Charm and pleasing weather has made Portugal one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, if not the world. Portugal’s diverse topography, hosting luscious hills and a beautiful countryside, coupled with both modern and ancient cities make it a spellbinding place to visit.
It’s no surprise, then, that luxury holidays in Portugal are becoming more popular with each coming year. Below is a list of five places in the magnificent capital city of Lisbon that you absolutely must visit should you decide to check Portugal out.
Lisbon Alfama view
Belém is Lisbon’s historic centre, hosting a multitude of important sites. These include the Jerónimos Monastery, which has been standing since the Middle Ages; nearby is the Tower of Belém, which, along with the Monastery, was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
If you’ve built up an appetite while walking around from site to site, it’ll be worth seeking out some Pastel de Nata, the famous Portuguese pastry, originally conceived by the monks at Jerónimos Monastery.
Lisbon Monastery of St Jeronimos
No visit to Lisbon is complete without going to see the Cristo Rei; the Christ the King statue, inspired by its counterpart in Rio de Janeiro, erected to give thanks for the lack of excessive damage during the Second World War.
After you’ve enjoyed the great view of Lisbon from the statue, venture inside the monument to have a look at the library, the bar and the two chapels.
Cabo da Roca
Cabo da Roca is only a short drive from Lisbon, and is the western-most point of both Portugal and continental Europe! Therefore, it’s an absolute necessity to visit and take in the superb views of the coast and cape.
Where the land ends and the sea begins, expect beautiful beaches, great granite rocks, and huge cliffs that tower over 100m.
It’s probably going to be difficult avoiding Rossio Square; it is a highly popular meeting place for locals and tourists alike. It has a rich history, comprising of revolts and bullfights alike.
Its popularity lies in the fact that most of the cafes and shops on the Square date back to the 18th Century. Kick back and have a sip of some Ginjinha as you gaze at the cobble-stone streets and the piazza.
Finally, if you’re tired of the constant sight-seeing and tourist activities, and if you really want to break loose for a while, Cascais is the place for you. Casinos and nightclubs are in abundance, along with restaurants that offer remarkable views of the sea.
All in all, it’s a great place to be if you don’t want to stay bang in the middle of Lisbon, but still want a nearby, sophisticated locale for your base.