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Fun Things to do in Lisbon

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Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. With over 20 centuries of History, this city located on the 7 hills has more than 500,000 inhabitants. Lisbon shows multiple contrasts between the historical and modern, combining different cultures, trends and lifestyles. Situated near the Tagus river and sunny almost all the time, the Portuguese capital has a unique beauty and an internationally acclaimed architectural singularity.

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Best time to go

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores. Winters in Lisbon are warm for Europe, with the lows dipping into the mid-40s.

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    Were going to come right and say it; Lisbon is one of the greatest cities on the planet. Dont believe us? It wont take long for the city to change your mind. It all starts with the aesthetics, and Lisbon offers up more beauty than you can shake the proverbial stick at. Throw in a conveyor belt of world-class restaurants, the best hotels in Portugal and an uncanny ability to look effortlessly stylish at every turn, and youve got yourself a life-changer.

    As a result, the best things to do in Lisbon can read like a collection of the best things to do in life. You know, the bucket list stuff, bouncing from magnificent museum to the stunning street area via food, booze and more.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Baixa and Rossio
    Bairro Alto
    Alfama
    Alc̢ntara
    Pr_ncipe Real
    Parque das Na̵̤es
    Avenida da Liberdade
    Gra̤a and Ṣo Vicente
    Mouraria
    Cais do Sodr̩
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Food Specialties

    Lisbon is a bargain city to visit compared to other European capitals. With smart new restaurants offering new-wave Portuguese dishes, old-style establishments serving the classics, and plenty of bars and food markets, it's the perfect foodie destination.
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1. Explore the city's Street Art Scene: Lisbon is home to a vibrant and diverse street art scene, with works from some of the world's most renowned artists. Explore the vibrant and unique street art that can be found in many of the city's neighborhoods, including Alfama, Mouraria, and Bairro Alto.

2. Kayak along the Tagus River: Get an up close and personal view of the city by kayaking along the Tagus River. Enjoy the stunning views of the city's skyline and admire the many bridges that span the river.

3. Visit the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery: One of Lisbon's most iconic landmarks, the Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are a must-see. Built in the 16th century, the Belem Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Jeronimos Monastery is a stunning example of Portuguese Manueline architecture.

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Fun things to do in with kids

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1- OHficina - the Improbable Materials Laboratory
Wood, aluminium, plastics, cloth and paper, all inside a renovated former hothouse in the middle of the Marechal Carmona Park in Cascais. Ohficina is a place for children to explore by themselves or in the company of an adult. Weekend workshops for kids and parents are paid, but visits to the open area are free.

2- Running and climbing trees in the Quinta das Conchas
Quinta das Conchas has a vast, well-kept garden where kids can play freely. Parents may join them for a ball game or they may prefer to relax under a tree. Saturday mornings there is a bio market, where producers directly meet consumers. You only have to spend money if you want to.

3- Bike down the Marginal
Just bring the bikes. Take the kids to the riverside area between Docas and Bel̩m and bike down the Marginal. The path is closed off to cars, wide and paved. There is plenty of space for you to ride next to your kids, with a view to the river, the Lisbon sun - and a fine sporty afternoon.

4- Mint a coin at the Museum of Money
In a nice bit of irony, the Museum of Money has free admission. Make the kids feel like kings by minting a coin with their likeness. You can also hold a 12-kilo gold ingot, visit temporary exhibitions and take part in Saturday family activities. All of that without spending a cent.

5- Have a picnic at the Tapada das Necessidades
As long as it doesn't rain, Lisbon weather is always good for parks, and parks are good for picnics. This is a way for kids to replenish some of the energy they will expend. Take them to the Tapada das Necessidades, bring a blanket and a basket, and lie under the sun while they feast on the delicacies you prepared.

6- Look at art in the Gulbenkian gardens
Every Sunday after 2pm, the Gulbenkian museum has free admittance, and it is a great place for a family Sunday. This is a good excuse for a walk among the Gulbenkian gardens; keep your eyes peeled for art, since there are many temporary exhibitions there. While the kids are running around the garden, look out for the bird and tree of the month, announced at the Gulbenkian Foundation's website.

7- Take a peek at the future at MAAT
The architectural shapes of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology made an impact in the city in 2016, drawing big crowds to the Bel̩m area. The crowds remain thick. Even if your kid is not yet old enough to take pictures of the beautiful curved building in the sunset, there is plenty for them to do there. Especially considering that those younger than 18 get in free of charge.

8- See stars at the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium
Even when there are no stars in the sky, you will find them in the Planetarium. Inside the 23-metre tall dome you will see constellations, stars, moons, planets, nebulas, galaxies and other wonders of the cosmos. Free admittance for children aged 0 to 3.

9- Show your kids the might of Ra in the Archaeology Museum
Always free for children, on Sunday mornings parents don't need a ticket either. Beyond temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection has treasuries of Portuguese archaeology and enigmatic Egyptian artefacts waiting to be discovered.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Lisbon worth visiting?

Most certainly! As well as its beautiful surroundings, marvellous beaches, ancient and modern castles, monuments and museums, but above all, nice welcoming people always willing to help! Excellent varied food and good prices and safety are also an advantage!
Jose de Castro Lives in Lisbon

Are two days enough to visit Lisbon?

Depends on what you want to do, if you just want to visit a specific place in Lisbon or see the sights one day you should arrive, but if you want something more specific such as learning about customs, eating typical Lisbon foods, learning about its legends, architecture and history, feel the environment, etc... then it will take you longer. Before you go, think about what you want to do, experience, discover, what places you want to visit, etc... When you make your plan, you'll have a better idea of how many days you want to spend there. Two days I think is perfect to visit one or two monuments, stroll around Lisbon enjoying the views (landscapes and architecture), eat something characteristic of the area and at night enjoy a fado concert in a fado house with regional wines and snacks.
Catarina Oliveira Lives in Portugal (2011 Present)

Is Lisbon a walkable city?

Lisbon was built on 7 hills, so walking around Lisbon can be strenuous if you are not fit. Some of the sights are a fair distance from each other (e.g. the Belem Tower is a long way from the city centre). However, a metro system and frequent busses and trams serve the city. A cheap multi-day pass will allow you access to most of the city sights.
Bob Simms Lives in Portugal (2018 Present)

Yes, but with lots of hills, taking public transport will save your legs & the vintage trolleys are fun for getting around the city.
John Yates

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