Lisbon, the vibrant capital city of Portugal, is the perfect destination for any type of travelers.
From local wines to colorful murals, Lisbon is a modern traveler's dream destination. Located along the western Iberian Peninsula, Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal.
There is an abundance of activities and attractions for visitors to explore, whether solo or with your best friends. In this blog, we'll highlight 7 of the best things to do in Lisbon, Portugal. Keep reading to find out all of the amazing attractions that await you in Lisbon!
7 Amazing things to do in Lisbon, Portugal
1. Take a Ride on Tram 28
Did you really visit Lisbon if you didn't ride on Tram 28? This is an absolute must for any traveler exploring Lisbon. Not only is the tram itself an attraction, but it's a convenient way to travel to and from other popular districts throughout the city. And it's cheap! A single-ride ticket is roughly $3 USD.
Another option is to purchase a 24-hour public transport ticket for only $7 USD. This will give you access to tram 28 and all other public transportation options like buses, the metro, and other trams. You can purchase passes at most major public transport locations.
For travelers looking to get the most value for their dollar, consider getting a Lisboa Card for roughly $22 USD a day. With a Lisboa Card, you'll access various popular attractions and free transportation (including tram 28!). Several of the attractions mentioned in this list are discounted or included with purchasing a Lisboa Card!
2. Bar Hop in Bairro Alto
There is no better spot in Lisbon to enjoy a night out than the Bairro Alto quarter. By day, this residential neighborhood is quiet and unsuspecting. By night, it's the hottest bar-hopping area in the entire city.
Enjoy cheap drinks, great company, and a lively atmosphere at any of the bars in this neighborhood. All the bars are relatively close together, making bar crawling even more fun!
If bar hopping isn't your thing, you can still find enjoyment in exploring this neighborhood. Bairro Alto boasts some of the most incredible street art in Lisbon, and it's an area worth checking out by day and by night.
3. See the city from above by riding in a cable car
Riding in a cable car at Telecabine is a unique activity that sometimes goes overlooked in Lisbon. You shouldn't miss this attraction, though. It's a neat way to see Lisbon and the Tagus River from above, and you'll get great views for photos!
Located in Parque das Nações, you could easily couple this activity with an afternoon exploring Oceanário de Lisboa, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe!
4. Explore the Museu Coleção Berardo (Berardo Collection Museum)
Lovers of modern and contemporary art can't miss out on this spot. The Museu Coleção Berardo is located in Belém and showcases artworks from famous artists such as Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock, etc. The art on display is alluring and vibrant, just like the city itself.
This is a great attraction to visit on rainy days. At roughly $5 USD for admission, you can visit the attraction without breaking the bank. Better yet, visit on a Saturday for free admission!
5. Indulge in a local food tour
Food tours are one of the most engaging ways to experience the flavors of any destination. Local guides often know the tastiest spots to indulge in the traditional cuisines of the region. There are a variety of flavors and cuisines to enjoy throughout Lisbon. You won't leave disappointed or hungry after a Lisbon food tour.
Try the Brave Foodies Tour while in Lisbon if you're feeling a bit more adventurous. This three-hour tour takes you through the Mouraria neighborhood. It promises to expose patrons to delicious eats they won't find in their guidebooks. Pork's ears, cow's hooves, and guts are just a few dishes you'll sample on this tour. It will make for a memorable experience for those who are daring enough to try it out.
6. Pose for photos on Lisbon's Pink Street
Rua Nova do Carvalho, commonly referred to as Pink Street, is an iconic and quirky photo spot for Lisbon travelers. Sometimes, there's no better feeling than letting loose with your friends and taking a handful of Instagram photos (or filming a fun TikTok)!
Rua Nova do Carvalho is the ultimate spot for a bright, aesthetic photoshoot! Even as a solo traveler, this is a unique spot to snap some selfies and enjoy the vibrant colors of Lisbon. Visit early before the crowds to get that perfect, Insta-worthy shot!
There are also many great bars and clubs on Rua Nova do Carvalho, which makes it another great spot to enjoy the nightlife of Lisbon!
7. End the day with a sunset cruise on the Tagus River
Being that Lisbon is located along the Tagus River, it's no surprise that a river cruise made this list. This activity is perfect for couples, small groups, or even solo travelers with a romantic outlook on life. Sipping wine on a boat or catamaran while overlooking the gorgeous city of Lisbon is an unforgettable experience.
Though several companies offer sailings throughout the day, sunset sailings are the most magical way to enjoy time on the water. If you're going to splurge on anything while in Lisbon, why not on a sunset river cruise? You won't regret it.
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