If you want to make the most of your trip, then it is a good idea to check out some of the must sees that don’t always make the tourist guide list.
Museu de Lisboa – Palácio Pimenta
Kids love feeling like explorers, and what could be more exciting then having to hunt out a variety of awesome animals. At the Museu de Lisboa they can go on the hunt for a number of different creatures, including toads, bees, snails, cats and snakes. But parents need not worry, as everything in the gardens are ceramic! But maybe let’s not tell the kids that.
Do you love art? If you do, then being able to view it in an intimate place takes it to a new level. This house has been transformed into a museum with the artist living just across the road. Not only is it a space for Júlio Pomar’s work, but it also is home to a variety of other artist’s work too.
Cemitério dos Prazeres
We all like the idea of being able to take in a beautiful view, but what may surprise you is that this graveyard has a fantastic view of the river and the 25th April bridge. The biggest cemetery in Lisbon, as well as one of the most ornate, here you will find a vast number of aristocratic families which means that there are plenty of interesting tombstones to look at.
Jardim do Torel
The Jardim Do Torel may be a small garden, but it is still a fascinating place to visit. It offers some fantastic views of the downtown Baixa quarter and thanks to the fact that it is at the top of a large hill, which many people can’t face climbing, it is pretty secluded. You can get a tram up, but if you do decide to walk then you will be delighted to find that at the top of the hill that the garden has its own little lounge benches. Which are ideal for sitting around in the sunshine reading a book.
Terraços do Carmo
One of the biggest tourist traps in Lisbon has to be the Santa Justa elevator. This 200 year old elevator is hugely cool, but if you are not a fan of having to be part of the crowds, then you don’t have to worry about missing out on the awesome views. At Terracos do Carmo, which is just behind the Carmo Convent, you will not only be able to see the beautiful castle, but also the Santa Justa elevator too.
As you can see, there are a variety of hidden gems to be found in Lisbon. There is no harm heading to the more popular tourist attractions, but if you want to feel that you have escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city, then there are some other places that you can go.