Attractions in Lisbon


Many attractions & Must See in Lisbon

Lisbon is a fantastic city to visit on holiday, with a whole host of great attractions to see, most of which are located within close proximity to one another. Whether you are interested in history, art, animals or architecture, you will find some great places to see around the Portuguese capital.

The Jeronimos Monastery

Praça do Império, Lisbon 1400; +351 213 620 034‎; www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
This grandiloquent church complex was one of the crowning achievements of European Gothic architecture, and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Monument. It was built in 1502 by King Manuel I on the site where explorer Vasco de Gama spent his last night before his voyage to India. Both the king and de Gama are buried here, along with other prominent Portuguese figures. Each of the buildings of this beautiful Lisbon attraction is wonderfully decorated with a maritime art theme. Look out for the elegant cloister, with columns carved into sea creatures, and the garden with hedges cut into the shape of Portuguese coats of arms. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and until 6pm during Summer. Admission to the cloisters is €4.50, but you can get in free if you have a Lisboa Tourist Card or if you visit on Sundays.

Belém Tower

Avenida de India, Lisbon; +351 213 019 646‎; www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
Built in 1515 to guard the entrance to the city’s harbour, this Lisbon attraction is a strong symbol of the country’s might during the Age of Discovery. Also a UNESCO World Heritage monument, the fortress was the starting point for many historic ocean voyages into the New World. Its richly decorated exterior combines many aspects of Manueline architecture with a Moorish influence. Look out for the ornate façade, as well as the great view of the boats and hillside villas of the surrounding area from the ramparts. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm, or until 6.30pm during Summer. Admission €3, free on Sundays before 2pm.

Oceanarium

Esplanada D. Carlos I, Doca dos Olivais, Lisbon 1990; +351 218 917 002‎; www.oceanario.pt
One of the largest aquariums in the world, this Lisbon attraction is a top treat for anyone that is fascinated by the animal life of the sea. Some 25,000 fish, mammals and seabirds live in the central tank which is the size of four Olympic swimming pools. Up to the minute technology allows the animals to be kept separate within the same tank using transparent acrylic walls, offering visitors the best possible views. It’s also got a great selection of interactive displays that explain the facts behind all the beautiful creatures. Open 10am – 6pm in winter, and until 7pm in summer. Admission €12, with discounts for children, seniors and families.

Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Praça do Império, Lisbon 1449; +351 213 612 400‎; www.museoberardo.com
Thanks to the lifelong commitment of Portuguese magnate Joe Berardo, a big modern art enthusiast, this museum is graced with one of the best collections of modern and contemporary art in the whole world. In fact, the Portuguese government had to turn down offers from Paris and Miami for this priceless collection. Artists featured include Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Joan Míro, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock and many other world-famous names. Housed within the Belem Cultural Center, this art museum is conveniently located next to the Belem Tower, another top Lisbon attraction. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm, admission free.

MuDe (Design and Fashion Museum)

24 Rua Augusta, Lisbon 100; +351 218 886 117‎; www.mude.pt
While Paris or Milan may come to mind first where high fashion is concerned, this Lisbon attraction is known as one of the world’s leading museums when it comes to 20th Century design. The MuDe’s collection was recently enhanced with 1,200 pieces belonging to Portuguese businessman Francisco Capelo, including Christian Dior’s landmark 1947 piece New Look and a dress that Hollywood star Rene Zellweger wore to the Oscars. Famous names such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent are also represented. The rest of the museum’s exhibits encompass works by 230 top designers in other areas such as furnishings, glass and jewelry from the 1930s to the present day. Open Tuesday to Thursday and on Sunday from 10am – 8pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am – 10pm.

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