30 Incredible Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is a charming, vibrantly colored city filled with unique architecture, delicious food, and darling cobblestone streets. Intricate blue tilework covers the old buildings and the steep hills provide spectacular views of the bustling city below. You’ll love riding the old cable cars up and down the streets while enjoying the sights and sounds of this pretty city!

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of the top 30 things to do in the city of Lisbon and the surrounding area to help you experience all of the highlights. Enjoy!


Lisbon, Portugal Travel Basics

Know Before you Go

  • The currency of Portugal is the Euro (€) and while most establishments take credit cards, you’ll probably want to get at least a little cash out at the ATM at the airport.
  • Portuguese is the official language of Portugal but you’ll find that most people speak at least a little English.
  • Many tourist sites in Lisbon are closed on Mondays so plan for that in advance.

When to visit Lisbon

The best months to visit Lisbon are during the shoulder season; March-May or September-October. During these months the temperatures are a bit cooler and the crowds smaller.

The peak tourist season for Lisbon (and the rest of Europe). If you come during that time expect sweltering temperatures and sky-high hotel rates. The one advantage of visiting Lisbon in the heat of summer is that you’ll have ideal conditions for enjoying all of the nearby beaches.

Lisbon is a great European city to visit in the winter. The beaches will be too cold for swimming, but you’ll appreciate the cooler temperatures while you’re hiking up and down all of the hills of Lisbon

Getting Around Lisbon

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Elevador da Bica

Because the city of Lisbon is so hilly, you’ll find that walking everywhere you want to go isn’t exactly feasible. Luckily Lisbon has a fantastic public transportation system that includes trains, buses, and trams.

You’ll also see tuk-tuks (rickshaws) all over the city, vying to take you on a tour. We found Uber to be the most convenient (and cheap!) method for getting us where we needed to go.

Book a 2-Hour Guided Tuk Tuk-Tour of Lisbon

Sightseeing in Lisbon

If you are planning to visit the most popular sites in Lisbon, consider investing in a Lisboa Card. You can choose a 24, 48, or 72-hour card which gives you free admission to 23 museums and historic buildings, various discounts around the city, and unlimited free access to the public transportation system.

If you’re planning on visiting popular attractions like the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and the Santa Justa elevator you should definitely pre-purchase a Lisboa Card. You’ll save money and avoid the hassle of the ticket lines!

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Safety in Lisbon

Lisbon is relatively safe but as with all large cities, opportunistic crime can be a problem. Pickpocketing is the most common crime against tourists in Lisbon. Be especially careful about your purse and/or wallet in busy touristy areas.

You’ll also find very questionable men looking to sell tourists drugs around the Praça do Comércio square and late at night in the Bairro Alto neighborhood. Best to avoid them altogether.

Where to Stay in Lisbon

Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Tips for Visiting Lisbon: Where to Stay: Casa do Barao

Casa do Barão

Casa do Barão is a tranquil oasis in the middle of the busy city of Lisbon. The pool in the central courtyard is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun. And the daily breakfast is absolutely outstanding! You’ll love the beautifully decorated, spacious rooms and the super helpful staff. Be sure to book this one in advance!

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Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Tips for Visiting Lisbon: Where to Stay: Casa Balthazar Hotel

Casa Balthazar

The Casa Balthazar is a gorgeous hotel located right in the center of Lisbon. Every room is incredibly spacious, the beds are unbelievably comfortable, and they have all the amenities that you’ll need during your stay. Lisbon city views from the terrace are spectacular and you’ll love relaxing in your hotel pool on hot summer days during your trip.

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Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Tips for Visiting Lisbon: Where to Stay: Casas de Sao Bento

Casas de São Bento

Casas de São Bento is located in a safe and quiet neighborhood, just outside of the hustle and bustle of Lisbon’s city center. You’ll be treated like family at the beautiful, well-appointed guesthouse with large, comfortable rooms. Guests love the small touches from the hotel staff that make them feel so welcome during their trip to Lisbon.

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The Top 30 Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

1. See the View From a Miradouro

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Miradouros are viewpoints on top of the many hills around Lisbon. It’s a bit of a climb to reach them but worth it for the view from the top. They are free of charge and a great place to get some impressive photos of the beautiful city below.

The Miradouro da Senhora do Monte was our absolute favorite place to watch sunset in all of Lisbon! The views of the city are incredible and it’s always a lively scene, with drink vendors and occasional local live music.

2. Admire the Tilework

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Blue Tilework (Azulejo)

You’ll see beautiful blue and green tilework (known locally as “Azulejo“) all over the city of Lisbon – covering old buildings and decorating walls with artistic masterpieces.

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Our favorite spot in Lisbon to appreciate the tilework is the Miradouro de Santa Luzia where you’ll get to appreciate the stunning views of the city as well as the intricate bright blue tilework. And if the time of year is right the entire area will be covered with vibrant pink flowers!

3. Visit the National Tile Museum

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)

If you really want to see the best tilework that the city of Lisbon has to offer, then you must check out the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, also known as the National Tile Museum. It’s the best place in the city to get up close and personal to some of the most amazing tilework you’ll ever see! The painting on the tile takes incredible precision and we were in awe of the beauty and uniqueness of each work of art.

Be sure to spend some time in the incredible golden church that is housed inside of the museum. The walls are covered in tilework that convey old bible stories and there are the most opulent golden adornments throughout the huge room.

There is also a lovely little cafe and restaurant in the tile museum if you want to enjoy a snack in the central courtyard. It’s the perfect place to relax after spending a few hours wandering around the museum.

Entrance fees: Adults pay €5 per person, senior citizens receive a discounted rate.

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00am until 6:00pm, last entrance at 5:30pm. Closed Mondays.

4. Climb to the Top of the Belém Tower

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Belem Tower

The Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) is located about a 20-minute drive west of the central downtown area of Lisbon but it is an activity that you absolutely shouldn’t miss during your visit! This magnificent fortress was built between 1514 and 1520 in a classic Portuguese Manuelino style. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Beginning at the bottom of the tower, you’ll find several cannons facing out of windows that look out to the Tagus River. This tower was originally used to defend the city and was later transformed into a lighthouse. You’ll need to climb several floors on a narrow spiral staircase to reach the lookout at the top. However, we would highly recommend stopping to explore each floor along the way.

Due to congestion in the narrow staircase, there are traffic indicators above each doorway to show you whether you can travel up or down at a given time. And for safety reasons, there are only 120 people allowed in the tower at a time. To avoid a wait you can either get to the tower right at opening time or purchase your tickets in advance to bypass the line.

Purchase a Fast Track Entrance Ticket

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €6 per person, senior citizens and students receive a discounted rate. Families with at least 2 children under the age of 18 also receive a special rate.

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday during the months of October to April from 10:00am until 5:30pm, and May to September from 10:00am until 6:30pm. Closed on Mondays.

5. Explore the Jerónimos Monastery

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Jeronimos Monastery

The Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), along with the Belém Tower, are the two most visited sites in Lisbon. And for good reason. Both were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1983 and both should definitely not be missed during your trip to Lisbon.

The architecture on the Jerónimos Monastery is absolutely incredible, with intricately designed archways surrounding a massive interior courtyard. Photographers will want to spend a good amount of time here, wandering down the hallways on the two floors, admiring the views of the courtyard from every angle. It is truly the most spectacular architecture in the city of Lisbon.

Due to its popularity, the monastery gets very crowded. Expect a long line to purchase tickets and a ton of people walking around the monastery. Go early or later in the day to avoid the masses. Or purchase a Lisboa Card in advance so you can skip the ticket line.

Get the Lisboa Card

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €10 per person, senior citizens and students receive a discounted rate. Families with at least 2 children under the age of 18 also receive a special rate.

Hours: Open Tuesday – Sunday during the months of October to April from 10:00am until 5:30pm, and May to September from 10:00am until 6:30pm. Closed on Mondays.

6. Check out the Padrão dos Descobrimentos Monument

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Monument of the Discoveries (Padrao dos Descobrimentos)

As you walk from the Belém Tower to the monastery along the river, you’ll see the 170-foot tall Padrão dos Descobrimentos Monument (Monument to the Discoveries) rising from the banks. The monument was designed to commemorate the age of discoveries in Portugal. For a small fee you can enter the monument and climb to the observation deck on the top.

Be sure to check out the impressive map inlaid in the ground out front!

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €6 per person to check out the view from the top. Senior citizens and students receive a discounted rate.

Hours: Open daily during the months of March to September from 10:00am until 7:00pm. Open from Tuesday – Sunday during the months of October to February from 10:00am until 6:00pm.

7. Explore the MAAT; Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology

The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is also located out near the Belém Tower and is most certainly worth a stop if you are interested in old and new architectural designs of Lisbon. There are exhibitions housed in two buildings, one of which is the old Tejo Power Station, and both buildings are fun to explore for all ages.

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €5 per person to enter the museum.

Hours: Open Wednesday to Monday from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Closed on Tuesdays.

8. Take a Day Trip to Sintra

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Day Trip to Sintra (Pena Palace)

Sintra is the most darling little town just about 20 miles west of Lisbon, and an area that you must explore during your trip to Portugal! Not only is there a stunning palace and some old castle ruins to explore, but the town of Sintra is full of cute coffee shops, darling boutiques, and quaint narrow pedestrian alleyways. You’ll want to spend a whole day here!

How to get from Lisbon to Sintra:
Driving to Sintra is not encouraged because the streets are quite narrow and parking is limited. Trains depart frequently throughout the day from Rossio Station, right in downtown Lisbon. The train ride takes approximately 40 minutes and the price per adult is €2.25 each way. Check the Lisbon to Sintra train schedule here.

You’ll need to pay an additional €.50 to purchase a railway card so be sure and keep it for future trips!

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Day Trip to Sintra (Pena Palace)

The most popular site to visit in Sintra is Pena Palace, a bright red and yellow palace that sits high in the hills overlooking the town below. From the train station, you’ll want to take an Uber to the palace to avoid a strenuous uphill walk. The price to enter the palace is €14 per adult for both the palace and the park and you should expect a long wait to actually enter the palace. It’s worth it to see the views from the various balconies!

Pre-Purchase a Ticket to Skip the Line for the Ticket Office

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Moorish Castle in Sintra

And just a short, downhill walk from the ticket office of the Pena Palace you’ll find the Moorish Castle. It was built in the 9th century to defend the town of Sintra but has since fallen into disrepair. Really all that is left is a long fortress wall where visitors can walk along to enjoy views of the park and the town below. Adults will pay €8 to enter the Moorish Castle.

You’ll probably have some trouble catching an Uber back to town from the Moorish Castle but luckily there are plenty of overpriced rickshaws waiting outside the entrance. The standard fare is €5/person for a ride back down to the city center.

Other highlights of the town of Sintra include the Quinta da Regaleira, the Palacio de Monserrate, the Palace of Sintra, and the Palácio Nacional e Jardins de Queluz. Keep in mind that all of the sites in Sintra are quite large and impressive but also exhausting. Best to pick your top 3 sites rather than worry about seeing everything during your day trip from Lisbon.

Also, if you don’t want to try to navigate Portugal’s train system you can always book a guided day tour from Lisbon to Sintra.

Book a Guided Day Tour of Sintra and Cascais

9. Lounge at the Beach

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Cascais Beach

There are several quaint beach towns all within a rather short distance from Lisbon, and all relatively easy to access by train. The coastal town of Cascais is just one to choose from that offers a nice, sandy beach and a cute pedestrian old town with cobblestone streets and tons of bars and restaurants.

You’ll love lounging at the Cascais beach, just a short walk from the train station, on summer sunny days. It’s where the Lisbon locals go to escape the city as well. Beach chairs are quite expensive to rent but if you bring a towel there is plenty of sandy space to lay out. And if you don’t have a towel, don’t worry, there are loads of shops and beach vendors selling inexpensive blankets.

How to get from Lisbon to Cascais:
Trains depart every 10-20 minutes daily from the Cais do Sodré train station in Lisbon. The trip takes about 30 minutes each way and the price is €2.25. You’ll need to pay an additional €.50 to purchase a railway card so be sure and keep it for future trips!

If you’d rather skip the hassle of the train, simply catch an Uber to Cascais!

10. Enjoy a Fado Show

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: See a Fado Show

Fado music is a traditional style of Portuguese singing that originated in the 1820s. Songs are generally quite melancholy and reflect on the difficulties of daily life. Censorship during the 1920s caused some major changes to the Fado industry but its popularity prevailed and today it is known around the world.

Enjoying dinner and a Fado show is definitely one of the things you must do during a trip to Lisbon and you’ll see Fado advertisements all over the city. Beware that some establishments charge an entrance fee and others may have a minimum spend in order to sit at a table.

We enjoyed a Fado show at Mascote da Atalaia, a restaurant that we found to be quite intimate with totally reasonable food and drink prices.

11. Ride the Tram

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Tram 28 (Amalfa Neighborhood)

The town of Lisbon is very hilly so walking around, especially in the heat will have you huffing and puffing. We found Uber to be the most convenient way to get around town, but another, more traditional method of transportation is the tram.

Keep in mind that this is an incredibly popular activity with Lisbon tourists so expect long queues at the tram stops in the center of the city, especially on the famous Tram 28. And it’s also not the fastest means of transportation as delivery vans often block the tracks when picking up or dropping off. Plus the cable cars get VERY crowded. But it is most certainly an entertaining thing to do during a trip to Lisbon.

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Elevador da Bica

If you’d rather skip the lines and the crowds but want a great photo with one of Lisbon’s famous trams, head to the top of the Elevador da Bica tram route (also known as the Ascensor da Bica). Here you’ll find the classic Instagram photo spot of a steep, narrow street covered in graffiti. You’ll probably have to wait your turn as tourists love posing for photos with the icon tram when it stops at the top of the hill.

12. Try a Pastéis de Nata (or 10!)

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portigal: Eat Pasteis de Nata

If you’re wondering what to eat in Lisbon then this one is for you. The incredibly decadent Pastéis de Nata is the most popular dessert in all of Lisbon and one that you must try during your trip! This small, round pastry has a flaky crust that is filled with egg custard and served warm.

You’ll find small pastry shops selling these delicious sweet treats all over Lisbon but our absolute favorite spot to enjoy a pastéis was the popular Manteigaria. You can see them making the sweets right there in front of you, and they have just the right amount of custard with a light sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Don’t be afraid to buy in bulk, but make sure you eat them while they’re hot!

13. Check out the Palácio dos Marqueses da Fronteira

The Palácio dos Marqueses da Fronteira is a palace that was built in 1640 and is still inhabited today. Visitors can take a guided tour to see the gorgeous rooms covered in traditional tilework and oil paintings. While the palace is certainly worth touring, you won’t want to miss the formal gardens outside! Here you’ll find fountains, statues, and even more tilework. It’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon in Lisbon.

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €11 per person to enter both the palace and the garden, or €6 for just the garden.

Hours: The interior of the palace is accessible by guided tour only. Tours are available from June through September on Monday – Saturday at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:00pm. And from October through May tours are available Monday – Saturday at 11:00am and 12:00pm. Closed on Sundays.

14. Visit the Oldest Bookstore in the World

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Livaria Bertrand Bookstore

Livraria Bertrand is a bookstore in the city center of Lisbon that was originally opened in 1732. And today it holds the Guinness record as the world’s oldest bookstore still in operation. It’s worth popping inside to check out their huge selection of books (and to use the toilet if you need) since it’s truly one of Lisbon’s historic landmarks.

15. See the Carmo Archaeological Museum

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Carmo Convent

The Carmo Archaeological Museum is a gorgeous set of ruins that used to be the Church of Santa Maria do Carmo. It was built in a gothic style and founded in 1389 but unfortunately sustained serious damage during the Lisbon earthquake in 1755. Repairs have been made since but today it stands as an open-air structure with large arches supported by tall pillars.

If you walk through the center of the old church you will come upon the museum section of the ruins, where several elaborate tombs are on display. Here you’ll also find some spectacular tilework on the walls and two mummified bodies encased in glass.

The Carmo Archaeological Museum is well worth a visit during a trip to Lisbon, just to witness the fantastic old church ruins for yourself!

Entrance Fees: Adults pay €4 per person, children 0-14 are free of charge

Hours: Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am – 7:00pm during June to September, and Monday to Saturday from 10:00am – 6:00pm during October to May. Closed on Sundays.

16. People Watch on Rossio Square

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Rossio Square

Rossio Square is a lively place for people watching and one of the best places in Lisbon to see the black and white wave-patterned cobblestones that are popular all over Brazil. The square has two beautiful baroque fountains and is lined by cute cafes, perfect for an afternoon coffee. It’s an ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon in the sunshine.

17. Dine on Seafood at Time Out Market

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Time Out Market

Time Out Market is a busy indoor food market where you can get some of the best seafood in all of Lisbon! Here you’ll find 24 unique restaurants, 8 bars, and lots of cafeteria-style seating. You can wander around the perimeter, checking out each restaurant offering before settling on your favorite.

We had some amazing mussels in a creamy garlic sauce and a grilled octopus on a bed of mashed potatoes. It’s busy and a little hectic but worth it for the delectable fare.

Prices at Time Out Market aren’t as reasonable as you’d normally expect to find in a market-style dining situation. You’ll pay $10-20 per entree and you’ll need to wait in line to order at the most popular restaurants.

It’s also self-service so you’ll need to find a spot at one of the long tables and then get your own food once your buzzer goes off.

18. Indulge Your Taste Buds at Belcanto

If you want to indulge in a really exquisite meal during your trip to Lisbon, then you’ll want to make a reservation at the Michelin Star rated restaurant, Belcanto. With unique flavor combinations and outrageously creative food presentation, you’ll have a wonderful dining experience!

19. Ride the Elevador de Santa Justa

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Elevador de Santa Justa

The Elevador de Santa Justa is a tourist attraction located in central Lisbon that connects the lower city streets of the Baixa neighborhood with the Bairro Alto district. The elevator is housed inside of a 147 foot-tall gothic-style tower that was built in the same style as the French architect, Eiffel.

The life can carry 20 people at a time for the bargain price (sarcasm) of €5.30 per person. An observation deck at the top offers lovely views of the city.

20. Party in Bairro Alto

If you’re looking to experience Lisbon’s nightlife, then look no further than the Bairro Alto neighborhood. Here you’ll find rowdy late-night bars, dance clubs, and people wandering around the cobblestone streets drinking out of plastic cups. It is THE place to go if you want to party in Lisbon, but don’t expect a lot of action until after 10:00pm.

21. Shop at the Santa Rosa Flea Market

The Santa Rosa Flea Market (also known as the Feira da Ladra) is a massive flea market in Lisbon that is held every Tuesday and Saturday from around 8:00am until 5:00pm. Here you’ll find everything from old books to records to antiques to jewelry, and everything in between. Many of the vendors are just selling their old second-hand junk but there are a few treasures hidden throughout. Expect to do some haggling on price here.

22. Visit the Museu do Oriente

The Museu do Oriente (Orient Museum) is a museum that was opened in 2008 and is dedicated to Asian artwork, specifically the Portuguese trade presence in the East. Don’t miss the Gods of Asia exhibition, it’s a highlight of the museum!

Entrance fee: Adults pay €6 per person, children 0-5 are free of charge and age 6-12 will pay €2. Discounted rates for students and seniors.

Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Fridays are open late, until 10:00pm and entrance is free from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

23. Enjoy the Aquarium

The Lisbon Aquarium, known as the Oceanário de Lisboa, is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and will undoubtedly be fun for the whole family! There is a permanent and temporary exhibition, and both are certainly worth visiting. The aquarium houses over 450 different species and the main permanent exhibition tank holds 1,300,000 gallons of water and 100 species from around the world.

You’ll appreciate the aquarium’s focus on conservation during your visit.

Buy Tickets for the Oceanário de Lisboa

Entrance fee: Adults aged 13-64 will pay €16 per person for the permanent exhibition, and €19 to see both the permanent and the temporary exhibitions. Children 0-3 are free of charge. Discounted rates for children aged 4-12 and senior citizens.

Hours: Open daily from 10:00am until 8:00pm in the summer, last entry at 7:00pm. Doors close at 7:00pm during the winter months.

24. Admire the Basílica da Estrela

There are several beautiful churches around the city of Lisbon. But the most ornate of them all is the Basílica da Estrela. The church was completed in 1790 at the direction of Queen Maria I after the birth of her son and heir. Featuring twin bell towers and a grand dome, the architecture is simply breathtaking. Don’t miss the nativity scene composed of 500 cork figures.

For a fee of €4 you can climb to the rooftop terrace to enjoy spectacular views of the city below.

25. Tour the Castelo de São Jorge

Best Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Castelo de Sao Jorge

The Castelo de São Jorge is a castle in Lisbon that was built in the mid-11th century. It was never meant to be a residence, but rather as a place for military troops in case of a siege. Today you can visit the castle and walk along the ramparts, enjoying spectacular views of the city of Lisbon below.

During your trip to the Castelo de São Jorge, don’t miss the Camera Obscura exhibition! Using lenses and mirrors, you are able to see a 360º real-time view of the city of Lisbon, on a massive white screen right in front of you. You’ll need to line up before the allotted tour time (tours are offered on a schedule throughout the day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese) as only a limited amount of people are allowed in at a time.

Entrance fees: Adults pay €10, children under 12 are free of charge.

Hours: Open from 9:00am – 9:00pm from March until October, and 9:00am – 6:00pm from November until February.

26. Check out the LX Factory Sunday Market

The LX Factory is a trendy, up-and-coming area in an old, abandoned industrial area of Lisbon. The old buildings have been repurposed into boutique shops and hip restaurants. The area is fairly popular with younger Lisbon locals all throughout the week, but Sunday is by far the most popular day. On Sundays from 11:00am – 7:00pm there is an open air market here filled with vintage goods, handmade artisan pieces, vinyl, food, and so much more.

27. Marvel at the Street Art

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: See Raposa de Bordalo II (Street Art)

You’ll see graffiti all over the streets of Lisbon during your visit. Most of it is just random words or phrases that aren’t particularly interesting to look at. But there are a few real artistic pieces sprinkled throughout the city. Our favorite was the impressive Raposa de Bordalo II, located near the Time Out Market. It’s a colorful fox-like creature that was created using paint and other materials that give it a 3D effect. You’ll definitely want to check it out while wandering around the streets of Lisbon.

28. Take a Ride on the Ferry

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: Take the Ferry to Almada

Ferries depart regularly throughout the day from the Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal to the town of Almada, just across the river. Here you can head west down the riverfront and enjoy views of Lisbon from a distance. There is a ton of creative street art to enjoy all along this street.

Near the end of the walk, you’ll come to Ponto Final, one of the most popular restaurants in all of Lisbon. Atira-te au Rio is also here if you’d rather just enjoy a glass of wine by the river. Continue past Ponto Final and you’ll find an elevator that will take you up to a lovely lookout high above.

If you’re feeling spry, you can continue west to the Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, the large statue that bears a striking resemblance to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. Or you can walk through the town of Almada back down to the port to catch the ferry back home.

29. Bask in the Sun in the Praça do Comércio Square

Top Things to see in Lisbon, Portugal: Praca do Comercio Square

The Praça do Comércio Square is situated directly on the Tagus River and is a hub of activity in Lisbon. At the center of this large, open square is a bronze equestrian statue of King José I. And lining the edges are various restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy an afternoon cocktail.

Expect to be approached here by sketchy locals selling sunglasses and drugs.

30. Use the “Sexiest WC on Earth”

Best Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal: The Sexiest WC in the World

The self-awarded “sexiest WC on Earth” is just off the Praça do Comércio Square in Lisbon. It will cost you €1 per person to use it, but it’s worth getting a look at the massive wall of vibrantly colored toilet paper. It may not be the sexiest WC we’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly one of the most unique (and cleanest) public bathrooms in town!

And don’t forget to sample some of Lisbon’s world-famous sardines during your trip!


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