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  • 1 Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pr. do Imperio P - 1400 Lisboa

    The Monument to the Discoveries is an invitation to visit this museum of Portugal's maritime past with its impressive exhibition of a variety of model ships used for many different purposes: Asian vessels, 18 and 19C yachts, merchant navy steam ships..

  • 2 Museu Nacional dos Coches Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Praça Afonso de Albuquerque P - 1300 Lisboa

    The Carriage Museum, founded by Queen Amelia in 1904, has a splendid collection of carriages, the oldest of which is the magnificently painted four-wheeler brought to Portugal by Philip II of Spain in the late 16C. Other notable examples include thre..

  • 3 Jose de Azeredo Perdigao Modern Art Centre (CAM) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Dr Nicolau de Bettencourt P - 1050 Lisboa

    The centre, built in 1983 by architect Leslie Martin, has an interesting spacious design incorporating plants, thus creating the impression of a screen of greenery. It houses modern works of art by Portuguese artists from 1910 to the present day, inc..

  • 4 Jardim Zoologico Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Est. de Benfica 158 P - 1549 Lisboa

    Covering 26ha, Laranjeiras Park is both a zoo and public garden. The lower part includes the rose garden; there are enclosures for nearly 2 500 animals, many of which are exotic species. Note that the dolphinarium can only be visited during shows. A ..

  • 5 Baixa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. da Prata P - 1200 Lisboa

    Rebuilt to plans drawn up by Pombal after the 1755 earthquake, this lively shopping and commercial area is Lisbon's nerve centre. In the daytime, it is crowded with a wide cross-section of people, tourists, shoeshiners, bank employees and sailors, et..

  • 6 Belem Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. de Império P - 1300 Lisboa

    The heart of monumental Manueline Lisbon, Belém overlooks the Tagus, and is now home to the Belém Cultural Centre. This is a pleasant, airy district with villas and gardens, set on a hillside dominating the river. It has strong links with Portuguese ..

  • 7 Praça do Comércio (or Terreiro do Paço) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. do Comércio P - 1100 Lisboa

    The finest square in Lisbon is where the royal palace destroyed by the earthquake once stood, hence its name, the Terreiro do Paço (Palace Terrace). It is lined by classical buildings with yellow façades resting on galleries with arcades and is an ex..

  • 8 Elevador de Santa Justa Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 1100 Lisboa

    The lift was built in 1901 by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard, a Portuguese engineer of French origin who was influenced by Gustave Eiffel. Prior to the 1988 fire, it provided direct access to the Chiado quarter. Long closed for repairs, it has now reopened...

  • 9 Museu de Artes Decorativas Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Largo das Portas do Sol 2 P - 1100 Lisboa

    Situated in the former palace of the Counts of Azurara (17C), the museum tells the story of everyday life in Lisbon in the 17 and 18C through a series of small, intimate rooms, decorated with azulejos and frescoes. The rooms have Portuguese and Indo-..

  • 10 Museu Nacional do Azulejo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. da madre de Deus 4 P - 1900 Lisboa

    The museum, located in the 16C convent of Madre de Deus, shows how the panels of tiles were made and their development. The oldest azulejos are displayed on the walls of the great cloister and the small Manueline cloister: note the panoramic view of ..

  • 11 Da Estrela gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Pr. Estrela P - 1200 Lisboa

    This large garden, laid out in 1852, is full of exotic species (palm trees, dragon trees, etc.) Visitors can listen to music in the open air in front of the bandstand, go for a walk around the lakes or pause for a drink at one of the numerous drink s..

  • 12 Cais das Colunas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - Lisboa

    The Praça do Comércio (commonly known as "terreiro do Paço") meets the river at the Cais das Colunas. A marble flight of steps, flanked by two water-stained columns, runs gently into the Tagus, in a manner evocative of Venice. After a decad..

  • 13 Museu da Farmacia Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Marechal Saldanha 1 P - Lisboa

    Largely overlooked by tourists, this museum (established in 1996 in a residence dating from the 1870s) has an extraordinary collection of over 14 000 objects from around the globe: Egyptian sarcophagi, Roman ceramics, Tuscan pottery and Congolese sta..

  • 14 Macau Science and Culture Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. da Junqueira 30 P - Lisboa

    The ground floor of the museum traces in a lively fashion the extraordinary history of contact between Portugal and Macao, the former Potuguese colony in China. On the first floor are fine ceramics, terracotta, stoneware and Chinese porcelain, a sele..

  • 15 Jardins da Água (Gardens) Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Parque das Nações P - 1990 Lisboa

    Water gardens inside the Parque das Nações dedicated to entertainment and leisure activities.

  • 16 Garcia da Orta gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Parque das Nações P - 1900 Lisboa

    The gardens were named after the doctor in the 16C who studied and classified Asian plants. The gardens are in front of the Olivais quay, along the Tagus. The vegetation is taken from the regions explored by the Portuguese during the era of the Great..

  • 17 Rossio Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pr. Dom Pedro IV P - 1100 Lisboa

    Praça Dom Pedro IV, was once the setting for many autodafés during the Inquisition. Its present appearance is the work of Pombal: lined by 18 and 19C buildings, it is now occupied by cafés and small shops that have kept their original decoration, suc..

  • 18 Rua do Carmo and Rua Garrett Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. do Carmo et Rua Garrett P - 1200 Lisboa

    These elegant streets are lined with old-fashioned shop fronts, now home to Portugal's top fashion designers. There are also well known bookshops, patisseries and cafés. The most famous of these is A Brasileira once frequented by the poet, Fernando P..

  • 19 Museu Nacional do Chiado Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. Serpa Pinto 4 P - 1200 Lisboa

    It was originally a 13C convent, transformed into a contemporary art museum in 1911. Following a fire in 1988, it was refurbished by the French architect, J.M. Wilmotte, who created open spaces, linked by connecting passageways which enable the build..

  • 20 São Roque Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Trindade Coelho P - 1200 Lisboa

    The original façade of this late 16C church collapsed in the great earthquake. The interior decoration is strikingly rich, particularly in the chapel of São João Baptista, a masterpiece of Italian Baroque, originally built in Rome in 1742, dismantled..

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