Best of Lisbon, Portugal | Private jet charter
Lisbon, the hilly coastal capital of Portugal, has seen a surge in tourism in the last five years, attracted by the year-round excellent weather, vibrant cultural life, fabulous cuisine, heritage architecture and the miles of beaches. Here are six of Lisbon’s top attractions:
Church of Santa Engrácia
Located in the historic Alfama district of Lisbon, with its cobbled streets leading up to the castle, the white-domed Church of Santa Engrácia is the burial place for many of Portugal’s dignitaries. Climb up into the dome for incredible views of the church interior, and enjoy the vistas over the Rio Tejo estuary and Alfama from its terraces.
São Jorge Castle
This mid-11th century Moorish hilltop castle is a wonderful introduction to Portuguese history and offers visitors superb views over Lisbon from its terraces. Stop for coffee at the Café Castelo before exploring the various towers, gardens and archaeological sites.
Belem Tower (Torre de Belem)
A UNESCO protected world heritage site, this medieval fortified tower on a river island is spectacular night and day. There are great views of Lisbon and the waterfront from the roof. Take Tram 15 from the city centre and explore the Tower as well as Belem’s bars and restaurants.
Lisbon’s bohemian Bairro Alto district is the charming nightlife hub of Lisbon. Take a seat at one of the many bars, and listen to live Fado music as you sip a local Port and watch the sunset from the Miradouro de Santa Catarina. Carmo Convent – on a hill overlooking Rossio Square – has a small museum, and you’ll find beautiful gifts at A Vida Portugeusa on Rua Anchieta, specialising in vintage and traditional Portuguese products.
Mafra National Palace
An ideal day trip from Lisbon, the enigmatic Palace of Mafra is located just 28km north of the capital. This massive Baroque and Italianised Neo-Classical church-palace-monastery dominates the town, and comprises 1200 rooms covering an area of four square km. Combine a visit to Mafra with lunch at the nearby traditional fishing village of Ericeira.
Best Lisbon Markets
Lisbon is renowned for its fabulous markets. The largest Lisbon market is Mercado da Ribeira on Av 24 de Julho. Top chefs shop at this covered food pavilion and specialities here include seafood such as bacalhau (cod) a prime ingredient in Portuguese cuisine. Feira da Ladra on Campo de Santa Clara is a fabulous flea market offering antiques, homeware, clothing and more. And foodies will love Campo de Ourique Market with its artisanal food vendors and trendy bars and restaurants.
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