What to visit on your school trip to Lisbon? If you choose Lisbon as a destination for your school trip, you will discover that it is an open-air museum: full of large squares, beautiful viewpoints and neighborhoods full of charm.
The vibe of this city is made for student groups: music in the streets, markets, viewpoints, bars and stores of all kinds, a city that is easy to visit… It is the perfect city to immerse yourself in the Portuguese culture. We show you the monuments and places to visit on your school trip to Lisbon.
The end-of-year trip to Lisbon is perfect for high school and university students. There is a cultural interest in this age group, which can be used to enjoy original tours around the city: discover the most charming neighborhoods, visit the most famous flea market, get the best photo for Instagram in the viewpoints… Discover the Portuguese capital with Natuaventura!
Monuments and must-see places to visit in Lisbon
Here are some of the most important monuments and tourist attractions in the Portuguese capital:
Santa Maria Maior is the most important Cathedral in Lisbon. It is known as the Sé of Lisbon and is one of the essential visits of the city. The Cathedral of Lisbon or Sé Cathedral, in Romanesque style, is one of the must-see in the Alfama district. It is one of the few surviving monuments to the successive earthquakes and fires that have ravaged the city.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon is one of the main monuments of the capital. It is a tribute to the golden age of discovery and was built to commemorate the return of Vasco da Gama from India.
The Belém Tower was used for years for the defense of Lisbon. The tower dates back to the 16th century, the Age of Discoveries, when it was built as a fortress to protect the entrance to the port across the Tagus. Over time, its defensive use was relegated and it was used as a tax collection center and even a prison.
Elevator of Santa Justa
With its 45 meters high, the Elevador de Santa Justa ( called Elevador do Carmo) connects the Baixa with the Chiado district and is one of the must-see tourist attractions in Lisbon.
It is the most important square in Lisbon. Located where the Royal Palace was before it got destroyed by the Great Earthquake, it is a must-see during your visit to Lisbon where you will have views of the Tagus River, a large space to stroll and cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a drink.
St. George’s Castle
With more than eight centuries of history, the Castle of St. George of Lisbon (Castelo de São Jorge) stands out in any point of the city. Inside the complex you should visit the Ulysses Tower, from where you can have a 360º panoramic view of the city.
April 25th Bridge
This is the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Named after the revolution in 1974 that brought democracy back to Portugal on the same date.
The «Feira da Ladra», which in English is something like «thief’s flea market», is a market that offers a wide variety of items, ranging from antique cameras, second-hand clothes, etc. It is held every Tuesday and Saturday mornings. In the surroundings, we recommend you to visit the Parque Clara, also known as Jardim Botto Machado.
You will find the Fado Museum of Lisbon located in Alfama, in the neighborhood where this traditional Portuguese song was born and developed, which has become the most touristic spectacle of Lisbon. In this museum you will learn about the history of Fado from its origins and its evolution to the present day.
Lisbon’s viewpoints are one of its most attractive sights. Due to the location and position of the city, built on a hill, each viewpoint of Lisbon offers and brings you a new perspective of it:
- Mirador de Graça
- Mirador da Senhora do Monte
- Santa Lucia
- Santo Estêvao
- San Pedro Alcantara
- Castle Viewpoint
- Eduardo VII Park Viewpoint
- Portas do Sol
The best monuments and places to visit on your end-of-year trip to Lisbon have been described above. About the neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital we talked at length in another of our posts dedicated to Lisbon. But we leave you here, as an appetizer, a list of the most important ones:
- Chiado and Bairro Alto
- The Alfama
- Park of the Nations
Guide to organize your school trip to Lisbon
If you are thinking of organizing your school trip to Lisbon, you have come to the perfect place because in this guide is all the information you need before and during the trip: accommodation, gastronomy, transportation, possible itineraries, excursions…
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