Lisbon is known for its excellent seafood, world-class restaurants, reputation for free style and long pedigree in art and culture. It’s known for its ornate architecture, colonialist history and tradition of Fado music. It is advised to wear comfortable footwear and a must have is a pocket map. Here are some of Lisbon’s tourist attractions and things to do while you plan your vacation for this city of Portugal.
Torre de Belém
The tower was built to guard the river entrance into Lisbon harbor. Dom Manuel the Fortunate gave the order to build this tourist attractions which has stone work motifs, twisted rope, Lisbon’s patron saint St. Vincent, the Catholic Crosses of Christ and a rhinoceros.
Aqueduto das Águas Livres
One of places on the things to do list in Lisbon is Aqueduto das Águas Livres, which spans the Alcantara valley and bridges it on a series of 35 arches. The largest of the arch rises about 64 metres from the ground. These arches are so sturdy that they even survived the earthquake in 1755. In 1748, the first water was flown from a source 58 kilometres to the north-west. The things to do here include guided walks and explore the surrounded area.
Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Hardly a month after taking Lisbon from the Moors in 1147, this popular tourist attractions laid its foundation stone under Portugal’s first king, Afonso Henriques. It was the first church of St Vincent ‘Outside’. In 1755, it was severely damaged due to an earthquake. After it was reconstructed with early 18th century tile panels illustrating La Fontaine fables.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Out of many tourist attractions, this is the Europe’s leading fine art museums which has a display from 2000 BC to the early 20th century. It has from the ancient world some of the Egyptian scarabs, a giant ninth century BC Assyrian bas-relief in alabaster of a warrior. The things to do at this museum include excellent temporary exhibitions, art library, fantastic café and a small gift shop. At the southern end of the park is the Centro de Arte Moderna, which is not to be missed.
MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda
This is known as Lisbon’s Museum of Design and Fashion highlights. Situated in a cavernous former bank headquarters, the ground floor showcases the main collection – iconic and experimental clothing, footwear and accessories, household design and furniture; and the underground vault and second-floor gallery host temporary exhibitions.
Time Out Market Lisboa
One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Time Out Market, known for its curated burgers, nigri, pizzas, or sandwiches. An independent panel of city experts have chosen, tasted and tested all the elements found here. You can’t really count on the things to do here – 24 restaurants from well-known Portuguese chefs, a dozen shops, 8 bars and Rive Rouge, a high end music venue.