Lisbon is blessed with amazing natural beauty, set between seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus. It offers an abundance of great districts with great attractions, amazing cultural sites, great shopping boutiques and remarkable views. From the Castello de Sao Jorge to the vibrant nightlife of Bairro Alto passing by the Baixa city center with its various squares, Lisbon is packed with wonderful treasures to be discovered. The Portuguese capital is a cosmopolitan and creative city, the perfect mix of old and new, of traditional and cutting edge, vibrant and laidback packed with top of the hills cafes and riverside restaurants, making it an absolute must visit destination.
Top Lisbon Attractions
Lisbon is a culturally and historically rich city packed with museums, churches and palaces. The top 10 Lisbon must see sights include:
- Castello de Sao Jorge
- Jerónimos Monastery
- Praca do Comercio
- Torre de Belem
- Sé Cathedral
- Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
- Museu do Azulejo
- Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
- Palácio Nacional de Queluz
Castello de Sao Jorge
The Castello de Sao Jorge or St. George’s Castle is one of the best historical attractions of the capital. Located on a hill, within the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, it offers spectacular views of the city.
The Jerónimos Monastery is a Manueline architectural masterpiece classified as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.
Praca do Comercio
The Praca do Comercio is the magnificent plaza facing the river, sometimes referred to as “Terreiro do Paço”, meaning Grounds of the Palace relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.
Torre de Belém
Torre de Belém or Belem Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Lisbon. Located in the western area of Belem on the Tagus river it used to be the key entrance point for sea explorers.
The Sé Cathedral officially named the Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa is perhaps the most famous church of the city. It is not only one of the oldest church of Lisbon but also offers the perfect mix of various architectural style since its original built in 1147.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is Portugal’s most impressive national art collection which includes 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures. The museum Highlights include Dürer’s St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonçalves Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.
Museu do Azulejo
The Museu do Azulejo is one of the most important museums of the country offering a unique collection of tiles or Azulejo, an art form which is truly embedded in the Portuguese culture. The museum building, a former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Dona Leonor is also one of its kind.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is another famous museum in Lisbon offering a wide collection of both ancient and modern art.
Palácio Nacional de Queluz
The Palácio Nacional de Queluz is the Portuguese 18th-century palace considered one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe.
Although not technically part of Lisbon city , but within the Grande Lisboa subregion it is an absolute must place to see when visiting the Portugal capital. Indeed this charming town is a designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly because of its amazing 19th century Romantic architecture. The top attractions in Sintra include the remarkable Pena Palace and the impressive Castelo dos Mouros offering amazing views.
Top 10 hotels in Lisbon
The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars in Lisbon.
Altis Avenida Hotel
Rua 1 Dezembro 120, Lisbon / 5 stars
The Altis Avenida Hotel is a 5 stars hotel in the heart of Baixa offering a variety of services and facilities to make each guest’s stay as comfortable and as luxurious as possible. All rooms are fully equipped with internet access, separate shower and tub, bathrobes and daily newspaper. The hotel superior facilities and services include various shops, a restaurant, as well as a spa and an outdoor pool. The Altis Avenida Lisbon is the ideal Hotel for guests seeking that perfect blend of modern convenience and attentive care.
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Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel
Avenida Da Liberdade 127, Lisbon / 5 stars
The Sofitel Lisboa is a wonderful Hotel perfectly placed in heart of Lisbon, within walking distances from famous attractions such as the Se cathedral and Castelo De Sao Jorge or the vibrant districts of Baixa. The hotel is the ideal place for both leisure and business travellers, offering a wide range of facilities with not less than ten fully equipped conference rooms with screens and projectors. The Sofitel is an excellent choice while visiting Lisboa for a stay full of comfort, style and luxury.
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Lavra Guest House
Calçada de Santana 198 A, Lisbon / 3 stars
The Lavra Guest House is a 3 stars accommodation conveniently situated in the heart of Baixa and offering all the needed comfort for its guest. Indeed each room comes fully equipped with a desk, a bathtub and a safety deposit boxes. The hotel also offers various facilities for is guest including a very popular babysitting services. For a great stay in the centre of Lisbon, Lavra Guest House is a perfect option.
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Internacional Design Hotel
Rua Da Betesga Nº 3, Lisbon / 4 stars
The Internacional Design Hotel is a nicely styled 4 stars hotel perfectly located in the centre of Lisbon. Each of its room comes fully equipped including a safe and hair dryer for the convenience of its guests. The hotel facilities include room service, a in house restaurant, a laundry/dry cleaning service, as well as various sporting and leisure activities such as massage treatments. Internacional Design Hotel is an excellent place to stay with their focus on hospitality and commitment to service.
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Vincci Baixa Hotel
Rua Do Comércio, 32-38, Lisbon 1100-150 / 4 stars
The Vincci Baixa Hotel Guests is a popular 4-star Lisbon hotel offering 66 rooms, each fully equipped with a desk, wireless internet access and daily newspaper. The hotel has all the needed facilities including an elevator, various shops, public areas Wi-Fi and an onsite restaurant. The Vincci Baixa Hotel offers its guests quality accommodations since 2008 by combining the most modern facilities with a first-class service.
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Eurostars Das Letras Hotel
Rua Castilho 6 – 12, Lisbon / 5 stars
The Eurostars Das Letras is a 5 stars Hotel set in a charming property and ideal for both business and leisure travellers. All the rooms offers all the needed amenities including in-house movies and daily newspaper. The hotel offers meeting facilities, a bar, various shops as well as a sauna for guests enjoyment. With so much to offer, it is no wonder that the Eurostars Das Letras is a long time Lisbon favourite.
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Tivoli Jardim Hotel
Rua Júlio César Machado, 7-9, Lisbon 1250-351 / 4 stars
The Tivoli Jardim is another great 4 stars Hotel in the heart of Lisbon. It is offers 119 rooms, each featuring superior amenities such as a board, hair dryer and a 24hr room service. The hotel boasts a restaurant and offers various services such as laundry and dry cleaning services. It also has a variety of excellent sporting and leisure facilities including a choice of massage, kids pool and club as well as a onsite golf course. The Tivoli Jardim set in a convenient location with its dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make it an all time favourite among travellers.
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Lisbon City Hotel
Av. Almirante Reis, N49, Lisbon / 3 stars
The Lisbon City is an excellent hotel in the centre of the capital. It offers a variety of rooms, each equipped with a balcony/terrace, desk and daily newspaper. This hotel has a laundry service/dry cleaning, a business centre and equipped with an elevator. The Lisbon City hotel provide guests with a memorable stay by blending state-of-the-art facilities with expert service.
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Avenida Palace Hotel
Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon 1200-359 / 5 stars
The Avenida Palace is an amazing 5 stars Hotel set within a restored palace in the heart of Lisbon. It is famous for being been a part of the city since the late 1800’s , making it an ideal place for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. The Hotel can serve as the perfect hub for exploring and sightseeing around Lisbon with famous attractions including the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ancient Art Museum nearby. It also offers a car rental service to facilitate its guests exploration of the city. A great location combined with excellent facilities within a charming building, makes the Avenida Palace one of the most sought after places to stay in Lisbon.
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Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel
Avenida da Liberdade, 28, Lisbon 1250-145 / 4 stars
The Heritage Av Liberdade offer a luxurious boutique Hotel experience. The hotels is conveniently located on Avenida Da Liberdade ideal for quick and easy access to other vibrant areas of the city. It is perfectly set within a restored 18th century building, combining classic charm with modern and contemporary amenities. As for the hotels stylish and trendy interiors it was designs by the genius Miguel Cancio Martins. The hotel also offers an on onsite gymnasium as well as an onsite spa available for the health conscious guests who wish to relax and rejuvenate.
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