Lisbon’s Most Iconic Tourist Destinations

Portugal’s capital city is not just its largest, but maybe its most beautiful.

Lisbon's Most Iconic Tourist Destinations
Soaking in the atmosphere in Lisbon is always time well spent. Photo by André Lergier on Unsplash

With an average of more than 300 sunny days each year, it’s no wonder that this lovely city is such a popular tourist destination. As well as gorgeous weather and a beautiful setting, Lisbon is also home to many cultural gems. From unique museums to historic buildings, plus plenty of spectacular eateries, this city has no shortage of tourist sites. We’ve pulled together some of the most iconic to put on the checklist for your next holiday.

Pastéis de Belém

Lisbon's natas
Try a pastel de nata from this historic spot. Photo by Alice Butenko on Unsplash

It would be crazy to visit Lisbon without trying their most famous dessert, the pastel de nata. These delicious little treats are made of a buttery, flakey pastry crust, with a rich, slightly wobbly custard in the middle.

Although you can find a pastel de nata on almost every street in Lisbon, the ones at Pastéis de Belém are perhaps the best in the entire city.

The bakery has had a long time to perfect its recipe, having first sold the pastries in this spot in 1837. The building has changed a little today, but the striking blue and white tiles and sparkling counter have all the old-world charms that anybody could wish for.

Buy yourself a couple of these sweet treats, and you’ll be experiencing them exactly as they would have been made all those years ago.

The Casino Estoril

The Casino Estoril is one of the largest casinos in Europe and is just a twenty-minute drive from the centre of Lisbon. Anybody with even a passing interest in gaming should make a beeline for it.

Although it’s easy to play some casino games as a total beginner, if you want to get involved with a poker game, it’s a good idea to know how to play first. Getting started by playing some free poker online is an excellent way to practice your skills in a competitive environment without needing to risk any money.

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Far from being a hidden gem, the Castelo de Sao Jorge may be Lisbon’s best-known tourist attraction and might also be one of the very oldest.

The Castelo de Sao George, or Saint George’s Castle in English, is a historic castle found in the reguesia of Santa Maria Maior. The grounds of the castle are thought to have been laid down in 1st Century BC, and humans have lived there since around 8th Century BC.

Though there have been obvious repairs to the castle since it was built, you’ll still see a true representation of what it might have been like at the time.

It is possible to visit the castle any day of the week, and you can either book a guided tour or explore it solo. Walking around the enormous walls of the fortification is not only fascinating because of the castle itself but is also a great way to get unparalleled views of the city.

Jardin Botanico  

Situated in the Principe Real district, the botanical garden of Lisbon is a dense jungle amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. It spans an enormous ten acres and has an almost unparalleled collection of subtropical plants.

Strolling amongst the vibrant greens, it feels as though you could be deep in the rainforest, exploring plants many have never seen before.

There are some 18,000 species of plant, including some that are incredibly rare and exotic. Though many plants have been added to the collection over the centuries, the bare bones of the garden have remained pretty unchanged since the early 19th century. This mean’s you’ll not only receive an education in fascinating plants, but you’ll also get to exerience a little history.

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