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  • 1 Fonte Fria and Vale dos Fetos Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Vale dos Fetos P - 1350 Luso

    This excursion will let you discover the beauty of the forest of Buçaco. There you will see the Ermida da Nossa Senhora de Assunção, which is one of the isolated hermitages in the forest where the monks used to retire and the Fonte Fia, the cold foun..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 Parque das Naçoes Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Caminho da Água P - 1990 Lisboa

    Transformed into a 21C leisure park, the site of Expo98 covers 60ha to the northeast of the city, by the Olivais dock on the River Tagus. This vast urban renewal project is converting a previously polluted industrial zone into a new town. In total, t..

  • 4 Oceanario de Lisboa Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Esplanada Dom Carlos I P - 1900 Lisboa

    The aquarium was designed by American architect Peter Chermayeff and has five principal tanks recreating various habitats typical of the coastal areas of the Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This giant study centre dedicated to marine lif..

  • 5 Mosteiro de Santa Maria Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    Seen from the outside, these 18C buildings give no real indication of the Cistercian architectural jewels that lie within. The façade was rebuilt in the Baroque style and the portal and rose window are all that remain of the original façade. You will..

  • 6 Alcobaça Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    A programme of restoration has reinvested this church with the nobility and sobriety associated with Cistercian buildings. This church is one of the largest and tallest of its kind. Note the immense nave and the transept which houses the tombs (14C) ..

  • 7 Abbatial Buildings Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça 25 de Abril P - 2460 Alcobaça

    This monastic complex is impressive. Visitors will be immediately struck by the simple lines of the 14C claustro do Silencio (the cloister of silence), whose thin double columns elegantly support three arches surmounted by a rose window. Visits to th..

  • 8 Almourol castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    P - 2000 Santarém

    This fortress, punctuated with towers and crenellations stands in a rocky island covered with trees and cacti, in the middle of the Tagus in which it is reflected... It was erected in 1171 by Gualdim Pais, Master of the Order of Knights Templar on th..

  • 9 Former convent of the Conception Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    L.go da Conceição P - 7800 Beja

    This convent of nuns of the order of St Clare, was founded in 1459 by Ferdinand, duke of Viseu, father of King Manuel. The elegant balustrade which crowns the church and the cloister resembles that of Batalha Monastery. The convent now accommodates t..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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...

  • 12 Belvedere of Alto de Santa Catarina Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Santa Catarina P - 1200 Lisboa

    Early evening is the time to visit the nearby quarter of the same name to see the sun setting over the Tagus. Note the statue of Adamostor, the giant who, according to the legend, was turned into the Cape of Storms (the Cape of Good Hope).

  • 13 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..

  • 14 Se Patriarcal Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo de Santo António da Sé P - 1100 Lisboa

    Built in the late 12C, shortly after the city had been captured by Alfonso Henriques, the cathedral (like those in Oporto, Coimbra and Evora) was also a formidable fortress. It has been frequently remodelled; the third chapel contains the 14C Gothic ..

  • 15 Miradouro de Santa Luzia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    L. Santa Luzia P - 1100 Lisboa

    This little terrace atop the hill of Santa Luzia with its modern basilica (a place of pilgrimage) is an ideal viewpoint. Preceded by a large square and a monumental staircase, it provides an excellent view over the Tagus, the harbour, the rooftops of..

  • 16 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-..

  • 17 De São Jorge castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. Costa do Castelo P - 1100 Lisboa

    The castle, the heart of the city, is perched on a hillside. It was built by the Visigoths in the 5C, enlarged by the Moors in the 9C and modified in the reign of Alfonso Henriques. It was used as a royal residence from the 14 to the 16C. The castle'..

  • 18 Miradouro da Senhora do Monte Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    L. do Monte P - 1170 Lisboa

    With a view taking in the castle of São Jorge, the Mouraria district and the lower town, this is one of Lisbon's finest viewpoints. The nearby chapel dates from 1796 although its origins can be traced back to 1147, the year of Lisbon's reconquest.

  • 19 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 ..

  • 20 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..

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