10 Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

The majority of the top attractions in Lisbon are rich in history, and this makes it a fascinating city to visit. Besides, this city is an inexpensive travel destination that has a lot to see and to do.

The following list is the top attractions to see and to visit while in this welcoming city:

✦ 1. Torre de Belem

Torre de Belem - Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

While in the Portuguese capital, take your time even if you are here only for a day to visit Belem District. There are a number of monuments in this area that you can spend hours exploring.

Torre de Belem is one of those monuments. This is a historic monument in Belem and it offers great views both while on top of it and outside.

This tower played an important role in this country.

✦ 2. Castelo de S. Jorge

 Castelo de S. Jorge

The castle is located on a hill in the city of Lisbon.

Climbing the up the steps to the Castelo de S. Jorge is something to look forward to. This is because, after the treck, there are panoramic views of the city of Lisbon.

Inside the castle, you will access a lot of information about it and also the city and the role the castle played. To top up the icing on the cake, there are a number of peacocks roaming around. The visitors can even climb on the wall of the castles to have even more views.

The area surrounding the castle has nice cafes and restaurants.

✦ 3. Jeronimos Monastery

Jeronimos Monastery - Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

This monastery and the Tower of Belem are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Jeronimos Monastery is where Vasco da Gama and his team spent their night before heading to discover India. It was constructed to commemorate this voyage and to thank God for its success.

The tombs of Vasco da Gama and of some of the other great Portuguese figures in the history of this country are in this monastery.

✦ 4. Praca do Comèrcio

Praca do Comèrcio

This is a beautiful, large and busy public square in the city of Lisbon.

Here, you can enjoy the Rua August Arch, the Equestrian Statue of Joseph I, restaurants and cafes.

Praca Do Comèrcio is located next to the bank of the Tagus River. And from here the visitors to this city can access all types of public transport to other parts of the city. This includes also the ferries at the Sodrè Ferry Terminal at the Tagus River.

✦ 5. Elevador de Santa Justa – Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

Elevador de Santa Justa - Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

This is one of the top attractions to visit while in the city of Lisbon.

In the history of this city, this elevator was one of the most important public transport. It connects the Baixa District which is a lower part of the city with the higher part of the hill where Carmo Square is.

Today, this is a tourist attraction and one of the attractions to see while in Baixa District.

✦ 6. Padràos dos Descobrimentos

Padràos dos Descobrimentos

The monument is also known as the Monument to the Discoveries.

This was originally constructed as part of the World Exhibition for Portugal. It symbolizes Portuguese successful explorations in other parts of the world.

It located at the banks of the Tagus River and a place where the explorers including the famous Vasco da Gama by ships embarked on the journeys to discover the world.

✦ 7. Parque Eduardo VII

Parque Eduardo VII

This is a large park in the city of Lisbon.

It is located on a slope and on this slope there are gardens that are well maintained and which offers a great view of the city and Tagus River.

Parque Eduardo VII

This is one of the attractions in this city that you should enjoy the sunset.

✦ 8. Estaçào do Oriente – Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

Estaçào do Oriente - Top Attractions to Visit in Lisbon

This is not only a well functioning train station but also a masterpiece of architecture.

The station has great views from inside and from outside or even from a far distance. And it is located in a neighborhood of Parque das Nacoes. This area is the modern part of the city.

In this area, there are nice restaurants, a shopping mall, concert pavilions, and cafes. You can also enjoy the Lisbon Oceanarium and the Funicular ride.

The Funicular ride in Lisbon

If you are spending more than a day in Lisbon, I would highly recommend this.

✦ 9. The Number 28 Lisbon Tram

The Number 28 Lisbon Tram

The no. 28 yellow tram is one of the top attractions to visit and experience while in this city.

Hoping into this tram will take you through the narrow cobblestones streets and various popular touristic areas of the city. This provides one of the best tours in the Portuguese capital that may end up being one of the highlights of your holiday in Lisbon.

✦ 10. The Pink Street

 The Pink Street

Last but not least, are you looking for a place where you want to do pub-hopping in Lisbon? Then, the Pink Sreet is the place for you.

Years ago, this street used to be the red light district in the city.

✦ Some Tips For The Top Attractions in Lisbon

  • Tipping is optional
  • Don’t be bothered by the drug dealers, once you say no they are not a bother
  • Lisbon is quite a cheap city
  • This is a hilly city, therefore carry water with you
  • Like any other big city, watch out for the pickpockets