Lisbon’s main flea market has all sorts of stuff for those looking for a bargain. Find out how to get to the Feira da Ladra and what to expect even if you don’t plan on buying. Opens every Tuesday and Saturday.
The Museu Berardo of modern and contemporary art is among the best museums in Lisbon. Don’t miss it if you’re in the Belém area. Admission is free on Saturday all day.
A few meters from Lisbon’s Oceanarium, this interactive Pavilion of Knowledge provides an innovative model for science learning. It combines exhibits with hands-on science activities for kids.
Sintra is the most popular day trip from Lisbon. The village boasts extraordinary palaces, a Moorish castle, a semitropical garden and scenic views. To help you plan your trip, here are six of the best attractions in Sintra.
Set on the River Tejo’s edge in Belém, MAAT deals with contemporary art, while the next door Power Station is one of Portugal’s most prominent examples of industrial architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. The views from the undulating rooftop are amazing.
With a white dome rising above Alfama, the Panteão Nacional houses the tombs of distinguished Portuguese figures. From the terrace, there are stunning views over the river and the city.
Lisbon’s Belém Tower sits at the side of the river Tejo, not far from the Jerónimos Monastery. This iconic tower was built in the sixteenth century to guard the entrance to the city’s harbour.
The Baixa is Lisbon’s downtown, and one of the most important sightseeing districts. It contains everything, from historic squares to an eccentric wrought-iron street lift, to museums, to shops, historic cafés and restaurants.
One of the largest collections of vehicles in the world can be seen at Lisbon’s Coach Museum in Belém. Beautifully painted carriages and coaches dating from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries are housed in a minimalist building.
Gulbenkian is an unmissable attraction in Lisbon. The Museum’s collection is of the highest quality, and covers an impressive range of periods and areas. For some Portuguese contemporary art, visit the Modern Art Centre. If you have the time, the Gulbenkian gardens are a great place for a picnic.
A visit to the Fado Museum gives you an insight into Lisbon’s culture, and the Alfama neighbourhood where the genre was born. It’s a great opportunity to sample some of the best fado voices, and learn about the fado history and the instruments it uses.
Be pleasantly surprised at Lisbon’s Oceanarium, with sea life swimming around you. It’s an impressive visit, even for those who don’t have kids, or don’t fancy zoos and aquariums.
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is Belém’s ex-libris, a Unesco-listed monastery commissioned by King Dom Manuel I, the Portuguese monarch at the time of Vasco da Gama’s pioneering sea voyage to India in 1498.