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Things to do in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon include many land and sea activities. What to do in Lisbon on a particular day is up to you because there are so many choices. One day you may be transported back to a 15th century castle, and the next day you may be shopping and sight-seeing in a modern city and the next you may be sunbathing on one of the beautiful beaches.

Lisbon is very proud of its heritage and has preserved many of its old buildings. As the oldest country in Europe, Portugal offers many unique sights, many of which are in Lisbon. Be sure to tour its many cathedrals which are like museums in themselves. With their tiled art and their golden overlays, your neck just may begin to hurt with all the ceiling staring.

When you visit Lisbon, be sure to check out the Belem Tower which is an icon and a symbol of the age of discovery. In 1515 it was used as a fortress to guard the Lisbon harbor entrance. Another building still standing since the 1500s is the Jeronimos Monastery. This church is the final resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Both the Belem tower and the Jeronimos Monastery are considered world heritage site for their importance in history.

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  • A Capela

    The sound system is extra powerful and the crowd is scruffy-cute—intentionally so. Frequented by intellectuals and people from the arts, theater, a... More
  • Aleksandar Protich

    A delicious array of rainbow-colored, fashion-forward dresses, skirts, and tops hangs from meat hooks in this converted butcher shop. Created by... More
  • Alves/Gonçalves

    The Portuguese society set shops here for sensual but practical ready-to-wear suits and couture gowns designed by a two-man team that's on its way ... More
  • Belém Cultural Center

    Located next to the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Center (Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém, or CCB, to natives) comprises five main area... More
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

    The late Armenian oil tycoon's exhaustive collection, housed in a former estate, is considered by many to be the finest private art collection in t... More
  • Casa do Fado e da Guitarra Portuguesa

    Fado, a melancholic style of acoustic Portuguese music dating back to the 1820's, is still an intricate part of the culture. It's mostly found at l... More
  • Casa Pereira

    This Art Nouveau jewelbox in the center of Chiado is the place for chocolates, fine coffee, and other gourmet treats. Created by the editors of T+... More
  • Caza das Vellas Loreto

    For a taste of the past, step into this shop that has been producing handmade beeswax candles in more or less the same fashion since 1789. There ar... More
  • Centro Vasco da Gama

    One of America's most significant retail exports is the mega mall, so it's fitting that Lisbon's version is named after the New-World explorer. You... More
  • Clube de Fado

    Clube de Fado is one of the top hot spots to hear Portugal's folk music and owner and guitarist Mario Pacheco has assembled a strong roster of trad... More
  • Confitería de Belém

    Pasteis de Belém, the city’s famous custard tart, is sold in a lot of places, but the freshest come from this small confectionery near the Jerónimo... More
  • Deli Delux

    Fine foods and wines (assemble a case to ship home some of the local vintages). More
  • Fábrica Braço de Prata

    Don’t let the seemingly shady surroundings deter you from an evening visit. The 1908 arms factory is home to a cultural center consisting of exposi... More
  • Fátima Lopes

    In 1992, "bad-girl designer" Fatima Lopes opened her self-named shop and started her own brand of clothing in Bairro Alto. Lopes drew the fashion w... More
  • Galeria Reverso

    This 11 years-old Santos pioneer is local Paula Crespo’s temple to contemporary jewelry design. More

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