8 Things To Do in Lisbon to Complete Your Portuguese Experience

The Best of Lisbon - 8 Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal

First time to Lisbon? Start here, where I shared an overview of Lisbon’s districts and introduced what’s famous in Lisbon. Furnishing on from there, here are 8 essential things to do in Lisbon for a complete experience while you’re in the “city of seven hills”.

8 Things To Do in Lisbon

1. Take a tram ride.

The Best of Lisbon - 8 Things To Do in Lisbon, Portugal

This tops my list of things to do in Lisbon for a reason. While the tram is a common means of transport for the locals, the tram is iconic of Lisbon. If you want a quick guide to the best of Lisbon, Tram 28 is for you. Tram 28 runs through the city, taking you around the historic neighbourhoods. It is the tram you have got to sit it at least once during your visit to Lisbon.

2. Go up the Santa Justa elevator.

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Just as you have to take Tram 28, the Santa Justa elevator is another popular attraction for visiting tourists. Designed by Ponsard, a disciple of the legendary Gustave Eiffel, this iron elevator has been built in the since the 1880s to connect the lower districts to the elevated suburbs. No other city does an elevator like Lisbon does. Today, tourists hop on it to be offered an overview through the downtown district of Lisbon.

3. Listen to Fado.

Do not pass up Lisbon without taking in their traditional folk music, Fado. Fado can be best found in a fado house along the streets of Alfama, Mouraria or Madragoa. For a history about Fado, the Fado Museum shares the origins of Fado in the museum’s documentation centre.

4. Go viewpoint-hunting at some of Lisbon’s best miradouros (viewpoints).

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon spans a series of hills, making it one of the best places to capture panaromic pictures of. The best of these are the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, with dazzling views over the Alfama; the Miradouro das Portas Do Sol and Miraduoro Senora Do Monte, that offer a view of Alfama’s rooftops, towers, and domes descending towards the river; the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, overlooking the Baixa; and the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, the preferred spot for Lisbon’s guitar-strumming bohemians.

Be warned, this takes considerable physical effort, since most of the viewpoints are atop steep hills.

5. Museum-hop for free.

Come the first Sunday of every month, catch some of the big attractions in Lisbon at no cost you, including the Museu Nacional do Azulejo tile museum, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém, the Torre de Belém and the unmissable art collection of the Museu Gulbenkian.

6. Taste authentic Portuguese custard tart.

Lisbon, Portugal

Mmm… My favourite part of Portugal.

It is this reason why anyone would come to Portugal, no? Portuguese custard tart is an emblem of Portuguese cuisine, with its recipe so closely guarded that you cannot find a tart that tastes the same anywhere else. These tarts are best enjoyed with a dash of cinnamon powder, and some like to pair it with coffee.

Read: Where to Eat in Lisbon

7. Taste Portugal’s very own cherry liqueur, ginjinha.

Lisbon, Portugal

Taste their very own ginjinha, a popular Portuguese liqueur made from sour cherries. This was quite an eye-opening experience for me.

Some shops offer you ginjinha in chocolate cups, while others leave a surprise for you at the bottom. Finishing off the liqueur with something sweet is said to complement the strong taste of liqueur well.

8. Party the night away in Bairro Alto.

Lisbon, Portugal

Think you’ve finished your list of things to do in Lisbon? There is nothing like ending your fulfilling day in Lisbon at Bairro Alto. It is the place to be for those hankering after a fun night out, and promises to leave you feeling more energetic than you came in with. Lisbon’s night scene is one not to be missed. In an attempt to soak in the atmosphere, WL and I once (accidentally) walked into a gay crowd – did I not mention how Lisbon is an increasingly popular gay destination?

Read: 8 Best Top Bars and Clubs in Lisbon, Portugal

For more ideas, check out Gemma’s post on other day trips in Lisbon. If you’re venturing further in Portugal, Soumya brings you on a virtual trip around Algarve, Portugal.

Still not getting enough of Lisbon? Check out my guides on what to eat and where to party right in Lisbon!


What was the most memorable thing you did in Lisbon?

26 Comment

  1. Candy says: Reply

    I love through your travels since I can’t go everywhere I would love to travel.too

  2. Candy says: Reply

    I live through your travels. Love see different places

  3. Officially adding Portugal to my travel list. Had no idea that you could get into museums for free there. And, the custards sound divine!

  4. Leah says: Reply

    This is so on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing this, looks like a great time!

  5. Amazing list! I’ve been to the Algarve in Portugal and meant to go up to Lisbon but we never made it there. Can’t wait to go someday and do some of these activities!

  6. Abby says: Reply

    I have never been to Portugal, but would love to go some day. Thanks for the tip about the museums!

  7. Great suggestions! I would love to visit Portugal someday.

  8. Mike C says: Reply

    I need to go, Lisbon, I’ve been seeing so many posts from there recently.

  9. Sky says: Reply

    One of my fellow volunteers is from Lisbon so I’ve recently become aware of how lovely is it. The photos here are beautiful and make me want to visit.

  10. Looks beautiful! I’m so disappointed we have yet to visit. That elevator!

  11. Love this! I don’t travel a lot, but I’m glad I get to read about different places here on your blog!

  12. These are all such great tips for things to do in Lisbon! 🙂 I especially love that you can visit the museums for free the first Sunday of the month.

  13. Those custard tarts looks yummy and the views are beautiful

  14. I’ve never thought to visit but it looks beautiful!

  15. I want to go to Portugal so bad! It looks so beautiful!

  16. Everything looks beautiful. That cherry liqueur sounds delish!

  17. lorrin sell | photographer of wild things says: Reply

    holy cow! i never even thought to add portugal to my list of places i MUST see! it’s on there for sure now! great pics!

  18. Lisbon seems like San Francisco with red roofs and a more romantic language! 🙂 Looks fabulous!

  19. I’d love to visit Lisbon someday! It’s definitely on my list. Beautiful images!

  20. This is bookmarked for our next Portugal list. It looks so beautiful!

  21. I have always wanted to go to Lisbon! Looks soo beautiful and I bet so fun! Thanks for sharing all these amazing pictures! Looks like a dream!

  22. I would love to see Lisbon! Everything look likes fun! I love tram rides and ginjinha sounds delicious!

  23. We were there exactly a year ago. We loved it! We did nothing you mentioned! Ha ha. So much to do you could list stuff forever though, right! Octopus!!! Sentra! Shoes!

  24. This seems pretty great! I loved that escalator and the views are beautiful! 🙂

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