Head to Lisbon for a stunning mix of ancient sites and modern wonders: from a 16th century Moorish castle to the largest aquarium in Europe.
Located on the bank of Portugal’s Tagus River, Belem Tower was built under King John II’s orders as both a defensive structure and ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
These vibrant red tiled rooftops can be found in Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon. During the days of Moorish conquest, in the 6th century, the district constituted the whole of Lisbon.
When the Santa Justa Elevator opened in 1902, it was heralded by locals as an engineering marvel. First steam powered, it transitioned to electric power in 1907. Today, it remains in use, offering stunning views of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
For a scenic view of Lisbon, take this vintage tram through the streets. Stops along the way include St. George’s castle, the terrace area of Portas do Sol and the famous flea market Feira da Ladra.
At nearly 500 feet, the futuristic-style Vasco da Gama Tower is Lisbon’s tallest building.
The famous street Rua Garrett offers high-end shopping, as well as museums and theaters.
This Moorish castle overlooking Lisbon is one of the city’s most significant historical attractions.
The coastal town of Cascais is one of the richest areas in Portugal. It is also a popular vacation hub, with beaches to the west and lush green mountains to the north.
Stretching nearly 11 miles across the Tagus River, the Vasco da Gama Bridge is the longest bridge in Europe.
Built in the early 16th century, the Jeronimos Monastery exemplifies Portuguese late Gothic-style architecture in Lisbon.
Pedro IV Square in Lisbon is also known as Rossio. A popular meeting place for locals, the square includes a bronze statue of Pedro IV, king of Portugal during the early 1800s.
The Campo Pequeno Bullring in Lisbon was built between 1890 and 1892. It reopened as a multi-event venue in 2006.
Opened in 1998, the Lisbon Oceanarium has a collection of more than 450 marine species -- making it Europe’s largest aquarium. The calm waters around the aquarium are also great for kayaking.