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Free ‘Things to Do’ in Lisbon, Portugal

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Cities are versatile places full of cultural experiences, historic monuments and fantastic attractions. Many of which have a price tag. If you are travelling on a budget visit the following ‘things to do,’ to help you stick to your budget, whilst experiencing Lisbon and the Portuguese culture.

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A bit about Lisbon

The capital city of Portugal is Lisbon and has the nickname ‘City of Seven Hills.’ On 1st November 1755, the entire city was almost destroyed due to an earthquake, so walking its streets is an impressive experience as so much could have been destroyed.

The raven is a strong symbol within Lisbon and you may see this bird on numerous occasions, for example on emblems, pavements, lampposts and much more.

Free Activity in Lisbon #1

An excellent way to explore a city is by foot and Lisbon has some great walking tours available, which cover different areas of the city. Here are a few to choose from:

  • A 3-hour morning tour departing at 9:30am, ‘The Fascinating Stories Behind Lisbon’, will explore the most historic neighbourhoods and share their past stories from the past 3000 years.
  • Explore Alfama, the only neighbourhood to have survived the 1755 earthquake on the ‘Free Walking Tour Old Town Alfama.’
  • For art lovers do the ‘Free Street Art Tour’ and get great views of the city plus experience the works of the some of the best Portuguese and other European artists.

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Free Activity in Lisbon #2

Admire contemporary and modern art at the Colecção Berardo . Its open practically every day, Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 until 19:00, give or take a few special holidays like Christmas Day.

Located in Belém, this amazing art gallery showcases some delightful and breath-taking masterpieces from famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Portuguese abstract painter .

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Free Activity in Lisbon #3

Feel like a local by hanging out at Jardim do Principe Real.

This lovely public park is a great place to relax, have a picnic, play cards and even shop. Each Saturday it hosts a Biological Products Market.

Don’t leave without admiring the striking cypress tree, which stands in the parks centre. It is more than 100 years old.

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Free Activity in Lisbon #4

Discover Lisbon from a different (and panoramic) point of view, by standing at the city’s highest point, Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte. Lisbon is built on 7 different hills and this is likely to be one of least crowded sites.

There is a chapel here, which is often visited by pregnant women from all over the World, as it is thought to be a place where their unborn children are blessed and given good health.

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Free Activity in Lisbon #5

Visit the 16th century-built tower, Torre de Belém. This stunning brilliant white tower is fit for a Disney Princess, as it proudly stands on the bank of the tranquil Tagus River. Over the centuries it has become an iconic building in Lisbon and shouldn’t be missed.

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Free Activity in Lisbon #6

See a modern artistic side of Lisbon by experiencing its street art. Lisbon’s giant portraits are colourful pieces which include hilarious cartoons, inspiring musicians and famous political figures. These portraits are dotted around the city, see keep your camera close to hand.

Two great neighbourhoods to visit are Mouraria and the central district Bairro Alto.

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Free Activity in Lisbon #7

Explore Lisbon’s past at the Núcleo Arqueológico museum. Book your visit in advance to coincide with their guided tour, which takes place twice a week. Other great museums in Lisbon, that are free include Museu da Marioneta (The Puppet Museum) and the MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (Museum of Design and Fashion).

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For more great free activities, to match Lisbon  read: Free ‘Things to Do’ in Paris, France and 10 Free Things to Do in London, in Winter.

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