Things to Do in Lisbon

By Rachael Funk

Lisbon is a city known for its rich history, intricate architecture, and colorful traditions spanning thousands of years. Portugal’s capital city on the coast draws people from all over the world to explore the building-studded hills and take part in the lively culture that is alive and well today. Here are a few great ways to round out your itinerary and make sure you don’t miss a single thing!

Tour Lisbon on Tram 28

The Lisbon tramway network is made up of preserved pre-war trams and is a great way to get an up-close look at what Lisbon has to offer. Tram 28 takes you up and down the hills from Square Martim Moniz in the city center of Baxia to historic sites of interest. The tracks criss cross the city and are very popular, so if one is too full to hop onto, don’t worry! Another is sure to arrive shortly.

Stop by the Torre de Belém

A breathtaking landmark that is not to be missed, the Torre de Belém is not only a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site, it’s the ideal spot to inject a little romance into your trip. Located on the northern bank of the Tagus River, this imposing tower jets out of the water to create a stunning view. Torre de Belém is a symbol of Portugal and a testament to the grandeur of the city.

Wander the Alfama District

This area is known as the oldest part of the city and is packed with treasures you can discover on foot. See great cathedrals, the remains of crumbling city walls, and hidden squares with plenty of options for a quick bite or a leisurely coffee.

Visit St George’s Castle

An icon of the city, this stop is literally a castle on a hill. More than 2,000 years old and built by the Romans, it has been developed by the various rulers who have inhabited it since. Not only can you explore the dry moat and mighty fortress, the views from this spot are unbeatable.

See Europe’s largest indoor aquarium

The Lisbon Oceanarium boasts conceptual design, countless exhibits, and even an artificial boating lagoon where you can rent a pedalo if you’re in the mood for a casual excursion. The family-friendly attraction is divided into four giant tanks, each representing the four major ecosystems found in oceans around the world. With over 450 species of animals, you’re sure to learn something new!

Join the nightlife of Bairro Alto

An area that comes to life as the sun goes down, Bairro Alto will delight with authentic sights, sounds, and flavors of Portugal. Dip into a bohemian bar for an expertly mixed cocktail or indulge in something sweet from the pastelaria bakeries nearby. Chock full of hip breweries, and trendy bars, Bairro Alto is the place to be for night owls and partiers alike.

Uncover the past at Lisboa Story Centre

This interpretation center offers an interactive and engaging way for guests to learn the stories and history of Lisbon. Divided into sections that cover history, myths, and more, the story center takes guests on a 60-minute journey that will be a highlight of the trip.

Sate your sweet tooth at Gelataria Nannarella

If you’re looking for Lisbon’s best gelato, this is the place to get it. Serving up 25 different flavors of perfectly churned gelato daily, the tiny shop is always packed with hungry fans. Each flavor is homemade with traditional recipes and top-notch ingredients. Though there are no tables to sit and eat, you can enjoy your tasty treat in the picturesque gardens nearby.

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