What to see in Lisbon

Have you ever had the opportunity to travel to Lisbon ? No? Well, it’s about time you did it! And it is that it is not only the capital and the largest city in Portugal but it is a really beautiful place, with friendly people, quality hotels, good gastronomy, art, culture and nightlife. In addition, it is very safe. As if that were not enough, it is a fairly inexpensive destination if we compare it with other European cities.

Well, after giving you a lot of good reasons to visit Lisbon, below we want to tell you about which places you should not miss when you do. So now you know, if you plan to travel to the Portuguese capital , be very attentive to what we tell you below.

The Castle of San Jorge and La Alfama

Castle of San Jorge
One of the must-sees in Lisbon is the São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge), the highest point in the entire city where you get the best views from the east side of Lisbon. Located in the middle of two of the best known neighborhoods, Castelo and La Alfama, it was built in the 5th century by the Visigoths, although it was enlarged by the Arabs in the 9th century. In addition, it was modified during the reign of Alfonso Enríquez and completely restored in 1938. The castle area also houses a museum, a restaurant and a bar.

The Alfama
Of course, you should take a walk around the surroundings, especially through the La Alfama neighborhood, which preserves the authentic flavor of the city: old facades with hanging clothes, shops in the streets, houses with open doors, alleys and narrow stairways … Here you will find magical places such as the Azurara Palace, the Casa dos Bicos or the Casa do Fado.

Commerce Square

Terreiro do Paco
Commerce Square, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is the largest square in Lisbon and also one of the most important, since it is the symbol of the city after the reconstruction after the earthquake that shook the place in 1775. It is made up of the triumphal arch of Rua Augusta, completed in the second half of the 19th century, and by the equestrian statue of Dom José I. Some ministries and public services are located here. In addition, next to the Tagus there is a beautiful pier, the Casi das Columnas.


The Se
As in many other European capitals, one of the main monuments of Lisbon is the cathedral. This time we have to talk about La Sé, the oldest church in the city, located in the La Alfama neighborhood. Logically, over the years it has undergone different modifications , which has turned it into a mixture of different architectural styles.

The Santa Justa elevator

Santa Justa Elevator
Another place that you should visit if you travel to Portugal is the Santa Justa elevator, an elevator also called Elevador do Carmo that connects the Baixa Pombalina and Chiado neighborhoods. It rises over Calle de Santa Justa linking it with Praza do Carmo, where the Carmo Archaeological Museum is located. What is most surprising is that it is built in iron in the purest nineteenth-century style.

The Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belem
Another monument that you cannot miss is the Torre de Belém, which pays tribute to the great conquerors . Located next to the River Tagus, it is an elegant Manueline-style building that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the early 1980s.

Other monuments

If you have time to spare, we also recommend the San Pedro de Alcántara viewpoint, Eduardo VII Park, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém confectionery and the Nations Park.