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
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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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