The maritime Voyages of Discovery turned Lisbon into one of the world’s great ports and the centre of an empire that stretched from Brazil in the West to India in the East. On the banks of the river, great monuments testify to that history.
After the earthquake of 1755, the Baixa Pombalina downtown was rebuilt in the classical style while many of its adjoining medieval neighbourhoods survived and are now home to an amazing array of stores, restaurants and cafés.
Lisbon’s exceptional and highly individualistic light has charmed writers, photographers and filmmakers with the polychrome façade tiles serving to create a particular atmosphere.
On foot, by tram, boat or walking the banks of the Tagus, and even on the metro - an open underground museum of contemporary Portuguese art, any means serves to reveal the cultural diversity of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Lisbon from the hills
At the top of the hill. You will never be able to say that you have really seen Lisbon until you have travelled up to the top of one of its seven hills on one of the lifts or funiculars that are to be found around the city.
If you travel to the top of Elevador de Santa Justa, you will have one of the most beautiful views over Lisbon, taking in the Igreja do Carmo, the Baixa Pombalina, Castelo de São Jorge and the River Tagus.
Make sure to take a trip up to Bairro Alto on the Elevador da Glória. At the top, there is a magnificent view over the city from São Pedro de Alcântara. Take advantage of being here to discover a truly unforgettable historical quarter. Walk along one of its narrow streets and listen to the excitement and commotion of everyday life. Stop for a while in one of the district’s many restaurants, bars or shops.
Walk down to Bica, the next historical quarter, and make your way across to the viewpoint of Santa Catarina. With its statue of Adamastor, this is the ideal spot for observing the ferry-boats making their way back and forth, whilst enjoying the magnificent view of the Cristo Rei statue and the 25 de Abril Bridge.
Contemplating Lisbon and its river takes on its own special flavour as night falls. From the viewpoint of Santa Luzia, near Portas do Sol, you can see the Tagus estuary, its south bank and the typical Lisbon quarter of Alfama.
Another memorable view can be enjoyed from the viewpoint of Senhora do Monte, in Graça, from where you can look out over the river and the city’s various hills.
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy yet another perspective of Lisbon, this time from the top of Parque Eduardo VII, offering a delightful view over the Baixa and the Castle, with the river in the background.