10 Fun Things To Do In Lisbon
Portugal’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the City of Seven Hills due to its Seven hills layout, boasts a charm that you won’t find in other European cities. Enjoying a unique allure,, Lisbon charms its guests with its old-world charm and stunning scenery.
No matter what kind of traveller you are, nature buffs, people watchers, history aficionados, or art lovers – there’s a wide selection of fun things to do in Lisbon that will leave you in awe.
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1, Torre de Belém
The Tower of Belém was constructed in the 16th century as a ceremonial port entry for Portuguese explorers. Built on the edge of the Tagus River, the thirty meter tower stands four stories high and is composed of white limestone.
The tower has been known to play host to many battles, both physical and mental, between opposing forces and still houses inmates in its dungeons today. Visitors are allowed inside the tower for a fee.
2, Pastéis de Nata
A visit to Lisbon is never ever complete without stuffing your face with a Pastel De Nata. These custards cakes are very tasty and morish. Go to a cute Portuguese coffee shop and ask for a "cafe e nata".
The cake is a Portuguese tradition and the recipe has been fiercely guarded since 1845 . In fact, it is stated, that the receipe has never been written down and only ever known by 3 or 4 special people, who can never fly or travel in the same vehicle in case of an accident. The recipe can never be lost!
3, Panorâmico de Monsanto
Hidden a few steps from the main road, near the military camp, is the amazing Panorâmico de Monsanto. A must see if you visit the park! This beautiful building was once an upscale hotel that, after a bad business decision, closed.
In 2001 it became completely abandoned and now it is again open to the public to explore. The space offers a breathtaking view of Lisbon and the river and beautiful graffiti spread from floor to ceiling. This unique building has a spiritual beauty and is worth a visit. One thing to keep in mind when visiting an old hotel. It is illegal to take pictures of nearby military bases. But to be honest, why would you want to take pictures of the old soldiers when if you turn around, you have some of the best views of the city and the entire river?
4, Tram 28
Tram 28 is probably the most famous tour in Lisbon. It is a vintage yellow tram that crosses the city centre, passing by many of Lisbon’s main attractions. Tram 28 has all the benefits of a sightseeing bus tour and it is a lot cheaper to boot. The route from Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique / Prazeres takes approximately one hour.
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5, Brunch at Zenith
This is the Activities In Portugal teams favourite brunch venue in Lisbon, but be warned it gets busy. Located just off Avenida Liberdade they offer healthy and tasty brunch options. From natural juices to specialty coffee. eggs benedict to varied pancakes, Acai and Tapiocas. Also the delicious and photogenic smoothie bowls and the famous banana bread. It is not considered to be in the top 14 most instagramable restaurants in the World by Trip Advisor for nothing. Pop in and experience the joy of brunch or order for delivery on Uber Eats.
6, Cascais Beaches
On the door step of the town of Cascais are glorious sandy beaches. The costa of Estoril boasts some of the most popular beaches in the Lisbon area, in fact during peak summer months it is almost like the whole city of Lisbon has decided to hit the beach. The most interesting beach in Cascais is Praia Da Rainha, meaning the beach of the Queen.
The beach truly lives up to its name because it was the private beach of Queen Maria Amelia in the 1880s, during the reign of her husband Carlos, King of Portugal. She was the last queen of Portugal after a military coup, which murdered her husband, established the Portuguese First Republic in 1910. She was then exiled to France, where she decreed “I shall stand my ground,” and she firmly stood her ground, until her death on October 25, 1951. Do not miss this historical beach on your visit to Cascais, make sure this is on your list of Things To Do In Cascais.
7, Portas Do Sol Miradouro
No doubt you have already seen the view of Lisbon from the viewpoint Portas Do Sol, the image is probably one of the most used of Lisbon. The viewpoint is definitely a must visit. Stop and admire the view whilst taking in Portuguese Bica (expresso) at the kiosk. Recharge your batteries after a long day sightseeing.
8, Pena Palace
The Pena Palace is named one of Portugal’s “Seven Wonders” and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It really looks like a fairy tale castle set upon one of the tallest hills in the Sintra area.
Pena Palace was ordered by King Ferdinand II in 1838 and was the summer residence of Ferdinand II. The castle is still used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic. The styles are truly eclectic , from Moorish to Renaissance, Neo-Gothic to Neo-Manueline. The Palace is surround by 200 hectares of gardens. Both the Palace and gardens are a top tourists destination for Lisbon travelers and should be on your Lisbon bucket list on things to do in Sintra.
9, The Oceanário
The Oceanário is at the heart of Parque Das Nacoes and it was the centerpiece of the 98 expo. Open daily from 10am to 6pm and with the last entry at 5pm. Tickets are from 17.10 euros for adults and 9 euros for kids. It is definitely worth a visit as the Oceanário contribute to conservation and they offer kids the opportunity to sleep with sharks, shame its just for kids.
10, Fado Restaurants
Alfama and Fado go hand in hand, the area is full of Fado restaurants and Fado music. Reportedly Fado music originated in the area in the early 19th century. Fado music is mournful and full of sorrow, the main content is based on missing sailors on long and dangerous journey. In the 19th century Alfama was full of the poor families of sailors out at sea. Experience Fado at one of the many restaurants and bars in the area.