A list of the 15 best things to do in Lisbon
For those who like the ocean, nice weather, great food, history, and a cultural vibe, visiting Lisbon will always be a good choice.
Known as a city that can easily compete with London, Lisbon is packed with interesting things you can do. From monuments, museums, castles, palaces to amazing landscapes overlooking the river Tejo. From the incredible food and restaurants to the bohemian lifestyle. What are after all the 20 best things to do in Lisbon? The ones you cannot miss.
1. Ride a tram
Like San Francisco in California, US, Lisbon is famed for its historic trams all over the city. The most iconic is 28 Tram which goes from Graça to the gorgeous Basílica da Estrela.
2. Enjoy the landscape from São Jorge Castle
The Castle of São Jorge definitely worth a visit. Standing on the top of the tallest hill of Lisbon offers a view over the Baixa district and Tagus River that we’ll take your breath away.
3. Visit Jerónimos Monastery
UNESCO World Heritage Site and a beautiful piece of architecture. Built to mark the Portuguese most glorious age – The Age of Exploration – in a Manueline style.
4. Visit Belém Tower
Another landmark that you just can not miss while in Lisbon. Entering the river Tagus this tower is a fusion of many architectural styles and dates from the 16th century.
5. Go underwater in the Lisbon Oceanarium
Located at Parque das Nações area, by the River Tagus, this huge Oceanarium has countless exhibits related to marine life. You can easily feel that you are actually inside the ocean, where sharks are just passing by.
6. Visit the most interesting museums
Enjoy modern collections at Museu Berardo, in Belém, or get in touch with the Portuguese Renaissance Empire in Museu do Oriente. Discover MAAT and its architecture by the river or dive in a more traditional wave in the National Tile Museum.
7. Enjoy Mercado da Ribeira
The most famous market food of Lisbon and also known as Time Out Market. This is where you can taste local specialities as custard tarts, drink fine Portuguese wines or eat the famous francesinha. This market has a cool and modern vibe.
8. Enjoy the vibe of Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto is the coolest neighbourhood in Lisbon. The theatres, the famed restaurants and of course the nightlife, are a must!
9. Listen to Fado
Well, you cannot come to Lisbon without going to listen to the most traditional music genre – Fado. There are a lot of restaurants, especially in the Alfama district that have always Fado nights.
10. Go to the other side of the river and Climb the Cristo Rei
This is a kind of off tourist path, but definitely worth a visit. The viewpoint over the 25th Aprils Bridge, the river Tagus, and the colorful Lisbon seen from the other margin is amazing.
Best free things to do in LisbonGet lost in Alfama district
11. Take a walk at Praça do Comércio and Rossio Square
12. Search for bargains at Feira da Ladra flea market
13. Enjoy the many viewpoints scattered all over
14. Discover Lisbon’s street art
15. Take a forest bath in Monsanto park
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