The city of Lisbon is located on the coast of the Atlantic Coast, in Portugal. The river Tagus flows across this city, which has many historical landmarks and traditional pastry shops that are worth a visit.
Walk around the historical city center
Lisbon is a city that can be explored on foot and by tram, an historical way of transportation. There are many ancient landmarks and monuments in the centric Alfama district, including several museums and palaces. The Jeronimos Monastery is the resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Take a tour around this church and its cloisters, decorated with antiques and pieces of art.
The Belem Tower is one of the city’s most famous symbols. This tower is located on the banks of the Tagus river. The tower, built in a Manueline style, has several carved motifs and many sculptures decorating the tower.
Sao Jorge Castle is the city’s most famous monument. Located on a hill overlooking the city, the castle was built by the Moors and later transformed into a fortress. Inside the millennial castle walls you will find several cannons and the Alcaçovas Palace, an ancient royal residence that was transformed into a restaurant. Two of the best Lisbon hotels are located inside the castle, one in a medieval mansion and the other one in what used to be the palace. Take a tour around the Archaeological Museum located on the castle grounds and the chambers where royal visits took place. If you are feeling daring, climb the towers and walk along the ramparts in order to enjoy scenic views of the city.
Visit the museums.
There are several museums in Lisbon. The Museum of Sacred Art is located next to the Sao Roque Church, one of the city’s most famous churches. Inside the museum visitors will find bronze and silver torch holders and a collection of baroque silver.
Another museum worth visiting is the Tile Museum. Here you will be able to see a variety of designs painted on ceramic tiles. These tiles can be found all around the city, covering benches, buildings facades and patios. Check out the Sintra National Palace, one of the city’s ancient buildings covered in decorative tiles. If you choose to buy reproductions of the tiled, head to the Loja dos Decobrimentos and and Fábrica Sant’anna, two shops that specialize in tiles.
Enjoy the Pasteis.
Lisbon is a city known for its food. The salted cod, a regional dish, can be found in most of the city’s restaurants. The Pasteis de Belém are one of the city’s main gastronomical attractions. These custard filled flaky pastries are made in an ancient monastery located near the Sao Jorge Castle. There are several other varieties of these pastries, including the ones powdered with cinnamon and sugar that can be found in most of the city’s pastry shops.
Explore the Parque das Naçoes.
The Parque das Naçoes is one of the city’s main parks. The park is located on the eastern banks of the waterfront. There are several shopping centers nearby. The Oceanarium is located in this area, a large aquarium where visitors will be able to see many types of fish. Visitors can walk around the water gardens and enjoy views from the viewing tower located near the coast.