5 Places to Visit in Lisbon – Portugal

Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal and is more than just the capital. It’s also the Metropolitan district’s center, and the westernmost city in continental Europe. Every visitor to this stunning, thriving town will find something to do, regardless of age or preferences, but these are some of the things you should do when you visit.

  1. Tram 28


Tram 28 is one of the most historic tram lines in the country, and a hugely popular stop for visitors. That’s partly because of its vintage looks and charm, and partly because the journey takes you up some of the steepest hills and round some of the tightest curves, making it an incredible ride for thrill seekers. Travel on Tram 28, and you’ll also see some important landmarks, such as Miradouro da Graça viewpoint  and Sao Jorgo Castle, not to mention some historic districts, such as Graça, Baixa, and Alfama. If you want to explore some of the winding narrow streets in the historical districts, this is absolutely the best way to do it.  The tram runs every weekday from 6 AM to 11 PM and weekends from 6 AM to 10.30 PM. A single trip costs 3 euros, while a 24-hour public transport pass costs 6.45 euros, allowing you to travel on all metros, trams, and buses. It does get crowded at peak times and be aware of pickpockets.

  1. Ajuda National Palace


A stunning palace, Ajuda National palace was built in the 19th century in the neoclassical style. Before the monarchy were overthrown in 1910, the palace was their last official residence. Today it stands proud and tall as a popular place for tourists. Not only is the outside a beautiful photography subject, but the inside has one of the largest collections of royal treasures, including tapestries, furniture, art, paintings, and more.  Visitors can walk through several unique rooms, each with its own decoration and history, including the Throne Room, Music Room, and Ballroom. The palace is open 6 days a week ( closed Wednesdays and holidays ) from 10 Am to 5.30 PM and admission costs from 3 euros. You can get in for free every Sunday between 10 AM and 2 PM.

  1. Praco do Comercio

Praça do Comércio

One of the largest of it’s kind in Europe, Praca do Comercio is a charming place, surrounded by yellow buildings. Around the plaza, you’ll find bars, restaurants, cafes and theaters, offering plenty of entertainment and leisure. In the center of the plaza stands the statue of King José I, commemorating the fact that the Royal Palace once stood there, before it was destroyed in 1755 by a huge earthquake. The promenade along the harbor offers plenty of opportunity for leisurely walks and you can even take a boat ride on the Tagus River.


  1. Lisbon Cathedral

lisbon cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral is among the oldest buildings in the city and is certainly one of the most important of all the religious sites. Built in both Gothic and Romanesque styles, the Cathedral has some beautiful stained glass windows, and plenty of historical and cultural significance in the city, and is especially significant for the many pilgrims that stop there. Originally built in the 12th Century, the Cathedral has undergone many renovations and has been added to over the centuries. Now, it is also a religious museum, containing plenty of artifacts, paintings and sculptures from different historical times. You can visit the museum every day between 9 Am and 7 PM and admission starts at 3 euros.

  1. Rossio Square

Rossio Square

One of the most popular meeting places in Lisbon, Rossio Square features some stunning urban design in the form of wave-patterned mosaics. It has a lively, vibrant atmosphere with some beautiful architecture to look at as you relax at one of the bars and restaurants. You can also take in some traditional stores if shopping is your thing.


As you can see, Lisbon offers something for everyone and is the perfect place for a leisurely break. Make these five places must-visits on your itinerary and soak up the unique atmosphere and architecture this city offers.

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