Lisbon UNESCO Sights

By Viator, May 2015

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Lovely Lisbon has two UNESCO World Heritage listed sights; the landmark Belém Tower is the symbol of Portugal’s 16th-century maritime power and perches on the Tagus River. It was completed in 1519 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India. 

Also inspired by Da Gama’s navigational successes, the Monastery of St Jerome (he is patron saint of sailors) is also UNESCO listed; it once stood on the river side but the course of the Tagus has changed. The monastery is a paean to the elaborate Gothic architecture of the Portuguese Golden Age and its beautiful cloisters are covered with maritime carvings and motifs. 

Around Lisbon there are many attractions of great international significance; the entire hill town of Sintra is designated a UNESCO site. Its red-roofed, white-washed National Palace dates from the 14th century and has one of the world’s most important collections of azulejo tiles decorating its flamboyant paneled and gilded apartments. Even this looks dowdy next to Sintra’s Pena Palace, a brightly painted mock-medieval castle dating from the 1840s and towering over the town. The palace exterior is encrusted with faux turrets and ramparts while the interior is stuffed with priceless artwork and porcelain and decorated in a clash of styles from pseudo-Moorish to Edwardian.

The monasteries at Alcobaca and Batalha are UNESCO listed for their peerless Gothic architecture. Both are within easy reach of Lisbon and make fascinating days out when combined with trips to the surfers paradise of Nazaré or the Sanctuary of Fátima. 

The walled city of Évora in the Alentejo wine-growing region is UNESCO-listed for its feast of different architectural styles; it showcases Portugal’s rich heritage from Roman times to 16th-century Golden Age. Venturing further back in time, Évora is also famous for its mysterious Almendres Cromlech, one of Europe’s largest groups of menhirs (standing stones), thought to predate the UK’s Stonehenge by 2,000 years.

See the UNESCO World Heritage sights of Lisbon on a walking or e-biking tour, from on board the famous Tram 28 or a hop-on, hop-off bus. Guided day trips are the easiest way to see the UNESCO destinations around the city. Alternatively a grand tour lasting six days takes in all the premier attractions between Lisbon and northern Portugal, including Batalha monastery and the UNESCO-listed town of Guimarães close to Porto.

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Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Private Tour from Lisbon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover Sintra, the former summer residence of the Portuguese kings, classified as Unesco World Heritage and located just outside Lisbon, on our luxury ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.21

Lisbon City Card

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 Reviews

Explore Lisbon with ease and sightsee at leisure with the Lisbon City Card, offering discounts across the city with your choice of a 24-, 48- or 72-hour pass. ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Varies

From USD $21.34

Private Tour of Lisbon, Estoril Coast and Sintra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

If you have only a day to discover the city, indulge in a private tour of Lisbon combined with a visit to Sintra, a World Heritage town nestled beautifully in ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.57

Lisbon Super Saver: Lisbon Sightseeing Tour and Fátima Half-Day Trip

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Combine a morning sightseeing tour of Lisbon with an afternoon day trip to the Catholic pilgrimage village of Fátima. In Lisbon, take a guided walking ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.29
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Private Tour: Évora and Almendres Cromlech Day Trip from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore more of Portugal by getting out of Lisbon and heading to the Golden Plains, visiting the walled UNESCO-listed town of Évora and an ancient Roman ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.68

Small Group Sintra, Cascais and Estoril Full-Day Tour

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Discover Sintra, former Summer Residence of the Portuguese Kings, classified as UNESCO World Heritage site, just outside Lisbon, on our semi-private tour. ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.10

Lisbon GPS-Guided GoCar Tour

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Explore Lisbon in a unique and exciting way – by GoCar! Easy and fun to drive, the GoCar is guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), which means that the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $26.76

Private Tour: Customize Your Perfect Day in Lisbon

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Want a Lisbon tour that is tailored to your individual interests? Create a customized itinerary for a half-day or full-day tour with a private local guide. ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Half-Day Tour: 3.5 hours
Full-Day Tour: 7 hours

From USD $61.45

Private Tour Lisbon: Sintra Cascais

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Fall in love with magical Sintra and visit the magnificent Pena Palace (ticket included). Try some of Sintra’s well-known delicacies. Next stop admire the ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.60

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