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12 most beautiful places to visit in lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal’s colorful capital, offers beautiful beaches, green hills with marvelous pastel-colored houses, fascinating meandering alleys, and spectacular scenery at every turn. Having traveled to Lisbon and being among the beauty of Europe’s city, selecting the most beautiful places that are within Lisbon and limited to 12 is quite hard. However, here are my top 12 picks of places that are incredibly beautiful in this enigmatic city of Bhopal.

1. Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio, also known as the Commerce Square, is one of the most famous plazas in Lisbon which is located on the bank of the Tagus River. The spacious area is enclosed by exquisite galleries and constructions which were designed in the spirit of the 18th century with the use of lemon yellow as the primary color. The neoclassical façade of Rua Augusta Arch provides glimpses of the river and more bridges over it. Whilst a home to cafes that opened up to the border a statue of King José I and a mirror image of a fountain in the middle of the Praça do Comércio it is a photographer's paradise.

2. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte ou Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

The last viewpoint is the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, located at the top of Lisbon with no shops, noise or crowds and it is home to what most believe to be the ultimate views of the city. From here, one has a bird’s eye view of all of Lisbon as well as the Tagus River valley and everything in between from under the swaying trees. The atmospheric viewpoint shows the red-tiled roofs of the city, the toy-like buildings with pale colors thereby sliding down the hills to the river, and some of the famous attractions such as the castle and the 25th April Bridge.

3. Belem Tower

Guarding the entry to the Tagus River, near the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean lies the symbolic Belem Tower of Portugal and the Age of Discovery. This 16th-century architectural construction for military purposes was the last view of Lisbon that the first of the great Portuguese explorers had of Lisbon before they sailed off around the world. The Manueline stonework on the tower’s facade depicts maritime elements as well as Moorish designs and looks best in photos against the backdrop of Lisbon’s waterfront.

4. Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto – Lisbon’s artsy district that gladdens the eye with street art, fills the nightlife with the best bars and restaurants and radiates the energy of young artists. Emerging from a network of small, narrow roads lined with cramped, haphazard rows of cottages clinging to the steep slopes are walls that are a warm ochre, burnt sienna and olive green. Immerse yourself more of the alternative, artistic side of the city on a bar hopping tour where you get to appreciate the street arts in the form of murals and live performances of buskers in between.

5. Alfama District

Just strolling through the dark narrow streets, one can feel that the Alfama district is medieval Lisbon. Alfama is one of the few districts that remained standing after the 1755 earthquake and has houses that slope down to the Tagus, still with remnants of fountains and overlooking streets where flower-climbing bougainvillea, and washing hung out on the lines. Allow your ears to guide you to lost fado songs coming from small bars you pass and your feet to take you up to a castle that looks out over tilings that lead down to the water.

6. The Azulejo Museum

Located in Lisbon, azulejo is the perfect place to start the discovery of Portugal’s beautiful artwork in tile. Set within the walls of a blue-and-white–-tiled former convent, the museum boasts an impressive collection encompassing five centuries of these distinctive ceramics. Contemplate religious motifs, geometric patterns of Moorish architecture, and gigantic representations of cities and other landmarks, while pondering upon the kitsch and the art of azulejo.

7. Sintra

No traveler’s report of great scenery in the neighborhood of Lisbon can leave out the bright-painted village of Sintra in the mountains beyond. It is referred to as the Town of Dreams and wherever you go, the distinct 19th-century Romanticist style of architecture seems like straight out of a fairy tale. See palaces bedecked with stunning azulejo tiles, including fairy-tale Pena Palace with its candy-pink towers set into the hillside above a forest, and grand mansions with magnificent views of terraced gardens.

8. Time Out Market

Time Out Market in Lisbon, Portugal is one of the greatest examples to discover Portuguese cuisine and beverages all under one stylish landmark. Stroll through this cool industrial-style corridor to taste everything from fish to meat prepared by the most acclaimed Lisbon chefs. Choose among more than 30 places offering different types of cafés and specialty food shops surrounding a large open space with tables for everyone. Being in a city where every dish competes for attention, the Time Out Market which encompasses the city’s best flavors at one spectacular iron and glass roof, is a must-visit.

9. São Jorge Castle

Perched on a hilltop dominating over the downtown area, they give you a feeling of being a thousand years back as the Moors occupied Portugal. You can wander through the walkways and battlements and along a parapet for stunning views of the city of Lisbon and its countless red-tiled roofs out to the Tagus River. Look out to thin pointed windows to the descent and down to pine tree gardens in this calm haven from the urban bustle. Do not leave before visiting the archeological display of the layout of the area showing that civilization has occupied the site for more than two thousand years.

10. Jerónimos Monastery

The exterior of Jerónimos Monastery decorated in a rich ornamented limestone resembles the Late Gothic style picture of Portugal in its finest. Built with the money that the Spaniards were bringing from the New World, the opulence of the building represents the Golden Age of the country in the 15th and 16th centuries. Be awed by gracefully Corinthian capitals carved and cloisters with radiating stoned work Vasco da Gama’s mausoleum is also located here.

11. Parque das Nações

Although the specific site of Expo 98 in Lisbon is called Parque das Nações, specifically the riverside is still a favorite family destination. Thrill seekers can bumper on Europe’s second-largest oceanarium while children play in splash pads, playgrounds and cute cable cars. The modernist architecture of sci-fi also wows, such as the waves of the Pavilhão de Portugal, its irregularly cast shadows, the bone-white Orient Station by Santiago Calatrava soaring over the water.

12. Rooftop Bar Hopping

How else would it be fun to appreciate the beauty of Lisbon than while sipping on cocktails and viewing the rooftop bars across Lisbon? Sit back on the cocktail bar, on the roof of the Indigo Hotel, and drink G&Ts while watching the sunset behind the 25th April Bridge and Cristo Rei statue. Sip cocktails on Memmo Príncipe Real rooftop terrace watching Lisbon burst into warm hues of sunset. But do not overlook the view of Park Bar that has embraced the downtown area up to the castle through the greenery of Eduardo VII Park.

From its scenic city sceneries to its heart-touching fado Portuguese music and famous pastéis de nata custard tarts, Lisbon enchants the hearts of its visitors with its aesthetic, romance, and hospitality. Which of these stunning spots will make you first fall in love while traveling around Portugal’s enchanting capital? One thing that can be guaranteed though is that the word ‘soon’ will be on your lips before you get out the door!