Traveling to Lisbon: The City of Longing

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Lisbon is the hilly capital of Portugal. It is the largest city in Portugal and a home to almost 3 million people. The city is regarded as a global city because of its importance in Portugal’s finance, trade, entertainment, tourism, and entertainment industries. This coastal city is known for its scenic countryside, soulful Fado music, centuries-old buildings, and a string of Atlantic beaches. Lisbon attracts millions of tourists every year. In today’s post, we are listing down some of the must-see sights in Lisbon:

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Praça do Império
Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is an ancient Manueline monastery. This historic landmark was built in the 15th century to commemorate Vasco de Gamma’s “discovery” of India. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is located in the parish of Belém. The structure features a Gothic chapel that leads to the grand monastery. A few of the most powerful and historical figures in Portugal are entombed in the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, including Vasco de Gamma himself. His elaborate tomb is one of the monastery’s main attraction. With an admission fee of €10, you can explore this centuries-old monastery.

Castelo São Jorge
00 351 21 887 7244
Monday to Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM

Castelo São Jorge is a Moorish castle that sits on a hilltop in between Lisbon and Tagus river. The castle dates back to the second century BC when locals created initial fortifications on the hilltop. Eventually, a castle was built in place of the fortifications in 48 BC. Castelo São Jorge is so massive that it is visible in every angle, on every street in Lisbon.

The castle walls extend around the citadel, surrounding it from the east to the south of the vast property. The castle complex features the castle itself, several ancillary buildings, gardens, and a large terraced square. Because of its strategic location, touring the Castelo São Jorge provides an unparalleled view of Lisbon. Touring this imposing structure will set you back €7.50.

Tram 28

Tram 28 is a vintage tram network that symbolizes the local culture. Each year, tourists flock Tram 28 to check out the local sights and ride its colorful trams. The trams are a hop-on-hop-off service similar to a bus. The tram network weaves through the streets of Lisbon, crisscrossing through wide esplanades, narrow streets, and city centers.

The bright yellow tram is regarded as a guide-less sightseeing bus. To ride the tram, you will buy tickets in tram kiosks all over the city or via metro stations. The 24-hour €2.80 ticket will take you through the prettiest streets of Lisbon. In addition, the tickets are not limited to a specific tram. They can be used in any trams, buses, and metro lines for 24 hours.

Torre de Belém
Praça da Torre de São Vicente de Belém
00 351 21 362 0034
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 AM to 6:30 PM

The Torre de Belém – also known as the Tower of St. Vincent – is a fortified tower located in Santa Maria de Belem. This UNESCO World Heritage Site played an important role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries during the Age of Discoveries.

Torre de Belém was erected in 1513 and completed in 1519. The limestone tower features a four-storey tower and a bastion. Torre de Belém was built on a small island in the Tagus River. It serves as a guard to the city harbor. Inside the tower is an ornate stonework that dates back to medieval Portugal. Once you reach the top of the tower, you are treated to stunning Atlantic views.