23. Lisbon  PORTUGAL   | Total Sights: 100+  |  Nickname: The City of Seven Hills

 

 

 

 


A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Lisbon

Portugal  The Torre de Belém is the most iconic landmark of the Portuguese capital Lisbon. 

Wonderful viewpoints all over the city, especially from the St. George's Castle, the majestic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém as well as the  gorgeous Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira are all part of Lisbon's colourful cityscape.

Among the highlights of a trip to Lisbon figures the Oceanário de Lisboa, one of the very best aquariums in Europe (and #11 in the world), which was designed by the famous American architect Peter Chermayeff.

 Spread across steep hillsides that overlook the mighty River Tagus, Lisbon enjoys a truly stunning setting and scores very solid throughout all of the other categories as well, while being one of the most affordable of Europe’s capitals.

 While there is a lot to see (100+ attractions), no sight really stands out, and only Belem Tower is rated over 6/10.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

6.90/10

7.75/10

6/10

4.5/10

6.25/10

6/10

6.25/10

7/10

6.75/10

6.5/10

7/10

5.5/10 [0.545 Mio.]

193.20

B. Best Things to Do in Lisbon (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

They contribute to a sights score of 6.90/10.

TORRE DE BELÉM (Belém Tower)  7
This famous white limestone tower was built in the sixteenth century to control the entrance to the city from the sea.  

Historic Tower  (World Heritage Site since 1982, height 30 m, completed 1519) 2 hours

Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | No. 18: Lisbon | TORRE DE BELÉM (tower)

 MOSTEIRO DOS JERONIMOS (Monastery of St Jerome)  6
This 16th-century white limestone church and monastery is the resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama

Architectural highlights include the splendid Gothic- and Renaissance-style double cloister as well as the ornamented South Portal.

Monastery  (World Heritage Site since 1982)   2 hours

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | Lisbon | MOSTEIRO DOS JERONIMOS

Oceanário de Lisboa  6
This is a remarkably presented aquarium, focusing around a central tank with not less than 4 large  (7x7 m) viewing panels, housing a large oceanic sunfish and impressive schooling fish. 

Aquarium  (5 million liter tank, 2nd best aquarium in Europe) 2 hours

St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge)  6
While we consider this old Moorish castle atop Lisbon's highest hill itself not that extraordinary, it offers incredibly scenic all-around views

Castle   1 hour

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | No. 18: Lisbon | St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge)

Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira with Garden  6
Historic Building  (with Garden)

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities in the World | Lisbon | Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira with Garden

Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian Founder's Collection  6
Museum  (Most famous painting: "Pallas Athena" by Rembrandt van Rijn [ca. 1655])

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | Lisbon | Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian (museum)

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte  5
Viewpoint

Best Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | No. 18: Lisbon | Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Elevador de Santa Justa  5
Historic Elevator  (with viewing platform) 

Things to do in Lisbon | Best Cities | No. 18: Lisbon | Elevador de Santa Justa

Alfama  5
City District

by Aubry Françon / CC BY-SA 3.0

 Santa Maria church (Se Cathedral)  5
Church

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other notable sights in Lisbon

-Estação do Oriente (Calatrava-designed train station)  5

-Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)  5

-Avenida da Liberdade (street)  5

-Igreja-Museu São Roque (church and museum of São Roque)  5

D. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Lisbon (including close-by excursions)

 SINTRA (town with palaces, 32 km from Lisbon)  8
  TORRE DE BELÉM  7
 Palácio de Queluz (Palace, 16 km from Lisbon)  7
MOSTEIRO DOS JERONIMOS  6
Oceanário de Lisboa  6
St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge, viewpoint)  6
Palácio dos Marqueses de Fronteira with Garden  6
Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian  6
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (viewpoint)  5
Elevador de Santa Justa  5

E. Best day trips and excursions from Lisbon

SINTRA  8
Town with Palaces  (32 km from Lisbon, World Heritage Site since 1995)

The highlights of the CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF SINTRA include: 

-PALÁCIO DA PENA (PENA PALACE)  7

-QUINTA DA REGALEIRA  7

-CASTELO DOS MOUROS (Moorish Castle)  6

-PALÁCIO NACIONAL DE SINTRA (National Palace)  6

Palácio de Queluz (Palace of Queluz, in Queluz, 16 km from Lisbon)  7

Cascais (seaside town, 34 km from Lisbon)  6



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