Lisbon is the number one attraction for visitors to Portugal, ahead of Funchal, Porto, Albufiera, Portimao and Lagos.
The city has grown in popularity in recent years as recognition has grown of its reputation as a gourmet centre and trendy place to be.
The top five attractions in Lisbon
The GulbenkianMuseum is generally rated as the best museum in Lisbon. This relatively small museum houses a unique collection gathered by the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian in the 1930/40's when it was rated as one of the best in Europe. There is an eclectic range of ancient and modern art pieces, from old Egyptian to Renoir and Monet. There is also a series of concerts held in the grounds during the summer.
The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a major landmark in Lisbon, built in 1502 it is a masterpiece of Gothic and Manueline architecture. The monastery itself is spectacular and well worth the 10€ entrance fee and the park in front is very pleasant too, you can visit the church for free.
The Oceanario de Lisboa aquarium was built as the centrepiece of the World Fair in 1998. It houses an amazing collection of fish from all over the planet including the tropics and the arctic. As aquariums go it is a ten out of ten attraction, ideal for family visits.
Another aquarium the Aquario Vasco de Gama is also high in the ranking of places to visit in Lisbon, a reflection of the cities place by the sea. The collection was put together by king Dom Carlos the first. Another good place where families can enjoy discovering the treasures of the sea.
The NationalTileMuseum gives a fascinating insight into the place of ceramic tiles in Portuguese culture. Lisbon is well known for its tiles and this interesting museum, set in an old convent and a richly decorated church, offers the chance to discover more about this heritage which features in buildings throughout the city and beyond. There is a even a workshop area where you can see tiles being produced.
There are many more sights to see in Lisbon, some of which are iconic such as the Torre de Belem and the Vasco da Gama suspension bridge. The Praco do Comercia is both a photogenic and cool place to hang out in one of the many attractive bars, or you may like to take the children along to Lisbon zoo or even sample the atmosphere of the famous Estadio da Luz, home of Portuguese football and Benfica football club.
To the north and south of the city there are vast sandy beaches and areas of great natural beauty as well as some excellent golf clubs.
We have self catering holiday villas in Lisbon area in places such as Aroeira, Assafora and Sintra. We can even offer you a luxury villa in Azeitao, right next to the golf course, on the edge of the Arrabida natural park, a famed beauty spot.
One of the best value for money houses we have near Lisbon is the villa Del Rio which ranges in price from 1175€ to 2015€ per week, it sleeps up to 10 people and has a private pool and tennis court. It is located near the beach just 20 km south of the city centre.
We had had our range of villas in the Lisbon area for over ten years now and we can assure you the professional approach of our people on the ground is exemplary, you can be sure your property will match your expectations in every respect.
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