Lisbon is a highly-popular travel destination in Europe. The city is amazing, resting on 7 hills and being blessed by countless beautiful old neighborhoods. If you want to see everything of interest in Lisbon, the best thing you can do is allow yourself at least a week to do so. This is how impressing the city is. However, if you only want to restrict yourself to the free activities, Withlocals Lisbon highlights the following enticing choices to take into account for your next visit.
Feira da Ladra
“Thief Fair” (Feira da Ladra) is a really old market in the city. It now sells countless things you would want to see, ranging from hand-painted art to vintage evening gowns. Many tourists actually visit without buying anything. This is because the market is so incredibly fascinating. You can easily snap some great pictures to add to Instagram or just keep as mementos from a unique market experience.
This concrete bunker is actually a museum that is surrounded by a beautiful lake and a stunning garden. You want to visit to see the impressive amphitheater since it often hosts shows. However, if you just want to have some fun for free, go to the lake. Simply take a blanket with you and have a picnic surrounded by ducks that love the sunshine.
Jardim do Principe Real
If you are looking for a place to observe the local life of Lisbon, Jardim do Principe Real is a great choice. Countless locals can be seen here and this has been going on for hundreds of years now. There are many old men that visit just to play some cards and families that enjoy the local playground. You will see couples that enjoy the shade and every single Saturday there is an interesting Biological Products Market you may want to visit since it allows you to buy some fresh vegetables and fruit.
Jardim da Estrela
Do you love roses? If so, this is the place to visit in Lisbon. A wonderful family vacation spot, the garden has 2 playgrounds, a locals-filled terrace café and so many roses that you will have the time of your life just smelling them.
Santa Luzia Viewpoint
Just as the name implies, this is a viewpoint that allows you to fully take in the full beauty of Santa Estevao’s Church and the Santa Engracia’s dome. You will also enjoy the Sao Miguel Church towers. Unfortunately, you will not learn anything about the history of Lisbon but the view is definitely more than worth it.
Largo do Chafariz de Dentro
This square is located in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood. It is filled with grocery stores, friendly locals and charming cafes. A free activity you can enjoy is singing Fado songs. Locals do that all the time as they drink some Aguerdente. Join the locals and if you really love historical neighborhoods, make sure that you combine this one with others.
Ribeira das Naus
Ribeira das Naus was at one point in time an old boatyard. Now it is a great place to visit for some sun-bathing. Wide steps lead you to the water. Both visitors and locals are always around drinking some beer or just lounging on deckchairs. If the weather is hot, the breeze will surely be appreciated.
Martim Moniz has its name from an old noble night. It is actually a square and a multicultural spot in the city. Here you can find Indian eateries, kebab shops with Turkish cuisine and Chinese grocery stores. During weekends, you can even find a DJ that spins some tunes right in the middle of the square, all while local children play some football.
Centro Cultural de Belem
This cultural center covers 140,000 square meters, making it one of the city’s most incredible and impressive buildings. Here there are countless shows hosted, including symphony concerts and opera. Also, many international conferences opened their doors at Centro Cultural de Belem.
Miradoura de Nossa Senhora do Monte
This is where you go to in Lisbon if you are looking for the best possible viewpoints the city has to offer. The peak is definitely not the one that has the title of the most popular but the fact that it is the highest accessible point in the city, tourists are always around.