This post covers our top 25 top things to do and places to visit in Lisbon, including nighttime, family-friendly, and free things events, attractions, and activities.
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TOP 63 THINGS TO DO IN LISBON
Be sure to also read our 3-day suggested itinerary for Lisbon.
1. Take a Free Walking Tour
Trying to save a bit of money? There are several tour companies that offer free walking tours in Lisbon!
These outings are pay-what-you-wish, which means you get to decide what the tour was worth after completing the journey.
For more details on these services, please read our post about free Lisbon walking tours and sign up for the tour that best fits your schedule or interests.
2. Explore Alfama
This is postcard Lisbon.
This hillside neighborhood survived the great earthquake mostly intact. It's winding cobblestone streets and alleys make for a delightful couple of hours.
3. Experience a Live Fado Show
In addition to all the hot concerts that happen throughout the year, there is another musical activity that you simply have to experience.
Fado Music is a form of folk music unique to the Portuguese people, and there are more than 40 Fado houses in Lisbon where you can hear it for yourself.
If you’re hoping to learn all about the history of this musical movement and see a live performance, there are several tours that include both activities.
Tickets start at €35 but can run as high as €95 depending on what is included with the service.
4. Discover Belém
This is arguably one of the most historic districts in Lisbon, and there are many notable landmarks to see in the area.
We've listed the top 14 sights in Belém.
There are daily free tours that cover these sights and there are paid tours you can take which include admission to major locations.
5. Take a Food Tour
Whether you want to learn more about Lisbon’s culinary history or you just want to find the best foods to eat in this city, there are food tours available that cover a variety of great dishes.
Secret Food Tours currently offers an outing that includes 5-7 stops and 6-7 different samples such as Portuguese cheeses, ham, petiscos ("snacks" or small plates), fish, pastries including Pastel de Nata, a Bifana (pork sandwich), seafood and more.
This trip also includes drinks such as white wine, red wine, beer, and a Portuguese liqueur known as ginjinha (made from sour morello cherries).
At 3 - 3 ½ hours in length, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the city through some of its best food!
6. Save Money With a Discount Pass
There are currently two tourist passes in Lisbon which include a variety of activities and attractions for one flat price.
Depending on which pass you choose and how you use it, you should be able to save between 20% - 40% off general admission prices.
Here are a few of the more notable sites and tours included with these services:
- National Ancient Art Museum
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tours
- National Coach Museum
- LISBOA Story Centre
- Jerónimos Monastery
- Pilar7 Bridge Experience
- National Tile Museum
- National Pantheon
- Belém Tower
- And more!
For more information, please read our post covering Lisbon tourist passes.
7. Visit the São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge)
This is one of the most historic sites in the city, and it’s included on several different tours.
We could spend a lot of time talking about all the great options, but we’ll just focus on two of our favorite outings here.
One of the best options is called The Downhill Lisbon tour, and it includes admission to São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral, and the Cathedral Bell Tower.
Over the course of 3-½ hours you’ll also enjoy a tour of the Baixa neighbourhood from an expert local guide.
Alternatively, there is also a Lisbon in a Day tour which lasts for 9 hours and it also includes admission to São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral, and the Cathedral Bell Tower.
In addition to those locations, you’ll also enjoy an Azulejos tile workshop tour, transportation to Belém, admission to the Jerónimos Monastery, a guided river cruise, a traditional Portuguese pastry, and more!
8. Discover Bairro Alto & Chiado
If you’re interested in seeing even more historic sites, there are several notable locations to see in the Bairro Alto & Chiado neighbourhoods.
Thankfully, there are some great tours available which cover most of the important landmarks!
One excellent choice is the Best of Bairro Alto & Chiado tour, and it includes admission to the Convento do Carmo, tickets for the Santa Justa elevator, a tour of the Church of Sao Roque, and much more.
Another option is the Flavor of Bairro Alto & Chiado tour. As the name implies, you can expect samples of Portuguese green wine, local cheeses, and cured ham.
This tour also includes tickets to the Convento do Carmo, the Santa Justa lift, and a tour of the Church of Sao Roque as well.
9. See the Sites of Sintra
If you don’t mind traveling a little further out from the city centre, Sintra is a charming coastal town and probably one of the most beautiful nearby locations to visit.
As a matter of fact, there are quite a few tours which include a trip to Sintra, including at least one free tour of Sintra's center!
One great option is the Sublime Sintra tour which provides admission to the Pena Palace and a tour of the site, a Tuk Tuk ride in Sintra Natural Park, transportation to and from the palace, and more.
There is also a full-day tour called Supreme Sintra which includes all of the above and admission to the Quinta da Regaleira, as well as an opportunity to explore the Sintra village at your own pace.
Some locations in Sintra are included at no extra cost with Lisbon tourist passes.
10. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour
Lisbon is home to several unique and interesting flavors, and that includes a variety of wines you probably won’t find anywhere else!
If you want to discover some of the greatest drinks in this city, consider taking a Secret Urban Wine Tour.
This outing offers 5 stops and a variety of different wines to sample along the way.
This wine tour will take about 2-½ to 3 hours to enjoy and it’s limited to groups of just 8 people, allowing you to avoid large crowds as you sip on several different samples.
In addition to the drinks, you can also purchase an upgraded food package which includes Iberian ham, a regional dessert, and a Portuguese appetizer.
11. Take the Kids to Lisbon Zoo
This is arguably one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in Lisbon.
Children love visiting the zoo, and there are a lot of interesting animals to see at this location!
In addition to a variety of mammals such as Zebras, Tigers, Hoalas, Bisons, Meerkats, Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, and more, this zoo is also home to aquatic animals like dolphins and crocodiles.
Visitors can enjoy a cable car and train, as well as several picnic areas and places to grab a bite to eat.
The Lisbon Zoo is included with some hop on hop off bus tour combo packages, allowing you to save a few euros on tickets.
12. Discover Lisbon’s History Through Tiles
At the Madre de Deus Convent there are entire walls covered in tiles that make up murals representing the history of this city from the 15th century to modern times.
This location is known now as the National Tile Museum, and it’s one of the most unique and artistic cultural expressions you’ll ever see!
In addition to experiencing all of these beautiful tiles, you’ll also have the chance to see the historic Madre de Deus church which is a fantastic example of baroque architecture.
Admission to this location is included with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, allowing you to save money on tickets.
13. Go to the Oceanarium
If you’re looking for even more family fun, it’s hard to beat a trip to the Oceanarium.
This Oceanarium is the second largest aquarium in Europe.
This attraction is home to four different marine habitats holding 5 million litres of seawater and a variety of aquatic life.
With over 180 different species of fish, sea otters, penguins, frogs, coral, starfish, anemone, octopus, shrimp, and many others, there’s plenty to see and experience while you’re here.
In addition to all the animals, there are also a lot of different plants and algae to see, including coconuts, coffee plants, palm trees, ferns, and more.
Best of all, admission is included with some hop on hop off bus tour combo packages, so you can actually save money on both activities!
14. Visit the Pilar7 Bridge Experience
This is one of the most impressive suspension bridges in the world, and aside from traveling across it, there is one excellent way to see everything that went into building the structure.
The Pilar7 Bridge Experience is an immersive tour covering the history of the Ponte 25 de Abril.
This attraction includes multimedia presentations, virtual reality experiences, and much more.
At the end of the tour, you’ll take an elevator ride up to a panoramic observation deck which gives you one of the best views in all of Lisbon.
Admission is included with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, allowing you to potentially save a few euros on tickets.
15. Go to the LISBOA Story Centre
This attraction is actually one of the best ways to learn the history of Lisbon, as it provides a variety of interactive exhibits that tell the story of this city.
In addition to multimedia presentations, there are also elaborate sets and dramatic recreations of the most important historical events from throughout Lisbon’s past.
Experience the tragic events of All Saints’ Day in 1755 in one room and move onto the next where you’ll accompany the Marquis of Pombal in reconstructing the city.
These are just two of the exhibits available, but there are many more to discover at this location.
16. Visit the National Coach Museum
There have been many coaches used throughout the history of Lisbon, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this actually became the home of the very first coach museum in the world back in 1726.
Believe it or not, the museum still exists to this day, although it has undergone many changes over the years.
The National Coach Museum is now one of the best attractions in the district of Belém.
In addition to housing several historic coaches, this museum also works on the conservation of various vehicles including motor vehicles and other historic forms of transportation.
Admission to this attraction is included with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, allowing you to save a few euros on tickets.
17. Take a Cruise on the Tagus River
Lisbon is located alongside the Tagus River, and there are several different cruise services you can enjoy in the city as a result.
One of the easiest ways to take a cruise is by getting a combo ticket with a hop on hop off bus tour.
Most of the bus tour companies in Lisbon offer combo deals with both bus and boat tours.
There are also hop on hop off cruises, allowing you to spend a whole day cruising around the city with ease.
Alternatively, there are also traditional sightseeing cruises and even sailing excursions.
This is an excellent family-friendly activity, and with sunset sails and cruises available, it could also be something fun to do at night!
18. Visit the Mafra Palace
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most notable historic buildings in Lisbon, and it’s also a great example of both baroque and neoclassical architecture.
The Mafra Palace has 1,200 rooms, 29 inner yards and courtyards, 156 stairways, over 4,700 doors, and windows, and it was built with limestone and marble from throughout the region.
There are a lot of things to see here, including the convent, basilica (church), library, and two carillons (bell towers).
Admission to this landmark is included with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, making it easy to save some money on tickets.
19. Go to the National Ancient Art Museum
Art lovers shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit this incredible museum which houses a variety of artwork dating from the 12th - 19th centuries.
In addition to several paintings, there are also sculptures and jewelry made with silver and gold, as well as many decorative arts from several different cultures.
This is also the site that houses the largest number of works that have been deemed national treasures in Portugal, so you can bet there are a lot of great things to see here!
Tickets are included with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, allowing you to save money on admission.
20. See the National Pantheon
If you want to see even more historic landmarks in Lisbon, this is definitely one of the most notable sites in the city.
Founded in the 16th century, the National Pantheon is another excellent example of baroque architecture.
As is common with this style of building, there was a lot of marble used in the construction of the Pantheon.
While it is most often used as a reference point nowadays, this location also offers one of the best views in the city.
Admission is free with at least one Lisbon tourist pass, but you can also get in for free on Sunday mornings and national holidays.
21. Discover Portugal’s History of Theatre and Dance
Portuguese performing arts are culturally unique, with many interesting differences from other cultures around the world.
Thankfully, there is an attraction you can visit to learn more about what makes Portugal’s theatre and dance so special.
The National Museum of Theatre and Dance has over 300,000 pieces including costumes, stage props, scenes, billboards, musical scores, and many other exhibits that provide a glimpse into the history of performing arts in this country.
If you’re looking to save some money, you can save money on tickets to this museum by using a Lisbon tourist pass.
22. Take a Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
If you want to experience everything this city has to offer, there are several different hop-on hop-off bus tours available in Lisbon.
Most of these services include stops at popular locations such as the Jeronimos Monastery, Belém Tower (Torre de Belém), São Jorge Castle, and more.
There are also some bus routes that offer stops at attractions such as the Oceanarium, Lisbon Zoo, the National Coach Museum, and many other popular locations.
You can get free tickets for a hop-on hop-off bus tour by using a Lisbon tourist pass, and there are also combo packages that include additional activities or attractions.
For more details, please read our post covering Lisbon hop on hop off bus tours.
23. Go on a Spiritual Day Trip
There are several historic landmarks just outside of Lisbon which represent the spiritual history of Portugal.
Some tour companies offer day trips which include several notable locations you may want to visit.
One great option includes a trip to the Convent of Christ in Tomar, the Batalha Monastery, and the Alcobaça Monastery.
The convent is noted as being the former headquarters of the Knights Templar, while the monasteries house tombs of past royalty.
Admission to each of these locations is also included with one of the major Lisbon tourist passes, so you could even save money by just visiting each site on your own!
24. Visit the Ajuda National Palace
Although it may not be as notable as some of the other historic landmarks in Lisbon, this palace is pretty important to the royal history of the city.
Built in the Baroque-Rococo architectural style, art lovers will find many details to love about this attraction!
In addition to the historical value of this location, visitors will also find several collections of decorative arts dating from the 15th - 20th century, including various sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and more.
If you’re trying to save money on tickets, admission is provided at no extra cost with one of the major Lisbon tourist passes.
25. Attend a Sporting Event
When it comes to sports, Lisbon is absolutely crazy about football (aka "soccer" in the US).
If you’re a fan, you’ll have several opportunities to see both of the teams in this city face off against others in the league.
Both teams typically play from late summer to the end of spring, taking only a few months off during the middle of the year.
On average, you can expect each team to play at least one match every week or two, so chances are you’ll be able to attend at least one game while you’re in town.
If you’re wondering about any other sports activities, check this list of sporting events in Lisbon to get an idea of what’s going on during your trip to the city.
26. Go to a Concert
No matter when you choose to visit Lisbon, you might want to check and see if there are any notable musicians performing while you’re there.
This city tends to attract a lot of popular artists including names like the Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, Guns 'n Roses, Kiss, Iron Maiden, and more!
If you’re interested in seeing a great concert, check the calendar at the following venues:
- Campo Pequeno
- Altice Arena
- Parque da Bela Vista
- Estádio Municipal de Oeiras
- Hipódromo Manuel Possolo
Alternatively, you can also check this list of concerts in Lisbon to see what’s happening during your visit.
27. Enjoy an Exploration Game
If you want to learn more about the history of Lisbon, this self-guided mystery game will give you the opportunity to solve a puzzle while you discover some of the most notable landmarks in the city.
Although it clocks in at about 2 hours in length, you can take your time and enjoy this outing at your own pace.
28. Tram 28
Tram 28 is a popular vintage yellow tram that runs through the narrow streets of the city's historic neighborhoods, including Graça, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela.
The tram route covers a distance of about 7 kilometers, and takes passengers past some of Lisbon's most famous landmarks, such as São Jorge Castle and the Cathedral.
Tram 28 has been in operation since the early 20th century and is one of the few remaining traditional trams still in operation in Lisbon.
The tram's route is popular among tourists and locals alike, as it offers a unique and charming way to see the city's historic neighborhoods.
29. Museu do Oriente
Museu do Oriente is a museum in Lisbon, Portugal that is dedicated to Asian art and culture.
The museum's collection includes over 16,000 objects from various Asian countries such as China, Japan, India, and Korea.
The exhibits showcase a wide range of art and cultural artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, and costumes.
Museu do Oriente is located in a former warehouse in the Alcântara neighborhood of Lisbon, which has been renovated and adapted to house the museum's exhibits.
The building's architecture and design reflect its history as a port warehouse, with large open spaces and high ceilings.
In addition to its permanent collection, Museu do Oriente also hosts temporary exhibitions, workshops, and cultural events related to Asian art and culture.
The museum's goal is to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation through the exploration of Asian art and heritage.
30. Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a monument located in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal.
It was inaugurated in 1960 to commemorate the Age of Discovery and the Portuguese explorers who played a significant role in the exploration and colonization of the world.
The monument features a large stone-carved ship with 33 prominent figures of Portuguese explorers, navigators, and other personalities associated with the Age of Discovery.
Visitors can climb to the top of the monument for panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the nearby Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) and the Tagus River.
The monument also houses an exhibition space with interactive displays and exhibits on Portugal's exploration history.
Miradouros are viewpoints or observation decks in Lisbon, Portugal that offer panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.
They are typically located on hilltops or other elevated locations, and provide stunning vistas of Lisbon's historic neighborhoods, landmarks, and the Tagus River.
Portas do Sol, locally known as Miradouro das Portas do Sol, is a popular miradouro in Lisbon, located in the Alfama district.
It offers a spectacular view of the city's historic center, including the red-roofed buildings, São Jorge Castle, and the Tagus River.
The name "Portas do Sol" translates to "Doors to the Sun" in English, and the viewpoint is especially popular at sunset, when the sky turns orange and red, creating a magical atmosphere.
Portas do Sol is also home to a small square and garden, as well as a terrace with outdoor seating where visitors can enjoy a drink or a meal while taking in the stunning views.
Apart from Portas do Sol, some other famous viewpoints includes Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.
Cascais is a famous coastal town in Portugal, known for its stunning beaches, charming historic center, and cultural attractions.
It has beaches like Praia do Guincho and Praia da Cresmina, which attract surfers, windsurfers, and sunbathers from around the world.
It is home to several museums, such as the Museum of the Sea and the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum, which showcase the town's rich history and cultural heritage.
Cascais is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, such as the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the cliffs of Boca do Inferno, which offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
And if you are looking for luxury, then it has several high-end hotels, restaurants, and shops, as well as a marina that attracts wealthy travelers and yacht enthusiasts.
Overall, Cascais is a famous destination that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, history, culture, and luxury.
33. Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer and navigator who lived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.
He is best known for his pioneering sea voyage from Portugal to India, which opened up a direct sea route to Asia and established Portugal as a major colonial power.
Lisbon, as the birthplace of Vasco da Gama, has several ways of remembering the great explorer in present day.
Several monuments and sites in Lisbon are dedicated to this great explorer.
Torre de Belém, which was the starting point of Vasco da Gama's voyage to India in 1497, Jeronimos Monastery, Vasco da Gama Bridge are some notable landmarks which celebrates the legacy of this great explorer throughout the city.
34. Feira da Ladra market (Santa Rosa flea market)
Feira da Ladra, also known as Santa Rosa flea market, is a famous open-air market located in Lisbon, Portugal.
It operates on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
The market sells a variety of items including antiques, second-hand goods, books, clothes, and handicrafts.
It is named "Feira da Ladra" which translates to "thieves' market," as it was believed that stolen goods were sold there in the past.
However, today it is a legal market and is popular tourist attraction attracting a large crowd of visitors every week.
There are also various street performers, musicians, and food vendors selling traditional Portuguese cuisine.
35. Bairro Alto Nightlife
Bairro Alto is a vibrant and trendy neighborhood in the heart of Lisbon, Portugal, known for its lively nightlife scene.
The streets of this popular Lisbon attraction come alive at night, with a mix of locals and tourists filling the bars, restaurants, and clubs.
The nightlife in Bairro Alto is particularly famous for its bars, which range from traditional, cozy taverns to modern, trendy spots.
Many of the bars have outdoor seating, which allows visitors to enjoy the warm Lisbon nights while sipping on a refreshing drink.
Some of the bars also offer live music, ranging from traditional Fado performances to more contemporary music genres.
36. Belem Tower
A visit to Lisbon is incomplete without witnessing the grandeur of Belem Tower (Torre de Belém). An iconic symbol of the city’s maritime heritage, this UNESCO World Heritage site often headlines most of Lisbon's travel itineraries.
A highly recommended tour is the Historic Belem Expedition, which not only grants you admission to the tower but also enlightens you about its rich history. This 3-hour tour includes an expert guide who’ll weave tales of navigators and discovery.
For those wanting a comprehensive Belem experience, the Belem Essentials tour is another 5-hour option. This encompasses not just the tower but also nearby attractions like the Monument to the Discoveries and the Pastéis de Belém bakery.
37. Cais do Sodre
A bustling district known for its nightlife, riverfront views, and historic charm, Cais do Sodré is a must-visit.
The Cais do Sodré Sunset Walk is a 2-hour walking tour, perfect for those wanting to explore this vibrant area. It includes a visit to the famed Pink Street and offers recommendations for the best tapas, bars, and nightclubs.
If you're a food lover, the Flavors of Cai's tour should be on your list. A delightful 3-hour culinary journey, it promises to introduce you to the best seafood, tapas, and Portuguese wines the district offers.
38. Lisbon Cathedral
The Lisbon Cathedral, also known as Sé Cathedral, stands as a testament to the city’s religious past. Its majestic façade and intricate interiors make it a sought-after destination.
The Cathedral and Surroundings tour is a great choice, taking you inside this sacred space and its cloisters. Over 2 hours, you'll also be introduced to nearby landmarks, enriched with tales of faith and devotion.
Another captivating experience is the Gothic Lisbon tour. Along with the Cathedral, it includes visits to other gothic structures in the city, immersing you in Lisbon’s architectural splendors.
39. Carmo Convent
The ruins of the Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo) provide a poignant reminder of Lisbon’s 1755 earthquake. Its skeletal arches and open sky make it a unique attraction.
Embarking on the Echoes of Carmo tour, visitors can spend 2 hours tracing the history of this monument and understanding the natural disaster that shaped the city.
For a holistic experience, the Carmo and Baixa tour is a longer 4-hour option, combining the convent with a walk through the Baixa district, connecting the historical dots between the two.
40. Day Trip to Porto
While Lisbon offers an abundance of attractions, taking a day trip to the northern gem, Porto, can be equally rewarding.
Porto in a Day is a favorite amongst tourists. This comprehensive 10-hour trip includes visits to the famed Livraria Lello, the Ribeira District, and a tasting session at one of the city's iconic port wine cellars.
For those wanting a deeper dive into Porto’s culture, the Porto Unveiled tour spans over two days. It covers all major attractions, and participants also get to experience a traditional Fado performance, making it a memory to cherish.
41. Street Art
Lisbon’s streets are alive, not just with the hum of daily life but also with vibrant street art that tells stories of its culture, history, and people.
The Lisbon Street Art Walk is a must for art enthusiasts. Spanning 3 hours, this tour takes you through alleys and streets showcasing breathtaking murals, graffiti, and installations. Alongside, a knowledgeable guide delves into the inspiration and artists behind each piece.
For a more hands-on experience, the Graffiti Workshop lets participants learn the basics of street art and even create their own pieces under the guidance of local artists.
42. Jerónimos Monastery
A masterpiece of Manueline architecture, the Jerónimos Monastery stands as a testament to Portugal's Age of Discovery. Its intricate designs and historical significance make it a top attraction in Lisbon.
Embarking on the Monastery and Maritime tour, visitors get a chance to delve deep into the world of explorers, with stories from Vasco da Gama to Magellan. This 4-hour experience combines the monastery with a trip to the nearby Maritime Museum.
For a broader cultural dive, the Belém Heritage tour, spanning 5 hours, also includes visits to the nearby Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
43. Berardo Museum
Showcasing modern and contemporary art, the Berardo Museum is a haven for art lovers. With pieces from Picasso to Warhol, its collections offer a journey through the 20th century's artistic evolution.
The Modern Art Marvels tour is a 2-hour guided walk through the museum's prime collections, providing insights into the artists and their groundbreaking techniques.
Those wanting to combine art with a touch of gastronomy should opt for the Art and Wine evening, which pairs a museum tour with a delightful Portuguese wine-tasting session.
44. Frida Kahlo Exhibit
Celebrate the life and works of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo at this exclusive exhibit in Lisbon. Her vivid portraits and poignant self-reflections have made her a symbol of strength and rebellion.
The Frida Immersed tour, lasting 3 hours, not only introduces visitors to her famous paintings but also her lesser-known sketches and writings.
For a more in-depth experience, the Frida and Diego session takes you on a 5-hour journey exploring both Kahlo's work and that of her equally talented husband, Diego Rivera. The tour concludes with a traditional Mexican meal, celebrating the country's rich culinary heritage.
For adventure enthusiasts, coasteering provides an adrenaline-pumping experience along Lisbon's rugged coast. Jumping off cliffs, swimming through sea caves, and scrambling over rocks - it’s an adventure like no other.
The Lisbon Coasteering Challenge is a popular choice, guiding participants safely through a 4-hour thrill ride with trained professionals.
For those wanting a bit of both adventure and relaxation, the Coasteer and Coves day trip combines intense coasteering sessions with serene moments at hidden coves and beaches.
46. Arrabida Natural Park
Brimming with scenic beauty and diverse biodiversity, Arrabida Natural Park is an oasis of tranquility and natural wonder just a stone's throw from Lisbon.
The Arrabida Explorer tour offers visitors a 5-hour immersion into the park's most picturesque landscapes. From its pristine beaches to the soaring cliffs, the journey is enriched with tales of the park's flora and fauna from a seasoned guide.
For the wine connoisseurs, the Vines and Views expedition combines the park's stunning vistas with wine tasting at local vineyards, allowing a delightful 6-hour blend of nature and culture.
47. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
A treasure trove of art spanning from ancient times to the modern era, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum stands as a testament to one man's passion for art and culture.
The Gulbenkian Galore is a 3-hour guided tour that takes art lovers through the museum's most prized possessions, offering insights into the evolution of art and the stories behind the masterpieces.
For those wanting to combine art with the beauty of nature, the Museum and Gardens tour offers a relaxed stroll through the museum's beautifully landscaped gardens after the gallery visit.
48. Magical Garden Aladdin Sintra
Step into the realm of magic and wonder at the Magical Garden Aladdin in Sintra. This enchanting space is a blend of lush greenery, mysterious pathways, and a dash of fairy tale charm.
Sintra's Secrets is a 4-hour guided tour of the garden, exploring its nooks and crannies while narrating tales of Aladdin, genies, and magical escapades.
If you want to enhance the mystical experience, the Evening Enchantments tour offers visitors a chance to explore the gardens under the stars, complete with lanterns and traditional Sintran folklore.
49. Museu de Marinha
Dive deep into Portugal’s maritime history at the Museu de Marinha. From ancient caravels to tales of legendary explorers, the museum charts the nation's oceanic adventures.
The Maritime Marvels tour is a 2-hour journey, weaving stories of brave sailors, distant colonies, and the sea vessels that made it all possible.
For families, the Nautical Navigators offers a fun, interactive experience with treasure hunts, sailor tales, and hands-on exhibits to ensure an engaging trip for all ages.
50. Day Trip to Fatima
One of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world, Fatima is a serene town that resonates with tales of miracles and faith.
Faithful Fatima is a full-day tour, allowing visitors to explore the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima the Chapel of the Apparitions, and hear stories of the three shepherd children who witnessed the Marian apparitions.
For a more comprehensive experience, the Fatima and Beyond tour extends to nearby religious sites like the Batalha Monastery and the Church of the Holy Miracle in Santarém, ensuring a spiritual journey through Portugal's heartland.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush with a bird's eye view of Lisbon's picturesque landscapes, paragliding offers the perfect thrill.
The Lisbon Skies experience is a 3-hour paragliding adventure, allowing participants to soar over the city's coastal cliffs, guided by expert instructors, ensuring safety and an unforgettable flight.
For the more adventurous, the Sunset Soar offers an evening flight, capturing the beauty of Lisbon bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.
52. Berlenga Islands
A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Berlenga Islands blend untouched natural beauty and rich marine life.
Opt for the Berlenga Day Cruise, a 6-hour expedition that sails you to the islands, allowing you to explore the historic fortress, hike the nature trails, and dive into the azure waters for snorkeling.
For history buffs, the Island Lore and Legends tour dives deep into the tales of pirates, ancient maritime battles, and the island's strategic importance through the ages.
Lisbon's coastline boasts some of the best waves in Europe, making it a surfer's paradise.
Wave Chasers, a 4-hour surfing session, welcomes beginners and seasoned surfers. With trained instructors guiding you, ride the waves and experience the exhilaration of surfing.
For those looking to delve deeper, the Surf's Up Weekend offers a two-day surf camp with lessons, beachside camping, and a deep dive into Portugal’s vibrant surf culture.
54. Horseback Riding
Experience the serene Portuguese countryside and coastal trails atop a majestic steed with guided horseback riding tours.
The Coastal Canter is a 3-hour ride along Lisbon's pristine beaches, offering riders the thrill of galloping by the waves and feeling the sea breeze.
For a more rustic experience, the Countryside Gallop allows riders to explore traditional Portuguese villages, vineyards, and olive groves on horseback, complete with a traditional meal stop.
55. Helicopter Tour
Offering an unparalleled view of Lisbon, helicopter tours provide an exclusive aerial perspective of the city's iconic landmarks.
The Skyline Spectacular is a 1-hour helicopter ride, soaring over the historic Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and the twisting Tagus River, with a pilot guide narrating the city's rich tapestry.
For romance seekers, the Twilight Flight offers an evening helicopter ride, showcasing Lisbon illuminated under the city lights – a truly magical sight.
56. Escape Game
Lisbon's captivating history and mysteries come alive in the Escape Game, located right in the heart of the Lisbon city center.
If you're a fan of puzzles and riddles, the Lisbon Legacy challenge is right up your alley. This game intertwines tales of sandy beaches, enigmatic sea creatures, and hidden secrets of the renowned Belem Tower.
Complete the challenge, and you're in for a treat: free admission to a special viewing platform providing breathtaking views of Lisbon.
57. Cooking Class
The essence of Lisbon isn't just in its landmarks but also in its flavors, and what better way to immerse oneself than by taking a cooking class near the historic Cais?
The Culinary Cais experience is a must-try. Over the course of 3 hours, not only will you master dishes inspired by the waves of mainland Europe, but you'll also be regaled with tales of the ancient Museu Nacional and how its artifacts influenced local recipes.
It's more than just a class; it's a journey through time and taste.
58. Day Trip to Evora
Moving away from the bustling streets of Lisbon, Evora stands as a testament to time. As you embark on this journey, you'll pass the iconic Lisbon Cathedral and the hauntingly beautiful Carmo Convent.
The Evora Endeavour is one of the most popular outings. It is a full-day trip that not only introduces you to Evora's charms but also adds a sprinkle of Lisbon's essence by highlighting the influence of the nearby Museu Nacional and its treasures.
59. Amphibious Bus Tour
Discover Lisbon from a different perspective with an amphibious bus tour that takes you from the streets to the waves.
The Lisbon Land & Sea adventure, lasting about 2 hours, offers a unique way to see the city. Starting from the heart of the Lisbon city center, it winds past iconic landmarks like the Elevador de Santa Justa before plunging into the waves to give passengers an unparalleled view of the westernmost point of Europe.
It's a journey where land meets sea most thrillingly!
60. LX Factory
Once industrial warehouses, the LX Factory has now transformed into a vibrant cultural and creative hub, just a stone's throw away from the sandy beaches of Lisbon.
The LX Legacy tour is among the most sought-after. Over a span of 3 hours, dive deep into the history and transformation of this place, with stories interlinking the nearby Carmo Convent and the significance of public transport in its evolution.
By the end of the tour, you'll view the LX Factory in a completely new light.
61. MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
Nestled by the banks of the Tagus River and not too far from the sandy beaches of Lisbon, the MAAT stands as a beacon of contemporary art and culture.
River's Edge Artistry is one of the most celebrated tours available. Over 2-½ hours, it unveils the rich tapestry of the museum's collections, also highlighting the architectural marvel that is the museum itself. The tour also offers an exclusive view from the museum's platform, gazing over the serene waters and the iconic Belem Tower in the distance.
If you want to cover more ground, the Modern Marvels Day tour incorporates the MAAT, the nearby Elevador de Santa Justa, and a few select installations in the Lisbon city center. This outing showcases how the past and present merge in Lisbon's art scene.
62. Pub Crawl
Experience the vibrant nightlife of Lisbon with a meticulously curated pub crawl, especially popular among those staying in the heart of the Lisbon city center.
The Lisbon Lights & Nights is a 4-hour expedition, starting at the historic Cais and leading you through local pubs and bars. Each stop introduces participants to unique Portuguese brews and the pulsating rhythms of the city. A special highlight is a visit to a bar near the Carmo Convent, which blends historical charm with modern spirits.
Alternatively, if you're a wine enthusiast, the Wave & Wine Walk takes participants on a journey from the sandy beaches, with the waves gently crashing, to wine cellars featuring some of mainland Europe's best vintages.
63. Pavilhão do Conhecimento Science Museum
Just a quick public transport ride away from the bustling streets of Lisbon lies the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, a beacon of science and exploration.
The Science Symphony outing is among the top picks. Over 3 hours, this interactive tour engages visitors with hands-on exhibits, ranging from the marvels of space exploration to the depths where sea creatures reside.
For families, the Day of Discovery package offers a holistic experience. Apart from a detailed tour of the museum, it includes a trip to the nearby Museu Nacional and a short workshop where kids can learn about the scientific wonders of everyday objects.
Some Frequently Asked Questions
How many days do you need to visit Lisbon?
Ideally, 3-5 days are sufficient. In three days, you can visit the main landmarks and attractions in the city, such as the Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, São Jorge Castle, and Alfama neighborhood.
You can also enjoy some of the city's famous cuisine, take a ride on the historic Tram 28, and explore some of the city's museums and art galleries.
If you have more time, say five to seven days, you can add more activities to your itinerary, such as taking a day trip to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with stunning palaces and gardens.
You can also explore the nearby coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril, and indulge in some of the region's famous seafood dishes.
Is a week in Lisbon too long?
It depends on your personal preferences and travel style. While some travelers may find a week too long, others may enjoy having more time to explore the city and its surrounding areas.
Lisbon is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do, and a week will give you ample time to explore the city at a relaxed pace.
You can take your time visiting the famous landmarks, museums, and art galleries, stroll through the historic neighborhoods, and enjoy the city's famous cuisine and nightlife.
Moreover, Lisbon is surrounded by stunning coastal towns, such as Cascais and Estoril, and the beautiful Sintra region.
Spending a week in Lisbon will give you enough time to take day trips to these nearby areas and experience more of Portugal's unique culture and beauty.
Is 2 days in Lisbon enough?
While it is possible to visit Lisbon in 2 days, it may not be enough time to fully experience everything the city has to offer.
However, with proper planning and prioritizing, you can make the most out of your trip.
You can visit major landmarks like Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, São Jorge Castle, and Alfama neighborhood.
You can also ride the historic Tram 28, explore some museums and art galleries, and enjoy Lisbon's famous cuisine.
Things to do in Lisbon by Season
Things to do in Lisbon when it rains?
If you happen to be in Lisbon when it rains, don't worry, there are still plenty of things to see and do. Here are some suggestions:
- Visit museums and galleries: Lisbon has many interesting museums and galleries, such as the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.
- Explore indoor markets: The Mercado da Ribeira and Time Out Market are great places to explore and try some of the city's famous cuisine while staying dry.
- Go shopping: Lisbon has many shopping centers and markets, such as the Colombo Shopping Center.
- Enjoy a concert or theater performance: Lisbon has many concert halls and theaters, such as the São Carlos National Theater and the Coliseu dos Recreios, where you can enjoy a live performance.
Things to do in Lisbon when it is hot?
When it's hot in Lisbon, there are many things to see and do to keep yourself cool and comfortable. Here are some suggestions:
- Visit the beaches: Lisbon is located near many beautiful beaches such as Cascais, Estoril, and Costa da Caparica. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
- Take a boat tour: Take a boat tour along the Tagus River, enjoy the cool breeze and stunning views of Lisbon from the water.
- Visit indoor attractions: Lisbon has many indoor attractions, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, the National Tile Museum, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, where you can escape from the heat.
- Enjoy indoor cafes and restaurants: Lisbon has many indoor cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a cold drink or a refreshing meal.
- Explore parks and gardens: Lisbon has many parks and gardens such as the Eduardo VII Park, the Botanical Garden, and the Gulbenkian Park, where you can enjoy a picnic, stroll or relax under the trees.
Things to do in Lisbon in Winter?
Winter is a great time to visit Lisbon as the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. Here are some suggestions for things to do in Lisbon in winter:
- Attend a winter festival: Lisbon hosts several winter festivals, such as the Christmas Markets, the Lisbon International Chocolate Festival.
- Enjoy the Christmas decorations: Lisbon's streets are decorated with Christmas lights and decorations during the holiday season, creating a festive and cozy atmosphere.
- Explore indoor markets: The Mercado da Ribeira and Time Out Market are great places to explore and try some of the city's famous cuisine while staying warm.
- Attend a cultural event: Lisbon hosts many cultural events during the winter months, such as the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival, the Christmas markets, and the New Year's Eve celebrations.
- Relax at a thermal bath or spa: Lisbon has many thermal baths and spas, such as the Thermal Hospital of Caldas da Rainha and the Grutas de Mira de Aire Spa, where you can enjoy a relaxing soak.
- Enjoy traditional winter foods and drinks: Warm up with traditional Portuguese winter dishes such as cozido, caldo verde, or chocolate quente (hot chocolate).