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Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon is hands down one of the best cities in Europe to take a short break, or even a spend a week or two. There is so much to see and do, and the great thing is it is all easy to get to as Lisbon has great transport and is relatively small. 

Blessed with a warm, sunny climate Lisbon offers visitors a host of attractions both indoors and outdoors. Many of my favourite activities won't cost you a penny; getting lost in the Alfama, or passear-ing (strolling) along the riverside in Belem are highly recommended. It is also a city of contrasts with things to see both ancient and modern. On the old side there is the castle overlooking the city, churches and monasteries that are both austere and splendid and ostentatious palaces in the outer districts. For those seeking more contemporary attractions there are any number of cultural venues around Lisbon - the Berardo Collection, Gulbenkian Museum or even just some of the city's striking architecture will all oblige. 

Lisbon is also a city that families will love with a number of open spaces and parks. There are a number of attractions that will appeal to kids in particular such as the zoo, aquarium and several museums.

In this section you will find all the best things to do in Lisbon and around. And if all this wasn't enough, Lisbon is perhaps the only city in Europe where you will find world-class sandy beaches less than half and hour's train ride away.

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  • Lisbon Zoo entrance

    Founded in 1884 the zoo now contains around 2,000 animals with more than 300 species are represented. Includes the conservation and breeding of endangered species, as well as scientific research, and educational and recreational activities

    Lisbon
  • Museu da Eletricidade - Lisbon

    Museum housed in the old riverside power station. Presents the history of energy through a series of experimental exhibits and cultural context

    Belem Lisbon
  • Parque Florestal Monsanto - Lisbon

    Monsanto Forest Park (Parque Florestal Monsanto) is a large, protected forested area to the west of Lisbon which provides a welcome opportunity to relax away from the traffic and crowds of the city.

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  • Ajuda Palace interior - Lisbon

    19th century neoclassical palace on the edge of Lisbon in Ajuda. The palace was built as the royal residence and has the lavish interior to prove it.

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  • Museu Nacional dos Coches, Lisbon

    Museum housing the extensive collection of carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family and nobility. Located in the old Horse Riding Arena of the Belém Palace, this is one of Lisbon's most visited museums.

    Lisbon
  • Belem National Palace

    Now the official residence of the president of Portugal the palace was built in the 16th by Manuel of Portugal to overlook the nearby Jerónimos Monastery

    Belem
  • Igreja do Memoria

    The elegant Baroque Igreja da Memória was built on the orders of King Jose I in 1760 as a gesture of thanksgiving for having survived an assassination attempt two years earlier. The location of the church marks the exact spot where the...

    Lisbon
  • Monument to the Discoveries - Belem

    52 metre high monument on the waterside in Belem. The monument was built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It features 33 prominent people of that era

    Belem Lisbon
  • Jeronimos Monastery

    The Jerónimos Monastery was built during most of the 16th century in the Manueline style. It was built at a time when Portugal had an empire and was in the mood to show the World its status through a plethora of monuments and palaces

    Belem
  • Centro Cultural de Belem

    Referred to simply as the CCB, this beautifully designed Centro Cultural de Belem was originally built to serve as headquarter for the Portuguese Presidency of the EU in 1992. It now provides over 100,000 square metres...

    Belem

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