The eyes of the world are now focused on Lisbon, as it hosts the Eurovision 2018 Song Contest. The Portuguese capital attracts people for many reasons and it offers a multitude of things to visit.
Every year the country hosting the Eurovision Song contest creates contest theme and Eurovision 2018 contest theme is an “All Aboard”, where visitors will experience a journey through Portuguese traditional art fused with modern design.
Lisbon is winning the reputation as one of Europe’s creative capitals is attracting more art lovers to its sunny neighborhoods. Discover our top 10 attractions in Lisbon.
The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology in Belém presents itself as a new cultural center in the city of Lisbon, the MAAT represents an ambition to host national and international exhibitions with contributions by contemporary artists, architects, and thinkers. Designed by the prestigious British architecture firm Amanda Levete Architects, this space has quickly become a symbol of the city with its wave-like physical exterior that includes a rooftop miradouro (viewpoint) and eclectic events.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is home to Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. Located in Parque das Nações, opened in 1998, during the last world exhibition to take place in the 20th century, entitled “The oceans, a heritage for the future”, the Oceanário de Lisboa has eternalized the centuries-old bond between Lisbon and the ocean. Visited by approximately 1 million people every year, the Oceanário is the most popular cultural attraction in Portugal.
Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa
Lisbon’s Museum of Design and Fashion highlights the links between the two disciplines: the permanent displays were donated to the city by a private collector with an interest in both fields. It’s housed in a cavernous former bank headquarters. The underground vault and second-floor gallery host temporary exhibitions, while the ground floor showcases the main collection: iconic and experimental clothing, footwear and accessories, household design and furniture – even the odd scooter.
Address: Rua Augusta nº24, 1100-053 Lisboa
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
One of Europe’s most amazing art collections with pieces dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Donated to the city by Calouste Gulbenkian, this collection took over 40 years to build and contains relics from numerous countries, cultures, and eras. A unique attraction blending historical and contemporary art, the museum is currently hosting a temporary exhibit from Portuguese artist José de Almada Negreiros.
Address: Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa
Lisbon Story Centre
Walking around Lisbon will provide an insight into its history, but a visit to the Lisbon Story Centre allows the city to tell its own story. Located in Praça do Comércio, it’s an innovative multimedia experience that dramatically recreates Lisbon’s most significant historical events.
Address: raça do Comércio 78, 1100-148 Lisboa
Most of Baixa, the ‘lower neighborhood’ was ruined during Lisbon’s catastrophic Earthquake of 1755, and rebuilt during the decades that followed to become as one of the trendiest parts of the city. Bairro Alto, on the other hand, is Lisbon’s artistic and bohemian-friendly neighborhood filled with some of the best bars, clubs and restaurants, the best places to enjoy Lisbon’s urban street art scene.
Built over the course of 100 years, mostly during the 16th century, the Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most popular landmarks in all of Portugal and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Belém Tower. Built to honor Portugal’s role during the Age of Discoveries, it is now the tomb of many prominent historical persons including Portuguese explorer and navigator Vasco da Gama.
Address: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa
Belém Tower, is a cultural reference, a symbol of the specificity of Portugal at the time, including its privileged exchange with other cultures and civilizations. As a protector of Portuguese individuality and universality, the tower saw its role confirmed in 1983 when it was classified by UNESCO as “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa
An urban fragment kept hidden for years, is now returned to the city in the form of LXFactory. A creative island occupied by corporations and professionals of the industry serves also has a stage for a diverse set of happenings related to fashion, publicity, communication, fine arts, architecture, music, etc., attracting numerous visitors to rediscover Alcântara through an engaging dynamics.
Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 – 501 Lisboa
São Jorge Castle
The São Jorge Castle is now a place where you can enjoy our heritage, get to know a little about Lisboa’s History at the Permanent Exhibition, explore the traces of the Moorish neighbourhood dating back from the 11th century at the Archaeological Site, discover yet unseen sights over the city on the Camera Obscura, or simply be enchanted by music, theatre, dancing and the talk shops on heritage that liven up your days at this remarkable Monument in Lisboa.
Address: R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisboa