Portugal’s vibrant capital city has plenty of things to keep people busy and entertained. With lots of free things to do in Lisbon, a visit need not cost a fortune. Mix and match some of the city’s famous attractions with those that are cost free for a varied and inexpensive break.
Some of the best free things to do in Lisbon include:
There are several gorgeous sandy beaches within easy reach of the capital city where you can relax and soak up the sun or take a dip in the sparkling sea. On some beaches the beautiful golden sands stretch for several kilometres, so it is fairly easy to find a relatively quiet patch away from the thronging crowds.
Charming and atmospheric, a visit to Alfama is like stepping into a whole different world. The narrow maze-like alleyways are lined with splendid medieval buildings and brilliant white homes. There is plenty to look at as you wander the streets and take it all in.
If you spot anything that you want to buy, of course this will cost, but it is free to wander around and see the many offerings for sale. You will also see a wide selection of fresh and tasty foods and local produce. The markets are also fantastic for people watching; many locals still do the bulk of their shopping at the markets and you can take a peek into the lives of people from the capital. One of the most popular markets is the twice-weekly Feira da Ladra flea market. It is held on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
There are numerous excellent view points around the city from where you can enjoy superb sweeping views of the city and the coast. The hills that lie next to Lisbon are a great place to start for panoramic vistas. The city’s highest point is at our Lady of the Hill.
Located in the suburbs, this is an absolute must for art enthusiasts. There is a wide and varied selection of great modern works of art, including pieces by Dali, Picasso, and Andy Warhol. There may be a charge for special and temporary exhibitions but it is totally free to admire the pieces in the regular permanent collections.
Lisbon boasts several splendid parks and gardens, and a special favourite is the Jardim do Principe Real. Attracting locals and visitors alike, it is likely that you will see children running and playing, people enjoying a game of cards in the shade, and couples wandering around hand in hand.
The pretty Jardim de Estrela is another top spot, and there are often live music performances, especially jazz, on Sundays in the summer months.
Take a walk along Lisbon’s main shopping street, Rua Augusta and have a look at the many attractive window displays. It is an interesting place with plenty of street entertainment, including buskers, musicians, painters, actors, and more.
In addition to these free things to do in Lisbon, many of the main attractions have days of free admission or discounted entrance fees, so try and time your visits accordingly to save even more money.