Honeymoon in Portugal: 20 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Lisbon

Posted by Adam Warner

Lisbon_Honeymoon-Cover.jpgHome to beautiful neighborhoods, grand squares, elegant promenades, narrow cobblestone streets, colorful trolleys, and delicious food, the bustling city of Lisbon, Portugal ranks high on our list of top honeymoon destinations in Europe.

With so much to see and do in Lisbon on your honeymoon, we've chosen the most beautiful places for newlyweds to visit when exploring the city for the first time.

Once you've narrowed down your list of favorites, add the activities and experiences to your honeymoon registry. Then start getting ready to embark on the trip of a lifetime.


Praca do Comercio

This gorgeous square in central Lisbon is one of the true highlights of the city. In addition to splendid views of the Tagus River, the plaza features Arco da Rua Augusta, a massive statue of King Joseph I, and, of course, lots of great honeymoon photo ops.


Alfama District

Distinguished by its narrow streets, whitewashed houses, unique shops, and beautiful churches, the Alfama District is one of Lisbon's oldest and most historic neighborhoods. Couples will want to spend a day getting lost among its maze of streets, making time for plenty of detours at stores, restaurants, historical sites, and scenic viewpoints. It's also the birthplace of Fado.


Belem Tower

This 16th-century tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic structures in all of Portugal. Built to defend Lisbon from enemy ships, this striking monument is a must-visit destination and located along the northern bank of the Tagus River just a few miles from the city center of Lisbon.


Miradouro de Santa Luzia

This incredible viewpoint allows jaw-dropping views of the old Alfama neighborhood, Tagus River, and red rooftops of Lisbon. Try to visit around sunset for a mesmerizing display of colors.


Castle of Saint George

Situated on a hill high above Lisbon, the Castle of Saint George (Castelo de São Jorge) is a huge medieval citadel that dates back to the 11th century. Couples can climb the towers and meander along the ramparts of this centuries-old structure -- all while soaking in magnificent views of the city.


Jerónimos Monastery

This 16th-century monastery is a World Heritage Site and considered an architectural masterpiece. The massive structure is located near Belem Tower, so be sure to plan your itinerary accordingly to make enough time for visiting both sites.


National Tile Museum

Situated in a 16th-century convent, the National Tile Museum presents the entire history of the azulejo, or hand-painted tile, which can be found on buildings all across the city. In addition to the museum, couples can visit a beautiful Baroque-style church and enjoy lunch inside the former kitchen of an 18th-century palace.


Lisbon Cathedral

Constructed during the 12th century, Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa) is considered the oldest church in the city. The structure also stands out with its fortress-like appearance and mixture of architectural and artistic styles.


LX Factory

Looking for some trendy, modern places to visit on your Lisbon honeymoon? LX Factory has repurposed old industrial spaces into unique restaurants, shops, art exhibitions, bookstores, and more. It's truly Lisbon's creative corner and a wonderful destination to visit in the Alcântara neighborhood.


Rossio Train Station

A popular train station for day-trippers to the hilltop castle town of Sintra, the Rossio Train Station also stands out for its intricate details and architecture, such as elaborate tilework, turrets on the exterior facade, and horseshoe-shaped archways.


Carmo Convent

Founded as a convent in the 14th century, this fascinating structure was destroyed in the devastating 1755 Lisbon earthquake. Fast forward to present day and the ruins still remain in a thriving, rebuilt city. It's a reminder of one of Portugal's darkest days, and to stand beneath the medieval arches and massive columns is truly a moving and incredible experience.


The Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

One of Lisbon's most visited sites, the Monument of the Discoveries was created as part of the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940. 20 years later, the monument was then reconstructed into its current form and celebrates Portugal's Age of Discovery. Notable statues include Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan.


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Time Out Market

For a unique foodie experience, visit Time Out Market Lisboa, a contemporary food hall located inside Mercado da Ribeira. The market is home to nearly 50 restaurants, bars, and shops, all showcasing some of the best cuisine and food experiences Lisbon has to offer.


Rua da Bica

Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo might just be Lisbon's most photographed street -- and it's certainly easy to see why. From the picturesque funicular to the views of the Tagus to the colorful homes and buildings, this is one pretty street that you won't want to miss.


Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

This beautiful landscaped terrace is filled with fountains, trees, and jaw-dropping views of the city, including St. George's Castle and Lisbon's downtown area (better known as Baixa). Combine it with a trip on the Elevador da Gloria for a most unique and romantic experience.


Santa Justa Lift

Located in the historic center of Lisbon, this unique lift was built to provide an easier journey between Lisbon's Baixa and Bairro Alto districts. At the top of the tower, honeymooners can soak in magnificent views of the city.


Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

This eye-catching museum along the banks of the Tagus is one of Lisbon's preeminent spaces for contemporary art. The building's modern-looking facade was created using nearly 15,000 three-dimensional crackle-glazed ceramic tiles. It's truly unlike anything else you'll see during your honeymoon in Lisbon.


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Lumiares Hotel Rooftop (for Sunset views and cocktails)

One of Lisbon's best rooftop dining experiences can be found at Lumiares Hotel. The rooftop retreat Lumi pairs incredible views of the city with excellent cocktails and a contemporary menu focused on serving up fresh, seasonal ingredients.


Day Trip to Sintra

Although not technically Lisbon, the dreamy hilltop town of Sintra is just a quick train trip or taxi ride from Lisbon's city center. Sintra's major landmarks include the medieval Moorish Castle, the National Palace of Sintra, and magnificent Pena National Palace.


Bairro Alto

This historic neighborhood in Lisbon features steep, cobblestone streets, and a unique mix of trendy bars, restaurants, antique shops, and boutiques.

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