What to do in Lisbon: Stretched across steep hillsides, Lisbon offers all the amusements in its colourful cityscape that one can expect from the top attractions of Portugal, yet with half the hassle of other European capitals.
Portugal tourism has flourished after the Lisbon nominated as Europe’s Leading City Break Destination in both 2009 and 2010 and Europe’s Leading Cruise Destination in 2009. Following are the top ten attractions that Lisbon tours must visit.
1. Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon
The most remarkable symbol of Portugal’s power and glory during the Age of discovery, The Jeronimos Monastery is a church that was built in 1502 by King Manuel. The great explorer Vasco da Gama is also buried here. The art work of the cloisters is very eye catching and one of the best in the world. UNESCO has given this fabulous building the status of World Heritage monument that is a great award for Portugal capital.
2. Belem Tower, Lisbon
Another symbol of the Age of Discovery and major icon of the city, Belem Tower is located near to The Jeronimos Monastery. This lavish tower was built as a part of strong defence system by King John II in 1515 to safeguard the entrance to the harbour of Lisbon. Its building structure along with fabulous stone work is a magnificent example of Manueline style. It is also declared as a World Heritage monument by UNESCO.
3. St George’s Castle, Lisbon
Located at the highest hill of the city St George’s Castle can be seen from anywhere in the city. The wonderful view of the city can be enjoyed from the castle and the company of beautiful peacocks that roam all around the castle makes this experience more charming. This historical castle was a Moorish royal residence until Afonso, Portugal’s first king, captured this castle in 1147.
4. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon
Holding a unique treasure from the East and the West, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is the largest crowd puller site of Lisbon. A remarkable collection of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Islamic, Asian, and European art makes this museum worth visiting. All this art collection has been collected privately during a period of 40 years by Calouste Gulbenkian who was known to be the richest person of 20th century.
5. Parque Das Nacoes, Lisbon
In contrast with the ancient monuments in its neighbourhood, Parque Das Nacoes is the amusing entertainment park of 21st century. It house all sort of entertainments including concert venues, theatres, restaurants and a large shopping centre. The Lisbon tours can have lunch sitting on seats outside the restaurant in the vicinity of world’s longest bridge.
6. Berardo Museum, Lisbon
Housing the most modern art collection, The Berardo Museum is also an interesting place to visit in Lisbon. It holds the fabulous works by world famous artists including Warhol, Picasso , Duchamp and Magritte. All the artefacts that have been placed in this museum belonged to Joe Berardo who privately collected them. Some other cities like Paris and Miami were also claiming for this treasury collection but Lisbon succeeded to hold it.
7. Madre De Deus Convent, Lisbon
Housing a unique collection of tiles from as early as the 15th century, Madre De Deus Convent is the only museum of this kind in the world. The description of the manufacturing process of tiles has made it more interesting. In addition the remarkable paintings and portraits especially of King João III and his queen are worth viewing.
8. Ancient Art Museum, Lisbon
Located near the Tagus River, Ancient Art Museum houses an artistic collection from 12th to early 19th century. The most inspiring things of this museum are religious statues and unique artistic objects made in gold and silver.
9. Design & amp; Fashion Museum (MUDE), Lisbon
The most creative work of top fashion designers of the world is presented in temporary exhibitions at Design & Fashion Museum (MuDe). The work by world renowned designers including Phillipe Starck, George Nelson, Charles Eames and Arne Jacobsen will inspire you very much. Admission is free in this museum so don’t miss this attraction in Lisbon travel.
10. Sao Roque Church and Museum, Lisbon
With plain front but the most fabulous interior work, Sao Roque Church is an eye catching site to visit in Lisbon. Each of the chapels is a masterwork of Baroque art but the masterpiece is the fourth one on the left side that is said to be the world’s most expensive chapel. Rome contributed in its construction through providing its fantastic design and Lisbon provided all the most costly material including gold and silver then this masterpiece came into existence.
One last thing: Don’t forget to take an advice before stepping out for a trip to Portugal.