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Best Things to Do in Lisbon

Lisbon is probably best known for its colonialist history, ornate Manueline architecture and tradition of Fado music. But some of its best features are in the every day -- spectacular hilltop vistas, pleasant year-round weather, friendly people and a true "café culture." To enjoy these, bring some comfortable footwear and a pocket map of the public transit system. Plan on spending a half day to a full day exploring the waterfront neighborhood of Belém, or maybe plan a day trip to Sintra, located 20 miles west of Lisbon.

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#1
Tram 28
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Yes, it's a mode of transportation, but recent travelers say it's also an ... read more»

#2
Alfama Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Many tourists choose to take Tram 28 through the Alfama neighborhood because it's so ... read more»

#3
Belem Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about 5 miles west of Lisbon's center, Belém is a waterfront neighborhood with ... read more»

#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's rooftops -- particularly St. George's Castle, Rossio Square ... read more»

#5
Sintra Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Located about 20 miles west of central Lisbon, Sintra's praises have been sung in ... read more»

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

Why go: As odd as it may sound, experts say the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (yes, that ... 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 ... read more»

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

Why go: Recent visitors were pleased with their experience at St. George's Castle, though some mention ... read more»

#9
Cascais Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The seaside town of Cascais (pronounced cash-ca-eeesh) is an about 45-minute train ride west of ... read more»

#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 ... read more»

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

Why go: Built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition to India, the Tower of Belém was ... read more»

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

Why go: The Oceanário de Lisboa (Oceanarium) is not only Portugal's largest indoor aquarium -- but it ... read more»

#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 ... read more»

#14
Se Cathedral Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Sé de Lisboa, the Sé Cathedral or simply just the Sé, is a solemn-looking ... read more»

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