Top 10 Lisbon Attractions

Lisbon is one of the world’s most enchanting cities and perfect for the luxury traveler looking to enjoy a blend of culture, ancient architecture and shopping. It’s a world-class city packed with top attractions that welcomes travelers and seeks to cater for their every whim. Here we present 10 top Lisbon attractions for those who want to explore the city to its fullest.

Mercado da Ribeira

This market is foodie heaven, so be sure to visit it at least once while in Lisbon. Many of the offerings are available in tapas size portions (known locally as petiscos), so you can enjoy several of the gourmet treats in one visit.

Mercado da Ribeira Lisbon

Castelo de Sao Jorge

This impressive castle affords some of the best views in Lisbon and is a delight to wander around for visitors of all ages. Arrive an hour or so before dusk and enjoy sitting on the battlements and watching the lights gradually come on across the city spread below you.

Castelo de Sao Jorge Lisbon

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Bairro Alto

By day, Bairro Alto appears to be nothing more than a slightly down at heel residential area, but as night falls shutters lift and bars, restaurants and clubs appear as if from nowhere. Arrive during early evening and linger over your dinner, then step outside and marvel at the area’s transformation from quiet residential streets to bustling party district.

Bairro Alto Lisbon

The Oceanarium

Lisbon Oceanarium is great entertainment, particularly for those travelling with children. A huge array of marine species is available and at 1,000 meters square the main tank is extremely impressive. Be sure to look out for the reclining chairs with tank running overhead for the ultimate sea-life viewing experience.

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The Alfama

The Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest district and is packed with tiny, twisting streets, cobbled stairways and narrow passageways. Wander into the heart of the district, twisting and turning and getting hopelessly lost as the charm of this ancient area delights you. Restaurants and bars are packed in between tiny houses and apartments, so rest your weary feet and enjoy some local Portuguese Fado music while you eat.

The Alfama Lisbon

Silk Club

One of Lisbon’s most exclusive venues, Silk Club offers spectacular views across the city. The unique blend of sophistication, cocktails and ambiance have positioned this as one of the world’s best rooftop bars, so sit back, sip your drink and enjoy the Lisbon skyline.

Silk Club Lisbon

Jerónimos Monastery

Architecture fans must not miss the ornate Jerónimos Monastery. The stonework is carved and sculpted into designs of incredible skill and elegance and a wander round the cloisters will delight visitors with the building’s beauty.

Jerónimos Monastery Lisbon

Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe and offers breath-taking views to those driving across it. At 17.2 kilometers in length, it snakes across the Tagus River in a jaw-dropping architectural triumph.

Vasco da Gama Bridge Lisbon

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Cristo Rei

Cristo Rei (Christ the King) is a monument of staggering proportions, which dominates the Lisbon skyline from many parts of the city. At 104m tall, the statue can be enjoyed from a distance, while those who wish to get closer can enjoy actually going inside the monument where a library, a chapel and a bar are available to refresh visitors’ minds, souls and taste buds respectively.

Cristo Rei Lisbon

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Chiado

Packed with chic shops and gourmet cafés, Chiado is Lisbon’s main shopping district, offering everything from world famous designer brands to independent local labels. Shop at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently for a coffee, an ice cream and a pastel de nata (a sweet, egg custard pastry).

Chiado Lisbon

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Louise Taylor

Louise is a travel writer with a passion for exploring the unknown. She loves visiting new places and has a particular interest in exploring local cuisine wherever she travels. Louise has lived in the UK and Portugal and is currently considering where to base her next adventure. Follow her travels at http://www.movingtoportugal.org/