Charming Lisbon: enjoy the Portuguese capital in three different ways

Fantastic cuisine, delicious wines, colorful buildings, remarkable monuments, beautiful weather, nearby beaches and much more make Lisbon, the coastal capital of Portugal, a must-see destination.

The hill town is full of places to explore, both on land and sea, and plenty of ways to indulge in a vacation to cherish. On land, you can discover a world of interesting artefacts and objects in museums such as the National Azulejo Museum, which exhibits 500 years of decorative ceramic tiles, while heading out on the water gives you a way relaxing to admire the landscape. and see the city’s highlights from a new perspective, while sipping a glass of renowned Portuguese wine.

If you are planning to visit the bustling city of Lisbon this year, let us guide you on how you can enjoy the best this city has to offer.

On the water

Join a river cruise on the Tagus and see the coastal sights from a new perspective, while leaving the hectic traffic and crowds behind

While exploring the city’s highlights on foot, you’ll get a deep insight into the history and beauty of the place, sometimes the hustle and bustle of these hotspots can choke you up and so get out on the water, in especially in the hot summer months, can be the perfect way to relax and sightsee at the same time.

Join a river cruise on the Tagus and see the coastal sights from a new perspective, while leaving the hectic traffic and large numbers of people behind. There are impressive monuments to admire on a cruise, such as Torre de Belem and Ponte 25 de Abril, which are only made more enjoyable by sitting down with an aperitif and a glass of Portuguese wine in hand on board. .

Have your camera ready as you can snap photos of the equestrian statue of King Dom Jose I and the Arc de Triomphe at Praca do Comercio (Commercial Square); the 25 de Abril Bridge; the magnificent facade of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology; Belém Lighthouse and Belém Tower.

Walk

Tower of Belém on the Tagus.  Belem, Portugal
Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Lisbon’s most striking landmarks and the icon of a country historically shaped by its proximity to the ocean and its maritime discoveries of new worlds.

When your river cruise is over, you’ll likely be refreshed and ready to dive a little deeper into some of the fascinating sights you’ve spotted on your trip. There are fascinating places to explore in depth, to get a glimpse of their past and also to enjoy marvelous views of the city from their various vantage points.

Belém Tower is a must-see medieval landmark – this 16th-century fortification was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside Jerónimos Monastery, a popular Gothic attraction in the city . Other main attractions include Castelo de S. Jorge, a Moorish castle and palace ruins on a hilltop with great views over the city, and the concrete monument to maritime explorers – the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, while it would be remiss to visit Lisbon and miss hearing traditional Fado singers delight the crowds in Alfama.

From the air

Aerial view of famous Praca do Comercio (Commerce Square) - one of Lisbon's main landmarks.  Beautiful Portuguese architecture
Prepare to be dazzled and take your trip to the next level if you choose to see the sights of Lisbon from the air. Image credit: IngusKruklitis/Bigstock.com

Prepare to be dazzled and take your trip to the next level if you choose to see the sights of Lisbon from the air. If you like to add a touch of adventure to your travels, book a helicopter or hot air balloon flight to experience the best of the region from above. Private helicopter tours can take you above the historic district of Belém and will probably be a very exciting 10 minutes of your life or you can opt for a slightly longer flight (15 minutes) and fly over the Tagus as well.

Hot air balloon rides allow you to take a break from the city to enjoy the beautiful Portuguese landscape while soaring over the Coruche region in the countryside with a glass of champagne in hand. The perfect way to spend a relaxing half-day before visiting the sights of the capital again and that you won’t soon forget.

Elisha A. Tilghman