Lisbon Travel Guide


Cristo ReiHours: 9AM - 6PMSimilar to the Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro, this statue stands over 100 meters tall on the opposite bank of the Tejo River from downtown Lisbon. Views from the top of the statue are breathtaking, although the elevator up will cost you 5.
Specialty transport
Tram 28Instead of paying for a ride on one of the costly tourist trams, try Tram 28. Tram (or "Elctrico" in the Portuguese) Line 28 is one of only three traditional tram lines that still operate in Lisbon. These trams, which until the late-1980's ran all through-out Lisbon, were manufactured between 1936 and 1947. Tram 28 winds its way through the "Old Town" of Lisbon (dating from the 17th century) beginning in Graa then down to the Alfama and to the Baixa then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto and then down to Campo Ourique, taking you by many of Lisbon's most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city. And, although the tram can sometimes be overrun with tourists, you will definitely get a flavor of the locals, as many "Lisboetas" commute daily on these historical trams. Tickets cost 1.05 if payed by "Viva Viagem" card and 2,85 if purchased on-board or at a vending machine (note that these machines do not accept notes, and are sometime even out of change, so make sure you have the correct change!). From start to finish the ride takes around 30 minutes. Beware of pickpockets!


Gloria FunicularPraa dos Restauradores - Bairro AltoInaugurated on 24 October 1885, this funicular was the second to be placed in Lisbon. It is the most visited one in the city. On 2002 it was classified as National Monument.
Bica FunicularRua de So Paulo (Rua Duarte Belo) - Largo de CalharizThis funicular was inaugurated on 28 June 1892 and its route is known as the most typical of the city. In 2002 it was classified a National Monument. Ticket price is 3.50 for a round trip, however day cards are valid for it.
Lavra FunicularLargo da Anunciada - Travessa Forno TorelThe oldest funicular of Lisbon was inaugurated on 19 April 1884 and on that day it worked for 16 consecutive hours, carrying more than 3,000 passengers free. In 2002 it was classified a National Monument.
Santa Justa ElevatorRua Aurea & Rua de Santa JustaPhone: +351 (21) 361-3054Located downtown, this elevator was designed by a follower of French engineer Gustav Eiffel and connects downtown to Trinidade, located many metres uphill. 7 Colinas valid. Inaugurated on 10 July 1902, it is the only street lift in Lisbon for public service. It was built by the architect Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard in cast iron enriched with filigrana details. In 2002 it was classified a National Monument.
Castelo de So JorgePhone: +351 218 800 620Hours: 9AM - 9PM (March - Oct) and 9AM-6PM (Nov-Feb)Price: 7 with student discount availableLocated up the hill, with a great view over the city and the river. If you have the energy, get there by walking from downtown, going through the fantastic old neighborhood of Alfama.
Ponte 25 de AbrilThis sister bridge of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge was designed by the same architect in 1966 to connect Lisbon with the Setubal peninsula across the Tagus (Tejo) River. Formerly known as the Salazar Bridge, it was renamed after the Carnation Revolution, which on April 25, 1974 ended the dictatorship!
Ponte Vasco da GamaIt is the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), and ninth longest in the world, with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi), including 0.829 km (0.5 mi) for the main bridge, 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts, and 4.8 km (3.0 mi) in dedicated access roads.
Aqueduto das Aguas LivresThis is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering, including the largest stone arch in the world. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km. The Me d'gua (Mother of the Water) reservoir of the Amoreiras, the largest of the water reservoirs, was finished in 1834. This reservoir, with a capacity of 5,500 m of water, was designed by Carlos Mardel. It is now deactivated and can be visited as part of the Museu da gua (Water Museum).
RossioRossio is the main square in Lisbon, the equivalent of Madrid's Puerta del Sol, Tokyo's Shibuya or London's Trafalgar Square, which is a common meeting place for locals. This is a must visit for all visitors to Lisbon to experience city life.
Principe RealThe trendy district with all the fancy shops is just a 5 minutes walk from Bairro Alto
ChiadoTake a stroll along the historical streets of this elegant shopping district, stopping for a cup of coffee with the statue of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal's great Modernist poet. Head uphill to Bairro Alto, for stunning views of the city and some wild partying in Lisbon's most popular nightclub district.
Downtown (Baixa)This part of the city was completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake by the Marqus de Pombal. The planned layout, greatly different from what you will see in the more ancient neighborhoods, is a testimony to the ideas of the Enlightenment.
AlfamaThis neighborhood still bears signs of the Moorish presence in the city, with the buildings very close to each other, and very irregular streets. It's very atmospheric and a great spot in which to wander around.
Praa do ComrcioThis magnificent plaza, facing the river, is the beginning of Lisboa's downtown. It is also known as 'Terreiro do Pao', meaning 'Grounds of the Palace', relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.

This monument-packed neighborhood is a must-see place.

Take bus 28 to the west (Restelo direction), which follows the coast line and provides an express service with few stops.

Train Cascais suburban train (line "Cascais todos" or "Oeiras"; the express trains don't stop in Belém) to Belém and walk to the attractions.

Tram 15 to the west (Algés direction), which follows the Junqueira residencial line. Check the route map inside the tram: it helps to find a right station for most famous of Belém attractions.

The extensive bus network also serves Belém from various departure points around the city and can be less busy than the tram.

The neighbourhood features:

Belem TowerPrice: Entry fee for the tower only is 5Open 10AM-5PM in winter, 10AM-6:30PM in summer (with the last entry allowed 30 minutes before closure). A ticket package for both the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery is offered for 10.
Jernimos MonasteryPraa do Imprio, 1400-206 LisboaPhone: 21 362 00 34Hours: Open 10AM-5PM in winter, 10AM-6PM in summerPrice: Free entry to the church, 7 for the rest of the monastery
Monument to the DiscoveriesPrice: Entry fee 4
Statue to Afonso de AlbuquerqueIn front of the former Royal Palace of Belm, now the Presidential Palace, there is a massive statue looking out to sea, representing Afonso de Albuquerque, second ruler of Portuguese India in the early 16th century.

A stroll around its many gardens enjoying the river's bright blue is also a must.

Museums and galleries
Museu Nacional de Arte AntigaRua das Janelas VerdesHours: Tuesday 2-6pm; Wednesday to Sunday 10am-6pm; Monday closedPortugal's impressive national art collection, including 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures. Highlights include Drer's St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch's Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonalves' Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.
The Calouste Gulbenkian MuseumAvenida de Berna, 45APhone: 21 7823000Hours: 10AM-5:45PM; closed MonPrice: 5 (permanent+temporary exhibition); half price for students under 25 with ID, holders of the European Youth Card (Euro26) and those aged 65 or over; free entry on Sunday and any other day for those under 12Created from the personal collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian who longed to see all his treasures displayed in a museum. A nice assortment of Egyptian artifacts, along with paintings by masters such as Rembrandt, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Cassat. The museum's gardens are worth a visit in and of themselves, as a little oasis in the middle of downtown Lisbon.
Museu da MarinhaCentro Cultural de BelmPhone: 213620019Hours: Open 10AM-5PM in winter, 10AM-6PM in summerPrice: Entry fee 4One of the most important in Europe, evoking Portugal's domination of the seas. Its colossal 17,000 items are installed in the west wing of Jernimos Monastery, and include model ships from the Age of Discovery onward. The oldest exhibit is a wooden figure representing the Archangel Raphael that accompanied Vasco da Gama on his voyage to India.
Museu do AzulejoOne of the most important national museums, for its singular collection, Azulejo, an artistic expression which differentiates Portuguese culture, and for the unique building where its installed, former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Dona Leonor.
Fundao Arpad Szenes / Vieira da SilvaPraa das Amoreiras, 56/58Phone: +351 (21) 3880044/53Fax: 351 21 3880039Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 10AM-6PMPrice: Adults 2.50, students 1.25, kids under 14 freeThis museum is installed in the restored 18th-century former Royal Silk Factory. It permanent collection covers a wide time period of the works of 20th-century painters Arpad Szenes and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and regularly hosts exhibits by their contemporaries.
Museu da ElectricidadeAv. de Braslia, Central TejoPhone: +351 21 002 81 30/90Fax: +351 21 002 81 04Hours: Tu-Su 10AM-6PMPrice: Free
Excellent interactive exposition in a building of former power station, an example how a perfect museum should look.
Museu da guaEntrance fee of 1.5 to 2.5, depending on age or discount cards you may use.
Museu do Teatro RomanoAlong the way from downtown to St. Gorge's Castle.
Museu dos CochesHoused in the former riding school of the palace, don't miss the world's largest collection of coaches and royal vehicles.
Museu Coleco BerardoCentro Cultural de BelmHours: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PMPrice: Free admissionThe permanent collection of the museum consist of the Berardo Collection, which is made up of modern en contemporary art, with major art movements like abstract expressionism, Abstraction-Cration, action painting, body Art, constructivism, cubism, De Stijl, digital art, experimental art, geometric abstraction, kinetic art, minimal art, neo-expressionism, neo-plasticism, neo-Realism, op art, photography, photorealism, pop art, realism, suprematism, surrealism. Includes artists like Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Polock.
Pavilho do ConhecimentoCincia Viva is an interactive science and technology museum that aims to make science accessible to all, stimulating experimentation and exploration of the physical world.
BES Arte & FinanaPraa Marqus de Pombal, 3Phone: 213508975Hours: Business days from 9 am to 7 pmPrice: FreeMultifunctional space dedicated to contemporary art, especially Photography
Lisbon metroMost of the metro system is a free art gallery. You'll find art by contemporary artists inspired by the stations' surrounding area. Check the subway webpage for more details on this curiosity. The red line is the newest one and has the best pieces of art.
Parks and gardens
Jardim ZoolgicoEstrada de Benfica 158-160Phone: +351 (21) 7232-920Hours: 10AM - 8PM (21st March - 30th Sept.) and 10AM - 6PM (1st Oct. - 20th March)Price: 15A zoo that is fairly pricey, but has a variety of exotic animals featuring sea-lions and dolphins.
Parque das NaesOn Av. Dom Joo IIPhone: +351 (21) 8919-898Built for the 1998 World Expo, the eastern side of town (take the Metro to Oriente) is a change from downtown. It includes many modern buildings, gyms and shops facing the ocean.
OceanariumPhone: +351 218 917 002Price: Admission 16One of the world's largest oceanariums. Built by american architect Norman Foster, it hosts thousends of marine species of the oceans, such as sea otters,penguins and sharks. The main tank is huge, representing the atlantic environment, with hundreds of small fishes, sharks, barracuda, snappers and a huge sunfish. Ideal for children.
Ajuda Botanical GardensJardim Botnico da AjudaHours: Daily 9AM - 8PM (Summer) 9AM - 6PM (Winter)The botanical garden of Ajuda is one of the oldest gardens in Europe and is considered the first in Portugal. After the earthquake that occurred in 1755, the homeless Portuguese royal family decided to build a new royal residence at Ajuda but also gardens around it. This 10 acre garden was laid out in from 1858-1873.
Lisbon Botanical GardensRua da Escola Politcnica, 58Price: Entrance 1.80 adults, discounts for kids, OAPS and studentsA hidden gem. It was created several hundred years ago, by a King of Portugal at the time of the Discoveries. The story goes that this King wanted one of every type of plant in the world, and although that's unlikely, there is a huge collection dating back by three or four centuries which is worth checking out. Also some weird and wonderful bizarre grafted trees - the roots hang down like fingers and toes where one tree has been grafted onto another, sometimes completely different, species. And there's something quite eerie about seeing plants or huge trees from completely different climates growing next to each other in apparent harmony. A great place to take a picnic - this green oasis is completely surrounded by city but even the city sounds filter out.
Viewpoints and city view
Armazéns do Chiado shopping mall (see details in Buy): top floor restaurants and cafes have fantastic city views.

source: Wikivoyage

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