If you’re planning a bank holiday weekend in Lisbon, you’re in for a treat! This vibrant city is full of culture, history, and stunning views. Our apartments are also located right by the seaside, meaning that you’re able to enjoy the sea, sun and city sights during your stay!
For those already staying in Lisbon, here are some top things to do during your stay:
Learn about the city’s history and culture
Lisbon is full of museums, art galleries, and historic sites, making it a city with a rich history and culture to discover!
We recommend the Torre de Belém, the Berardo Collection Museum (which features works by Picasso, Warhol and Dalí), or the National Museum of Ancient Art. And if you’re interested in learning more about the religious influence in Lisbon, consider visiting the Jerónimos Monastery, the Carmo Convent, or the Lisbon Cathedral.
These landmarks offer a glimpse into Lisbon’s past and showcase its unique architecture.
Take Tram line 28
Tram line 28 is popular among tourists because it takes them on a scenic tour of Lisbon’s historic neighborhoods and landmarks.
The tram passes through the narrow, winding streets of the city’s oldest district, Alfama, providing a glimpse of Lisbon’s traditional way of life. Additionally, it passes by several of the city’s iconic landmarks such as the São Jorge Castle and the Lisbon Cathedral.
Riding Tram line 28 is a unique experience that allows visitors to explore the city’s beauty without having to walk uphill. Given its popularity with tourists, taking the tram early in the morning or later in the evening is the best option to avoid large crowds and long lines.
For transport around the city, we recommend purchasing the Lisboa Card which offers unlimited use of public transportation within the city, including buses, trams, and the metro for up to 72 hours. The card also offers discounts at select restaurants and shops, as well as free entry to over 30 museums and attractions in Lisbon!
Discover Lisbon’s traditional and modern cuisine
Lisbon’s food scene is a delightful blend of traditional Portuguese cuisine and contemporary culinary creations. The city is renowned for its seafood, with many of its most popular dishes featuring fresh fish, shellfish, and octopus. Sardines are a particular favorite, and Lisbon even has its own festival dedicated to this humble fish!
One must-try dish is the pastel de nata, a creamy custard tart that is synonymous with Lisbon. You can find these delicious treats in most bakeries and cafes throughout the city. Other local specialties include bacalhau (salt cod), cozido (a hearty stew), and feijoada (a bean and meat stew). Lisbon is also known for its wines, with vinho verde (green wine) being a popular choice.
In recent years, Lisbon has seen a surge in trendy cafes, bars, and restaurants serving up creative and modern cuisine. Food halls like the Mercado da Ribeira and Time Out Lisboa have become popular destinations, offering a wide range of food and drink options in a lively atmosphere.
Try Paragliding for unique views of the city!
Paragliding is a unique way to discover Lisbon. In addition to the coastal views, you’ll also get to see the city’s skyline and historic landmarks like the Torre de Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery from above.
There are several paragliding companies in the coastline, so you can experience the city from new heights, regardless of your experience!
Explore the popular Alfama district
The historic Alfama district is the oldest and one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon, Portugal!
This district is characterized by narrow cobblestone streets, small squares, and historic buildings adorned with colorful tiles. Alfama is famous for its Fado music, which originated in the area and is performed in many of its restaurants and bars. It is also home to several attractions, including the Lisbon Cathedral, São Jorge Castle, and the National Pantheon.
Visitors can wander through the district’s streets, enjoy the views from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia or take a ride on Tram 28, which passes through Alfama on its route.
Want to learn more?
Lisbon is a beautiful city with stunning views, rich history and culture, delicious food and wine, and plenty of things to see and do. It’s a great destination for a holiday, whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s historic sites and museums, trying local cuisine, or enjoying outdoor activities like paragliding or visiting nearby beaches.
If you’re looking for more things to do in the city, read our other blog post featuring recommendations from our General Manager, Ana. Or contact our team to find out more about our apartments in the city and book your next holiday stay with us. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this wonderful city!
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