Set on a series of seven hills, Lisbon is the colourful, cultural and cosmopolitan capital of Portugal. Its ancient maritime history brims with a sense of adventure, which flows back from the Tagus River into the heart of the city’s narrow cobblestone streets and astonishing mix of architecture. Lisbon is one of the most diverse capitals in Europe, with each unique district offering delightful sites to see and experience. Visit this bustling, cosmopolitan city and discover something new every day.
Lisbon in four days
A mini-cruise is a real must in order to enjoy Lisbon - a city overlooking both river and ocean. Take the funicular at Elevador da Glória and visit Bairro Alto - a traditional area that has become famous for its nightlife.
Walk around Nations Park and visit some of the new city landmarks like Gare do Oriente and Lisbon’s unique Oceanarium – the Cathedral of the Oceans.
Visit Belém, a monumental quarter dedicated to exploration and discoveries. Also a unique opportunity to visit the Monastery of Jerónimos, masterpiece of the Manuelin style and the famous Joe Berardo art collection at the Centro Cultural de Belém.
Discover Estoril and Sintra, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nights on the Estoril coast are simply vibrant, whether at its casino, discos or even on the beach, lined with lively bars.
Points of Interest
Tower of Belém:
The Tower of Belém was built in an effort to defend the estuary of the Tagus River. King D. João II (1455-1495) had wanted to ban hostile ships from the river, but it was only his successor Dom Manuel I (1469-1521) who ended up building the tower. It was designed by architect and sculptor Francisco de Arruda, with notable traces of Moorish influence. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The historical neighbourhoods:
The historical neighbourhoods of central Lisbon are perfect for visitors to the Portuguese capital to experience for themselves. The Bairro Alto is one of the most characterful and attractive neighborhoods in the city. It boasts boutiques and bars and is a place where people meet in an eclectic and multicultural atmosphere. From Bairro Alto stroll down to Chiado, an area of iconic cafés including “A Brasileira”, art schools, and theatres.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum:
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum houses to collections: the Founder's Collection and the Modern Collection, which together totals more than 16,000 works. The selection of works displayed is rotated over time to reflect different aspects of both collections, diverse readings and new acquisitions.