Lisbon is the capital of Portugal, and one of the most trendy cities in Europe.
A combination of history, combined with culture, gastronomy, old neighborhoods, and warm weather.
Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean, a country with 800 years of history, it’s certainly a place to be visited in 2019.
I was born 37 years ago in the Lisbon district, have I have a lot to share.
See below a list of places to visit in Lisbon. I recommend 2/3 days to visit Lisbon. Two days to explore the city and one day to relax.
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Places I have selected to Visit in Lisbon (allow 2/3 days for everything) – I can help you plan
- Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) – EXTERIOR ONLY – Time-consuming, big lines
- Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) – Church only, time-consuming for cloisters, big lines
- Discovery Monument (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) – Climb to the top, no lines.
- Navy Museum (Museu da Marinha)
- National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches)
- Ajuda National Palace (Palacio Nacional da Ajuda)
- Berardo Collection – Modern and Contemporary Art Museum (Centro Cultural de Belem – CCB Colecção Berardo)
- MAAT – Museum Art Architecture Technology
- National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
- Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)
- Gulbenkian Museum – Most interesting museum of Lisbon
- Estrela Basilica (Basilica da Estrela)
- Estrela Park, right next to the Basilica (Parque da Estrela)
- Lisbon Parliament (close by Basilica da Estrela) – Exterior photos only
- Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) – Visit the archeological inside
- Sao Roque Church and Museum (Igreja de Sao Roque) – Don’t miss the museum inside
- Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa) – skip cloisters
- Ruins of the Roman Theatre (Ruinas do Teatro Romano) – nearby the Cathedral
- Saint Anthony Chruch and Born Place (Igreja de Santo Antonio de Padua) – For Catholics
- Tram 28 – don’t go inside, take photos from outside, tourist trap
- Sao Jorge Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) – Exterior only, don’t recommend go inside, time-consuming
- Belem custard tarts (Pasteis de Belem) – go inside, 400 seated places, don’t line outside
- Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa) – Exterior only for photos, big lines.
- Triumph Arch Rua Augusta (Arco da Rua Augusta)
- Sao Pedro Alcantara Viewpoint (Miradouro Sao Pedro Alcantara)
- Portas do Sol ViewPoint (Miradouro Portas do Sol)
- Senhora do Monte ViewPoint (Miradouro Senhora do Monte)
- Lisbon Synagogue (Sharé Tikva) – Sinagoga de Lisboa – By appointment only
- Jewish Quarter of Alfama (Judiaria de Alfama)
- Sao Domingos Church (Igreja de Sao Domingos)
- Stroll around Chiado, trendy/historical neighboorhood
- Have early dinner at Bairro Alto (avoid Fridays and Saturdays – too busy)
- Have a drink or some tapas at Timeout Market (Mercado da Ribeira) – Avoid weekends, too busy
- Try the best ice cream in Portugal, Santini, in Chiado.
- Listen to some Fado Live Music Show, at Fado in Chiado, everyday 7PM.
From the list above, I have removed several tourist traps, and things often mentioned on old guidebooks.
Lisbon is a hilly city. Expect to walk. Traffic is heavy, specially on rush hours. A good driver knows how to move around.
Arrive early, beat the crowds. Avoid pickpockets areas.