Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa – Lisbon Zoo

If Visiting Lisbon with Kids, Plan on a Visit to the Jardim Zoológico: Small by international standards, Lisbon's zoo, the Jardim Zoológico de Lisboa (Zoological Garden) nevertheless houses over 2,000 animals ranging over 400 species. Before visiting the animal enclosures, take a cable car … [Read more...]

Castelo de Sao Jorge – A Castle Dedicated to St. George

Castelo Sao Jorge was the Royal Palace of a Line of Portugal's Monarchs: Like many famous cities in Europe, Lisbon's roots are centuries old. But few proofs of that are so evident here as that of Castelo de Sao Jorge, Lisbon's Saint George's Castle. First begun in the 6th century by late … [Read more...]

Lisbon Sightseeing on a Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Discovering the Sights of Lisbon is as easy as Hopping on and off: Discovering Lisbon on your own is easy with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Hop-on hop-off tours give you the freedom to discover Lisbon at your own pace as you can stop at places of interest for as long as you like. … [Read more...]

Portugal’s Age of Discovery

An Amazing Period of Conquests and Discoveries:   In front of the Monument to the Discoveries is another of Lisbon's sightseeing attractions, a huge mariner's compass, cut into the stone pavement. The compass was a gift from South Africa in 1960 and the central map shows the routes of … [Read more...]

Monument to the Overseas Combatants – Lisbon

A Striking Monument on the Lisbon Waterfront:   One of the more recent additions of significant monuments to Lisbon's waterfront is the Monument to the Overseas Combatants. This eye-catching Lisbon attraction commemorates all the people involved in the wars that Portugal was involved with … [Read more...]

Belem Tower – an iconic monument on Lisbon’s waterfront

A symbol of Portugal's great era of expansion: Torre de Belem or Belem Tower sits at the mouth of the Tagus and guards the entrance to the city. It's another of Lisbon's iconic attractions on the Lisbon waterfront. Belem Tower was built as a fortress in the middle of the Tagus in 1515-21 and … [Read more...]

Lisbon Sightseeing | Monument to the Discoveries

Portugal's early discoverers stand prominently at the waterfront: We were taught about Vasco da Gama and his early discoveries at school, but during those days I found the history lessons pretty dry and hard going.  Between the heat of the afternoon tropical sun, our non-airconditioned classrooms, … [Read more...]