Things to Do in Lisbon Portugal

Portugal's capital, Lisbon, has tons of exciting and relaxing attractions for you to take advantage of during your visit. From ancient architecture situated on lush, rolling hills, to crowded city life and bustling nightclubs, Lisbon has it all. Let these great attractions help you plan your itinerary the next time you go to Lisbon.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Check out over 600 pieces of art ranging from Egyptian to Greco-Roman, to Eastern Islamic and more. The museum has many exhibitions that are on display every once in a while, like The Art Deco Exhibit or the Henri Fantin-Latour Exhibit. They also hold Sunday concerts and several other events to keep you entertained. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. everyday except Mondays and some holidays.

Av. de Berna 45A
1067-001 Lisboa Codex
(+011) 21 782 3000

Oceanarium (Oceanario de Lisboa)

Opened in 1998, the Oceanarium was the site of the last World's Fair. It sees more than a million visitors a year. Next time you're in Lisbon, join in on the fun. Celebrate a birthday, take a guided tour, listen to an informative lecture or just enjoy exploring ocean life. You can also take part in an educational workshop and doors are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday.

1990 Santa Maria dos Olivais,
Lisboa, Portugal
(+011) 218 917 002


When you're looking for a fun and cheap way to explore the city, rent a bike and peddle yourself around the town. Head on over to Bikeiberia where they specialize in giving you a great bike riding experience. Follow one of their professional guides on a one, two or three-day tour seeing things like The Castle of Sesimbra or the unspoiled land of Alentejo. You can also book a self-guided tour if you want to enjoy the adventure on your own.

Lg. Corpo Santo, 5 Baixa 1200-129
Lisboa, Portugal
(+011) 96 242 3455

Baixa (Lower Town)

Baixa is situated between Rossio and the Praca do Comercio and is a shopper's heaven. Stroll along the flat, pedestrian streets and check out the wide variety of stores. You won't find any Gucci or Armani stores, but it's a pleasant place to shop or window shop in a peaceful setting.


Colombo is a huge shopping center with over 400 stores, 60 restaurants, 10 cinema screens, a health club and an indoor amusement park. The center is open everyday from 9 a.m. to midnight. Special events are sporadically held at the center.

Av. Lusíada
1600 Lisboa, Portugal
(+011) 21 711 36 36

St. George's Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge)

Saint George's Castle can be seen from almost anywhere in the city and dates all the way back to the 6th century. The castle is situated in the heart of Commercio Square and guided tours are available at all times. The doors are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m from March to October, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November to February.

Edificio das Antigas Prisões, 1100-129
Lisbon, Portugal
(+011) 218 877 244

Port Wine House (Solar do Vinho do Porto)

This is one of the coolest places in Lisbon. If you love ports, then you might as well call this place heaven. The wine house is situated in an 18th century palace and takes up an entire city block. Almost every port produced is represented in here, and for a few Euros, you can taste what you like.

45 Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Lisbon, Portugal
(+011) 21 347 57 07

Tram 28

When you want a simple way to see the city, hop on the Tram 28. These vintage trams take passengers on a scenic trip through the city's narrow maze of streets towards St. George's Castle. Once you make it from sea level to the top of the hill, you'll have great views of the city. The ride takes about 30 minutes and you can catch the tram all over Lisbon.

Bairro Alto

If you're looking for exciting Lisbon nightlife, look no further than Barrio Alto. During the day, this section of Lisbon is rather quiet, but once the sun sets, it transforms into an entertainment hot spot. The streets are lined with wonderful restaurants and bars where you can party until the wee hours of the morning. You can go shopping in one of the many boutiques and stroll through the outdoor museum, Museu Efemero.