Often overlooked for the beaches of the Algarve, Lisbon is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists from all over the world. The city is steeped in history, evident in the wide array of art and architecture for those after a more cultural holiday. And for those looking to kick back and relax, the beach is only a short train ride away.
If you’re considering making Lisbon your next city break, here are five attractions you must visit.
If you’re after a little slice of Portuguese history, be sure to add Belém Tower to your must-visit list. The tower is one of Lisbon’s most iconic landmarks, standing tall over the harbour since the 16th century. With only a €6 entry fee, this is the perfect attraction for holidaymakers on a budget, and you’ll get wonderful views of the Tagus River.
Despite spanning an immense ten acres of land, Lisbon’s botanical gardens are almost invisible from the street. The garden has one of the largest collections of exotic vegetation in Europe, with over 18,000 different species from all over the world. If a lazy stroll around beautiful plant life is your idea of a perfect holiday activity, then this little area of nature right in the heart of the city is the ideal thing for you to do.
Holding over 5 million litres of seawater, Oceanário de Lisboa is home to 450 unique species of marine life. This aquarium is also one of the only places in the world that is equipped to house sunfish due to their demanding care requirements. The staff at Oceanario de Lisboa are committed to ocean conservation and work tirelessly to provide a home to species that aid in the preservation of endangered wildlife and plants.
If you’re looking to add some culture to your holiday, then consider making a trip to the National Museum of Ancient Art. Founded in the 19th century, its original purpose was to store and display the art collection of the Portuguese royal family. This extensive collection is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, particularly if one of your days ends up being blighted by rain.
On those nicer days, venture out to the terrace and enjoy a coffee while you admire the museum’s garden and the river beyond.
Also known as Thieves Market, this fantastic treasure trove is the perfect place for those on the hunt for the ideal souvenirs to bring home. Despite what the name would have you believe, the market is legal – dating back to the 12th century, it takes place throughout the week, giving you plenty of opportunity to pay a visit.
With stunning scenery and picturesque homes, many travellers fall so in love with Portugal that they never want to leave. Property Lisbon has an extensive range of homes to choose from, so you can start your new life abroad in style.
These are just five breath-taking attractions in Lisbon, Portugal that every traveller must visit.
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