Set on a series of seven hills, Lisbon is the colourful, cultural and cosmopolitan capital
of Portugal. Its ancient maritime history
, astonishing mix of architecture and famed foodie offerings
make it an enduringly popular choice for a city break, at any time of year.Highlights include:National Ancient Art Museum
- This important museum contains 14th to 20th century European works by artists such as Bosch (whose "Temptation of St. Anthony" is one of the museum's most valuable treasures), Dürer, and Raphael.
The most important of the Portuguese paintings is undoubtedly the "Veneration of St. Vincent," regarded as an important historical document, portraying some prominent 15th century personalities such as Henry the Navigator.
Also interesting are 16th century Japanese screens showing the Portuguese arriving in Japan.Elevador de Santa Justa
- Another of Lisbon’s icons, the Elevator, designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel, is open to the public and boasts impressive views over the Baixa Pombalina
and the rest of Lisbon.Sé de Lisboa
- Lisboa Cathedral is the city’s oldest and most venerated monument,
a symbol of medieval
religious architecture. Unique Lisboa monument of Roman origins
, it also features archaeological vestiges of Roman, Visigoth and Arab occupations. Don’t leave without first visiting the Treasure Museum of the Sé
, comprising some noteworthy artefacts and the mother of pearl safe that stores the relics of St Vincent
, the city’s patron saint.Barrio Alto
- One of the most characterful and attractive neighbourhoods
in the city. The Bairro Alto boasts boutiques and bars
and is a place where people meet in an eclectic
and multicultural atmosphere.Park Eduardo VII
- Enjoying 25 hectares of green area, Eduardo VII Park, is one of the capital’s largest, featuring a monument at its summit to the April 25 Carnation’s Revolution, followed by the Amália Rodrigues Gardens (fado singer). You can enjoy a magnificent view of the city
, including São Jorge Castle, the Pombaline Baixa area and the Tagus river.