Top 10 must-do things in Lisbon
Lisbon is a cosmopolitan city full of charm, historic neighborhoods and places to discover. There is a wide range of attractions for all types of visitors, from streets with stunning architecture-winning buildings to museums and typical Portuguese gastronomic experiences.
We have separated here a list with a selection of unmissable things to do in Lisbon in this TOP 10.
- Riding on a vintage electric tramMeans of transport widely used by most Lisboners, the tram running on the rails is something very typical of the city. It is the best way to explore the picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon and at the same time enjoy the scenery when using this surface transport line. The most famous line is that of career no28 that runs through the entire historic center of the city.
- Tasting the famous pastel de BelémThose who do not try the famous pasteis de Belém (Portuguese-egg-tarts) cannot say that they were in Lisbon. Unmistakable symbol of Portuguese gastronomy, the pastel de Belém (Portuguese-egg-tarts) has a secular secret recipe that pleases the palate of people from all over the world. In addition to the famous pastéis de Belém (Portuguese-egg-tarts) , see here also our recommendations to taste the pastéis de nata (Portuguese-egg-tarts) and make a comparison of which is the best.
- Visit the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém TowerA UNESCO World Heritage Site, these two tourist sites of Manueline Gothic heritage and incredible engineering works impress by their exuberant beauty. It is worth visiting not only for the historical factor but also for its details that refer to the maritime aspects and the voyages of the great navigators.
- Have lunch in a typical Portuguese tavernAnother activity to lift anyone’s mood after a morning full of sightseeing is to have lunch in a typical Portuguese tavern. There are many options in the historic districts of Graça, Mouraria, Alfama or even in the city center. Be sure to visit our Portuguese tavern tips here.
- Visit the São Jorge Castle and stroll through the streets of AlfamaCastelo de S. Jorge, located in the old medieval citadel, is a notable monument visited not only to enjoy the beautiful view of the city of Lisbon, but also to learn about its history. Alfama, which is right next to the Castle, is one of the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon with its labyrinth of narrow streets, viewpoints and fado houses, be sure to visit this place in Lisbon that has a lot to offer!
- Listening to a FadoFado is recognized as a symbol of Portugal that sings emotions, feelings from love and longing for conquests and everyday situations, and has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Here are some places where you can hear Lisbon’s urban song (some free): Tasca do Chico, Tasca do Jaime, and Mesa de Frades.
- Visit the OceanariumLisbon Oceanariums, located at Parque das Nações, is the second largest aquarium in Europe. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, and meet the more than 15,000 living beings and more than 450 different species, including sharks, arrais and tropical fish. It is a playful activity for both adults and children.
- Have a fun night in Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto, a historic and picturesque neighborhood in Lisbon, changes dramatically from day to night. During the day, there is a movement of people walking and exploring the narrow streets with restricted vehicle access. During the night, the streets give space to the nightlife of the bars with music that promise to guarantee fun until the wee hours. Don’t worry about choosing the bars, just go to the main street (Rua do Norte), and from there you can jump from bar to bar until you reach the one you like best – explore the parallel and perpendicular streets, there is an option for all tastes.
- Visit the Terreiro do Paço (Praça do Comércio)Visit the most majestic square of Baixa de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio (also known as Terreiro do Paço) composed of historic buildings, such as the Arco da Rua Augusta considered one of the ex-libris of the city of Lisbon. Situated in front of the Tagus River, it has already housed the Palace of the Kings of Portugal, and its magnificent library of more than 70,000 volumes. Nowadays it is occupied by Portuguese ministries, government departments, hotels and restaurants. There you can also visit the famous Arco da Rua Augusta and the Lisbon Story Center to learn a little more about the history of the city of Lisbon.
- Visit Parque Eduardo VIIThis is the largest park in Lisbon, located at the top of Marques de Pombal Square at the north end of Avenida da Liberdade. In this park, you can visit theEstufa Fria de Lisboa, a true green corner in the middle of the urban scenery, located on the left side of Parque Eduardo VII for those who climb the Marques de Pombal Square. On the other side of Parque Eduardo VII, you can admire the beautiful Portuguese tile murals that compose historical scenes on the walls of the Carlos Lopes Pavilion. Finally, at the top of the Park you can see the famous Monument to the 25th of April and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Lisbon.
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