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Best Things To Do in Lisbon

Lisbon is probably best known for its colonialist history, ornate architecture and tradition of Fado music. But some of its best features are in the every day – spectacular hilltop vistas in Alfama or at St. George's Castle, pleasant year-round weather and friendly locals. To enjoy these, bring some comfortable footwear and a pocket map of the public transit system, or just hop on Tram 28 to see it all. Plan on spending a half-day to a full day exploring the waterfront neighborhood of Belém, or maybe plan a daytrip to the palace-heavy Sintra, located 20 miles northwest of Lisbon.

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#1
Tram 28
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: What cable cars are to San Francisco and red double-decker buses are to London are what trams are to Lisbon ... read more»

#2
Alfama Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Some tourists choose to take Tram 28 through the Alfama neighborhood because it's so hilly, but whether you choose ... read more»

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#3
Belem Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The waterfront Belém is a historic neighborhood that houses some of Lisbon's most important monuments, museums and one very ... read more»

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#4
Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For some sweeping views of Lisbon – particularly St. George's Castle, Rossio Square and the Baixa neighborhood – you might want ... read more»

#5
Sintra Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about 20 miles northwest of central Lisbon, Sintra's praises have been sung in literature by the likes of ... read more»

#6
National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: One of the most notable aspects of Lisbon's alluring architecture is its vibrant ceramic tiles. You might find these ... read more»

#7
Monastery of St Jerome Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, also known as the Monastery of St. Jerome or the Jerónimos Monastery, is a UNESCO World ... read more»

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#8
St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Castelo de São Jorge, or St. George's Castle, is perched atop Lisbon's highest hill in Alfama, offering both ... read more»

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#9
Cascais Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The seaside town of Cascais (kush-kaish) is a 45-minute train ride west of Lisbon's Cais do Sodré station. Once ... read more»

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#10
Gulbenkian Museum (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Less than 50 years old, the Gulbenkian Museum hangs a world-renowned collection of art. The late Calouste Gulbenkian, a former ... read more»

#11
Torre de Belem and Monument to the Discoveries
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: What looks to be an idyllic mini castle seamlessly floating on the Tejo riverfront was originally a fort that served ... read more»

#12
Oceanarium (Oceanario de Lisboa)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Oceanário de Lisboa is not just an aquarium, but considering its size, a world in and of itself. The ... read more»

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#13
Feira da Ladra Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're searching for a unique souvenir to take back home, you might want to try your luck at ... read more»

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