10 places you can’t miss in Lisbon

Lisbon in Portugal is the city where we lived for more years. So we've decided to make a list with the 10 places you can't miss if you are planning to visit this amazing city (in no particular order).

#1: Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara - One of the best views of Lisbon. From this garden surrounded by old buildings and an awesome terrace you can admire St. George's Castle, all central Lisbon and the river.

#2: Alfama narrow streets - Tiny streets, historical buildings and amazing views - this is Alfama, a place where time seems to stop except for the new coffees, restaurants and shops. This is one of the oldest and typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. It's easy to get lost but it will be an experience to remember for sure!

#3: Sao Jorge Castle - Located in Alfama, this is for sure one of the most popular destinations in Lisbon. Its oldest parts date from the 6th century and it has influences from the Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Portuguese since the first king D. Afonso Henriques in 1147. The best part of the castle is to climb the towers and walk along the ramparts to get the best views of the city and the river.

#4: Principe Real - Principe Real is one of the most charming and fancy neighborhoods in Lisbon. It has a mix of the typical Lisbon and the tourist Lisbon and that's why you can find excellent restaurants, coffees and shops. In the center of the Principe Real square you can find a small garden with exotic trees and a coffee place with a big terrace.

#5: Belem area - Belem is probably the most monumental area in Lisbon. It was from there that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery. There are several things to be explored and visited but our 3 top choice is the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and the Coaches Museum. Don't leave without eating a "pastel de nata" in the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem.

#6: Gulbenkin Museum and Gardens - Gulbenkian museum has one of the most famous private art collections in Europe. Before going just check their website for the temporary exhibitions and other events they may have. If the weather is good you can also go for a walk in the gardens or relax in their terrace outside.

#7: Arco da Rua Augusta - It is a recent opening in Lisbon and many people from Lisbon never visited this place but we've been there and it really deserves a visit. Great views from the old town and the river! Inside you can also learn about the arch's History from the start of the construction and after the earthquake of 1755 (when the old town was rebuilt).

#8: São Carlos Theater - São Carlos Theater was built in the 18th century and it's the best place for opera in Portugal. Although it is a small opera house, its exterior was inspired by Milan's La Scala and the interior is beautiful with neoclassical and rococo decorations. Outside the building there's a nice square (in the summer there are concerts outside) and plenty of restaurants and coffees.

#9: Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Not sure if this is one of the most touristic places in Lisbon but it deserves a visit for sure. There's a romantic terrace where you can admire the amazing view of the Tagus river. There's coffees and a nice terrace where you can stay for a while enjoying the (almost!) always sunny Lisbon.

#10: Lisbon Oceanarium - Lisbon's Oceanarium is one of the world's largest aquariums. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff it has about 25,000 species of fish, seabirds and mammals. The design and the space itself is amazing because it allows you to see the tanks and the species from several levels and positions. After the visit you can also enjoy a walk outside at Parque das Nações (where the Oceanarium is based).


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