Want to learn more about the best things to do in Lisbon? The Portuguese capital city is packed with activities for everyone. History-lovers will admire the remarkable architecture and preserved castles. Foodies can venture into markets and gourmet restaurants. Here is a brief selection of the many things to do in Lisbon.
Dating all the way back to 200 B.C., São Jorge Castle—or St. Jorge Castle—is a Moorish hilltop fortification that overlooks the city center. Visitors can learn all about it on a guided tour of the castle. Enjoy remarkable views of the city and the Targus River as you walk to the castle. Step into its ancient halls as your tour guide enraptures you with tales of the castle’s long and bloody history changing hands from Romans to Visigoths and more.
This market has flourished since 1892. What once started out as a modest place to buy fresh fruits and veggies from local farmers has evolved into a booming culinary venue attracting top Lisbon talent. Sample fine Portuguese wines and the latest cuisine from Michelin-star chefs. There are more than 40 kiosks featuring tempting fares for every palate and bustling bar stalls serving up ice-cold glasses of the latest beer on tap.
The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga—National Museum of Ancient Art—is one of the biggest attractions in Lisbon, and it’s not hard to see why. This museum is housed in a former palace and has some of the most extensive art collections in the country. Since its founding in 1884, the museum has gone on to amass a trove of religious art created by Portuguese and European talent. Some of the more recognizable pieces include the Panels of St. Vincent by Nuno Gonçalves and the Temptations of St. Anthony by Hieronymus Bosch.
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