There are many things to do in Lisbon but here we round up our top 10 suggestions for your next visit.
1.Explore the Historical Neighbourhood of Belem
The neighbourhood of Belem is one of the most famous and historically important areas of Lisbon, so there’s plenty to see and do. Begin by the Monastery of St Jerome, a UNESCO world heritage site and architectural gem. From here, go down to the water to see the iconic Torre de Belem, a historic fortified tower and one of the symbols of the city. If you fancy, climb the tower to get beautiful views across the river, the April 25 bridge and the Redeemer statue. Belem is also home to one of the most famous bakeries in Lisbon, the Pasteis de Belem bakery. Stop by here and pick up one of their world-famous custard tarts before you leave.
2. Climb the Santa Justa elevator
Perhaps one of the most unique sights in Lisbon, the Santa Justa Elevator is a 19th century lift, built in the centre of the city to help locals avoid the steep climb up the nearby Carmo hill. Nowadays, its primarily used for sight-seeing with the newly constructed viewing platform at the top offering panoramic views across the whole city!
3. Wander the picturesque Alfama district
The Alfama district is one of the oldest parts of the city, although it was originally built outside the city walls some 700 years ago. The winding alleyways and cobbled streets of this part of the city create a picturesque setting for a morning wander. Even though it is a bustling part of the city, it’s easy to find beautiful hidden corners which feel like your own little secret.
4. Ride the iconic Tram 28
It might surprise you, but despite being a staple of public transport, Tram route 28 is also an icon of Lisbon. It will take you through some of the oldest and most fascinating parts of the city and costs just €2.90. Make sure to catch it in the late afternoon or early morning though- it can get very hot and busy in the midday rush!
5. Relax at Sunset on Miradouro da Graca
One of the greatest things about Lisbon’s hills is that there are tonne of miradouros (or little terraces) with stunning views across the city. Each of these have their own personality, where different groups of students and families gather to enjoy the evenings. Miradouro Da Graca has a relaxed vibe, and jaw-dropping views of the city and even the castle. Come here at sunset for that perfect instagram post.
6. Learn your history at the Castelo de Sao Jorge
Right on the highest hill, in the Alfama district, Castelo de Sao Jorge is a monument to the fascinating and diverse history of Lisbon. If history is your thing, then the ancient turrets and stunning views across the city make this a must-see!
7. Pick up a bite to eat at the Mercado de Ribeira
Mercado de Ribeira is a historic Lisbon market but now run by Time Out Portugal; It draws together 24 of the best restaurants in Lisbon along with traditional food stall vendors, pop-up businesses and even a live music venue. The perfect place for lunch for the adventurous.
8. People-watch on the Praça do Comércio
This iconic plaza sits beside the water in the south side of the city. You’ll recognise its beautiful arch and statue from postcard and guides. The sides of the square are lined with bustling shops and cafes which make it the ideal place to sit and chill out during a busy day exploring.
9. Hunt for Treasure in the Feira de Ladra
Lisbon’s most famous flea market is the Feira de Ladra and it’s filled with hundreds of stalls selling everything from the beautiful to the bizarre. It’s the perfect place to find a unique souvenir, or just waste some time sifting through vintage gems.
10. Discover some brand new street art
Lisbon is famous for its street art; you can find it anywhere and everywhere. The reason for this is that the city of Lisbon actually encourages street art events as a method of revitalisation. Areas like the Bairro Alto are full of stunning pieces, and the best thing is, they’re being created all the time so you never know what special art you might discover. If you are keen to learn more, you can also book street art tours where experts will guide you round special projects and tell you more.