Recognized as a global city because of the importance it holds in the fields of finance, commerce, arts, entertainment, education and tourism, Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is the ninth most visited city in Europe. Lisbon was built on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean atop seven hills and hence, enjoys a moderate Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal tourist destination all year round. The city is also the oldest city in Western Europe and charms its travelers through its beautiful white limestone buildings and its series of intricate alleyways.
Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport, which serves more than 20 million travelers every year, is the ideal entry point into the city. Online portals make the task of finding the cheapest airline fares around very easy for you.
Going around and visiting places in Lisbon might be one of the most convenient experiences in the world. Just purchase a Lisboa card from any center for tourist information, and you’ll be able to use the city’s public transport for free and will also get quite a few discounts when you visit tourist attractions.Christo Rei
Offering breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings, this 100 meters tall Christ statue, similar to the one in Rio De Janeiro, is one of the first places you should visit.Rosio
The main square of the city, Rosio is a must-visit to experience the city life of Lisbon.Belém
Located on the banks of the river Tejo and filled to the brim with monuments, Belém is a must-see. The area features Monument to the Discoveries, Belém Tower, Coach Museum, Jerónimos Monastery, Statue to Afonso de Albuquerque, and Belém Cultural Center. A walk in the gardens along the river is a must-do here.Parque das Nações
Featuring one of the world’s largest oceanariums, the park is a sight to behold. Take the cable car to the park and the sights you see will take your breath away.
Other places worth visiting in Lisbon are Ponte 25 de Abril (the sister to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco), Ponte Vasco da Gama (the longest bridge in Europe), Aqueduto das Aguas Livres (the historic aqueduct - a triumph of 18th century engineering), Museu da Marinha (a museum depicting Portugal’s dominance over the seas), Jardim Zoológico (a zoo featuring a variety of exotic animals) and Jardim Botanico (a 100-year old botanical garden, an ideal place for a day-long picnic).Things to do
In addition to visiting famous places in the city, there are a lot of things that should surely be experienced during a trip to Lisbon.Tram 28 & Gloria Funicular
Get onto Tram 28 which winds through the ‘Old Town’ of Lisbon to experience beautiful glimpses of the city or ride Gloria Funicular, the cable car which was classified as a national monument in 2002.Armazéns do Chiado
Visit Armazéns do Chiado, the most popular shopping mall in Lisbon and marvel at the city views the top floor restaurants and cafes there have.Cine Theatro Gymnasium
Visiting the Cine Theatro Gymnasium to experience Fado, a traditional Portuguese music style declared World Heritage by UNESCO, should also be on your to-do list.EcoWanders Free Hiking Tours
EcoWanders Free Hiking Tours’ hiking trails around Sintra-Cascais Natural Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) should also be experiencedDiscover Walks Lisbon
As walking is the best way to explore a city, Discover Walks Lisbon’s walking tours where natives of Lisbon will ‘decode’ the city for you is one of the best things to do in Lisbon.
There is all this and a lot more to do in Lisbon. So, pack your bags and don’t forget to make your travel bookings in advance so that you don’t miss out on cheap flight tickets to the city.