Best Things to Do in Lisbon

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  • Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves
    Casa Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves
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    This museum located in central Lisbon district of Saldanha is named after its one time owner, the eminent ophthalmologist and art collector Doctor Anastácio Gonçalves (1888-1965). The house is known as the Casa Malhao as it was the home and studio of the well known painter José Malhoa. Dr Gonçalves bought the house from Malhao a year before his death in 1932.

    The quirky house was designed by the architect Norte Junior and was awarded the Valmor prize for architecture in 1905. Dr Gonçalves used the house to display the impressive art collection he accumulated during his lifetime. The...

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  • Lisbon tram route number 15
    Lisbon tram route number 15
    Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz | BY-SA

    Route 15 is one of the five historic tram lines, which have been operating in Lisbon since 1873. The line begins at the square and transport hub of Praça de Figueria in the centre of the city, near to the main railway station, before travelling west along the estuary road, stopping at Cais do Sodré and Avenue Infante Santo, both of which are quite trendy, recently rejuvenated parts of the city, with thriving night lives, along to the district of Belém, after which it continues to the coastal...

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  • Lisbon Oceanarium
    Lisbon Oceanarium
    Antonio Sacchetti

    The Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquariums and the largest indoor aquarium in Europe. It is located on a pier at the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo 98. The Lisbon Oceanarium makes a fantastic family day out with thousands of fish, seabirds and mammals to see in one enormous central tank that is the equivalent of four Olympic sized swimming pools.

    As well as fish there are a whole host of marine organisms and animals including penguins and seagulls, otters and sharks,...

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  • Museu da Eletricidade - Lisbon
    Electricity Museum - Lisbon
    Carlos da Cruz

    The Electricity Museum (Museu da Electricidade) is housed in the old power station on the banks of the river Tejo in Belém. In an area crammed full of historic monuments the Electricity Museum could be overlooked, however, it has worked hard to broaden its appeal and is far more worthy of a visit than its name might suggest!

    The primary subject of the museum is the Tejo Power Station and how electricity was made there. But the building itself and the huge spaces within are probably the main attraction. Built between 1908 and 1951 this is one of the finest examples of industrial...

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  • Parque Florestal Monsanto - Lisbon
    Parque Florestal Monsanto
    Luis Louro

    Monsanto Forest Park (Parque Florestal Monsanto) is a large, protected forested area to the west of Lisbon which provides a welcome opportunity to relax away from the traffic and crowds of the city.

    This 10 square kilometre site is Lisbon's largest green space and offers panoramic views of the city, the Tejo River and the Atlantic Ocean.  The forest trails, some of which are quite hilly, are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, and there are children's play areas, picnic areas and more.  A number of sporting and cultural events are...

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  • Ajuda Palace interior - Lisbon
    Ajuda Palace interior
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    19th century neoclassical palace on the edge of Lisbon in Ajuda. The palace was built as the royal residence and has the lavish interior to prove it.

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  • Museu Nacional dos Coches, Lisbon
    Embassy Coach of Pope Clement XI - Museu Nacional dos Coches

    The Museu Nacional dos Coches, (National Coach Museum)  is set in a surprisingly modern building overlooking the Afonso de Albuquerque gardens in Belem, next to the railway station. According to its architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha, the minimalist, modern structure is more than a museum; it provides a public utility space for the city.

    This present day museum building was completed in May 2015, but the museum had already existed for more than 100 years; the 'Royal Coach Museum', which had changed its name to the National...

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  • Belem National Palace
    Belem National Palace

    The former royal Palace of Belém is now the official residence of the Portuguese president.  The faded pink palace is guarded by sentries in traditional uniform and is generally not open to the public, although there is a small museum (Museu da Presidência da Republica) dedicated to the history of the Portuguese republic and its presidents attached. 

    The palace is situated on a small hill near the centre of the Belem district and is made up of an L-shaped structure with 5 main buildings and formal gardens. 

    The original structure was built in the 16th century and in 1723 King...

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  • Igreja do Memoria
    Igreja do Memoria
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    The elegant Baroque Igreja da Memória was built on the orders of King Jose I in 1760 as a gesture of thanksgiving for having survived an assassination attempt two years earlier. The location of the church marks the exact spot where the failed attempt on the king’s life took place.

    Literally translated as the Memorial Church, the building has a striking white marble exterior with a number of lovely neoclassical features, including a large, white dome.  The interior of the church is a pleasing, if a rather plain, mix of white marble and gilt. A tomb inside the church is the...

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  • Monument to the Discoveries - Belem
    Monument to the Discoveries

    Celebrating the achievements of explorers during the building of Portugal's empire is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument). It represents a ship's prow featuring more than 30 statues of historical figures who played a big part in Portugal's Age of Discoveries. These include King Alfonso V, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral and Ferdinand Magellan, with Henry the Navigator being the most prominent. On the pavement, just in front of the monument you...

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  • Centro Cultural de Belem
    Centro Cultural de Belem
    Antonio Sacchetti

    Referred to simply as the CCB, this beautifully designed Centro Cultural de Belem was originally built to serve as headquarter for the Portuguese Presidency of the EU in 1992. It now provides over 100,000 square metres of space for a year-round calendar of cultural events, conferences, exhibitions and meetings as well as providing one of the best permanent exhibitions of modern art in Europe, a number of eateries and shops and much more. If you want to escape from the heat and crowds of tourists that flock to Belem, the centre has something for everyone and never...

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  • Berardo Collection Museum
    Berardo Collection Museum

    World acclaimed private modern art collection with works by Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Jeff Koons, and more.

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  • Monumento Combatentes Ultramar - Belem
    Monumento Combatentes Ultramar
    RichardLey

    From the early 1960’s to the mid-1970s Portugal fought a controversial campaign in Africa, attempting in vain to keep hold of its colonies there.  Known as the Combatentes Ultramar (Overseas War) this conflict took the lives of over 9,000 soldiers, many of whom came from the Lisbon area.   The bloody war was a factor which led to the toppling of the regime of Dr Antonio de Oliveira Salazar whose right-wing regime had held power since 1932.

    Today Lisbon's Belem district is home to a striking was memorial dedicated to the memory of the...

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  • Queluz National Palace
    Queluz National Palace

    The Palace at Queluz was built in the latter half of the 18th century from a design by two of the periods most esteemed architects; Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Robillon and the Portuguese Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Together they created this "Portuguese Versailles" in the Rococo style as a manor house for King Pedro II.

    During the reign of Maria I (1777-99) Queluz becamethe official residence of the Royal family. Unfortunately for Maria I she is largely remembered for her bouts of mania followed by slumps into prolonged depressions.

    The main façade of the palace is relatively...

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  • Vasco da Gama Bridge - Lisbon
    Vasco da Gama Bridge from Sacavem
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    This striking bridge spans the Tagus River at its widest section in the city of Lisbon connection the northern suburb of Sacavem to the historical south bank of the river near Montijo. The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a vast stricture that is 17 Km (11 miles) long.First opened in 1998 it is still the longest bridge in Europe. To this day it remains as one of the longest in the world with 10km of it passing over water and a suspension section that allows ships to pass through close to the Lisbon side.

    Built to last it is said that the bridge can withstand wind speeds of up to 250 km/h (...

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