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.
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.
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.
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.