The 5 must-see highlight on your discovery tour through Lisbon
In Lisbon sightseeing tours and city tours are very popular on the list of the most popular sightseeing activities. Discover the most beautiful sights and districts of the city by bus or on a private tour:
1. Torre de Belém
The Torre de Belem is one of Lisbon's landmarks and is one of the city's must-see attractions. The tower is located directly at the mouth of the Tejo in the Belém district and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. Built in 1515 in the Manueline style, the tower has beautiful reliefs, shield-shaped battlements and is even decorated with a sculpture of a rhinoceros head. There is also a viewing platform at a height of around 35 metres from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the coast. The tower is a must on public city tours.
2. Mosteiro dos Jerónimus
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) is, along with the Torre de Belem, another highlight in one of Lisbon's most attractive districts. The monastery got its name from the order of St. Jerome, who resided here until 1834. The sacred site is home to the last resting places of many Portuguese kings including those of Emmanuel I and his wife Maria of Spain. In the side wings of the building, which has also been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, you will find the Naval Museum and the Archaeological Museum, which you should definitely visit on your sightseeing tour.
3. Bairro Alto
The popular district Bairro Alto is called the 'upper city' in contrast to the district Baixa, which is considered as 'lower city'. The name derives from the hills on which Lisbon was built. Today the Bairro Alto is the most popular nightlife area in Lisbon and attracts locals and tourists alike. It is the place where Lisbon is at its most beautiful! A little insider tip: In a traditional Tasca's you can spend some humid and cheerful hours listening to the Fado, a special kind of music that has its roots in Lisbon.
4. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
The Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Portuguese capital. Travelers tell again and again how beautiful this place is. Take a trip and enjoy a magical view over Lisbon to the river Tejo and Convento do Carmo. Especially beautiful: The quarter is not too crowded. This way you can take your time - we recommend the sunset to capture an impression of Lisbon that you will not forget too soon.
5. Elevador de Santa Justa
During a visit to the Elevador de Santa Justa you will ride high up. Behind the Elevador is the city's largest passenger elevator, which connects the lower Baixa district and the higher Chiado district. About 24 people fit into one of the two gondolas, which are almost still true to the original, and take you up about 45 metres into the air. At the top you can either enjoy the beautiful view or have a refreshment in the small café high up on the lift. Tip: It is best to drive to the Elevador de Santa Justa in the afternoon hours for a good souvenir photo.
Travel tips for city tours in Lisbon
Perfect weekend in Lisbon
You have decided to spend a long weekend in Lisbon? In three days you will have enough time to admire the Torre de Belém, to let the oversized Elevador de Santa Justa lift take you from one part of the city to the other and also to get to know the many other sights of the Portuguese capital. Along the way you will be captivated by the cultural and culinary highlights and after eating some Pateis de Belem - sweet pudding tarts - you will stroll through the winding alleys of the Barrio Alto. Three days are of course only a recommendation. As Lisbon is relatively manageable you can also explore an unbelievable amount of sights in one day. Sightseeing in one day works best with planned city tours through Lisbon.
Lisbon in one day
Lisbon could also be called the "San Francisco of Europe" because the two cities have more parallels than expected. Starting at the Ponte 25, one of the largest bridges in Europe, to the so-called cable cars or "tram" lines which also in Lisbon commute through the alleys of this popular destination. If you want to experience the authentic Lisbon in a short time you should ask for a private Lisbon tour. Tours with private guides follow a rough schedule but can be adapted to your personal preferences. Discover the lively Belem district together with a local or enjoy the unique view from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte viewpoint.
Sightseeing tours in the bus, by e-car or with the Tuk-Tuk?
What is the best way to get around the capital Lisbon? Most of the city is accessible on foot. Those who do not want to climb the many hills on foot can take the tram or use the lifts that connect the different districts of Lisbon. The city tour in a bus is the easier and more relaxed way of getting around. Sightseeing tours are available as bus tours in an open double-decker, with the traditional tram, in an electric car or also with the Tuk Tuk.
Hop on Hop off through Lisbon
Hop on Hop off Buses have become an integral part of the cityscape of European capitals, and not without reason. You can also enjoy the advantages of a city tour in Lisbon. On two lines with over 40 stops, the Hop on Hop off bus will take you along all the important sights, while an audio guide will tell you everything you need to know about the must-see highlights of the city. The special thing about this exploratory tour: You explore the city at your own pace. Sit back and enjoy the ride or get on and off as often as you like within 24 hours and explore the surroundings. Where you should definitely make a stop on your day trip? At the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos!
Discover Lisbon on your own
Sightseeing tours in Lisbon are also possible on your own. Those who do not like the red double-decker buses will discover Lisbon on foot or by tram. The city tour with the Tram 28 is legendary and is one of the cheapest alternatives. For the discovery tours on your own we recommend the Lisboa Card. The card acts as a ticket on all public transport and is also your ticket to many of the capital's attractions. The card can be purchased before you start your journey and is valid for 1 to 3 days, depending on your wishes. But those who are alone in Lisbon for the first time will have to plan their journey without the many insider tips on the popular tours which are guided by local people. This also includes recommendations which part of the city you should avoid in Lisbon: Chelas is best known for its high crime rate. If you are travelling alone it is better to avoid this area.
Sightseeing tours from the port
Are you visiting Lisbon on a cruise? Then your ship will probably dock at one of the three cruise terminals: Alcântara, Rocha Conde de Óbidos or Santa Apolónia. A 60-minute walk separates the cruise terminals and the old city of Lisbon. The round trip is simpler with pick-up at the harbour. Enjoy the successful alternation between guided tour and round trip and see the most beautiful sights of the city. Visit the Hieronymus Monastery and let yourself be enchanted by the discovery feature before you stroll leisurely across the Rossio and finish your evening in Lisbon before returning to the ship.