Things to do in Lisbon

Like Alfama and Baixa district, the whole city of Lisbon is full of nostalgic charm. The capital of Portugal is rich in history, classical art and beautiful examples of architecture in Manueline style and Baroque. Listen to Fado while eating tasty seafood dishes, and be amazed by amazing "azulejos," ceramic tiles of the local architecture and of Arabic origin. The city built on seven hills overlooks the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. Perched on the highest hill in the town, the Saint George's Castle was built in the fifth century and converted into a royal residence by the Moors. Tourists should also visit the Sé Patriarchal Cathedral and the impressive Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Do not miss the amazing view points (miradouros) of the city, particularly the one of Santa Luzia. Belém, an ancient fishing village is now a touristic district, just outside the city. You will appreciate the Tower of Belém and the pastry tasting. Bairro Alto, instead, is the place where the nightlife starts, in which you can choose among thousands of bars and restaurants.

Alfama District

Alfama is the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon. It is laying between the Pantheon of Portugal and Baixa Chiado. This famous district host a lot of landmarks of Lisbon like the cathedral and the castle of São Jorge. It is mostly known for its Fado bars and typical restaurants. The best moment of the year to visit Alfama is during the "Festas de Lisboa" where everybody is in the street with their barbecue to cook "Sardinhas Assadas.

Tagus River

The Tagus is the river that separates Lisbon and Setubal. This river finishes her path at Cascais (nearby Lisbon) and it arrives in the Atlantic Ocean. The Tagus is also the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula. Both for the Portuguese and the Spanishe, it has always been a strategic advantage to protect Lisbon and its surrounding. Two famous bridge crosses the Tagus River in Lisbon, the Bridge of Vasco de Gama and the bridge of the 25 of April, which looks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sintra

Sintra is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Only 40 minutes from Lisbon, this city, full of palaces and castles, is a jewel of architecture. The Pena Palace, a beautiful 19th century Renaissance building, has given Sintra the recognition of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At that point in time, Sintra was the summer residence of the kings of Portugal, leaving Lisbon due to its hot temperature.

Belem

Belém is a neighborhood at the limit of the inner city of Lisbon. This district is mainly known for the Palacio Nacional, the Belém Tower, and the Jeronymos Monastery, some famous landmarks of Lisbon. Located on the edge of the Tagus, Belem and its tower was a strategic point for the defense of the city of Lisbon.

Fado

The Fado is a music genre dating back to the 1820's in Lisbon. This particular type of music has also inspired a dance from the same name. In Lisbon, it is usual to see some Fado bars. In 2011 it was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. It is one of the two Portuguese music genres on this list. The main instruments are the Portuguese guitar and the bass and the singers are both men and women.

Arrábida National Park

The Natural Park of Arrabida, located between Sesimbra and Setubal, 50km away from Lisbon, is a protected area from 1976. Mediterranean vegetation covers this area, which streches between sandy beaches and high mountain peaks. The fauna and flora of the region are also really rich with 213 species of animals and several different plants from the atlantic to the mediterranean origins. The park is also known for being in the film of James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Oceanário de Lisboa

Lisbon's Oceanarium is an oceanarium in the capital city of Portugal. It is settled in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Exposition of 1998. It is the biggest indoor aquarium in Europe, with 450 Species and more than 16,000 animals and it is open all year round. Peter Chermayeff led the aquarium conceptual design, architecture and exhibit design. The Oceanarium is the perfect attraction for families with kids.

Cascais

Cascais is a coastal town nearby Lisbon. Known for its sandy beach and busy marina it is the perfect place for sunbathing and water sports practicing. From Cascais, you can also lead to Cabo Da Roca which is, in Europe, the nearest point to America. Besides the famous beach and the Cabo da Roca, there is also a lot of points of interest that are really nice to see, among which Boca Do Inferno.

Jeronimos Monastery

Built-in 1495 until the end of the XVIth century, in the district of Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery is a former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome. This Renaissance-style building merges a church and a monastery altogether. It is one of the prominent examples of Portuguese late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. This building was classified in 1983 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site like its neighbor the Belém Tower.

Berlenga Islands

The Berlengas archipelago is a group of islands, 10 to 15 kilometers away from the Portuguese coast, west of the town of Peniche. These islands were traditionally known to British navigators as "the Burlings". The only livable island is the largest island, Berlenga Grande, although there is no continual habitation there, at present. The other islands are merged into two groups of islets, the Estelas Islets, and the Farilhões-Forcados Islets. The Berlengas can be reached with tours departing daily from Lisbon.