Fathom Favorites : Lisbon Sites

1. Cabo de Roca

Cabo de Roca

Located an hour's drive from Lisbon, this jagged cliffside marks the westernmost point of continental Europe. The spectacular views, and dramatic, sweeping landscapes make for an incredible photo-op, and its proximity to Sintra, the resort town known for its colorful castles, means it can be easily incorporated into a day trip. 

Estrada do Cabo da Roca s/n
Colares, 2705-001 



The recently opened Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is a stunning, gargantuan building that seems to rise out of the Belem waterfront. The museum’s sleek and contemporary design is reason enough to visit, and the dynamism of the exhibits — the museum aims to feature 20 new exhibits each year — means you’ll always have something new to see.

Av. Brasília
Lisbon, 1300-598 

3. Sintra


Emerging from the foothills of Sintra Mountain, the once-royal sanctuary is now open to the people. Take the train from Lisbon for a day trip to explore the 9th-century ruins of Castelo dos Mouros, stroll the hidden trails of Pena Park with 2,000 varieties of plant-life, and imagine yourself in the shoes of a royal as your footsteps echo through the elaborate interior halls of Pena Palace. Then go to Tivoli Palácio de Seteais for a long, leisurely lunch, followed by a visit to Quinta de Regalieria, where you can wander for hours around the Game of Thrones-like castle, pausing for pictures at the subterranean tower.

Sintra, 2710-609

4. LX Factory

LX Factory

A previously unused part of the city where an old wiring factory stood has been re-conceptualized as an industrial complex devoted to the arts. Fashion, architecture, music, multimedia, communication – anything creative can occur on these grounds. Visitors are welcome to shop, explore an artist’s work, try inventive food, and be inspired by the re-creation of a forgotten city quarter.

Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
Lisbon, 1300-501

5. Belém Tower

Belém Tower

Constructed between 1514 and 1520 as a bulwark for the city, the picturesque tower casts a lovely reflection in the surrounding water and can be explored by history buffs and those who appreciate a nice photo op.

Torre de Belém
Lisbon, 1400-206

6. Bairro de Alfama

Bairro de Alfama

Ancient and picturesque, the city's oldest district is known for its panoramic pleasures, hidden gardens, and tiny bars that serve small bites. Stroll along the narrow cobbled streets or hitch a ride on the quaint number 28 tram.

Near Rua de São João da Praça, Lisbon

7. Cascais


A small, upscale beach town brimming with shops and cafes, just 30 minutes from Lisbon. Locals say Lisbon is for doing things, but Cascais is for living and relaxing. Wander the narrow historic streets, stop into boutiques, or take a bike ride along the coast.


Cascias, Portugal