Top 10: Best Free Things to Do in Lisbon

Like A Local Guide • 4 Jun, 2013

What are the best free things to do in an amazing city like Lisbon which is known as the city that rests on seven hills and is bathed by the Tagus river, blessed with beautiful old neighbourhoods? Our local editor Rita from Lisbon picked the best free things to do in Lisbon. Take a look!

1. Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra literally translates to ‘Thief Fair’ and is the oldest market in Lisbon. It’s quite a popular fair with many different objects, so take your time and enjoy browsing!

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2. Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian consists of a museum, an amphitheater and a garden, but the best part of it is that you can take a blanket and lay down near the lake with a book and the ducks for company on a sunny day.

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3. Jardim do Príncipe Real

Jardim do Principe Real has been one of the favourite spots among locals for more than 100 years. Old men like to come to the garden to play cards, families come with their kids to play in the playground, and couples sit in the shade of the old cypress which is more than 100 years old – definitely a spot to visit. What’s more, Saturday is the day to buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the Biological Products Market. It’s a must!

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4. Jardim da Estrela

Jardim da Estrela is a very nice garden with two playgrounds, a kindergarten, a day centre, a kiosk run by the City Library, a bandstand and a terrace café where locals enjoy spending warm and sunny Portuguese afternoons.

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5. Martim Moniz

Martim Moniz is a square full of life and one of the most multicultural areas in Lisbon. Here you’ll find different things from all over the world.

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6. Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte

Although Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte is one of the least visited observation points in Lisbon, it is the highest point in the city and therefore offers the most breathtaking views of beautiful Lisbon.

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7. Ribeira das Naus

Ribeira das Naus is the place to go if you want to enjoy the sun and the gentle breeze of the river, along with a piece of literature. Don’t forget your hat and suncream.

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8. Santa Luzia Viewpoint

Santa Luzia Viewpoint is another viewpoint where you can experience amazing views of Santa Engrácia’s dome (also known as National Pantheon), Santo Estevão’s Church and the two white towers of São Miguel’s Church, “Alfama labyrinth.”

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9. Centro Cultural de Belém

Centro Cultural de Belém is an impressive building which hosts a cultural centre. It’s a nice place to chill out while enjoying different events like concerts and exhibitions. Centro Cultural de Belém also hosts the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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10. Largo do Chafariz de Dentro

Largo do Chafariz de Dentro is a place where you can experience a typical neighbourhood of Lisbon. Friendly locals drink aguardente and sing Fado with their neighbours. Just join them!

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      Kris Härsing • Jul 04, 2016 • Reply
    Great selection. I've been to Lisbon in June. Out of all these places I can definitely recall being to Martim Moniz. This chilled area has such a pleasant vibe, there were also some people there doing yoga, massages or just having beers.
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