If you’re visiting Lisbon, the chances are you’re after some culture and some eye-catching sights. But what are the best options? Do the most popular sights live up to the hype? What are the best Lisbon sightseeing spots?
Between the Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery, as well as some beautiful statues and monuments along the riverside, not to mention some gorgeous bars and cafes looking across the Tejo to the Cristo Rei statue, Belém is as close to perfect for sightseeing as you’re likely to find anywhere.
The Tower is the centrepiece here, completed way back in 1520 as part of the city’s defence system, it’s a must-see for fans of architecture or just beauty.
Don’t ignore the Jerónimos Monastery on the way through, built even further back in 1502 as a symbol of the wealth and power of the country at the time, it’s truly something to behold.
You may find the Lisbon Aquarium turns up on many of the lists on these pages, and for good reason.
This is the largest aquarium in Europe, and one of the largest in the world, and is set in one of Lisbon’s most modern areas, so the architecture surrounding the building is interesting to.
The aquarium building itself doesn’t look too impressive, but that all changes when you go inside. With a huge tank in the centre of the aquarium, surrounded by various sections where you can see tropical fish, penguins, otters, and much more, you can lose at least a day here.
3. Castelo de Sao Jorge
Up the hill from Rossio, the castle can be reached on foot if you’re feeling brave, but there are other options too.
This is a sightseeing spot whichever way you look, the Moorish castle, and if you turn the other way, one of the best views of Lisbon from this side of the water awaits you. One of the most central sites, this is a must-do while you’re here.
4. Cristo Rei Statue
A must for all Lisbon Sightseeing expeditions, the statue of Cristo Rei (Christ the King) is reached via boat to Cacilhas, which takes around eight minutes from Cais do Sodre, and then a metro, a bus, or a pretty intense uphill walk, depending on your preference.
A smaller (but still pretty huge) version of the famous Rio statue, while the statue is incredible, the view over the water that takes in the whole of Lisbon and the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge which may be even more special.
It’s not just the Lisbon tourist attractions that bring the sightseeing opportunities in the city, there are several viewpoints that are beautiful.
Whether out to Penha de Franca, or sticking in the centre of town and going up to Principe Real, or one of the myriads of other options, if you want to really take in this city, this is a fine way to do it.
6. Botanical Gardens
If you do head up to the viewpoint at Principe Real (near Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade) a little hop around the corner will take you to the Botanical Gardens, and for a bargain of an entrance fee, you can spend a good few hours walking through some of the most beautiful and surprisingly tropical plants and trees that you’ll find in Europe.
It is in the Botanical Gardens that you really start to realise how different the climate is here. No Lisbon Sightseeing party is complete without this visit.