Top Things to Do in Lisbon in 2022
Updated: Jan 19
Portugal travel guide: top 5 things to do in Lisbon.
Lisbon is like no other city. The capital of Portugal has numerous assets to offer you an unforgettable stay. With its sunny climate, vibrant nightlife, low cost of living, Mediterranean food and rich historical and cultural heritage, Lisbon is a must-see gem. So are you ready to discover the Portuguese capital? If yes, here are the top 5 things to do in Lisbon!
1. Explore the old districts.
The first must-do activity in Lisbon is to get lost in its old districts. The most ancient one is Alfama, the only district to have survived the 1755 earthquake. There are numerous ways to explore Alfama. You can either discover it by yellow tram or by Tuk-Tuk. However, I recommend exploring it on foot. It will allow you to wander through the district's maze of cobbled streets and stairs.
Additionally, if you have the time, I invite you to discover the old quarter of Bairro Alto. This district is known for its narrow streets, its old colorful houses and its intense pubs and restaurants. Bairro Alto is also the ideal district to experience the Portuguese nightlife at its finest.
2. Admire panoramic views from a belvedere.
Nicknamed the city of 7 hills, Lisbon offers visitors the opportunity to witness mesmerizing views of the city and Tagus River. Therefore, numerous belvederes or what locals call miradouros have been built. I recommend visiting Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcántara. It is located on Bairro Alto and gives tourists a glimpse of the local life from the top. Furthermore, belvederes in Lisbon are great places to stroll at sunset!
3. Try local food at the Time Out Market.
Located in Da Ribeira Mercado, the Time Out Market is a must-try in Lisbon. The place is an open space restaurant where the Portuguese gastronomy is offered at very affordable prices. Inside the market, you'll find different kiosks and grocery stores, each offering their specialties. In the Time Out Market, there is something for everyone. From Portuguese charcuterie to gourmet burgers, woks, wines, cheeses and pastries. Another advantage of this activity is that when you sit at one of the tables available, it feels as if you're in a gigantic banquet surrounded by people from all over the world.
4. Take a trip on the River Tagus.
What better way to discover the beauty of Lisbon than by taking a boat trip on the River Tagus. It is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula stretching over 1038 KM. It also joins the Atlantic Ocean in Lisbon after taking its source in Spain and crossing Portugal. According to the legend, Tagus flows into a sea of straw because of the bronze reflections that the waves take on at sunset. As far as I'm concerned, it would be a shame to go to the capital without taking a boat trip on the River Tagus especially since the river offers a magnificent view of the city's hills.
5. Visit the Belém district.
Located on the west side of Lisbon, Belém is the old commercial port of the city. It is from this place that numerous navigators sailed to discover the other part of the world. One of them was the notorious Vasco De Gama. Nowadays, Belém represents a historical symbol and houses numerous monuments. I recommend visiting the famous tower of Belém, the iconic monument of the discoveries and the splendid Jerónimos Monastery.
Now you are ready to try the best things to do in Lisbon and discover the capital. I wish you a wonderful journey full of surprises and sensations. Don't hesitate to share your thoughts about the best activities to try in Lisbon and your overall experience.
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