Best Attractions in Lisbon: Plenty to See and Do

The best attractions and activities in Lisbon take in some of the city’s most compelling landmarks and monuments, and provide plenty of fun things to do. For a dramatic introduction to the Portuguese capital, take to the skies with Lisbon Helicopters, an incredible flightseeing ride that whisks passengers high over the Lisbon coast and downtown Lisbon. Back on the ground visitors can marvel at the virtuoso horsemanship of the riders performing dressage at the Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestra. The more active however can hook up with adrenaline-fuelled Guincho Adventours. These guys offer all sorts of activity programmes to suit all ages. Are you easily scared? For the fright of your life, take a dare and enter Labirinto Lisboa, the city’s most haunted house where all sorts of “horrors” are unleashed upon the hapless. Fortunately a more sedate experience can be enjoyed at the World Heritage Site-classified Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, one of Portugal’s most celebrated attractions. Equally impressive is the Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe’s largest aquariums and teeming with all sorts of weird and wonderful sealife. The world’s largest collection of horse-drawn coaches is housed at the new Museu Nacional dos Coches. The exhibition includes a number of fabulously rare carriages. Looking for a pic opp? Best then to head to the top of the Arco da Rua Augusta for a fine panorama across the river and the downtown district. If you prefer to see the city on two wheels, join a bicycle tour courtesy of Bike Iberia. And for something a little different, take a look inside Figaro’s Barbershop where they offer vintage style haircuts and a retro Americana interior.     

Cais do Sodré/Santos


A traditional men-only barbershop specialising in classic haircuts based on styles from the 1920s through to the '50s, Figaro's fabulous interior is reason enough to drop by this charming Lisbon anomaly. Designed around vintage furniture and...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


Founded by keen cyclist Jorge Didier Mimosa, Bike Iberia is acknowledged as one of the best Lisbon activity options. Visitors are encouraged to explore the city on two wheels and the company has devised a fantastic programme of rides - tours and...  Read More



The panorama enjoyed from the top of the Rua Augusta Arch combines fantastic river views with an inspiring city landscape. Sited in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district overlooking Praça do Comércio, the triumphal arch was built to celebrate the...  Read More



The Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum) holds the largest collection of historic coaches and carriages in the world, and is certainly the finest museum of its kind in Europe. The coaches, comprising state and promenade vehicles...  Read More

Parque das Nações
Oceanário de Lisboa


The Oceanário is the most visited tourist attraction in Lisbon, indeed in Portugal, and is Europe's second largest aquarium. It's home to around 8000 aquatic species, with the facility designed around four different habitat zones and a huge...  Read More



One of Lisbon's most impressive historic landmarks, this early 16th-century monastery is a masterpiece of Manueline architecture and stands as a monument to Portugal's great age of exploration, its Golden Age of Discovery. Commissioned in 1501...  Read More

Cais do Sodré/Santos


The "Labyrinth", Portugal's first haunted house attraction, offers visitors an opportunity to have the wits scared out them by entering a world inhabited by the macabre – freaks, phantoms, ghouls, ghosts and other seriously insane individuals....  Read More

Outside the City


Visitors seeking an adrenaline rush during their stay in Lisbon will be impressed with the outdoors activities choice offered by Guincho Adventours. Based in Cascais, about 30km west of Lisbon, the company takes advantage of its proximity to the...  Read More



The Henrique Caldo Riding Ring in Belém is the venue for weekly displays of virtuoso horsemanship as riders from the prestigious Portuguese School of Equestrian Art regale audiences with evening performances of classical equestrian exercise and...  Read More

West of Center


Lisbon sightseeing in taken to new heights by this helicopter flightseeing operation. Flights take in some of the Portuguese capital's most emblematic points of interest, and depending which tour you opt for include monuments like the fabulous...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul