Lisbon is becoming an increasingly popular city break for a lot of people. I was lucky enough to visit last year, so thought I’d put together some of the best places to visit, for anyone planning their next city break.
This was meant to be a ‘Top 5 places to visit in Lisbon’ but I couldn’t narrow it down, so here’s my ‘Top 6 places to visit in Lisbon’ (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?).
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
The Jerónimos Monastery was a monastery (duh) of the Order of Saint Jerome and is now a World Heritage site and an amazing example of the gothic style architecture in Lisbon.
The queues tend to be quite long for the monastery but you can get a joint ticket from the National Archaeological Museum next door (which is also worth a visit) and skip the queues. This ticket allows you entry into the museum, monastery and also the Torre de Belem. You can easily get to the the monastery via the red tourist hop-on hop-off buses.
2. Torre de Belem
About 10 or 15 minutes walk away (or two bus stops) is the Belém Tower. It’s a four story tower built alongside the river Tagus and was originally constructed to be part of Lisbon’s defence system. The tower has similar gothic architecture to the monastery, and if you can handle the 90 step climb up to the top, it has amazing views over Lisbon.
3. Igreja do Carmo
The ruins of the Carmo convent is a former Roman Catholic convent, which was ruined in the 1755 earthquake that destroyed a lot of Lisbon’s buildings. As well as being a spectacular site, the ruins also houses Carmo Archaeological Museum and is free to visit.
The ruins sit within the Largo do Carmo which is one of Lisbon’s most charismatic and picturesque squares, and is perfect for a relaxed meal or drink in the sun.
4.The Praça do Comércio
The Praça do Comércio is one of the grandest squares in Lisbon, located looking out onto the river Tagus, it was once filled with government bureaux buildings but is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon.
5.Elevador do Carmo
The Santa Justa lift is the last remaining vertical lift, which was once constructed to overcome the very hilly geography of Lisbon. As long as you don’t mind the 45 metre lift journey up 7 stories, you can then enjoy the amazing panoramic views across Lisbon.
6. Castelo de Sao Jorge
Last but not least the São Jorge Castle is a Moorish castle and is located at the highest point of the Lisbon, overlooking the city. The castle dates from the medieval period and has had many uses over the years. As long as you don’t mind the steep walk up to the castle (not kidding, its almost vertical) you can enjoy some of the best views over Lisbon.