Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon city of lively nightlife, outstanding architecture and beautiful beaches

Lisbon is the capital and biggest city in Portugal with more than 547,000 people. The city covers 32 square miles and enjoys a subtropical, Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers making it a perfect place to visit and you’ll find a lot of interesting and fun things to do in Lisbon whatever time of year you choose to visit.


Things to do in Lisbon


Lisbon Beaches

Lisbon is well known for its beautiful coast. Swimmers will enjoy the crystal clear blue waters of the Lisbon beaches which include several different ones where visitors can swim, wind surf, or just stroll along the clean sands hand in hand.


Lisbon Nightlife

Many tourists come to Lisbon for its exciting nightlife. You can start off with dinner on the Santo Amaro Docks and then head to one of its upscale bars, or go to the Trobadores or the LUX club for dancing and music. Other nightlife activities include theater and cinemas.


Lisbon Zoo

Kids will enjoy the Lisbon Zoo which houses more than 2,000 animals and 300 species.








Lisbon Aquarium

The Lisbon Aquarium, touted as the biggest aquarium in Europe with more than 16,000 creatures from more than 450 species.



Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon. Walking the narrow streets of this charming neighborhood where the Fado music penetrates the city buzz is one of the best things to do in Lisbon and makes for a fantastic cultural experience.



When to go to Lisbon

With mild, pleasant temperatures, tourists tend to come to Lisbon all year long, with the periods of March to May and September to October being popular due to lower hotel rates, less crowds and warmer waters for swimming. Come at the end of the winter season if you want to experience the Lisbon Carnival which features parades, parties and masked revelers. The Carnival happens in the beginning of February.


Lisbon Marathon

If you like running events, be sure to come in the beginning of October to witness or run in the Lisbon Marathon which is, actually, a half marathon. The route starts in Cascais and continues beside the Atlantic ocean, through the famous Oerias gardens and then back towards the Tagus River. Visit the official Lisbon Marathon Site to read more about how to participate in a Lisbon Marathon.


Things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon Facts

Population547 631
AirportLisboa, Portugal (LIS)

Lisbon average temperatures

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Golf in Lisbon

There are great opportunities for golf near Lisbon. Some of the best courses can be found in the sunny town of Cascais west of Lisbon, including the Oitavos Dunes, a top 100 course according to Golf Digest and the Quinta da Marinha Golf Course, a testimony to skill and beauty. Closer to Lisbon, just north of the city you will find the Lisbon Sports Club, an 18 hole course that by many is considered one of the most original in the whole country. These are just some of the great courses in the area, you can easily find many more!

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon

The complex of Belém, situated on the shore of the Tagus River, consists of the 15th century monastery of the Hieronymites and the 16th century Tower of Belém, and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery of the Hieronymites and the tower of Belém are pieces of architecture from the Portuguese Golden Age of the Discovery. The monastery, decorated with Manueline art, was commissioned by King D. Manuel I, who donated it to the monks of Saint Hieronymus. The tower was built to commemorate the expedition of Vasco de Gama and to protect Lisbon’s port, and its design is inspired by Islamic architecture.

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Lisbon Opera House

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Built in 1792 by José da Costa e Silva over the previous Teatro Rojo opera house, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos is the major concert and opera house in Lisbon. From the outside the building is quite simple, but the interior is decorated in rich rococo style. Apart from the season’s repertoire of opera performances, the venue offers many guided tours including a nocturne visit. Check their website to find all the activities!

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Lisbon Rock 'n Roll Marathon

The Lisbon Rock 'n Roll Marathon is held in the month of October and is part of a rock themed marathon series that has been enjoyed by thousands of people since they started in 1998. If you have ever run a marathon, you know how important it can be to feel motivated. The Rock 'n Roll Marathon series is known for having live rock bands performing along the routes and special themed water and nutrition stations along the way. The course will take you from sunny beach town Cascais along the coast line towards Lisbon, passing Forte de São Julião de Barra and the fortified tower Torre de Belém along the way. If the full marathon is a bit too much of a challenge, you can take part in the half-marathon instead. Either way, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience while you rock 'n run!

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Water Parks in Lisbon - Relax at Norpark

A little bit north of Lisbon you’ll find Norpark, which is one of Portugal’s leading water parks. This place has something for everyone, from daredevils to relaxers or small children. Just pick and choose between the many attractions. When you start to feel tired just jump in the large Jacuzzi and calm down for a while.

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