Lisbon is the beautiful capital city of Portugal and the biggest city in the country. Located at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the few European cities which integrate water as part of its culture and urban design. Lisbon will enchant any of its visitors with its limestone buildings and the most amazing and intimate alleyways. What I truly enjoyed about the city was its warm climate featuring really mild winters and hot summers.
Lisbon is a city which deserves to be enjoyed for more than just a few days as you will need more than a week to be able to truly see and enjoy the view and all its wonderful attractions. In the last few years, Lisbon has reborn from the past’s ashes just like the Phoenix bird with a contemporary culture alive and visible in every corner of the Portuguese capital. Discover five attractions you shouldn’t miss if you have the chance to visit Lisbon.
#1 Oceanario de Lisboa/Lisbon Oceanarium
If you get to visit this wonderful place, be sure you will spend more than 3 hours here! Open since 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century’s last World Fair, themed “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”, and it is a contemporary and futuristic attraction which talks about the love affair between Lisbon and the Ocean. While walking through the most impressive exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn about the oceans and how to make decisions which promote the eco-friendly attitude of preserving nature.
#2 Elevador de Santa Justa/ Santa Justa Elevator
This gothic looking elevator is what I like to call the Eiffel Tower of Lisbon, a little less famous, but trust me, as incredible as the tower in Paris. The elevator is located inside a gothic tower and provides quick and easy transportation between two districts of Lisbon. The view on top is worth the queue you will have to face when arriving there.
#3 Coach Museum
If you’re passionate about cars or motorcycles, I am sure you will be curious to discover how the very first luxury cars looked like. The Lisbon coach museum is located in an 18th-century riding academy attached to the royal palace. The museum features historic pieces, coaches and carriages dating back to the seventeenth century.
#4 Castle of São Jorge
On top of the highest hill in Lisbon sits St. George’s Castle, so the view from up there is truly remarkable. Photography enthusiasts will be enchanted by the photos they will be able to take up there. The area is called the Alfama. The building of the castle started in the fifth century playing the role of a Visigothic fort. A great part of the castle was destroyed during the great earthquake of 1755.
#5 Vasco da Gama Shopping Center
All you need for shopping is right there, in the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center. If you are curious to try Portuguese dishes or you simply want a Big Mac, you’ll have access to a variety of food options. The building has a futuristic design that’s really nice to admire if you’re passionate about design.
This were my favourite five from Lisbon. I am curious what your top five attractions list in Lisbon looks like.
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