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Top Things to do in Lisbon

Proud past, dynamic present, exciting future

Lisbon has recently seen a boom in tourism, and when you begin to scratch beneath the surface, you can easily see why people are flocking to Lisbon. The romantic European capital has a long and impactful history, traditional arts, rich culture and incredible food. 

Lisbon is an international city with a diverse and multicultural population and an increasing number of expats. Lisbon offers unique experiences for everyone. Popular favourites are enjoying Fado concerts, trying delicious local cuisine and exploring the distinct neighbourhoods with funky bars and classical architecture.

The energy and buzz of the city is palpable. There is a distinct entrepreneurial flavour to the city along with an emerging tech and innovation industry.

At the same time, the easy going, warm Mediterranean vibe invites people outdoors to sit outside a café to sip coffee or relax with a beer by the waterfront. No matter what your taste or travel style, Lisbon has something for everyone. Looking for what to do in Lisbon? Check out the list we have put together below.

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Best 14 Things to do in Lisbon

A rich and exciting history sets the scene for the vibrant city that Lisbon is today. There are endless things to see and do, from castles and towers to museums and cathedrals. You can easily fill your days without even trying. Here’s a few top sights and must-do activities to get you started.

Ride the Rails on Tram 28

Ride on one of Lisbon’s iconic trams, taking tram 28 for a classic journey between Martim Moniz to Campo Orique

Discover the Religious Influence on Lisbon

Explore the beautiful churches and cathedrals dotted around the city, like the Convento da Ordem do Carmo and the Sé de Lisboa

Explore the Hilltop Castle

Visit Castelo de São Jorge and take in the history and stunning views

Take a Look at the Tiles

 Check out the impressive azulejo tiles in Alfama

Take a Walk Around Belem

Spend a day exploring Belem Tower and the 25 de Abril Bridge

Discover the Modern, Creative Side of Lisbon

Visit the amazing MAAT Museum

Head up the Elevador de Santa Justa

Ride the Santa Justa Lift that takes you from the lower to upper level streets in Baixa

Go Out All Night

 Head to Barrio Alto to have a drink in one of the cities coolest bars

Relax by the Riverside

Hangout by the waterfront and soak up the laid back atmosphere

Make a Day of it at the Market

Check out the Time Out Market for an epic culinary experience

Sightseeing in Sintra

Take a day trip to Sintra to explore the charming town and many palaces including the iconic yellow Pena Palace

Beach Days are the Best Days

Take the train to the beautiful beach town of Cascais

Snack on Crispy, Rich Portuguese Tarts

Indulge in a few Pastel de Nata, Portugal’s infamous egg tarts

Get Around Town on Two Wheels

Rent an electric scooter to zip around the city

Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
25 de Abril bridge
Top things to do in Lisbon, Santa Justa lift
Jeronimos Monastery
Alfama Rooftops
Praca Dom Pedro IV
Tiled building facades
Pastel de Nata

When to Go

High Season: June – September 
Highs of 28°C, sunny

Shoulder Season: March – May, October
18°C – 23°C, mostly sunny with a small chance of rain

Low Season: November – February
Highs of 17°C lows of 8°C, sunny with a little bit of rain

What to Pack

• Comfortable shoes for walking
• Sunglasses
• Sun cream
• A light jumper (evenings can feel a bit cool, even in the summer)
• Waterproof jacket or umbrella in case of showers
• Currency: Euros
• Camera (obviously)

Featured Host

Palacio Belmonte

A once in a lifetime experience in the hills of Lisbon, Palacio Belmonte blends history, tradition, art and design to create a hospitality experience that is simply unmatched anywhere else. A former noble home in the historic district of Alfama, Palacio Belmonte is a part of Portugal’s history, present and future. Explore the property and find astonishing beauty, tranquil gardens and magnificent views.