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"Exploring Lisbon: The Ultimate Top 10 Bucket List"

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is a great destination for a weekend escape, for a long stop while you travel around Europe, or even as a magnificent wedding destination. It’s a multicultural city, and it will very quickly have you falling head over heels with its historic charm, colourful neighbourhoods, and scenic views along the Tagus River. The city offers a mix of traditional and modern influences, making it a popular destination for traveler's. Lisbon has became one of our favourite cities in Europe!

Wondering what to do in Lisbon? Here are our top 10 things to do in Lisbon that you simply must include in your travel itinerary.

1. Climb to the Castle of São Jorge and stroll around Alfama

Alfama is one of the oldest and most picturesque districts in Lisbon. Narrow winding streets, historic buildings, and Fado music echoing from local taverns, it offers a unique and charming atmosphere. Alfama captures the essence of Lisbon's rich history and is a must-visit for those seeking an authentic experience. Explore São Jorge Castle, enjoy panoramic views of the city, and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Sao Jorge Castle Opening Hours: Daily from, 9 AM to 6 PM (Nov-Feb) and from, 9 AM to 9 PM (Mar-Oct).

Sao Jorge Castle Entrance Fee: €10. Free for children under 12.

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2. Hop on the 28 Tram

Tram 28 is a famous vintage yellow tram that winds its way through some of Lisbon's most iconic neighbourhoods, including Graça, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela. It's a popular route for tourists, offering a scenic journey past historic sites, viewpoints, and charming streets. The tram's route provides a convenient way to explore Lisbon's landmarks, and it's a nostalgic experience reminiscent of the city's past. Keep in mind that it can get quite crowded, so it's advisable to be mindful of pickpockets and to board early if you want a seat.

28 Tram Fee: €3. (Local tip! If you buy your ticket in advance, inside the Metro Stations, the ticket will be half of the price.)

Lisbon tram at sunrise

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3. Check out the best Miradouros in Lisbon (Viewpoints)

One of the top things to do in Lisbon is to admire the view from one of many Lisbon miradouros. While the city’s rooftop bars are worth a visit, locals tend to frequent the free miradouros – or viewpoints – dotted around the city to watch the sun go down, instead. Bring a drink and a picnic to enjoy while you soak up the vibes of the city. You could even organise a cool couple photo session while you are here.

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4. Hang out at LX Factory

LX Factory is a vibrant cultural and creative hub located in the Alcântara district of Lisbon. This former industrial complex has been transformed into a dynamic space filled with art studios, trendy shops, unique eateries, and cultural venues. Key highlights of LX Factory include artistic spaces, shops and boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops, cultural events and bookstores!

LX Factory is a dynamic and evolving space, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors seeking a blend of creativity, culture, and urban flair.

LX Factory Fee: Free!

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5. Stroll along Avenida da Liberdade

Avenida da Liberdade is one of Lisbon's main boulevards and a symbol of elegance and prestige. Avenida da Liberdade is known for the elegant architecture, luxury boutiques and numerous coffee shops. Check out Theatre Tivoli, a historic theatre along the avenue, hosting a variety of performances, including concerts, musicals, and plays.

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6. Go vintage shopping at Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra is known for its eclectic mix of items, including antiques, second-hand clothing, vintage goods, books, crafts…

The market has a lively and bustling atmosphere, with vendors setting up stalls along the streets, creating a vibrant scene. Visitors often enjoy the thrill of treasure hunting, seeking unique finds and hidden gems among the myriad items on display.

It's a great place to experience the local culture, interact with sellers, and get a taste of Lisbon's vibrant street life.

Whether you're a collector, a bargain hunter, or just looking to soak in the atmosphere, Feira da Ladra offers a distinctive and enjoyable shopping experience in the heart of Lisbon.

Feira da Ladra Opening Hours: Every Tuesday and Saturday, from 9AM to 6PM.

Feira da Ladra/Photo by Alice Kotlyarenko on Unsplash

7. Go to Terreiro do Paço

Terreiro do Paço, also known as Praça do Comércio, is a grand and historic square located by the Tagus River.

Once the site of the royal palace, Terreiro do Paço has played a central role in Portuguese history, including the devastating earthquake of 1755, the square is surrounded by impressive yellow buildings with arcades and features the iconic Triumphal Arch at its northern end.

The name "Praça do Comércio" translates to Commerce Square, emphasising its historical role as a hub for trade and commerce.

The square opens up to the waterfront, offering stunning views of the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Terreiro do Paço is not only a historical landmark but also a lively public space where people gather, stroll, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

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8. Take a day trip do Sintra

Sintra is a charming town situated in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains, just outside of Lisbon. Known for its fairy-tale-like scenery, rich history, and well-preserved architecture, Sintra has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sintra is renowned for its romantic palaces and castles. The most famous ones include the colourful Pena Palace, the Moorish Castle with panoramic views, and the National Palace of Sintra with its distinctive twin chimneys.

The surrounding natural park offers lush landscapes, including forests, gardens, and scenic trails. Quinta da Regaleira, a unique estate with elaborate gardens, is also a highlight.

Sintra has a rich cultural heritage, and its historical sites showcase a blend of architectural styles, including Moorish, Gothic, and Manueline influences.

Sintra's enchanting beauty has made it a popular day trip destination from Lisbon, offering a magical escape into a world of palaces, gardens, and captivating history.

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9. Try the traditional Portuguese food

Traditional Portuguese cuisine is rich in flavors and reflects the country's diverse culinary influences. Here are some classic Portuguese dishes:

. Bacalhau à Brás: Bacalhau à Brás is a popular dish where shredded cod is mixed with onions, potatoes, and eggs.

. Caldo Verde: A hearty green soup made with kale, potatoes, chorizo, and often garnished with olive oil. It's a comfort food enjoyed throughout Portugal.

. Pastéis de Nata: These custard tarts are a beloved Portuguese pastry, with a flaky crust and creamy custard filling. Often sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

. Cataplana de Marisco: A seafood stew made in a distinctive clam-shaped copper pot called a cataplana. It usually includes a variety of shellfish, fish, tomatoes, onions, and herbs.

. Ginja Liqueur: Ginja, or Ginjinha, is a cherry liqueur often served as a digestive. It's a sweet and popular Portuguese after-dinner drink.

These dishes represent just a glimpse of the diverse and flavourful traditional cuisine that Portugal has to offer.

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10. Explore Belem

Belém is a laid-back area on the Tagus River, known for its seafood restaurants and houses decorated with colourful tiles, known for its cultural significance, iconic landmarks, and delicious pastries - you can’t miss the Pastel de Belem, a must have!

Belém is not only a historical treasure trove but also a delightful area to savour the beauty of the Tagus River and experience Portugal's maritime and exploratory heritage.

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