Sightseeing in Lisbon: Follow an Itinerary of Compelling Visitor Attractions

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. 

Outside the City

A day excursion to Cascais is a wonderful way to complementing any visit to Lisbon. Located on the Lisbon coast 30 km west of the city centre, the resort town is easily reached by direct train from Cais do Sodre rail terminal. A chic, upmarket...  Read More

Outside the City

One of the region's most distinguished historical landmarks and a fixture on the Sintra sightseeing circuit, the Pena palace crowns the highest peak of the Serra de Sintra hills. Dating from the 19th century, the building features several...  Read More

A convenient and wholly novel way of taking in the Lisbon sights is hop aboard the number 28 tram (electrico). Distinguished by its bright yellow paintwork, this quirky streetcar follows the contours of Lisbon's hilly topography, a sometimes...  Read More

Nowhere in Lisbon is Portugal's golden Age of Discovery better celebrated than in Belem, a pretty suburb set on the riverfront west of the city centre. It's easy to spend a day here exploring such wonders as the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, easily...  Read More

A somewhat sombre experience awaits sightseers visiting the atmospheric ruins of the Carmo church. Indeed, this is one of the more poignant of Lisbon's historic sites. Built between 1389 and 1423, this was once the city's grandest church. But on...  Read More

Parque das Nações

An edifying point of interest, the telecabine, or cable car, that runs above the river's edge at Parque das Nacoes provides visitors with an uplifting panorama of the entire Nation's Park area and the Tagus estuary. The cabins glide lazily...  Read More


A sightseeing favourite, Lisbon's castle is the most ubiquitous of the capital's tourist attractions and is a "must see" on any visitor itinerary. The 1755 earthquake destroyed much of the original structure and what you see today is the result...  Read More

Outside the City

Looming large on the south bank of the river is one of Lisbon's most incongruous monuments, the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) statue. It's the Portuguese version of Brazil's famous Cristo Redentor in Rio de Janeiro and while much smaller in...  Read More

Lisbon's eye-catching triumphal arch, better known as the Rua Augusta Arch, is one of the city's most recognised historic monuments. Standing on the north side of Praca do Comercio, the 19th-century landmark was designed by architect Santos de...  Read More

One of the delights of exploring Lisbon is discovering the city's miradouros (viewpoints) – purpose-built terraces usually designed around landscaped gardens and more often than not a handy kiosk-café. Located at various points throughout the...  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