Why choose Lisbon?

Things to do

European Capital of Culture in 1994 and subsequently host to Expo 98, Lisbon offers a plethora of museums and architectural sites that will suit many different tastes, from ancient to modern and from fashion to theatre. Your “to-do” list ought to include some of the following: the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art), the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, containing varied collections of ancient and modern art), the Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa, the second largest in the world), the Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda (National Museum of Costume and Fashion), the Berardo Collection Museum (Modern Art) and the Museu Fundação Oriente (Lisbon Orient Museum).

Lisbon’s opera house and theatres are also active, especially in the autumn-winter season, while contemporary culture and interests are well represented by annual festivals given over to Gay and Lesbian Cinema, Street Magic, Literature, Photography, Fashion and Design, amongst others.

Lisbon is also home to an enviable range of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and shopping precincts so, depending upon their budget, students should find activities to suit their personal preferences both night and day.

A few recommendations

  • The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Centro de Arte Moderna
  • The Hot Club jazz venue
  • The Lux nightclub
  • Rock in Rio music festival
  • Coliseu dos Recreios
  • Estádio da Luz (Benfica football stadium)
  • Palacio da Pena
  • Aqueduto das Águas Livres
  • Lisbon Oceanarium
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  • The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Centro de Arte Moderna
  • The Hot Club jazz venue
  • The Lux nightclub
  • Rock in Rio music festival
  • Coliseu dos Recreios
  • Estádio da Luz (Benfica football stadium)
  • Palacio da Pena
  • Aqueduto das Águas Livres
  • Lisbon Oceanarium
  • Tram line 28 city tour

For further recommendations of districts, sites, bars and restaurants

Lisbon Tourist Office