The World Heritage Belém Tower is the city's most photographed landmark, along with the marvellous Monastery of Jerónimos, built in memory of Vasco da Gama’s successful journey to India. Both should top your list of must-see monuments.
The historic Alfama district, below the St. George's Castle, is a maze of medieval streets offering incredible views from three of the seven hills of Lisbon. The best way to get there is by tram from Baixa. With parts dating back to the 5th century, the Moorish-built Lisbon Castle is a top attraction both for its colourful history and its sensational views. Two funiculars provide transport up the city’s steep hills; don’t miss the ruins of the 14th century Convento do Carmo when you get to the top.
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 neighbourhoods 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.
Lisbon surroundings are equally enchanting. The attractions of this region are not limited to the sea and the extraordinary coastline. The historical heritage of Sintra is the perfect symbiosis between nature and its built heritage which led to its classification by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, at the category of Cultural Landscape, in 1995. The delicious and picturesque town of Cascais is one of the great interests of the area, with important architectural and artistic works.