Benfica Museum – inside the Estádio da Luz football stadium, opened in 2013 and dedicated to the football club’s history, it has more than 30,000 cups on display as well as documents and audio-visuals. There are touch screens with information on teams, players and games and a hologram of Eusébio. Not to be missed by football fans!
Marqueses da Fronteira Palace – built in 1640, it’s still one of the most beautiful residences in Lisbon, containing splendid rooms with 17th- and 18th-century decorative tiles, frescoed panels and oil paintings.
But it’s most famous for its stunning formal gardens with even more tiles (some of the country’s finest, depicting hunting, battles, and religious scenes), statuary (figures personifying the arts and mythological figures as well as busts of Portuguese kings), and fountains.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum – regarded as one of the best museums in Portugal, the Gulbenkian Museum can take you from Ancient Egypt to the present day across its two collections. The Founder’s Collection and the Modern Collection each has their own specific presentation, but they also speak to each other in temporary exhibitions and projects. These set up dialogues across time, between different kinds of art and artefacts, and between East and West. Contemporary artists remind us how contemporary ancient art can be, and how objects from other places represent journeys which speak to us all in different ways, whether we are at home or abroad. The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is surrounded by one of the most emblematic modern gardens in Portugal, open all year, offering visitors a great sense of tranquility.
Lisbon Zoo – Lisbon Zoo opened in 1884 and moved to its current location in 1905. Receiving more than 800,000 visitors a year, the zoo holds around 2000 animals from over 300 different species and is one of the city’s major family attractions. The zoo’s primary focus is the conservation of endangered animals, both within its own boundaries and in natural habitats around the world.
Viewpoint Panoramic Monsanto – Lisbon’s beloved secret viewpoint is a graffiti- and art-plastered building that was once an exclusive high-society restaurant in the late 1960s. A series of bad investment decisions led to its abandonment from 2001 – although, considering the graffiti covering the walls top to bottom, it wasn’t left unvisited. It’s now reopened and wandering its winding halls and staircases feels like exploring a ghost town.
Monsanto Forest Park – is a large protected forest to the west of Lisbon. The area covers over fifty hectares and incorporates two of Lisbon’s 7 hills and offers a diverse range of plant and wildlife. The Forest Park Lisbon offers visitors pleasant shaded hiking trails, numerous traffic free cycle routes and a breath of fresh air.