Lisbon, Portugal’s capital city is sited on seven hills on the north bank of the Tagus estuary. Modern and cosmopolitan, it is known as the white city thanks to its unique light. It has been the departure point of many voyages of discovery and today the visitor will still find the same air of excitement and anticipation as they stand at the water’s edge by the famous Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument which celebrates the many famous Portuguese explorers.

The riverside district of Belém where the monument is situated is also where two further Lisbon landmarks will be found, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Torre de Belém. Another dominating feature on the banks of the Tagus is the 25 de Abril Bridge which is a facsimile of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. On the the opposite bank alongside the bridge rises another monument which seems almost familiar. Christo Rei, which is over 100 metres high, was inspired by the Christ Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
Head into the Baixa district in the centre of the city and here the grid street plan that was instituted after the great earthquake of 1755 becomes more evident. Gracious buildings full of charm lead onto squares and reveal the many other attractions to be found in and around the city centre and on the hills that climb around it.

Outside the city the visitor is faced with even more attractions to inspire and capture the imagination. At Sintra they will find two royal palaces, the Palacio Nacional de Sintra and then on a peak high above it, the spectacular Palacio da Pena. Joureneying further afield they will find the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Batalha and Tomar and close by a world famous place of pilgrimage Fatima.
With such a diversity on offer, Lisbon is a city that almost demands repeated visits in order to take in all that it has to offer and it’s mild climate makes it an excellent destination all year around.

Tourist attractions, venues and activities

Located in the eastern area of the city and boasting a vast riverfront, the Parque das Nações is home to a wide variety of open-air attractions and leisure facilities such as the aquarium (Oceanário de Lisboa); the Atlantic Pavilion; a venue for concerts and major international sports and the new Casino de Lisboa. Sports lovers will enjoy hiking along the trails in the beautiful hills and the stunning landscapes of the natural parks, such as Sintra and Arrábida, located south of Lisbon, or playing a round of golf at one of the many courses Lisbon and the surrounding area can offer, such as Estoril and Cascais. The biggest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula, Centro Commercial Colombo, has much to offer.
Attractions in the city

  • Belém Tower
  • Monument to the Discoveries
  • Jerónimos Monastery UNESCO WHS
  • Saint George Castle
  • Marques de Pombal Square
  • Rossio Square
  • 25 de Abril Bridge
  • Cristo Rei

Attractions outside the city

  • Estoril & Cascais
  • Sintra Palace UNESCO WHS
  • Pena Palace
  • Fatima Sanctuary
  • Tomar
  • Batalha Monastery UNESCO WHS
  • Medieval Obidos

Lisbon - City of Discovery 
Sintra, Guincho and Cascais
Lisbon Highlights and Coast of Estoril
Walking Tour of the City
Lisbon by Tram and Coach  
EXPO ’98 Site’
Estoril Beach
Lisbon by Land and River
Medieval Obidos  
A Journey to Fatima  
Jeep Safari  
Scenic Southern Hills  
Palace of Queluz and Cascais
Panoramic Lisbon and Belem
Estádio da Luz

Tourist Info
Local Population: 545.245 thousand
Time (GMT+/-): 0
First language:
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Euro (Eur)
Banking hours (morning): From 08:30 to
Banking hours (afternoon): From to 15:00
Accepts Travellers Cheques: Yes
Shopping hours (morning): From 09:00 to 13:00
Shopping hours (afternoon): From 15:00 to 19:00
Public holidays: 1 Jan; 25 Apr; 1 May; 10 Jun; 13 Jun; 15 Aug; 5 Oct; 1 Nov; 1 Dec; 8 Dec; 25 Dec
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: No
Tourist Office Associação de Turismo de Lisboa - Visitors & Convention Bureaux
Contact Name: Victor Costa
Address: Rua do Arsenal, 15 1100-038 Lisboa
Tel. No.: +(351) 21 031 27 00
Fax No.: +(351)21 031 28 99

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