Things to do in Lisbon

Alvaro Leiva

It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world finally looked left from Spain and discovered Lisbon's seven hills of enthralling architect... Read More

It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world finally looked left from Spain and discovered Lisbon's seven hills of enthralling architecture, fantastic food and wine, culturally rich museums, and centuries-old monuments. Belém is home to the richest concentration of attractions, from UNESCO-recognized historic sites like the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém to the free and fantastic contemporary art nirvana that is Museu Colecão Berardo. Remnants of pre-earthquake Lisbon, such as downtown's Convento de Carmo and Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros, will impress history buffs. But the city's sheer abundance of gorgeousness, from azulejo-tiled architecture and stone-walled restaurants and bars around the atmospheric alleyways of Bairro Alto to the rust-orange wave of Alfama's mazelike mélange of rooftops, will leave visitors planning their next trip to Portugal.

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  • Convento do Carmo in Lisbon Courtesy of Turismo de Lisboa
    Convento do Carmo

    The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 left behind very little but rubble, but this resilient Carmelite convent, founded in 1389, somehow managed to escape... Read More

  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Lisbon Courtesy of Turismo de Lisboa
    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    Lisbon's undisputed top attraction is this UNESCO World Heritage jewel, a massive monastery that stretches across several Belém blocks. The monastery is... Read More

  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon Courtesy of Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
    Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

    While not Portuguese-centric, the world-class Gulbenkian houses one of Europe's most extensive collections of Western and Eastern art and impresses... Read More

  • Museu Colecçao Berardo in Lisbon David Rato
    Museu Colecçao Berardo

    The private modern-art collection of millionaire José Berardo is a trippy Pop art journey encompassing nearly every contemporary art movement since... Read More

  • Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia Museum in Lisbon

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    Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

    U.K.-based architect Amanda Levete has revitalized Lisbon's once-neglected waterfront with this arching low-rise museum. Its exterior has shimmering... Read More

  • Museu Nacional das Coches Coaches Museum in Lisbon Courtesy of Turismo de Lisboa
    Museu Nacional das Coches

    Portugal's fairy-tale coach museum used to be located in former royal stables. But it outgrew its location recently, and in 2015 the museum reopened in... Read More

  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo Museum in Lisbon Courtesy of Museu Nacional do Azulejo
    Museu Nacional do Azulejo

    Exquisite Portuguese azulejos (decorative tiles) are everywhere in Lisbon. You can find better concentrations of the tile in places like Mosteiro de São... Read More

  • Núcleao Arquelogico da Rua dos Correeiros Ruins in Lisbon Jayme Henriques Simões
    Núcleo Arqueologico da Rua dos Correeiros

    Amid the tourist shops and upmarket shopping boutiques of the touristy Baixa district is one of Lisbon's most extraordinary marvels hidden in plain... Read More

  • Torre de Belém Tower in Lisbon Alvaro Leiva
    Torre de Belém

    A postcard-perfect example of Manueline might, the four-story, UNESCO World Heritage–listed fortified tower hugging the river Tejo was designed in the... Read More

  • Tram 28 in Lisbon

    Anna McKerrow

    Tram 28

    The storied Tram 28 lurches and screeches from Basílica da Estrela across the city into the backstreets of Baixa and up into the narrow cobblestone maze... Read More

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