See + Do
Six ways to get your culture fix.
Castelo de São Jorge: This impressive 10th-century crenellated castle and citadel where Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors successively held sway has knockout views of the Alfama.
Jardim Botânico D’Ajuda: Explore the shaded ponds, steep hills, and lush butterfly garden of this hidden park in Ajuda.
Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos: A 500-year-old monastery on the Tagus River remains a monument to royal power.
Museu do Design e da Moda: In a former bank in Baixa, you’ll find an exhaustive collection of contemporary furniture (Ponti; Studio 65) and vintage couture (Dior; Westwood).
Sé Cathedral: The Romanesque cathedral in Alfama has kept its Roman and Moorish excavation site open to the public. Save time for the upstairs treasury and its Baroque artifacts, including a diamond- and emerald-studded monstrance.
Tasca do Jaime: Don’t leave town without going to a live concert of Portugal’s signature fado music. Most clubs are tourist traps, but this 22-year-old tavern in Graça is the real thing. 91 Rua da Graça; 351/218-881-560.