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A Guide to Lisbon's Essential Landmarks

Ready to immerse yourself in the magic of Portugal? Join us on a captivating journey as we explore the unique landmarks and sights that define the enchanting capital city of Lisbon.

Lisbon, often referred to as the city of seven hills, is like that fascinating friend who keeps life intriguing. From winding alleys to grand squares, this place unfolds like a living storybook, with a surprise awaiting at every turn.

Neighborhood Highlights


Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district, is a cultural gem with a history dating back to the eighth century. Surviving the 1755 earthquake that destroyed most of the city, it retains a medieval charm. Alfama is renowned as the birthplace of Fado music, reflecting its working-class heritage and is the best location in the city to see the city's Old Town.


  • São Jorge Castle: Immerse yourself in history with a visit to this medieval Moorish castle.

  • Fado in the Alleys: Get lost in vibrant alleys and catch the soulful sounds of Fado, the traditional Portuguese music.

  • Feira da Ladra Market: Explore the lively flea market, offering a variety of antiques and unique finds.

  • Tram 28: Experience Lisbon’s most iconic tram line, which winds its way up the hills of the city, passing notable landmarks and historic streets.

Baixa and Chiado

Baixa and Chiado, the beating heart of Lisbon, seamlessly blend together to form the city's center. Baixa, born from the post-1755 earthquake makeover, is home to the grandest architecture in the city. On the flip side, Chiado, once a hangout for cool cats and artists, bounced back from a fiery setback in 1988 and is now a lively hub with hip cafes and boutiques. This part of the city is the best place to book your hotel!


  • Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio): This grand square by the Tagus River is the gateway to Baixa, surrounded by colorful buildings and the iconic Rua Augusta Arch.

  • Santa Justa Lift: An elegant iron elevator offering panoramic views of Lisbon and connecting Baixa with the higher Carmo Square.

  • Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio): A bustling square with a central fountain and surrounded by historic buildings.

  • A Brasileira: Lisbon's most iconic cafe, frequented by intellectuals and artists, including the famous poet Fernando Pessoa.

  • Bertrand Bookstore (Livraria Bertrand): Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest operating bookstore, located in Chiado, offering a unique literary experience.

(Just a 10-minute walk downhill lies another can’t miss spot, the original location of the Time Out Market. The market is the perfect place to grab lunch or a quick snack from any of their fabulous vendors.)


Belém, Lisbon's maritime playground, is packed with history, culture, and tasty treats. Home to the place where Portugal's explorers set sail. And don't even get started on the Pastéis de Nata – those custard tarts are legendary, especially from the Pastéis de Belém bakery.


  • Belém Tower (Torre de Belém): UNESCO World Heritage site, iconic fortress on the Tagus River.

  • Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos): UNESCO World Heritage site, masterpiece of Manueline architecture.

  • National Coach Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches): Significant collection of historic carriages and coaches.

  • Belém Pastéis de Nata: Famous pastry from the historic Pastéis de Belém bakery.

  • The QUAKE Museum (Museu QUAKE): A museum providing insights into the impact of the 1755 earthquake on Lisbon, its reconstruction, and the evolution of seismic studies.

Day Trip to Sintra

Don't miss a day trip to Sintra, a magical village full of castles and enchanting sights that will undoubtedly be the highlight of your Lisbon trip.

Getting There

Sintra is easily accessible by public transport, and while trains and buses are available, we recommend a private tour for a hassle-free exploration of this fairytale village.

Sights in Sintra

  • Pena Palace (Palácio Nacional da Pena): A colorful and eclectic palace perched on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros): A medieval castle with impressive walls and towers, providing panoramic views of Sintra and beyond.

  • Quinta da Regaleira: A mysterious and enchanting estate with a palace, chapel, and an intricate network of gardens, tunnels, and wells.

  • National Palace of Sintra (Palácio Nacional de Sintra): Located in the town center, this palace features a blend of Moorish, Gothic, and Manueline architectural styles.

  • Initiation Well (Poço Iniciático): Part of the Quinta da Regaleira, this well is a unique, spiral staircase leading underground, symbolizing initiation rites.

Book Your Trip to Lisbon!

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