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Language: Portuguese | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: (WET) | Avg. Flight time: 2.5 hrs
Belém Tower has stood sentinel over the River Tagus since the early 16th century. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Lisbon and a masterpiece of high art and whimsy.
Go early before the crowds, climb to the top and gaze out over the Atlantic Ocean.
It might be just a lift, but the 45-metre (147-feet) Elevador de Santa Justa is a lift like no other.
Created by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, a pupil of Gustave Eiffel, its primary aim was to link Lisbon’s Baixa district to Bairro Alto and save aristocratic Portuguese from hiking up the hill on foot. You might be up for the walk, but don’t deprive yourself of a ride aboard the 19th-century elevator – out of all the activities in Lisbon, this is a definite must-do.
One of the most-visited tourist attractions in Lisbon, Castelo São Jorge looms large over the Alfama district and is the keeper of the city’s finest tales of bloodthirsty derring-do. Look at any ‘what to do in Lisbon’ list and this will be on it.
Saint Jerome is charged with caring for the spiritual wellbeing of sailors and his monastery is spectacular.
Give plenty of attention to the maritime carvings; working out their symbolic messages is among Lisbon’s top activities.
Wondering what to do in Lisbon with just a weekend to spare? Visit Alfama and if you see nothing else, you’ll be happy. This is one of the most haunting, atmospheric and lovely medieval districts in Europe and just about the only area left untouched after the city’s devastating 18th-century earthquake.
Lisbon Cathedral is here, as well as Castelo São Jorge and dozens of other landmarks.
Find a great place to stay near these top attractions with the help of our Lisbon hotels page.