The best way to explore the city is walking through the old quarters.
Alfama the medieval section of Lisbon with tortuous and narrow streets topped by the walls of the castle.
Bairro Alto and Chiado the quarters where traditionally artists and intellectuals meet and where elegant shops can be found.
Baixa the 18th century Lisbon built after the 1755 earthquake. The main traditional shopping area.
Belém the old harbour of Lisbon from where the portuguese sailed off at the time of the discoveries. Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, from the 16th century, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage are a must that a visitor can not miss.
Walking tours can be combined with the use of public transportation.
In Lisbon we have excellent museums. A guided visit to a museum gives you a richer insight of the collection and a wider perspective of the art and culture of our country.
Coach Museum - one of the best collections of royal coaches in the world, from the 16th to the 19th century, where over 50 carriages can be admired.
Tile Museum - Ceramic tiles are a very important element in the portuguese decorative arts. A unique tile collection from the 15th century up to present day can be seen in an old convent from the 16 th century. Here you can see the evolution of the tile making from the Moorish production to modern industry.
Maritime Museum - One of the best in Europe. Here you can learn about the portuguese maritime discoveries admiring a display of model ships such as caravels, "naus" and war ships. This museum has the world largest collection of astrolabes as well as other navigation instruments.
Gulbenkian Museum - The private collection of Mr. Gulbenkian, a multimilionaire who lived in Lisbon his last years, and offered to the city a rich legacy of works of art including pieces from Egypt, Persia, Turkey, China, Japan and Europe.
"Arte Antiga" Museum - 5 000 pieces of portuguese and foreign art are displayed in different sections: sculpture, painting, chinese porcelain, goldsmith, afro and indo-portuguese furniture and Namban art. This collection witnesses the portuguese presence around the world from the western coast of Africa to the Far East.
Ajuda Palace- The last official residence of the Portuguese Monarchy in the 19th century. Visit the rooms that preserve the decoration and atmosphere of the 18 hundreds with the decorative and personal objects that belonged to the royal family.
Sintra National Palace- One of the most important examples of royal architecture in Portugal.The Palace was used by kings as summer residence and a hunting lodge for over 600 years. It has the greatest collection of Mudéjar tiles in the country. It is topped by two large twin chimneys built over the kitchen, which have become the symbol of Sintra.
Pena National Palace- This palace is the most accomplished and remarkable example of Portuguese Romantic architecture. Built at approximately 500 metres above sea level, at the top of Sintra Mountain from where we can enjoy an outstanding view. It goes back to 1839 and its architecture uses not only motifs influenced by the moorish, gothic and manueline art, but also the Wagnerian spirit of Bavarian castles.
Queluz National Palace was in the early 18th century the idyllic country setting of the royal family's estate and summer residence. Surrounded by geometrically designed gardens, this monument, a Portuguese version of the French “baroque” and “rocaille” styles, often referred as “The Portuguese Versailles”, contains an important collection of decorative arts - furniture, painting, carpets, porcelain and tiles.
Regaleira Palace and Gardens– Built in the late 19th century by an eccentric Portuguese millionaire, a visit to this palace plunge us into an esoteric and mystical atmosphere, where a great variety of Masonic symbols can be found.
A few miles from Lisbon
Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Óbidos, Évora, Batalha, Alcobaça, Tomar and Mafra.