The Best Things To Do In Lisbon
Lisbon is one of Portugal’s gems and it’s easy to see why so many people have fallen in love with it, shirking other destinations in order to return year after year. It’s a city of culture, architecture, wonderful food and glorious attractions as well as a vibrant nightlife and a gentle sea to lounge beside. No matter what you want, Lisbon seems to cater to, and it’s this colourful clash of attractions, scenery and friendly people that make it so special and sets it apart.
We always like to get a local’s perspective when researching our articles and for this piece we spoke to Pedro of Spica Sailing to ask him what made Lisbon and Portugal at large such a well-loved destination. He had this to say:
"Portugal's most precious touristic attraction is the Portuguese people. We love to welcome everyone to our country and make them feel they are at home" -Pedro, Spica Sailing in Lisbon
And it’s true. Of all the things we hear most about Portugal and especially Lisbon, it’s the overwhelming friendliness of the locals that really sticks out in people's minds.
So what are you waiting for? Why not head to Lisbon and see what all the fuss is about. To get you started, we've listed five things that you must do on a trip to Lisbon.
Visit At Least One Museum
There are many excellent museums in Lisbon that are worth your time and if you’re lucky enough to have a long holiday stretched out before you then you should try and visit as many as possible. For the rest of you who need to narrow down your options however, there are a few which stick out as being unmissable.
The first that we highly recommend would be the Marine Museum (Museu de Marinha). This world-famous museum is a testament to Portugal being a maritime pioneer, showcasing some amazing models and providing travellers with the rich nautical history of Portugal starting from the 15th century onwards. Go, you won’t be disappointed.
The next one we strongly recommend would be the Museu Colecao Berardo in Belém, which is the main modern and contemporary art museum in Lisbon. It’s a must-see especially if you’re a big fan of 20th century modern art, with a vast amount of permanent exhibitions including works from movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Kinetic and Nouveau Réalisme.
These are but two of the best museums, there are many more. Others include the excellent Museu Nacional do Azulejo, showcasing traditional Portuguese ceramic tiles and their history, the Mae de Agua Lisbon Aqueduct and Water Museum, and the quirky Hospital de Bonecas that not only showcases dolls but actively repairs them!
Trust us, a holiday to Lisbon is not complete without a trip to at least one museum.
Experience The Magic Of Sailing
There are few places so perfect to experience sailing than Lisbon. With its beautiful scenery and tailor-made sailing tours, it’s one of the ultimate highlights of a holiday in Portugal and highly recommended no matter if you’re a beginner or an old hand.
To begin your adventure, we recommend signing up for one of the excellent sailing tours on offer by Spica Sailing. Spica Sailing is one of the most experienced and passionate sailing crews in Portugal and they offer a wide range of sailing expeditions that can be customised to suit you.
Sailing with Spica Sailing can cover anything from birthdays, group bashes and romantic sailing adventures for two. You can even enjoy sunset dinners on board and mooring up on a private beach to continue the party!
What sets these tours apart however is the crew you’ll be with, all of whom are ardent sailing lovers with a love of the sea and a passion for making your experience as wonderful as possible.
Make no mistakes, sailing in Lisbon is a magical experience and shouldn’t be passed up!
Enjoy An Authentic Food Tour
If you’re visiting Lisbon, then getting a taste of some authentic Portuguese food should be high on your list and there’s no better way to experience it then by going on a food tour. One of the very best is offered by Taste of Lisboa Food Tours, who are experts when it comes to tickling your taste buds and giving you the real taste of Portugal!
During this wonderful foodie adventure you’ll visit several excellent location within the beautiful city and taste some classic Portuguese food as well as crisp wine. You’ll also be regaled with great stories by your host and get a chance to purchase some tasty nibbles like olives and cheeses too!
Take A Tuk-Tuk Tour
Lisbon has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Portugal, with glorious architecture, colourful landscapes and beautiful sunsets that spill across the sea, you’d be mad to miss an opportunity to drink it all in.
Whilst there are many ways to take a tour of the city, a privately hired Tuk-Tuk gives you a nimble and up-close-and-personal experience of all that makes Lisbon magical. You can often customise which routes you take depending on what you’re most interested in, and your private Tuk-Tuk driver will prove to be a great source of knowledge for anything you might want to know about lovely Lisbon!
Discover Sea Life At A Top Preservation Spot
The Oceanario de Lisboa is one of the greatest places to visit if you’re an avid wildlife fan with an active interest in animal welfare and protection. As you walk through the animals on show, which include majestic specimens such as sting-ray, octopus, sharks, otters and frogs, you’ll also be treated to a wealth of information on preservation.
The Oceanario de Lisboa’s aim is to help us make changes in our daily lives that allow us to be kinder to the sea, and in turn, the animals that reside there. Understandably, it is this dedication and passion towards the sea life that will stick with you as you wander around and enjoy some of the most beautiful creatures in the world.
Ideal for families and utterly magical, no trip to Lisbon should be without this day out.