Sightseeing in Lisbon allows you to discover celebrated landmarks, monuments and neighbourhoods. For a perfect introduction is to wander up to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara in Chiado. This splendid terrace is set in gardens high above the Baixa (downtown) and is a great way to get your bearings. Taking the elevator to the top of Arco da Rua Augusta also allows you to see the sights from a lofty viewpoint. Further afield is the Cristo Rei on the river’s south bank. The top affords a stunning Lisbon canvas. Similarly, the highpoint of any visit to Castelo de São Jorge is the panorama from the battlements. The best sightseeing option at Parque das Nações, east of the city centre, is to hop on the Telecabine Lisboa cable car. Back in Chiado, the atmospheric ruins of the Igreja do Carmo remind visitors of the destructive force of the great 1755 earthquake. In keeping with the religious theme – and a “must see” on any itinerary – is the majestic Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém. The quirkiest way to see Lisbon’s sights is to jump on board Tram 28. The streetcar trundles across the city passing a number of visitor attractions. Lisbon sightseeing doesn’t necessarily mean staying in the city. For a change of scenery, divert inland to Sintra and the magical Palácio da Pena. Alternatively, head along the coast and spend the day at Cascais Resort Town and enjoy some authentic holiday sightseeing by the sea.
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