Tourist Attractions in Lisbon

Information on the main tourist attractions, places of interest and sights to see in and around Lisbon...

The tourism organisation, Turismo de Lisboa and União de Associações do Comércio e Serviços, sells cards for shopping and restaurants which allow discounts on certain items in affiliated stores and restaurants.

Parque das Nações: Nations Park, on the former grounds of the Expo '98 has a number of facilities aimed at leisure, and trade including cable car rides and visits to the pavilions and the Vasco da Gama Tower.

Belém: At the mouth of the River Tagus, the historical quarter of Belém is linked to Portugal's Golden Age. It is a spacious green area with many gardens, monuments, parks and attractions on a riverside setting. The area includes the Torre de Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Cultural Centre and the Rua Vieira Portuense.

Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais: A nature park of over 14,000 hectares is an area of ecological and cultural interest. It includes the Sintra hills, the Moorish castle, Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena), and the historical centre of Sintra. The town of Sintra was recognised in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais Head Office
    At: Rua Gago Coutinho 1, 2710-555 Sintra 
    Tel: 219 247 200 
    Fax: 219 247 227

Castelo de São Jorge: A former castle 110 metres above sea level with a stunning view of the city of Lisbon, the Tagus, Alfama and the Serra de Sintra. Once the residence of the Portuguese kings during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, the castle underwent major renovations in the 1930s. The ten towers are open and visitors can walk along the reconstructed ramparts.

Beaches

Praia Grande - Sintra: Praia Grande is a large, sandy beach which is popular among surfers, body-boarders and windsurfers. It regularly hosts local and international championships in surfing. Around the cliffs on the beach’s south extreme there is a dinosaur fossil bed with one bed containing the easily visible footsteps of a dinosaur which trod the shores of this once shallow tropical sea millions of years ago.

Praia Grande do Guincho: This area of natural beauty is on the coastal road from Cascais and is characterised by its white sand dunes framed by the backdrop of the Serra de Sintra Mountains and moor land. The Guincho beach is famous for windsurfing due to its rough waves and winds and hosts a major international surfing championship in August.