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One of the oldest districts in Lisbon, the Alfama rests on the side of a steep hill, crowned by St George's Castle (Castelo de São Jorge). Visitors can also see the remains of a Moorish wall and the Jewish quarter here. Visitors can take the famo... Continue reading

Belém Cultural Centre

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The Belém Cultural Centre is a relatively modern addition to historic Belém, but now dominates the city's contemporary music, dance and theatre scenes. Host to local and international artists and festivals, there is also a bar with regular live m... Continue reading

Belém Tower

Cost: €4; concessions €1.60-€2; under-14s free
Built to guard Lisbon in the 16th century, Belém Tower is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jutting into the Tagus River in Belém, the exterior features ornate Manueline religious and maritime carvings. Climb to the top for city views. Lisbon's ... Continue reading

Berardo Museum

Cost: Free
Located in the Belém district, the Berardo Museum showcases modern and contemporary art from all over the world. Themed exhibitions are presented in rotation so expect anything from Surrealism to Pop Art, painting, photography and installations.... Continue reading

Botanic Garden

Cost: €1.50; concessions €0.75; under-6s free
Tucked away in the Bairro Alto district, the Botanic Garden is a lush retreat from the afternoon sun. Wander along mosaic paths under tall palms, take in the scents of the herb garden and visit the colourful butterfly house.... Continue reading

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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Portugal's most important cultural organisation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in São Sebastião has a choir and orchestra which perform an annual programme of concerts, supplemented by visiting international orchestras. Jazz concerts take pl... Continue reading

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Cost: €4; concessions €2; under-12s free
The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in São Sebastião boasts collections of Oriental and Classical Art from Egypt to the Far East, and European Art, including Renaissance works and René Lalique pieces. The building is a leading example of 1960s Portug... Continue reading

Carmo Convent

Cost: €2.50; concessions €1.50; under-14s free
Built in the 15th century, today the Carmo Convent ruins in the Chiado district stand as a poignant reminder of the 1755 earthquake. As well as contemplating the ruins, make time for its compact archaeological collection which includes Egyptian pie... Continue reading

Discoveries Monument

Cost: €2.50 (viewing platform); concessions €1.50; under-7s free
Built in 1960 to mark the fifth centenary of Henry the Navigator's death, the Discoveries Monument has a riverside location in the Belém district. This concrete caravel is adorned with sculptures of Golden-Age explorers and offers Tagus River view... Continue reading

Edward VII Park

Cost: Free
The Edward VII Park in Campolide is criss-crossed with paths, trimmed hedges and flower beds and provides panoramic city views. Home to tropical greenhouses and lakeside restaurants, there is also a garden dedicated to Portuguese diva Amália Rodr... Continue reading

Jerónimos Monastery

Cost: €6; concessions €2.40-€3; under-14s free
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national icon, the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém is a masterpiece of early 16th-century Portuguese Manueline architecture. Highlights include elaborately carved interior features, peaceful cloisters, explorer Vasco... Continue reading


Cost: Free
In its temporary home in the Baixa, MuDe displays a selection of pieces from the Francisco Capelo collection, portraying the history of design and fashion since 1930. In 2010, MuDe moves to Santa Catarina as a fully fledged fashion and design museu... Continue reading

National Museum of Ancient Art

Cost: €4; concessions €2; under-14s free
The National Museum of Ancient Art in Santos houses Portugal's most prized art collection, including Portuguese sculptures and paintings from the 13th-19th centuries. Also on display are European paintings, ceramics and textiles, and art treasures ... Continue reading

National Tile Museum

Cost: €4; concessions €2; under-14s free
Housed in a former convent in São João, the National Tile Museum is home to a vast collection of valuable azulejos, traditional Portuguese tiles. Gems include 15th-century Moorish tiles and large wall panels dating back to the 18th century. Over... Continue reading

Pena Palace

Cost: €8; concessions €6; under-6s free
A striking combination of yellow and pink dominates the exterior of Pena Palace in Sintra, built as a royal retreat in 1839. Indulge your sense of fantasy as you explore the pastiche of Moorish and late Gothic Portuguese architecture inside.... Continue reading

St George's Castle

Cost: €5; under-10s free
As a testament to centuries of Lisbon history, St George's Castle stands on top of the city's highest hill, dominating the ancient Alfama quarter. After enjoying panoramic city views, climb the reconstructed battlements for even headier sights. Th... Continue reading