Lisbon is generally one of the most overlooked destinations in travel to Europe. Which sometimes seems surprising due to its proximity to Spain. Especially because Madrid is the gateway for many travelers from America.
Portugal has a myriad of things to offer its tourists, a wonderful climate, and a gastronomy that holds against the Mediterranean. It also has a unique architecture and culture. A country that has even become a trend among the traveling community.
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal. A country recognized for its plateresque architecture and its traditions. It is without a doubt our recommendation to begin to digest the Portuguese culture. Especially before being carried away by the captivating beauty of its beaches and resorts. A whole weekend may not be sufficient, but it will be enough to give you an idea of what this city has to offer.
And if you are in a hurry to go to Portugal and have arrived in Europe for Madrid, maybe this article interests you: Tips for One Day in Madrid
1. Castelo de Sao Jorge.
With its more than 1000 years of history, this national monument of Portugal will amaze you. Its position on the highest hill in the center of the old Lisbon will give you the best possible view of the city.
Price: € 8.50
2. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
The Jeronimos Monastery of Belem. Founded in 1501, stands out with its late Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The interior of the church stands out as well as its portals.
Here you can also find the last resting place of the explorer Vasco de Gama, the writer Fernando Pessoa and the poet Luis de Camões.
Price: € 10.00
3. Torre de Belem.
One of the icons in terms of places to visit in Lisbon. The tower of Bethlehem, of military manufacture. This beautiful construction will leave you open-mouthed not only for its tangible beauty but for its perfect location at the mouth of the Tagus River.
Its construction finished in 1520 and is without a doubt an obligatory site during your weekend in Lisbon.
Price: € 6.00
4. Padrão dos Descobrimentos.
The monument to the discoveries was built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator.
With its 52 meters high it honors all the great Portuguese explorers as well as those who were part of the discovery period.
The square where it is located is adorned with a compass rose of 50 meters in diameter that at its center shows a map that marks all those places explored by Portugal.
5. Lisbon Oceanarium.
This museum / aquarium is world-renowned for its research and conservation work. It is the second largest aquarium in Europe and certainly worthy of your time if you are interested in marine life.
Price: € 16.20
6. Alfama neighborhood.
The oldest neighborhood in Lisbon is possibly the most captivating too, walking through its streets fills the view with its unique beauty, the people who inhabit it are always friendly and seem to know each other.
In this place you can find the best restaurants (truly local) to sink the tooth in the original Lusitanian cuisine. Not to mention its Fado houses where you can listen to the typical music of this country.
7. Barrio Alto.
This neighborhood of the late sixteenth century has been reborn in modern times due to its nightlife, both cultural and social. Bars and restaurants, as well as fado houses, attract locals and tourists of all ages looking to have fun the Portuguese way.
The name Alto (High) is not a coincidence, since this district is located on the top of the mountains of Lisbon, if you wish it is possible to climb through the old elevators.
8. Convento da Ordem do Carmo.
This medieval ruin is located next to the Rossio Square. It is the neuralgic center of Lisbon, and a place of course bound in your trip through the city.
Founded in 1389, it remains in ruins due to the earthquake of 1755, inside this convent it is possible to find the Museo Arqueológico del Carmen.
As we said before, there is much more to do in Lisbon, but you will need more than one weekend to get to know all of its museums, squares and neighborhoods.