Lisbon’s picturesque yellow trams are arguably one of the city’s biggest draws, plus one of the best ways to get around its steep streets. Launched in 1901, today 6 of the city’s original lines are still in operation. We recommend you travel on the historic lines number28, 12 and 15. All three pass through the city center, and can be picked up at almost any part of Lisbon’s old town. There is also a tourist line, which is some red cars and will take you for a walk to the traditional bairros of Alfama, Graça, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Lapa.
If you want to get one of the best views in all of Lisbon get ready to climb the steep streets to the top of the São Jorge Castle. This ancient Muslim fortification was conquered in the mid-12th century by Alfonso Henríquez, the first king of Portugal, and later became the home of the Portuguese crown. Inside the castle is the Ulysses Tower, where we will be able to observe beautiful panoramic views of the city. Also in the gardens of the castle itself you can walk among ducks and peacocks.
Located in La Baixa, at the north end of Rua Augusta, this beautiful square is the most important in the center of Lisbon. Both on the sides of it and in its surroundings you will find the most famous shops, bars and restaurants in the city. Be sure to visit Café Nicola, which has a beautiful Art Deco decoration both on its facade and inside. Very close to here there is also the famous Santa Just Elevator, which joins the Baixa Pombalina and Chiado neighborhoods, separated by a difference of about 45 meters, saving us from going down a long staircase.
Located a few kilometers from the Portuguese capital, Sintra is a city known for its castles, palaces and large buildings. Do not miss visiting the imposing Castelo dos Mouros, in which you will get one of the best views in Portugal; the Palacio da Pena, one of the main residences of the Portuguese royal family and the incredible Quinta da Regaleira, a palace located in the historic center of Sintra and classified as World Heritage by Unesco.
In front of the banks of the Tagus is the monumental Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, which symbolize the Golden Age of Portuguese explorations around the world. Very close to here is the famous Jerónimos Monastery, which has exquisite Manueline architecture worth seeing. According to local gastronomic legend, this was the place where the famous Belem cakes were born, a local delight that you undoubtedly have to try on your trip to Lisbon.
This is one of the best museums in Lisbon, a place where you will find treasures from Ancient Egypt, Armenia and Mesopotamia, paintings by renowned artists, a large numismatic collection from around the world, as well as sculptures and objects of European decorative arts, forming a gigantic collection of more than 10,000 elements. This museum was born thanks to the donation of the magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who collected all these objects throughout his life, during the first half of the 20th century.