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Lisbon's most popular holiday destination especially for family is, no doubt, Lisbon Oceanarium. More than 450 species marine lifeforms around the world are making their home in four main giant aquariums. Consisting of four tanks spesifically designed to imitate their native natural habitats: from the rocky coast of North Atlantic, the cold and freezing Antarctic, the Pacific ocean, and tropical Indian ocean. Lisbon Oceanarium is also a house to Sunfish species, a fish species that can only be found in few oceanarium around the world.
Standing majestically from the summit of Sao Jorge Hill, Sao Jorge Castle is one of the most monumental landmark of Lisbon. Not only the medieval architectures will amaze you, the old fortress is also the best spot to view magnificent view of the whole city. It's also the famed viewpoint to watch the most beautiful sunrise. Exploring the whole castle might be challenging but definitely worth as you might learn more about Lisboans' ancestors.
Locally known as Terreiro do Paco, Praca do Commercio is a perfect starting point before you explore the whole city. Used to be a place where a castle stood, Praca do Commercio emerged from ashes and transform into the biggest and emblematic square in Lisbon. Upon entering the elegant 18th Century towngate, feel free to roam around and visit interesting attractions on the ground, from the luxurious Patio da Gale, Cais das Colunas, and snap some memorable pictures under the statue of King Jose I sculpted by Machado de Castro.
It's impossible to visit each zoos in the whole world in just one day, but you can certainly do so in Lisbon Zoo. Founded in 1884, the zoo is a sanctuary for 2,000 animals of more than 300 endangered animal species from around the world. It is now possible to see the majestic and mysterious Sumatran tigers and Savannah lions, and be dazzled with flocks of colorful South African birds or adorable Australian koalas next.
Towering from the northern bank of Tagus River, Balem Tower, or Torre de Belem has become one of Lisbon's iconic landmarks. Decades ago, the limestone medieval fortress witnessed the departure of sailors and voyagers from their homeland to find new undiscovered lands, and today tourists will admire to its elegance and meticulously carved stonework motifs. Balem Tower is in a way, boasting golden era of Age of Discovery in Lisbon.
Portugal is where the Age of Discovery began, so it's only make sense that Lisbon have plethora of monuments and buildings built during the era. One of them is Jeronimos Monastery, which also serves as a resting place for historical figure Vasco da Gama. Jeronimos Monastery was built by King Manuel I as a way to commemorate Vasco da Gama's voyage journey and also to thank the Virgin Mary. The monastery was built with incredible details, you can find carvings of sea monsters, coil of ropes, corals, emphasing the age of exploration at sea most Portuguese voyagers did at that time.
Centuries ago, renowned voyagers such as Vasco da Gama harbored their ships from Lisbon where they'll venture across the globe in quest of finding new lands. Today, Lisbon still boast plethora of charming castles, ports, hills, iconic houses, and everlasting colonial history. Its picturesque beauty is unrivalled to other centuries old countries around the world. With its warm, sunny disposition and clean fresh air, Lisbon will charm you with exotic traces of history, from Roman Imperialists to history of Berber pirates, and many more. After you've spent half of your day exploring every corner of the city, come to the downtown part where most modern attractions can be found. Or if you don't have enough time to visit them all, then below are Lisbon's top 6 attractions you should visit.
How to Get Tickets?
Almost all attractions in Lisbon provide online purchase through the official websites or you may purchase it in this website. However, some destinations with no online ticketing available might require you to book on the spot.
How To Get Around?
Getting around Lisbon is fairly easy, since the city have several public means of transport to accomodate tourists. Exploring the center part of the city can be done by walking. You can also take faster and more convenient way by taking buses, trams, or metros, whichever suit your schedule and budget. If you're planning to use the public transportation for extensive times during the day, we highly recommend you to purchase a Lisboa Card that can be used for underground or surface transportations. Ferries are also available to connect one part of the city to another.
What Should I Wear?
Like many other cities in Europe, Lisbon is a city of fashion so there's no restrictions in dressing yourself up! Most of the time Lisbon's weather is crisp and warm, so sleeveless top with summer jeans are way to go. Though if you're planning to go on a beach party, you can wear some cheerful summer dress. However, don't forget to always wear the most comfortable shoes for walking through ups and downs paths if you're planning to explore the city.
Best Time to Visit
It is very important to consider the best time to visit Lisbon when you're planning your travel itinerary. You can feel Lisbon's warm and sunny weather only if you come between March to May, or from September to October. Those seasons are considered as low seasons too, so there's huge chance you'll find hotel with much affordable rates.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, most informations you need can be found easily on each attraction's official website.
How To Get There?
Lisbon is reachable by any means of transportation. If you come from overseas, you can take an airplane with scheduled flight to Lisbon. In fact, Lisbon's airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Taking a train will be so much more convenient if you're travelling to Lisbon from other cities in Europe, such as Portugal, Madrid, and Paris.
Always beware of pickpockets! Lisbon has been dealing with its own crime and one of the most common one is pickpocketing Always carry your wallet and precious belongings securely stored inside your bag. There are also some occasions where you might get harrassed to purchase drugs. Politely say no and continue with your journey. Might be better for you to travel in groups to prevent these incidents.