World Heritage In The Lisbon Metropolitan Area (2023)

Do you want to visit the World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area? Search no further, as I’ve rounded up a complete list of the World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. From Lisbon to Sintra, get ready to discover amazing, beautiful, and jaw-dropping sites!

The Lisbon Metropolitan Area (in Portuguese, Área Metropolitana de Lisboa or AML) is a region located in the center-south of Portugal and its capital is the city of Lisbon (in Portuguese, Lisboa). In addition, it’s the second most populous region in the country and the fifth largest, encompassing part of the Lisbon and Setúbal districts!

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World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area
World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

World Heritage in Portugal

These are the 17 sites currently listed as World Heritage in Portugal:

  1. Alto Douro Wine Region (North Region)
  2. Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores (Autonomous Region of the Azores)
  3. Convent of Christ in Tomar (Central Region)
  4. Cultural Landscape of SintraChalet of the Countess of Edla, Convent of the Capuchos, Moorish Castle, National Palace of Pena, National Palace of Sintra, Palace of Monserrate, Quinta da Regaleira, Villa Sassetti (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  5. Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications (Alentejo Region)
  6. Historic Centre of Évora (Alentejo Region)
  7. Historic Centre of Guimarães (North Region)
  8. Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar (North Region)
  9. Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture (Autonomous Region of the Azores)
  10. Laurisilva of Madeira (Autonomous Region of Madeira)
  11. Monastery of Alcobaça (Central Region)
  12. Monastery of Batalha (Central Region)
  13. Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  14. Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley (North Region)
  15. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (Lisbon Metropolitan Area)
  16. Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (North Region)
  17. University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia (Central Region)

As you can see, these seventeen sites listed as World Heritage in Portugal are distributed as follows:

World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

1. Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon (1983)

The Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983, the first year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the three sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, this is the only one situated in the Lisbon municipality, in the district with the same name.

The best things to do in Lisbon include:

  • Aqueduto das Águas Livres
  • Avenida da Liberdade
  • Castelo de São Jorge
  • Elevador de Santa Justa
  • Oceanário de Lisboa
  • LxFactory
  • MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia
  • Miradouro das Portas do Sol
  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
  • Museu Arqueológico do Carmo
  • Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
  • Museu Coleção Berardo
  • Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
  • Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo
  • Museu Nacional dos Coches
  • Padrão dos Descobrimentos
  • Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
  • Panteão Nacional
  • Parque das Nações
  • Parque Eduardo VII
  • Pastéis de Belém
  • Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Centro Ciência Viva
  • Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço)
  • Praça D. Pedro IV (Rossio)
  • Rua Augusta
  • Sé de Lisboa
  • Time Out Market Lisboa
  • Torre de Belém

Read my guide to the Monastery of the Hieronymites, one of the sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area!

2. Cultural Landscape of Sintra (1995)

The Cultural Landscape of Sintra was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995, the fourth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the three sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, this is the only one situated in the Sintra municipality, in the Lisbon district.

The best things to do in Sintra include:

Read my complete guide to the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, one of the sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area!

3. Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) (2019)

The Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2019, the twelfth year in which the country had nominations approved. Of the three sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, this is the only one situated in the Mafra municipality, in the Lisbon district.

The best things to do in Mafra include:

  • Aldeia Típica José Franco
  • Auditório Municipal Beatriz Costa
  • Basílica de Mafra
  • Convento de Mafra
  • Igreja de Santo André
  • Jardim do Cerco
  • Palácio dos Marqueses de Ponte de Lima
  • Palácio Nacional de Mafra
  • Praça do Município
  • Tapada Nacional de Mafra

Read my complete guide to the Cerco Garden, one of the sites listed as World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area!

Map of the World Heritage in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

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