Lisbon Tourist Attractions – Do They Live Up to the Hype?

Wherever you are in the world, some of the recommended sightseeing spots fail to deliver what you expect. So what of Lisbon tourist attractions, do they back up the recommendations you’ll so often receive?   Well, you may think me biased, but 100% yes. This is one of the most amazing cities in the world, […]

Wherever you are in the world, some of the recommended sightseeing spots fail to deliver what you expect. So what of Lisbon tourist attractions, do they back up the recommendations you’ll so often receive?


Well, you may think me biased, but 100% yes. This is one of the most amazing cities in the world, and a large part of that is down to the fact that the sightseeing spots and tourist attractions in Lisbon are as good as advertised, and even better in some cases.

-And here’s the thing, you may assume me to be slightly biased as I’ve chosen to make this city my home, but it’s the other way around, the incredible sights and sounds this city has to offer is part of why I came here, and every part of why I stayed.

Lisbon Tourist Attractions

Rising Popularity
There was a point in time when Lisbon was considered to be one of the best kept secrets in Europe. While the city was known to be gorgeous, it seemed to be low down on most people’s lists of places to go.

However, as word of mouth has done its thing, the popularity of Lisbon has flown up, and the number of people visiting from around the world every year, and the people staying for a long period, is going up and up.

While there are many reasons for this, Lisbon tourist attractions certainly have a lot to do with it, there are many, many places in Lisbon that spark the urge to recommend to friends, and when those friends visit, and realise that what they’ve been told is true, and that this city really does have some of the most beautiful architecture, some of the richest history, and some of the friendliest people in the world.

Belem Example
Let’s take one example, the Tower of Belem, one of the most recommended tourist attractions in Lisbon.

The tower is stunning, over 500 years old, and with a very interesting backstory, but that isn’t all Belem has to offer.

The walk from the train station at Belem to the tower will take you past the home of the Pastel de Nata, the Jeronimos Monastery, which is older than the tower, and represents the affluence of Portugal’s past, an incredible monument, and a riverside full of gorgeous cafes and restaurants.

When you finally make it to the Tower, you’ll already have been spoilt by the beauty of Belem, and then you get to take in the centrepiece.

That’s what Lisbon does, it gives you what you expect, and then it throws in extra treats for you as well.

Lisbon Tourist Attractions

The Finest Tourist Attractions in Lisbon
If you want more evidence to show that Lisbon’s tourist attractions truly live up to the hype, here’s just a small list of sightseeing spots and attractions that are guaranteed not to disappoint.

Castle de Sao Jorge – Traditional Moorish castle, with incredible architecture, and stunning views across the city.

Oceanario Lisboa – The biggest aquarium in Europe, and even that doesn’t give a sense of how big this place actually is, truly incredible.

Jardim Zoologico – A wonderful zoo set in fantastic surroundings, take the cable car to get a birds’ eye view of everything, and then take it all in from the ground.

Cristo Rei Statue – You can see it from all over the city, but it takes a little trip over the water to Cacilhas to get there. Once you do though, this incredible structure needs to be seen to be believed, as does the view across Lisbon that is arguably the greatest from any point in the city.
Botanical Gardens – Tropical plants, a surprisingly cheap entry fee, and a day spent in immensely relaxing surroundings.

Cristo Rei Statue

I could go on forever, and that’s exactly the point, if you want a visit you’re never going to forget, and tourist attractions that more than live up to the hype, Lisbon is the place!

Best Guided Tours of Lisboa

  • Lisbon Fado Tour A Different Type of Lisbon Fado Tour 14.99$19.26$
    This tour will give you a unique insight into the magical world of fado, with a private audience with my favourite fado singer and friend, Tiago. We’ll head to Mouraria, the birthplace of fado, where I’ll give you a brief introduction to the culture, before you see with your own eyes the wonderful power of this exceptional music.


    Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm

  • Lisbon Seafood Tour A Different Type of Lisbon Seafood Tour 24.99$32.12$

    Indulge your senses by immersing yourself in Lisbon’s seafood tradition. Take a stroll along the riverside with chef and guide José, sampling some maritime delicacies along the way.


    Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

  • A Different Type of Ugly Lisbon Tour 14.99$19.26$

    I believe that only in looking at the ugly can we decide what we truly think is beautiful and I challenge you to develop your and my opinions of this city. I rarely meet people who connect the words ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Ugly’, and we’re going to find out why…




  • Pub Crawl Lisbon A Different Type of Lisbon Pub Crawl 14.99$19.26$


    N.B January 2020, 25% discount bonanza!

    Discover hidden local gems that took me a lifetime to find, exsplore Lisboa with friendly faces from around the world and leave feeling just like a local

    Our events are not just about getting wasted and being on your feet all evening. There are some classy joints about the town that all the travellers miss and because we are in Lisbon you’ll still wake up the next day with money in your pocket.

    Book now!


    Max group size: 15

    Time: 7:00PM-Until midnight

  • Local Bars And Associations A Different Type of Underground Lisbon 14.99$19.26$

    Get to know the a different side of Lisbon in an exploration of it’s underground scene. In this tour, you’ll visit some of the city’s best-kept secrets: local bars and associations.

    If you want to experience an authentic and sometimes crazy evening, this is the tour for you.



  • Lisbon Surfing A Different Type of Lisbon Surfing 39.99$51.39$

    This isn’t just any normal surf lesson… It’s an exploration into the world of Lisbon beach culture, a magic day at the beach followed by a delicious meal in a local restaurant.

    Surfing is more than just about being in the ocean; it’s about discovering hidden beaches, wild nature spots, respecting and practicing ocean conservation and most of all, connecting with like minded people and forming unforgettable memories.


    Time: 9:00am-9:00pm