35+ Lisbon Highlights for Global Nomads

9 September 2023 | Europe, Highlights, Lisbon, Play, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, is a city that seamlessly blends its rich history with a vibrant contemporary culture. From ancient castles to modern museums, Lisbon boasts a myriad of attractions that cater to every type of traveller, including global nomads in search of diverse experiences. In this guide, we’ll introduce 35+ famous attractions in Lisbon that you won’t want to miss during your stay.

1. The Rossio (Praça Dom Pedro IV)

The Rossio

The Rossio Square, also known as Praça Dom Pedro IV, represents the heart of Lisbon and is a great starting point for your journey. The square is surrounded by colourful historic buildings, and there’s a famous statue of Dom Pedro IV on a majestic column at its centre. And it you want to stay around here during your visit, you’ll find some of Lisbon’s best hostels for digital nomads nearby.

2. Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio)

Commerce Square

Facing the Tagus River, Commerce Square is one of the most photogenic highlights of Lisbon. The square’s grand arcades and the magnificent Arco da Rua Augusta offer a stunning backdrop for your exploration of the city. Not far from Commerce Square are some of Lisbon’s best high-value business hotels.

3. Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

Belém Tower

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 16th-century Belém Tower stands as a testament to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. This intricate fortress, located on the river’s edge, is a prime example of Manueline architecture. From the top, you can take in panoramic views of the river and city.

4. São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge)

São Jorge Castle

Perched atop a hill, São Jorge Castle provides a captivating view of Lisbon’s skyline. This incredible fort dates all the way back to the 11th century CE, when it was built by the Moors to defend against invading forces.

5. Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)

Jerónimos Monastery

A masterpiece of Manueline architecture, Jerónimos Monastery is another one of Lisbon’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its ornate cloisters and the stunning Church of Santa Maria are a testament to Portugal’s maritime prowess.

6. Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

Monument to the Discoveries

The Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) in Lisbon is a striking maritime monument, shaped like a caravel ship. It pays homage to Portugal’s Age of Exploration and features larger-than-life statues of prominent explorers, including Henry the Navigator, leading the way towards the unknown seas. You can even take an elevator to the top for panoramic views of the riverfront.

7. Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa)

Lisbon Oceanarium

One of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, the Lisbon Oceanarium is a mesmerizing experience. Walk through underwater tunnels as you observe rare marine life from the far corners of the globe.

8. MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology

Lisbon MAAT
© Bert Kaufmann, Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia

A contemporary masterpiece, MAAT houses a diverse collection of art, architecture and technology exhibitions. Its stunning architecture makes it an attraction in itself.

9. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
© Alegna13

Explore an extensive collection of art, from ancient Egyptian artefacts to European masterpieces, at the Gulbenkian Museum. The surrounding gardens offer a tranquil retreat.

10. National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)

National Tile Museum Lisbon
© Neerav Bhatt, Church – Museu Nacional do Azulejo National Tile Museum – Lisbon, Portugal

Discover the beauty of Portuguese azulejos (tiles) through the ages in Lisbon’s National Tile Museum. The intricate designs and historical significance of these tiles are truly captivating.

11. Carmo Convent (Museu Arqueológico do Carmo)

Carmo Convent

The hauntingly beautiful Carmo Convent, which was opened in 1423 and left in ruins after the 1755 earthquake, now houses an archaeological museum (Carmo Archaeological Museum).

12. Senhora do Monte Viewpoint (Miradouro da Senhora do Monte)

Senhora do Monte Viewpoint

For panoramic views of Lisbon’s cityscape, head to this serene viewpoint in the Graça district. It’s especially magical at sunset.

13. Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa)

Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa Lift connects the lower Baixa district to the higher Carmo Square. Ride this historic wrought-iron elevator up to the top for a unique vantage point of Lisbon’s hills and rooftops.

14. Santa Luzia Viewpoint (Miradouro de Santa Luzia)

Santa Luzia Viewpoint

Admire the stunning view of Alfama’s terracotta rooftops and the Tagus River from this charming viewpoint adorned with decorative tiles and lush gardens.

15. São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint (Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara)

São Pedro de Alcântara Viewpoint

Located in the Bairro Alto district, this viewpoint offers a wide-angle view of Lisbon’s downtown area. It’s an excellent spot for a leisurely afternoon.

16. Graça Viewpoint (Miradouro da Graça)

Graça Viewpoint

Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful moment at this lesser-known viewpoint in the Graça neighbourhood. The view is just as stunning as the site itself, and it’s a local favourite.

17. Time Out Market Lisboa

Time Out Market Lisboa

Indulge your taste buds at Time Out Market Lisboa, a food hall that showcases the best of Portuguese cuisine. This venue is also home to Second Home Lisbon, one of Lisbon’s most popular coworking spaces.

18. LX Factory

LX Factory

A hub for creativity and culture, the LX Factory is a former industrial complex turned into a vibrant district with a diverse array of shops, galleries and restaurants.

19. Belém Cultural Center (Centro Cultural de Belém)

© Leandro Ciuffo, Centro Cultural de Belém

The contemporary Belém Cultural Center hosts concerts, exhibitions and performances. Check their schedule for a chance to experience Portuguese arts and culture for yourself.

20. Tram 28

Tram 28

Ride the iconic Tram 28 through some of Lisbon’s most picturesque neighbourhoods. It’s both a practical way to get around and a scenic journey through the city.

21. Sintra

Just a short train ride from Lisbon, Sintra is a fairy-tale town with colourful palaces, lush gardens and enchanting forests. Don’t miss the stunning Pena Palace.


Searching for accommodation that matches the opulence of Sintra? Check out some of the best luxury hotels in Lisbon for travelling professionals.

22. Lisbon Zoo

Lisbon Zoo

Perfect for animal enthusiasts and conservationists, Lisbon Zoo is home to a wide variety of exotic animals (over 300 species). Opened back in 1884, Lisbon Zoo is also one of the city’s most famous historical landmarks.

23. Águas Livres Aqueduct (Aqueduto das Águas Livres)

Águas Livres Aqueduct

Explore the impressive Águas Livres Aqueduct, an engineering marvel from the 18th century. You can even walk along its elevated path for a unique perspective on the city.

24. Botanical Garden of Lisbon (Jardim Botânico de Lisboa)

Botanical Garden of Lisbon

Find tranquillity amidst the city’s hustle and bustle in the Botanical Garden of Lisbon, home to a diverse collection of plants from around the world.

25. Nation’s Park (Parque das Nações)

Parque das Nações

Built for the 1998 World Expo, Parque das Nações is a modern waterfront district with striking architecture and manicured gardens. It’s also home to attractions such as the Lisbon Oceanarium.

26. Monsanto Panoramic (Panorâmico de Monsanto)

Monsanto Panoramic

Venture to this abandoned, graffiti-filled restaurant atop Monsanto Hill for a unique blend of urban exploration and panoramic views of the city.

27. Mercado de Santa Clara (Feira da Ladra – Lisbon Flea Market)

Mercado de Santa Clara, also known as Feira da Ladra or Lisbon Flea Market

Join the locals at the lively Mercado de Santa Clara flea market, where you can find vintage treasures, antiques and eclectic items.

28. National Museum of Contemporary Art

National Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon

Located in the historic Chiado district, the National Museum of Contemporary Art showcases Portuguese contemporary art, providing a glimpse into the country’s modern artistic expression.

29. National Coach Museum

National Coach Museum

Explore an incredible collection of royal carriages and coaches in Lisbon’s National Coach Museum, which takes you on a journey through time from the 16th to the 19th century.

30. Portas do Sol Viewpoint (Miradouro das Portas do Sol)

Portas do Sol Viewpoint

This charming viewpoint offers a splendid view of Alfama and the river. It’s a perfect spot to relax and soak in the atmosphere.

31. Sanctuary of Christ the King (Cristo Rei Statue)

Cristo Rei Statue

Modelled after the iconic Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, this statue overlooks Lisbon and offers a spiritual experience with awe-inspiring views.

32. Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisbon)

Lisbon Cathedral

Visit the city’s oldest church, Lisbon Cathedral, a striking example of Romanesque architecture, and explore its serene cloisters.

33. Church of Saint Roch (Igreja de São Roque)

Church of Saint Roch

The Church of Saint Roch is known for its opulent Baroque interior, often referred to as the “world’s most expensive chapel.”

34. Church and Monastery of São Vicente de Fora (Igreja de São Vicente de Fora)

Church and Monastery of São Vicente de Fora

Discover the intricate tilework and impressive architecture of this monastery, which also offers panoramic views from its terraces.

35. National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional)

National Pantheon in Lisbon

The 17th-century Church of Santa Engrácia was converted into the National Pantheon in 1966, when it became the final resting place for countless notable Portuguese figures.

36. Vasco da Gama Bridge

Vasco da Gama Bridge

Spanning the Tagus River, the Vasco da Gama Bridge is an engineering marvel and an essential part of Lisbon’s skyline.

Make the most of your time off in Lisbon

Lisbon’s diverse array of attractions promises an unforgettable experience for global nomads. Whether you’re drawn to historic landmarks, cultural institutions, natural beauty or hidden gems, Lisbon boasts a plethora of attractions that promise to be right up your street. Explore the city’s rich heritage, savour its cuisine, and immerse yourself in the unique charm of Portugal’s capital. Lisbon is more than just a destination; it’s an adventure waiting to be discovered.

Josh Saunders

Josh Saunders

I've been writing my way through Europe, Asia and Oceania for just over a decade, providing SEO copywriting, editing and content strategy services to travel-industry clients ranging from startups through to Fortune 500 giants. Now, I'm on a mission to connect digital nomads with the world's best destinations for work and leisure.


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