The fairly pleasant weather all year round, beautiful scenery, and delicious foods are just some of the top reasons why Lisbon should be on every traveler’s must-visit list. Whether you are visiting for 3 days in Lisbon or more, here are some of the unmissable attractions to explore when in Portugal’s capital city.
1. Castelo de São Jorge
The Castle of Saint George is a historical and the city’s most iconic landmarks located in the Alfama district. It sits on top of a hill and was once home to Moorish royals until Afonso Henriques succeeded in conquering it in 1147. Its rich history, impressive structures, and the sweeping views of Lisbon it offers are just some of the best reasons not to miss visiting the place.
2. Elevador da Bica
The Bica Funicular is a funicular railroad and a popular attraction in its own right. Take the tram to enjoy an uphill trip that boasts of scenic views all around.
3. Elevador de Santa Justa
Elevador de Santa Justa is an antique lift that dates back to the 19th century. The elevator is designed in neo-gothic style and still functions to take the curious up the 32-meter trip up. Upon reaching the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the viewing platform.
4. Igreja-Museu São Roque
The simple and plain-looking façade of the Church of Saint Roch or Igreja-Museu São Roque is a fascinating contrast to its ornate interior. The church, which dates back to the 16th century, was founded by the Jesuits. The richly gilded interior provides a dazzling and mesmerizing sight and the museum beside it houses a wide array of intricately-designed and magnificent art pieces.
5. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
The Jerónimos monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 16th century. Some of its many attractions include the Manueline cloister and the tomb of Vasco da Gama among others.