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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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 ..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 Museum of the Orient Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Brasilia P - Lisboa

    Opened in 2008 in the Alcântara docks, this huge cultural centre is located in the former refrigerated cod stores. The museum documents Portugal's long-established relations with the Orient: Chinese porcelain, Indo-Portuguese furniture, textiles, pic..

  • 6 Berardo Collection Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    P - Lisboa

    Opened in 2007, this museum located at the heart of the cultural centre displays part of the collection of Madeiran tycoon J Berardo. A chronolgical and thematic tour covers the major European and American art movements of the 20C and 21C, taking in ..

  • 7 Vasco da Gama bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ponte Vasco da Gama P - 1000 Lisboa

    Built between 1995 and 1998, this vast road bridge, over 11 miles long, crosses the Tagus between Savacem and Monitjo. It was designed to relieve the traffic on bridge 25 and form a direct link between North and South, without having to go through Li..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 Alfama Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. de São João d. Praça P - 1200 Lisboa

    With its alleys (becos) cut by steps, Alfama has preserved the layout it had before the earthquake and renovation has not spoiled the original character of this quarter with an Arabic name: al-hama means fountain and refers to the hot springs in Larg..

  • 10 Cristo Rei Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ponte 25 de Abril P - 1200 Lisboa

    The giant statue of Christ the King, a slightly smaller replica of the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, was erected in 1959 in thanks to God for sparing Portugal during the Second World War. From the pedestal supporting the 28m statue..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 Estação do Oriente Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Av. de Berlim P - 1900 Lisboa

    The pavilions of the 1988 World Exhibition in Lisbon; representative of contemporary architecture, are now being put to other uses. The Estaçéao do Oriente was designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. It is a glass and steel, tree-like ..

  • 13 Water 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.

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 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..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 Museu de Arte Sacra de São Roque Interesting

    Museums and art

    Largo de Trindade Coelho P - 1200 Lisboa

    Access is via the last door on the left as you leave the adjoining church of Säo Roque. The museum contains 16C Portuguese paintings and part of the treasure from the chapel of São João Baptista. The furnishings and ecclesiastical plate by 18C Italia..

  • 20 São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R. de Pedro de Alcântara P - 1300 Lisboa

    The belvedere takes the form of a pleasant garden suspended like a balcony of the lower town with a panoramic view of the Baixa, the Tagus and São Jorge castle on the hill opposite (viewing table). Visitors can return to Praça dos Restauradores by th..

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