Located on the highest of Lisbon’s seven hills, Castelo de São Jorge is the city’s medieval castle, and its most visited tourist site, offering the best views of Lisbon and the River Tejo.
A pedestrianized street known for its seafood restaurants, Rua das Portas de Santo Antão has a unique atmosphere in the heart of Lisbon.
To visit the Unesco World Heritage sites of Belém, Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, as well other fascinating monuments and museums in this riverside district, there are two practical transport options. Follow these directions to reach Belém from the city centre.
Taking over the riverside Parque das Nações, Super Bock Super Rock is one of the most important summer city rock festivals in Lisbon. After 20 years, this three-day event continues to be a leading reference for European rock and pop festivalgoers.
Belém is a riverside district, home to Lisbon’s finest monuments and museums, some of which, such as the Unesco-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the peculiar Torre de Belém, are testimony of Portugal’s maritime history.
Rock in Rio is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Originally set in Brazil, hence its name, the festival branched into Lisbon in 2004. This year, Rock in Rio turns 30.
NOS Alive is one of the biggest summer music festivals in Portugal. It’s a three-day event set in a great location by the Rio Tejo, near Lisbon.
Take a break from all the sightseeing, and watch some of the best animated films world wide. Specialising in Animation, Lisbon’s short and feature film festival will take place in March.
Alfama is Lisbon’s Moorish district: a medina-like neighbourhood of narrow and maze-like streets at the foot of the medieval Castelo de São Jorge. Graça, on a hill north of Alfama, offers great views over Lisbon and the castle.
The oldest, and least touristy, of all three funiculars still operating in Lisbon climbs up Calçada do Lavra in two minutes. At the top, the viewpoint of the tiny park Jardim do Torel is just a short walk away.
The Saint Dominic’s Church, dating from 1241, survived the great earthquake of 1755 and a fire in 1959 that completely destroyed it. Don’t miss a visit to its unique interior, so different from the idea one makes of it from the outside.
In between the adjacent Rossio and Martim Moniz, Praça da Figueira is home to Confeitaria Nacional, the oldest patisserie in Lisbon, founded in 1829. This historic square also has a number of hotels, stores and cafés.
Visit the iconic Rossio and admire its fountains and architecture. Be amazed by the grand neoclassical Teatro Nacional D. Maria II on the north side of the square.