Things to do - 24 Nov 2023

What to do in Lisbon

Visiting Lisbon is always a good idea.

Whether it's for its climate or traditions, typical gastronomy or cultural offerings, the capital offers quality moments for all tastes.

It's a trendy stop-off point for visitors, who don't have to look far to find what to do, where to eat and where to stay, at any time of year. At this time of year, the city is even more beautiful when the Christmas lights come on.

We show you what makes Lisbon one of the best tourist destinations in Europe and how you can make the most of your stay.

Visitar a cidade de Lisboa é sempre uma boa ideia.


Discover the Christmas markets


As the most special time of the year approaches, it's important to note that the "little lettuces”, as locals are called love markets of all kinds, but their favourites are the Christmas markets.

There is a moment that all Lisboners wait for, when the lights come on in the Armazéns do Chiado and the festive season officially opens.

Once the season opens, it's lived to the full and, infecting all those who stroll the streets, the Christmas spirit is reflected in the craft stalls, ice rinks and Father Christmas himself.

You can't beat the experience of shopping at these markets, which you'll find in Rossio, Baixa and Chiado, in Alvalade or Alcântara. And, of course, in the heart of Lisbon, visit Wonderland and enjoy a view of the city from the top of the Ferris wheel.

If you get the chance, don't miss out on the Christmas markets in Cascais, which promise a magical atmosphere beyond imagination, capable of dazzling children and adults alike.


Take a walk through the city's streets and squares


Walk around Lisbon to discover the capital's squares and streets.

Enjoy its beauty, rich in traditions, present in its historic monuments, gardens, restaurants and hotels.

We suggest you start by exploring the neighbouring areas of
Bairro Alto, Chiado and Cais do Sodré, with stories to uncover and secrets around every corner.

For sunny days, look for the best
outdoor terraces and take a coffee break. If you're looking for plans for the cold and rainy days of the season, make sure you get out of the house and find some comfort in drinks that will warm your body and soul, such as mulled wine.

If the journey is long, make use of the capital's transport network and get to your points of interest as you wish, using more accessible options such as the metro and the iconic trams or tourist transport such as tuk tuks.

Whether in the morning, afternoon or evening, for a
weekend or a month, Lisbon always has a trump card up its sleeve to surprise you.


Long live traditions, culture and heritage


Its streets and corners are full of traditions, culture and heritage.

If you want to save instagrammable memories, take advantage - Lisbon is made up of perfect angles.

It's a city of diverse styles, with unique architecture and urban art, where you can see Portuguese culture mirrored in the museums, cinemas and iconic theatres that give stage to the talent of the most varied artists.

And fado... If there's one Portuguese tradition that wears the shirt, it's fado. Sound, voice and soul that gives you goose bumps from start to finish and offers a unique experience.


Enjoy the view, the food and the sites


Gastronomy is one of Portugal's strong points and in Lisbon there are many typical dishes to choose from. 

There are also places you can't miss, such as Belém, but, above all, it's also in this area that you'll find the pastéis de Belém, and it's a well-known fact that you won't regret trying them.

The city that was born between the 7 Hills is full of the most beautiful viewpoints, which, like the roof tops, are a strategic point from which to watch the sunset.

This is Lisbon by day, but the capital also stands out for its memorable nights, with music and entertainment for all generations and preferences.

Now that you have more than 3 good reasons to visit Lisbon, give yourself a present and come and enjoy a special time in the capital.

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