Lisbon is a Mediterranean paradise with blue waters, rolling hills and fascinating architecture. Its rich history and vibrant nightlife will surprise and delight you. Here are the top attractions you can’t miss on your next visit to Lisbon.
1) Belém Tower
Belém Tower was originally built in order to defend the city from the mouth of the Tagus river. Built in the 16th century, this tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is often thought of as a national symbol of Portugal. Its Manueline architecture incorporates intricate stonework and it is a definite must-see in Lisbon.
2) 25 de Abril Bridge
25 de Abril Bridge connects Lisbon with Almada over the Tagus River. It looks very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and it was built by the same team of architects. The views of the bridge are stunning, so be sure to drop by and take them in up close.
3) Oriente Station
It’s rare for a train station to be an attraction itself, but Oriente Station‘s stunning and unique architecture makes it a sight to be seen. It’s one of the city’s main transport hubs, and it contemporary design makes it look less like a train station and more like an art installation. Make sure to stop and look around if you’re passing through, or put it on your itinerary as its own stop.
4) Augusta Street Arch
The Augusta Street Arch was built to celebrate the rebuilding of the city after a massive earthquake in 1755. The three sculptures on top of the arch are meant to represent Glory, Valor, and Genius. The massive building has since become a major tourist attraction. People are fascinated by the sheer size of the building, as well as its significance to Portuguese history.
5) Park of Nations
Parque Das Nações, or Park of Nations, is a neighbourhood in Lisbon that has everything you could want—gorgeous waterfront views, authentic restaurants, great shopping, and lovely parks. You can easily spend a day exploring cultural sights, taking in nature or shopping in Park of Nations.
6) Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos
Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos is an architecturally fascinating former monastery in the Belem district of Lisbon. The interior is ornately decorated with carvings, sculptures and art of all varieties. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, and it is commonly thought of as a symbol of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
7) Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos, or Monument to Explorers, is a gigantic monument honouring Portuguese explorers of the 15th and 16th centuries. It also portrays other Portuguese historical figures such as kings, poets, cosmographers and monks all on one big ship.
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