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May 4, 2007updated Dec 04, 2015

What to Do in Lisbon During the Day

By Chris Boyle


Whether you’re seeking seabased adventures, divine cuisine or simply somewhere to relax and watch the world drift by, Lisbon has plenty to offer the elite traveler.

The Portuguese capital features an array of spectacular historical sites including the extraordinary architecture of fortified Belém Tower. Outside the city there are miles of coastline to explore and a visit to the medieval palaces in Sintra is a must.



The second largest aquarium on earth, the Oceanário is a modern reminder of Portugal‘s former maritime glories and boasts an enormous 1.3 million gallon holding tank.

The aquarium is divided into four distinct ecosystems representing the waters, wildlife and flora of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Antarctic oceans. Constructed in 1998 for the World Fair, the Oceanário aims to promote conservation of the seas and a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour lets visitors see firsthand how this awe-inspiring facility and its inhabitants are managed. The Oceanário is an unforgettable experience and you can top it off by spending the night right next to the shark tank! Further details and tickets are available online.



Located in the historic district of Belém, the Mosteiro Dos Jerónimos is a masterpiece of Manueline architecture and considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe.

The monastery was founded in 1501 by King Manuel I and constructed in celebration of Portugal’s wealth and power during its Golden Age of Discovery. A recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site, the majestic cloisters feature maritime motifs of intricate coils of rope, sea-monsters and coral. Many of Portugal’s great kings and literary heroes are entombed here – a real architectural gem not to be missed.

Ana Reixa Ribeiro

+351 213 620 034

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Praça do Império 1400-206

Pastéis De Belém


While exploring the sights of Belém, make sure you stop at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém and sample the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Founded in 1837 in a historic neighborhood of Lisbon, the café began making these Pastéis (small custard tarts) by hand using an ancient recipe from the Convento dos Jerónimos. The neighborhood is an historic part of Lisbon, renowned for its architecture and handmade tiles; the perfect place to stop for coffee or lunch between visiting museums and monuments. Pasteis de Belem also has a private room available upon request.

Miguel Clarinha, Manager

+351 213 637 423

Rua de Belém 84-92, 1300-085

Moana Surf School


For elite travelers searching for adventure outside the city or families wanting to take advantage of the miles of dazzling Atlantic coast, a day at Moanna Surf School is the ideal fun activity.

Situated just 25 minutes outside Lisbon, Moana was founded by adventurer and surfer Alex Unwin, whose team teaches surfing to all levels – and all ages. Private classes are available, as are family and group lessons in a variety of water sports, including the increasingly popular kite surfing. Moana Surf School is a great way to spend a day riding some of the best waves anywhere in the world – with friendly and helpful instructors who will make you feel at home in the water.

Manager: Alex Unwin

+351 964 449 436

Moana Surf School, Guincho, 2750 Cascais

Castelo de s. Jorge (st. George’s castle)


With a thrilling and often bloody past, the Castle of St. George’s fascinating history stretches back to Lisbon’s origins and offers the elite traveler stunning views from its Tower of Ulysses.

Visitors can also wander the tranquil gardens and explore the archaeological remains of an 11th century Moorish neighborhood. The castle also regularly features musical and theatrical performances as well as jousting and falconry exhibitions that celebrate one of Lisbon’s best-loved monuments.

+351 218 800 620

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129

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