As you probably would have guessed, Lisbon is best visited on foot and taking public transportation occasionally. Even the beautiful seven hills can be defeated by the hundred years old trams and elevators. Walking the streets of Lisbon is the best postcard you can get. However if you’re short on time, this tour might be perfect for you as it will take you in a single day to the most extraordinary spots that are spread around the city, some away from the old town. Have the opportunity to cross twice the beautiful 25th April Bridge to visit the Christ Statue for an awesome view of Lisbon. Then come back to Belém district to view some of the most distinctive monuments from the Portuguese Discoveries like the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower of Belém and the Monument to the Discoveries. Enjoy an amazing secret lookout point in Monsanto Park. Then come back inside the city by watching the early 20th century elegant avenues and finish the visit in two of old town’s lookouts Miradouro da Graça and São Pedro de Alcântara in opposing hills. On the way enjoy the view to several important monuments.
This tour is flexible and will be planned according to your interests.
◊ Cross the 25th April Bridge to visit the Christ Statue with incredible views to Lisbon
◊ Walk around Belém district and its important monuments Tower of Belém, Jerónimos Monastery and Monument of Discoveries
◊ Visit a secret viewpoint in Monsanto Park for an incredible view from above to Lisbon and the whole Tejo estuary
◊ Take some minutes to enjoy the view from Edward VII Park and then drive along the elegant early 20th century avenues and the exotic Bullfight Arena
◊ Enjoy Miradouro da Graça views to old town and the castle and pass by several important monuments like the Pantheon
◊ Finish the ride on the opposing hill in São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint or another convenient location near your accomodation
The attractions that will amaze you…
25th April Bridge and Christ Statue
The majestic Golden Gate like Bridge was opened in 1966 with the name Salazar for the dictator who ordered its construction. But when the regime fell it was renamed 25th April for the day of the revolution in 1974. The Christ Statue opened in 1959 and it is a sanctuary awarded by Salazar to the Portuguese Bishops who prayed for Portuguese neutrality in World War II.
Tower of Belém and Portuguese Discoveries
Belém district is a fantastic living memory of the Portuguese Discoveries that started in the 15th century and pioneered oceanic navigation around the world. Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery from the early 16th century are the highlights of this period and of Manuelin architecture. The Monuments of Discoveries opened in 1960 and honours the Portuguese Navigators.
From this lookout point in Monsanto Park you can see the whole city from above with overwhelming views. It is in an old abandoned restaurant complex that was recently transformed into a street art spot. It is amazing how you can see the city but also the whole Tejo estuary to the Arrábida mountains and Palmela Castle.
In São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint you have a wonderful view to the Castle Hill and the river. From here you can stroll around the streets of Bairro Alto, visit the beautiful São Roque Church, Carmo Ruins and go down to Baixa via the Gloria Elevator or the Santa Justa Elevator or even walking downwards via Chiado.
There is much to see in the oldest part of town, Alfama narrow streets, the 12th century Cathedral, Fado Museum, the Castle, the São Vicente Monastery or the National Pantheon. But mostly be amazed by the atmosphere and the people passing by, little cafes, the architecture…
Miradouro da Graça / Nossa Senhora do Monte
In either of these viewpoints enjoy the amazing views to the Castle, downtown, the River and the Bridge.
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