Portugal, with miles and miles of beaches with access to the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, is a great destination for anyone who wants to experience both a beachy vibe and a vibrant culture and Lisbon, the capital, is the place to be. Here you’ll find delicious food, amazing buildings and great places to shop – all while feeling a lovely, warm summer breeze.
Pro Tip: Get the Lisbon City Card, which gives you free entrance to many museums, several discounts and also free public transport access.
Whether you’ve been in the beautiful Lisbon before or not isn’t important: you can have the greatest of times either way. Are you ready to have a look at our top X fun experiences in Lisbon? Fantastic, let’s do this!
In this summer paradise you won’t have any trouble finding amazingly fun things to do, but it’s always nice to be able to spend more time on fun and less time googling places to visit, and that’s where we come in!
Much like San Francisco on the American west coast, Lisbon has its own historic, rattling trams going through the city. This is lots of different fun in one: you’ll get to share an experience with the many, many people who have taken this route for decades, you’ll pass by gorgeous palaces and castles and, the people watching opportunities on this ride are incredible.
You knew it was coming, and here it is: the beaches around Lisbon are absolutely fantastic for surfing. Catch amazing waves at Caxias, brave the water at Carcavelos or find your perfect surf spot along the miles and miles of gorgeous beaches at Costa da Caparica, trying to find waves perfect for your surf skills. Your skills aren’t that good yet? Sign up for a surf lesson straight away!
While as interesting and fascinating, this is not your average retro store. No, at A Vida Portuguesa you’ll find items, made in Portugal, that will send any local on a trip down Memory Lane – the mission of the store is to tell the stories of the Portuguese people through everyday, high quality items. Even for someone not born and raised in Lisbon, this is a great way to learn more about the soul of the city.
If you haven’t found that perfect gift you’ve been looking for yet, or if you just want a fun experience, go check out the Lisbon markets. At the flea markets there are many, many unique items to look at and who knows, you might get your hands on a real gem.
This iconic, traditional flea market is held twice a week – every Tuesday and Saturday – and is the perfect place to find vintage items, antiques, handicrafts and irresistable bric-a-brac. And you’re in good hands – the market dates back all the way to 1272, so the vendors definitely have some experience.
Except for the stunning architecture, cozy alleyways and the vistas over the Atlantic, you mean? Well, Lisbon is a paradise for anyone with an insta account: the vibrant colors and historic sites will look so beautiful on your feed.
A guided tour is such a great way to see and get to know a city – you’ll get to see all the best places and hear information and stories that he locals might not even know about, because how often do you go on a tour in your own city? Not nearly often enough! In Lisbon you can choose between different tours: half a day, a whole day, or one where you’ll get to taste some great local cuisine and fantastic wine. The prices vary, but you can find tours from £15 to over £100.
This fantastic, majestic site is not only one of Lisbon’s most striking monuments, it’s also the icon of how the Portuguese navigators made the city the world’s main trade hub in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Belém Tower was built for protection from anyone wanting a slice of the successful trading cake, and today you can enjoy the architecture and stunning views.
A tile museum might sound like it belongs at a restroom convention, but that couldn’t be more wrong – tiles have played a massive part in Portuguese culture and at this museum you can go on a journey through the history of tile, all the way from 1509 to the present day. 1509 is the year that the convent now housing the museum was founded, and you can see fantastically artistic tiles from all the time periods from then until now.
Wine, bread, cheese and sausages are all foods that shouldn’t be missed when you’re visiting Lisbon – and, of course, don’t miss out on the gorgeously scrumptious cakes and other desserts. Your belly would never forgive you.
If you don’t mind a surprise, The Food Temple is an excellent dinner choice. The menu changes every night, but with lots of soups and sides, you can probably find something to please your taste buds. At Ao 26 the options are more varied – here you can get burgers, sandwiches and salads, all vegan. And, the Oreo, peanut butter and chocolate pie really is to die for.
At Aloha Café you can get both breakfast and lunch every day, but on weekends they are combined into one big, delicious brunch. If you want some mini pizzas, savory pies and delightful desserts, Dona Flor Café’s got your back and the tiny My Mother’s Daughters you can get organic, local food packed with flavor while supporting the local art scene – how could anyone say no to that.
Lisbon is such a great destination to cross off of your bucket list – over and over again! We’d love to hear about all of your favorite places in the fantastic Portuguese capital, so make sure to comment and thanks for reading!