Lisbon

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Lisbon

Café a Brasileira

Get a caffeine fix at this Art Nouveau café, Lisbon’s legendary rendezvous spot for writers and artists since 1905.

Rua Garrett 120, 011-351-21-346-9541
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Castelo de São Jorge

For scenic views of the river and the Alfama below, walk along the ramparts of the castle that belonged to Portugal’s first king; learn the city’s history at the multimedia exhibit or relax amidst peacocks and swans in the en-suite gardens.

Rua da Costa do Castelo, 011-351-21-880-0620, www.castelosaojorge.egeac.pt
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Cathedral (Sé Lisboa)

Erected by Portugal's first king in 1150, this austere cathedral is said to be Lisbon’s oldest building; highlights include a Gothic chapel, 14th-century cloisters, and a sacristy guarding Lisbon’s patron saint, St. Vincent, inside a mother-of-pearl safe.

Largo da Sé, 011-351-21-887-6628, www.ippar.pt
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Elevador de Santa Justa

A quick ride on the elevator of this Neo-Gothic tower whisks you from Baixa in Lisbon’s lower town up to Chiado, where panoramic city vistas await and a walkway leads to Largo do Carmo square.

Rua 1º de Maio, 011-351-21-361-3000, www.carris.pt
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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Elaborate carvings and maritime motifs are hallmarks of this superb example of 16th-century Gothic and Renaissance fusion built to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyages of discovery; the explorer is said to be buried in its tombs.

Praça do Império, 011-351-21-362-0034, www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Explore this stellar private collection founded by an Armenian oil mogul; its display runs the gamut from Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Mesopotamian works to Far Eastern and European art. Also look for free concerts and film screenings.

Ave. de Berna 45A, 011-351-21-782-3000, www.museu.gulbenkian.pt
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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

A rich array of ancient art is housed in this 17th-century palace, including a Bosch triptych, 16th-century Japanese screens, Afro-Portuguese carved tusks, and even Chinese porcelain.

Rua das Janelas Verdes, 9, 011-351-21-391-2800, www.mnarteantiga-ipmuseus.pt
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Oceanário de Lisboa

Inspect the hi-tech waters of Europe’s largest aquarium, where ocean habitats span the Atlantic to Antarctic; the central tank is the size of four Olympic pools and home to 100 species of fish, seabirds, and mammals.

Esplanada D. Carlos I; Doca dos Olivais, 011-351-21-891-7002, www.oceanario.pt
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Torre de Belém

Pay homage to the illustrious Age of Discovery by climbing this iconic 16th-century tower on the Tagus River, built as a monument to Portugal's military and naval past on the spot where the ships once set out across the sea.

Ave. de Brasília, 011-351-21-362-0034, www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
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