Top 10 things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon charms its visitors with her numerous museums and cafes. With Marco Polo’s Top 10 list you won’t miss any of Lisbon’s best sights!

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1. MOSTEIRO DOS JERÓNIMOS
This magnificent building, financed with gold from the colonies, is a symbol of Portugal’s Golden Age. It’s the most popular tourist attraction in the country.

2. ALFAMA
This former Moorish medina was largely spared by the terrible earthquake of 1755. Dive into its picturesque alleyways until the sounds of fado fill the night air.

3. MUSEU NACIONAL DO AZULEJO
The history of this uniquely Portuguese art form is told in a beautiful convent. There’s no metro station nearby, so it’s never overcrowded.

4.  BAIXA
The lower part of town and the centre of Lisbon. Climb the triumphal arch on the Praça do Comércio to get an overview of its chessboard layout.

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5. ROSSIO
The heart of the city. The wave patterns in the cobblestones are absolutely enchanting. Grab a bica at Nicola (an art déco café), sit back and enjoy the scene.

6. PARQUE DAS NAÇÕES
Lisbon gets all futuristic at the former grounds of the World Expo. The park boasts great views and Europe’s second-largest oceanarium.

7. MUSEU NACIONAL DE ARTE ANTIGA
Admire the artistic treasures – including the apocalyptic visions of Hieronymus Bosch – before relaxing in the pretty garden café.

8. TORRE DE BELÉM
This symbol of Lisbon enchants visitors with its elaborate ornamentation. A beacon at the top once marked the entrance to the harbour.

9. CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE
This former Moorish fortress may have been restored beyond all recognition during the Salazar era, but the views from the battlements are unbeatable.

10. MUSEU CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN
A glorious treasure trove of art, collected by an Armenian oil baron who was accepted by the city of Lisbon in 1942.

 

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