George Castle (Castelo de São Jorge), São Vicente Monastery and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jerónimos Monastery, which overlook the Tagus River from the Lisbon hills.