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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)