10 Things to do in Lisbon
When looking for things to do in Lisbon, you are going to find a lot of options. However, there are some experiences you can’t miss in order to have the full experience in the city! Check out our 10 tips:
1 – Get lost in Alfama
This is the oldest district of Lisbon and one of the oldest in Europe. In the past, it was once a medieval quarter, a Jewish quarter and even a fisher man´s village, but even today life resembles an old village. It is one of the most typical neighborhoods and the community is very united. Clothes hanged to dry, tiles, narrow alleys, grilled fish and fado music are some of the typical things that can easily be found there. Finally, contemplate a colorful view of the neighborhood from the Viewpoint Portas do Sol.
2- Do not miss the Viewpoint Senhora do Monte
Lisbon is famous for being the city of the 7 hills, so the city has many stunning views to offer. However, we recommend that you do not miss the Viewpoint Senhora do Monte. It is a breathtaking view. The walk up there can be a little exhausting, but you can always get to know this Viewpoint on our Lisboa Antiga Tour!
3- Kill your sweet tooth
The pastry of Portugal is extremely diverse and delicious. A must is, of course, the typical Pastel de Nata. Although those sold on the Pastéis de Belém Factory are the most famous and really good, we have another recommendation. The Manteigaria in Largo Camões is a small place, but has Pastéis de Nata considered by many the best in the city. If you want to try other options of pastries, go to Confeitaria Nacional. The place has been open since 1829 in Praça da Figueira and it is worth the visit.
Photo: Facebook Page of Manteigaria
4- Discover the night of Lisbon
The night in Lisbon starts in Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré, near Pink Street. Then goes on in one of the nightclubs of the city. Musicbox, Incognito and Lux are just some of the options.
5- Visit the Belém Neighborhood
Belém is a neighborhood with many landmarks related to the Age of Discoveries in Portugal, where you can see incredible monuments. In your list of things to do in Lisbon, be sure to include the Jerónimos Monastery, Tower of Belém and the Monument to the Discoveries. Besides a lot of history, the area also interesting museums, such as the Museu dos Coches, the Museu Berardo and the most recent: MAAT.
6- Discover the Oceanarium of Lisbon
This attraction is in Parque das Nações, a more modern part of the city. This neighborhood was built for Expo 1998, and is a good way to see the contrast of the historic and modern styles of Lisbon. The Lisbon Oceanarium was elected the best aquarium in the world on the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award – there are more than 22,000 reviews (and counting). The same website, indicates the Lisbon Oceanarium as the number 1 attraction in the list of things to do in Lisbon.
7- Visit Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
When looking for things to do in Lisbon, many museums will be suggested. Calouste Gulbenkian is our choice for several reasons. The garden of the museum would be worth the visit by itself, but we´re talking of one of the largest private collections in Europe. There are Islamic, Egyptian, Greek, Asian and European Art. Among big names you can find works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet, Van Dyck and Renoir.
8- Try the Portuguese Gastronomy and its drinks!
The gastronomy in Portugal is wonderful and has options for all tastes. Of the thousand recipes of Bacalhau, sardines, chorizo, cheeses, Caldo Verde (soup), Carne de Porco à Alentejana (Pork with Clams), among others. Do not make the mistake of going to Mc Donald’s or eating a Kebab on any corner. Besides the food, enjoy the opportunity to try a local drink, like a Ginja – cherry liqueur – or Port Wine.
9- Museu do Azulejo
Portugal is famous for its azulejos (tiles), and you just need a short walk through the city to observe several magnificent examples. However, we recommend a visit to the Convento Madre de Deus, which has become the Tile Museum. The collection of this museum covers tile production from the second half of the 15th century to the present day.
10- Shopping and Monuments in Chiado
In the past, this use to be a very artistic neighborhood. Nowadays, this is one of the best places for shopping in the city. Moreover, there are some places you can’t miss out, such as Bertrand – the oldest bookstore in the world, the São Roque Church – once considered the richest chapel in Europe and the Carmo Convent – a former convent destroyed by the earthquake. You can also see all of that on board our tuk tuk.
Of all the things to do in Lisbon, the one experience we have to recommend to you is a tuk tuk tour. Walking in the city of the 7 seven hill can be really difficult, especially in the historical part of town. That’s why an adventure in a tuk tuk in Lisbon can be the perfect opportunity to get to know well each corner of the city. Check out our tours!