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11 things to do in Lisbon
 
 
 
Experience all the wonders of the capital city of Lisbon. Unravel the city’s rich history and immerse in its present. Dating back to a Pre-Roman era, this vibrant metropole offers an abundance of unique experiences. Whether it’s a relaxed sun holiday, city break, or an immersive adventure you’re seeking, you won’t have to look far. With its many historical gems (like to oh-so-iconic electric trams), sandy beaches, hip hangouts, markets, pop-ups, festivals and events Lisbon has really got it all!
 
Take a trip down the memory lane through the city’s historic Alfama District, wine and dine in Bairro Alto, dance the night away in Cais do Sodre or relax and unwind at one of the stunning local beaches.
 
1.Take Tram 28 through Alfama
Alfama is one of the oldest districts of Lisbon. The bohemian neighborhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, charming alleyways, and flights of stairs. Take a step back in time and hop on the yellow Tram 28 to easily discover this iconic neighborhood and all its landmarks.  For the most spectacular views of the district and beyond take the tram all the way up to Miradouro das Portas do sol. If its a more immersive experience you’re after climb Arco da Rua Augusta in Rossio – this iconic building offers not only an incredible view of the city but also a brilliant opportunity to discover the city’s history.  For live music and authentic Fado experience head to Adega Machado.
 
P.S. If you just can’t get enough of the infamous yellow trams stop by the 28 Café - The café is located just around the corner from Castelo Sao Jorge and features  breath-taking views along the way The inside of the café is decorated to look like the inside of the tram, hence its name which refers to the oldest tram in Lisbon –  Tram 28.
Yellow Tram 28 Lisbon
 
2.Shop the local flea markets
While in Alfama make sure to take some time out of your busy schedule to visit the Lisbon’s most famous flea market Feira da Ladra. The market also is known as the “thieves market” offers a great selection of vintage clothing, antiques, local crafts and one of a kind artisan folklore pieces which will make for fantastic gifts and souvenirs.
 
How to visit Feira da Ladra:
 
When: Tuesday & Saturday 6am-5pm
 
Where: Campo de Santa Clara, Alfama
 
How: Tram 28 or walk
 
For an authentic local experience visit the Mercado da Ribeira. This lively and colorful Municipal market dating back to 1890s offers a variety of fresh local produce, locally grown fruit and veg, freshly caught fish and handmade crafts.
 
Open daily from 6 am to 2 pm.
 
3.Discover LX Factory in Alcântara
This strip of industrial brick factories has been converted into a hip neighborhood filled with out-of-the-box souvenir shops, cute cafes, and trendy restaurants, and it is home to one of the best bookstores in Lisbon. Ler devagar looks like a place straight out of a fantasy book. Very fitting given the nature of the place! Named one of 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world space offers a one a kind experience. With cafes and bars in store Ler devagar will allow you take your reading experience to another level. And if it’s great cocktails and food you’re after, make sure you pop into Rio Maravilha for not only some of the best cocktails but also for that incredible view of the 25 de Abril Bridge.
LX Factory Ler devagar bookstore
 
4.Dance the night away on the Pink Street
The famous Pink Street in Cais do Sodre is an absolute must when looking for things to do in Lisbon! Aside from it being a brilliant Instagram spot, the area is also famous for its incredible nightlife. Start your night off with a delicious al fresco meal in one of the local restaurants and enjoy the super affordable drinks.   Hidden beneath the arches of the Pink street you will also find Lisbon’s coolest live music venue, Musicbox. This small club has a diverse selection of bands and DJs playing until the sunrise. 
 
5.Taste the local flavors in Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto is a district of the city famous for its selection of fantastic bars and restaurants. Sample some of the best local wines at BA Wine Bar do Bairro Alto – despite its small capacity this wine bar is one of the local’s and visitor’s favorites. Home to over 200 different bottles of Portuguese wine, BA serves all its drink by the glass and the professional sommeliers explain the history and origin of each specific grapes and brands to the guests.
 
For an exquisite dining experience visit 100 Maneiras. The creative tasting menu based on all local produce, friendly staff and great ambiance will make you fall in love with Lisbon even more.
 
6.Wine and Dine in Estrela
If you’re a big foodie then Estrela needs to be on top of your list! This neighborhood famous for the Basílica da Estrela is an up and coming area full of great bars and restaurants. Our absolute favorites are
 
Foxtrot – A decadent art-nouveau glamour bar opened in 1978 is one of the local’s favorite destinations. Foxtrot keeps the mood mellow with jazzy beats and great atmosphere.
 
Taberna da Esperança – Authentic and cozy dining room, Taberna da Esperança wows diners with flavourful dishes that blend Alentejan recipes with a modern edge.
 
Copenhagen Coffee Lab - Caffeine aficionados will greatly apprecieate this Danish import just off lovely Praça das Flores. Enjoying a flat white made by Copenhagen Coffee Lab's expert baristas is definitely one of the best things to do in Lisbon. 
 
Cantinho Lusitano - Small but mighty. Cantinho Lusitano is a perfect pairing of petiscos (snacks) and local Portuguese wines. 
 
Companhia Portugueza do Chá - This refursbished grocery store takes tea drinking to another level. With flavourful blends from all over the world, reading corner and vintage iron pots. 
 Rio Maravilha, LX Factory, Lisbon
 
7.People watch at the Avenida’s kiosk cafés
The Avenida’s kiosk cafés are the perfect spots to sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee or a cold beverage while watching this bustling city go by. At night the cafes often come alive with live music and local performances. If you’re lucky you may come across groups dancing Brazilian Forró under the starlight.
 
8.Catch waves at the Carcavelos beach.
Carcavelos beach located only a few short minutes from the city center is a surfers paradise. With many surfing school and equipment rentals, whether you’re a beginner or a pro you will definitely enjoy catching the waves in Carcavelos. After a busy day full of activities you can enjoy this stunning coastal area. With its warm sands and crystal clear water the place is perfect for a solo relax or a family day.
 
9.Visit one of Lisbon’s many museums
Lisbon is a cultural hub full of museums, galleries, and exciting spaces. Whether it’s history, art, fashion, technology or ice cream (yes ice cream!) you’re into, Lisbon definitely has something for you.  The Lisbon Story Centre is a great place to start your Portuguese adventure. This interactive museum will immerse you in the city’s culture and teach you all about its rich history. Centro Cultural de Belem – CCB is a vibrant space with galleries, installations and unique exhibitions. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece definitely worth a visit.  Fado museum is another iconic to the city place. This emotional style of music is at the core of the country’s culture. Originally found in the city of Lisbon to this day it remains one of the capital’s biggest pride. The sweets art museum is another must-visit spot. This interactive museum must be one of the happiest places on the planet! Explore ice creams, marshmallow or doughnut lands. Enjoy the experience and remember  “Life is like an Ice Cream, enjoy it before it melts !”
 
10.Take a day trip to Sintra
Sintra located 20 miles northwest of Lisbon is known by the locals as the ‘royal sanctuary’.  With two direct trains from Lisbon taking a trip to Sintra is very easy and inexpensive. You can catch the train from the Rossio station or Estação do Oriente. Both routes approximately 40 minutes.
 
 The town’s picturesque landscape and many historic sites are an absolute must-visit! Steeped in history and home to some of the most stunning architectural gems Sintra will make you fall in love with its charm and ambiance. The most popular attractions include  Castelo dos Mouros, Palácio da Pena, Quinta Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos
Town of Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal
 
11.Visit the town of Obidos
Obidos is an old fortified town north of Lisbon.  The Obidos bus departs from the Campo Grande bus station, which is on the yellow and green metro lines. The bus tickets can be purchased from the driver and a single ticket costs €7.20.  The bus route follows the A8 expressway and the journey takes 1 hour.
 
 The main town gate contains a stunning chapel featuring  18th century white and blue glazed tile interior, very iconic to this region of Portugal. The charming white houses with terracotta rooftops surrounded by the large walls make Obidos one of the most picturesque destinations. There is no public transport within the town but because of its small size, it's very easy to access all sites by foot.
 
 While in Obidos make sure you taste the world famous Ginja de Obidos liqueur. This cherry drink produced in the region is normally served in delicious chocolate cups which can be eaten afterward.
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