Find all the fun in Lisbon
Lisbon is one of Europe's friendliest and most inviting cities. The Portuguese have a knack of enjoying themselves, and this feeling of goodwill is seriously catching. If you're looking for entertainment and up for a laugh, follow this list of fun things to and you'll have the best time of your life.
One of the best fun things to do in Lisbon is to visit the Oceanário de Lisboa
at Parque das Nações
. Marvel at sharks, rays, the funky-looking sunfish and the cuddly sea otters - a guaranteed crowd pleaser
Another fun-packed experience is riding Tram 28
, the city's quaint streetcar that trundles and lurches from one side of the city to the other. Catch one at Martim Moniz square.
If you'd rather opt for a guided tour consider joining one of those organized by the young, whacky We Hate Tourism Tours
outfit. Alternatively, if you'd rather sightsee at leisure, book a GPS-guided buggy with Gocar Tours
Looking for a bargain? Then head for Feira da Ladra
, Lisbon's lively flea market in Alfama, where the idea is to haggle the price, and then haggle again!
Shopping is equally rewarding at A Vida Portuguesa,
a wonderfully engaging handicraft store in Chiado that specialises in traditional Portuguese products.
For the best view in town, conquer the steep hills of Alfama and trample the walls of Castelo de São Jorge
. The panorama from this lofty stronghold is inspiring.
Need a sugar boost after burning all that energy? Pop into Confeitaria Nacional
in the Baixa (downtown) district and feast your eyes on the deliciously decadent cakes, sweets and pastries in the city's oldest confectionary store.
If you still need to lift your spirits, jump onboard the Elevador de Santa Justa
, the antique elevator standing in the Baixa that whisks the lazy all the way to Largo do Carmo.
Fancy a fun-filled excursion? Hop on the train at Rossio railway station and head for Sintra. Once there, be sure to visit Quinta da Regaleira
, an extraordinary mansion house full of history and mystery. Don't miss the eerie underground tunnels that lead to a strange, subterranean well. The kids will love it!
Eating and touring is the best activity when on vacation. And if you happen to be in Lisbon, you can experience double fun because there are lots of tours that combine sight-seeing with over-the-top eating and drinking. The Private Portuguese Wine and Gastronomy Tour includes a special visit to Lisbon's 18th century wine bar, a traditional Portuguese lunch in Sintra and another wine tasting afternoon in charming house. Another fun-packed experience awaits in the Private Lisbon History and Tapas Walking Tour. Visit the sites destroyed by the earthquake in 1755 and then head over to a Tapas bar where you'll indulge in fried fish, fresh anchovies, tender squid, chunks of fresh hake, batter-dipped prawns, and much more. Learn about Lisbon's rich history when you visit Jeronimos Monastery. Built entirely out of limestone to thank God for the safe return of all Portuguese explorers, the hand-sculptured walls are covered with exotic images, tropical plants and wild animals. Indeed there is never a dull moment when vacationing in Lisbon
Esplanada D.Carlos I - Doca dos Olivais
Doca dos Olivais
The world's oceans and sealife under one roof...
Martim Moniz/Campo Ourique
Ride past city sights and historic monuments in a streetcar... read more
Original, young vibe, city centre and suburb destinations... read more
Rua dos Douradores 16
Self-drive sightseeing tour, GPS guided, fun and offbeat... read more
Campo de Santa Clara
Sprawling flea market full of character... read more
Rua Anchieta 11
Traditional retro handicrafts and goods, high quality, uniquely Portuguese... read more
Porta de São Jorge, Rua do Chão da Feira
A Lisbon landmark overlooking the city's Baixa district... read more
Praca da Figueira 18B
Authentic café, delicious confectionary, sweet pastries... read more
Rua da Santa Justa & Largo do Carmo
Beloved industrial-age city landmark. Fantastic views... read more
Rua Barbosa du Bocage
Mansion, cultural attraction, historic and mysterious, fun for kids... read more