You cannot come to Lisbon without exploring Alfama - the city's oldest district. You will enjoy simply getting lost on its labyrinthine streets and alleys, with architecture ranging from late medieval to 19th century buildings.
The area is old and slightly run down, although renovation efforts have been undertaken in the past two decades. There is a wealth of small historical and cultural landmarks and pleasant restaurants, cafés, and Fado clubs can be found all over the place. Highlights include the Castle of São Jorge, Santa Luzia scenic view point, and the medieval Lisbon Cathedral.
Take a walk in the lush gardens of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, one of Europe's most respected cultural institutions. Check out the Gulbenkian Museum (which is also an architectural landmark in itself) and its classical art collection and the newer Gulbenkian Modern Art Museum and the concert hall with a continuously ongoing program of classical, jazz, and world music. During the summer, concerts are held in the Gulbenkian gardens' open-air theater.Enjoy this travel guide as you venture through Lisbon!