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Things To Do in Lisbon

Whether you’re here on vacation, business, or a romantic weekend getaway, there’s no end of fun things to do in Lisbon


With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, Portugal’s capital offers a glorious outdoor lifestyle and there are plenty of things to do in Lisbon year-round.

Wander through the popular outdoor markets and street fairs in search of authentic, local crafts and food specialties. Take a guided bike or walking tour to learn more about Lisbon’s unique history as the second-oldest European capital and see the iconic colorfully tiled buildings up close. Explore the grounds of the city’s famed Castelo de Sao Jorge located high above Lisbon. Climb the towers and ramparts of this historic castle and enjoy spectacular views of the stunning city below.

Lisbon is an ideal destination for foodies and is home to some of Portugal’s best food markets, traditional tascas, and award-winning restaurants. Sample local culinary favorites, including salted od and ‘Pastéis de Belém’ pastries, and visit Time Out Market Lisbon for an authentic local foodie experience.


Endless Fun Things to do in Lisbon


Enjoy the best of the Portuguese outdoor lifestyle on a beach in Lisbon. Choose from those nearby along the Linha de Cascais or Arrábida, or take surfing lessons and ride the waves at the World Surfing Reserve near quaint Ericeira. Other popular Lisbon sports include biking, running, or walking along the Passeio Marítimo de Algés, swimming, windsurfing, and golfing.

Other top things to do in Lisbon include a visit to Belém Tower, a 16th century fortress built to protect the city, and Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s beautiful main square – and site of the former Royal Palace – overlooking the Tagus River. Finish your day with an enchanting evening spent sipping a local fine wine while listening to Fado, Portugal’s iconic traditional music.

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