It’s the middle of summer, so you can expect many fun things to see and do in Lisbon this month.
This post will cover some of the best activities to enjoy in this historic Portuguese city, including tips for family fun, free things to do, and evening events.
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And be sure to check out our post on the weather in July in Lisbon.
Top Attractions and Activities in July
Below you will find our list of the best things to do in Lisbon during the month of July, including information about any notable concerts, festivals, tours, or other activities you might enjoy.
Here are a few other posts you might want to read before visiting this historic city:
1) Take a Free Walking Tour
The vibrant capital of Portugal can be explored on foot without spending a lot of money.
A free walking tour is one of the best ways to fully experience the city's rich culture, history, and hidden gems.
During a free walking tour in Lisbon, you can explore numerous attractions. You can see many locations, such as:
- Alfama District
- Baixa and Rossio Square
- Praça do Comércio
- Bairro Alto
- Belém District
- LX Factory
- Street Art in Mouraria
- Praça do Martim Moniz.
2) See a Live Concert or Music Festival
Lisbon is a vibrant city that offers a variety of live performances and music festivals, giving music lovers unforgettable experiences.
During the month of July 2023, there will be two major music festivals in Lisbon:
- Sumol Summer Fest | June 30th - July 1st
- NOS Alive Festival | July 6th - 8th
In addition to these festivals, several notable musicians will have concerts in Lisbon this month, including the following examples:
- Andrea Bocelli | July 1st
- Lionel Richie | July 8th
- Rod Stewart | July 16th
- Harry Styles | July 18th
3) Take a Cruise on the Tagus River
When you’re out on the water, the temperatures drop by 5-10 degrees.
The wind in your hair is quite cooling, making a cruise on the Tagus River an excellent activity during the summer.
The Yellow Boat Tour is a scenic hop-on hop-off river cruise along the Tagus River in Lisbon, where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city skyline and riverside attractions.
With the Lisbon River Tagus Guided Sightseeing Cruise, you can enjoy a picturesque river cruise, educational commentary, expansive views, comfort, and convenience.
The Lisbon River Sunset Sailing Cruise offers a captivating evening filled with entertainment and activities, including magical sunset views, a relaxing sailing experience, scenic landmarks, and a professional crew.
4) Experience Excellent Views at the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience
The summer is the best time to enjoy observation decks in Lisbon, and this is one of the best.
The iconic Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge can be explored uniquely at the Pilar 7 Bridge Experience in Lisbon, which also features a bridge walkway, multimedia exhibition, virtual reality tour, bridge simulator, gift shop, and café.
Visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the surrounding areas.
If you're looking for a free alternative, miradouros (or viewpoints) also provide stunning views of Lisbon's hills, rooftops, and Tagus River.
They are budget-friendly, social gathering spots with historical significance and photographic opportunities.
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is associated with the city's history and shows a panoramic view of its historic center.
5) Visit the Oceanarium
What better time to visit a dark, fantastic aquarium than during the middle of summer?
The Lisbon Oceanarium provides an immersive and educational experience.
It features diverse marine life, a giant ocean tank, educational presentations, interactive exhibits, and family-friendly fun.
You can explore the wonders of the marine world, learn about conservation efforts, and create lasting memories as you discover the beauty and fragility of our oceans.
6) Take the Kids to Lisbon Zoo
Since the weather is bound to be friendly, this might be one of the best times to take the entire family to the zoo.
The Lisbon Zoo offers a diverse animal collection, educational exhibits, interactive activities, beautiful gardens and landscapes, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
You can enjoy interactive activities and special events tailored for children. The zoo is an excellent destination for animal lovers of all ages.
7) Check out the Feira da Ladra Market
Feira da Ladra Market offers an immersive and vibrant experience, combining unique finds, cultural immersion, and the thrill of bargain hunting.
Whether you're a collector, a curious explorer, or simply seeking a taste of local life, this flea market will leave you with unforgettable memories and delightful treasures to take home.
8) Go on a Kayak and Snorkeling Adventure
In addition to all the cruises and boat tours in Lisbon, there are also several opportunities to actually get in the water and experience the coastal waters up close.
Take a thrilling kayaking and snorkeling adventure at Portinho da Arrábida, a stunning coastal location close to Lisbon.
Explore the crystalline waters and secret caverns of the Arrábida Natural Park with this exhilarating experience.
9) Experience Coasteering on the Sesimbra Coast
Experience a true adventure with coasteering in Sesimbra, which is close to Lisbon.
Start on an action-packed day of rock climbing, cliff jumping, and exploring the breathtaking coastal landscapes.
Find hidden caverns, swim in crystal-clear waters, and scale rocky cliffs with knowledgeable guides by your side.
10) Discover the Street Art of Lisbon
Discover the lively and attractive world of street art in Lisbon.
Get yourself in the city's vibrant neighborhoods as you discover tucked-away nooks and alleyways adorned with stunning murals and graffiti.
You will study the artists, their sources of inspiration, and the tales that underpin Lisbon's thriving street art scene.
11) Take a Tour of Luz Stadium
Take a fascinating tour of the Luz Stadium in Lisbon and explore the history and legacy of SL Benfica with museum admission.
Look into the world of one of Portugal's most recognizable football teams as you stroll through the magnificent stadium.
Learn about the club's illustrious past, memorable triumphs, and hall-of-fame players.
Visit the museum's interactive displays, which feature artifacts and awards.
12) See a Live Fado Show
One of the most unusual styles of music you'll ever hear originated in Lisbon, and you can still catch live performances at several different venues all over the city.
A few free walking tours cover the history of this musical style and some of the more significant locations connected to its origins if you're interested in learning more about fado music.
These are some of the better Fado Show venues:
- Tasca do Chico
- Tasca do Jaime
- Devagar Devagarinho
- Associação do Fado Casto
- A Nini
13) Go on a Pub Crawl
Go on a memorable pub crawl adventure to discover the city's thriving entertainment.
Enjoy a night of mingling, dancing, and making new international friends.
The Lisbon pub crawl ensures a memorable evening in the city after dark, whether you're traveling alone or with a group.
14) See the King Dinis Wall at the Money Museum
The Money Museum in Lisbon is home to the fascinating King Dinis Wall, an intriguing historical artifact.
As you come across this massive 14th-century wall, a reminder of earlier fortifications, travel back in time.
Trace the old stones with your fingers and let your mind take you back to a time when kings and kingdoms ruled supremely.
Money Museum offers a range of exhibits that explore the history of money, including coins, banknotes, and the evolution of trade.
Best of all, it's entirely free to visit!
This is a great way to experience the history and architecture of this city while also getting out of the summer heat for a while.
15) Visit the Tropical Botanical Garden
The Tropical Garden in Lisbon is a beautiful and peaceful place located in the city.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and discover a world filled with wonders.
When you visit the garden, you will see colorful flowers, tall palm trees, and unique plants from around the world.
Enjoy the colorful flowers covering the landscape in their radiant blooms, creating a visual feast and the Instagrammer's paradise.