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FREE Lisbon ATTRACTIONS

FREE THINGS TO DO IN Lisbon

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Best Free Things To Do in Lisbon - 2018

1. Belem (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The Belem region of Lisbon dates back to the Palaeolithic period. The full name for this area is actually Santa Maria de Belem, with Belem being the Portuguese word for Bethlehem. It comprises a civil parish which has a rich tapestry of history. Notable Portuguese explorers all began their journey from this district including: Prince Henry the Navigator, Bartholomeu Dias and Ferdinand Magellan. In the modern day, Belem is home to impressive architecture, historical sights, bars, restaurants and shopping. The main street Rua de Belem draws droves of tourists to admire the buildings which date back 160 years.

There are a lot of attractions situated around Belem. The Belem Tower is a must for any visitors, an iconic symbol of this part of Lisbon. Other popular landmarks include the Jeronimos Monastery and it's surrounding museums. One of the most popular of these is the Coaches Museum, displaying an array of extravagant carriages and offering fascinating insight into the opulence of 18th century Lisbon. There is also the stunning Belem Palace which has been the residence of many of Portuguese monarchs. The gardens here are particularly beautiful to peruse during the summer months.


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2. Miradouro da Senhora do Monte (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The Miradouro da Senhora do Monte literally translated means the 'Our Lady of the Hill Viewpoint.' This landmark marks the highest point in Lisbon and the panoramic views that can be beheld are simply spectacular. The sights can be reached by bearing right up the Calcado do Monte which leads you right up to the top of the city. This vantage point offers quiet reflection from the busy streets below, calm infuses the area as you rise out of the city streets.

The peaceful ambience and removal it offers from city life, has made the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte a popular place for couples to congregate. As well as the whole city, this point offers wonderful views of St George's Castle. A small chapel is situated at the top, overlooking the view, which is dedicated to the worship of Saint Gens. Just out front, you will find a small statue of the Virgin Mary which appears to be watching out for the city below.


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3. Chiado (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

Situated between the districts of Bairro Alto and Baxia, Chiado populates an elegant square and its surrounding area. The main streets that run past it are Carmo and Garrett offering a wealth of interesting shops to explore. The picturesque streets draw thousands of tourists looking to admire the architecture and soak up the charming atmosphere of this cultural haven.

The Chidao area was seriously damaged by a fire in 1988 which saw around 18 buildings destroyed. Famed architect Alvaro Siza Vieira, was called upon to rectify the area and his handiwork has contributed to the fact that this area now boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Portugal.

Chiado boasts the popular cafe 'A Brasileria', which was once a favourite haunt of the poet, Fernando Pessoa. Statues of other famous literary figures can also be found adorning the streets nearby, including impressions of Fernando Pessoa and Luis de Camões. Several museums are located here including the Chiado Museum which began life as a convent. Several theatres are on hand to provide entertainment come the evening.


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4. Cascais Beaches (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Despite being the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon still affords sun worshippers plenty of opportunity to soak up some rays. Just a 30 minute drive down the road tourists will find beaches aplenty, offering everything from a relaxing day out to thrill seeking water-sports. The Cascais area makes up a lovely long stretch of sandy beaches, with the coastline offering a mixture of terrain to explore. From seemingly endless strips of golden sand to rocky coves, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The beaches range from around 25 to 50 kilometres in distance from Lisbon. A couple of the popular closer ones include Praia da Morena and Praia da Sereia at around 23.5 km away and Praia do Tamariz which is 28.2 km. The first two make up Caparica's beach, a 15km stretch of sand which is a popular haunt for families looking to enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery. The latter, Praia do Tamariz is famed for getting busy come evening, built back from the shore are a selection of busy bars and the famous Estoril casino is just a short walk away.


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5. Alfama (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The Alfama region of Lisbon is the oldest district in that area, reaching from Sao Jorge Castle to the banks of the Tejo river. Populated with traditional white Portuguese buildings with distinctive red topped roofs, the meandering Medieval alleys attract many photographers to it's picturesque streets. The name Alfama originates from the Arabic word 'Al-hamma', which means baths or fountains, chosen due to the hot springs that could be found in the area. It is home to several 'freguesias' or parishes, which are scattered with lovely bars, restaurants and attractions.

The best vantage point to see this area from is the Sao Jorge Castle, also offering fantastic views across the whole city. The main street which runs through the Alfama district is the Rua do Barao. It is named after a former baron of Kings Dom Afonso V and Dom Joao II, Joao Fernandes de Silveria, who resided on this road. The district is also now home to a selection of designer shops situated across the waterfront and popular club 'Lux'. The area is most famous for surviving the 1755 earthquake, largely due to the dense bedrock which makes up its foundation.


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6. Bairro Alto (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Situated within the heart of Lisbon is the Bairro Alto, a cosmopolitan centre of activity. Dating back to the 16th century, this area is famous for attracting artists and writers. The meandering streets are somewhat quieter during the day, livening up at night as a wealth of bars and restaurants attract tourists aplenty. The area was on of the few to be hardly effected by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, however it was this event that inspired the improvement of roads and better links to the Baixa.

It would be easy to spend days taking in the bohemian atmosphere of Bairro Alto. Tourists can lazily peruse the interesting shops, whilst listening to the local musicians playing in the local Fado style late into the night. Many of the bars make the most of their 3am license making this area busy late into the evening. For anyone looking for a good place to drink with fascinating company, the Bairro Alto is definitely it.


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7. Parque des Nacoes (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The Parque des Nacoes or 'Park of Nations' lies within the newest parish of Portugal's capital, The Administrative Reform of Lisbon. The area was developed during Expo 98, a World Fair that was held their in 1998. The modern, contemporary architecture that make up this area is a stark contrast to the older buildings you will find throughout Lisbon, giving you a real taste for Portugal as part of the present day world. The theme of the fair was 'the Oceans: A Heritage for the Future', and as you wander around you will really see that they rose to the challenge. Looming monoliths and state of the art construction typify the style of buildings, which also offer a wealth of entertainment to enjoy inside.

At the Parque des Nacoes you will find plenty to do. The Vasco da Gama shopping centre will satisfy even the most dedicated of shopping addicts. The Oceanarium is definitely worth a look, being deemed by many as the most amazing aquarium in Europe. There is also a casino, marina and plenty of restaurants. Many of the bars and restaurants have stunning views, looking out onto one of the world's longest bridges, Vasco da Gama.


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8. Lisbon Cathedral (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

Dating all the way back to 1150, Lisbon Cathedral or 'Sé de Lisboa' is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The cathedral was built on the site of an ancient mosque by Portugal's first king. The building would later become the home of the first bishop in Portugal, Gilbert of Hastings. The building itself has endured many environmental disasters and its survival has seen the addition of several architectural styles over the years. The imposing towers that dominate the entrance however, remain distinctly Medieval, joined in the middle by a delightful rose window.

A tour around Lisbon Cathedral will take you past an array of interesting sculpture and design. The entrance hosts a baptismal font from 1195, then further into the first chapel on the left an intricate nativity scene can be found. Several additions built in the Gothic style can be found, including three tombs erected in the mid 14th century. Lisbon Cathedral suffered during the 1755 earthquake, after which the main chapel was re-built in the neoclassical and Rococo styles.

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9. Baixa (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

Baixa is the district placed directly in the centre of Lisbon. The architecture and design tourists will find there today, are testament to those who were involved in the rebuild after the devastation the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The area stretches from the riverfront to the Avenida da Liberdade. The renovation that took place after the earthquake is still heralded as one the first great feats of European urban planning. The area offers a prime example of neoclassical design with simply stunning architecture to behold. It is currently under application to become a World Heritage Site.

The meandering streets are home to many quaint cafés, restaurants and shops. Charming souvenirs can be picked up by the bagful, whilst street performers provide an entertaining twist to any day out. Rossio Square is a popular place to sit back and relax with a bit of lunch, which looks out onto the National Theatre and Saint George's Castle. Baixa is a popular tourist district and many hotels can be found in this charming area.


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10. Feira da Ladra (Free)

3.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Dating all the way back to the thirteenth century, Feira da Ladra is one of the busiest flea markets in Portugal. For tourists coveting interesting souvenirs, this is the place to go. Many believe the name originates from the Portuguese word 'Ladra' meaning a female thief, however it is actually derived from 'Ladro' which translated is the word for a bug commonly found in antiques. The market can officially be dated back to the 17th century, although these type of gatherings are believed to have been held throughout Lisbon for as far back as the 12th century.

Feira da Ladra begins at Campo de Santa Clara street close to the popular Tram 28 stop. Sellers from all walks of life come together to sell all manner of goods, all that is required from them is a license from the City Hall. The majority of items for sale are second hand making it the perfect day out for budding antique hunters. Everything from vintage clothes and shoes to books, antiques and furniture can be found. Haggling is commonplace, so do not be afraid to try and beat down the price a bit!


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11. Paula Rego Museum (Casa das Histórias Paula Rego) (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Situated in the west side of Lisbon, the Paula Rego Museum offers visual delights inside and out. The museum was designed by acclaimed architect Eduardo Souta de Moura, winner of the Prisket prize. The contemporary building has drawn inspiration from the area's existing architecture with a modern twist. The impressive structures can be easily recognised due to the red coloured concrete which has been used to create the two pyramids. Assisted tours are around the building can be participated in, giving visitors a more in depth insight into the Paula Rego Museum.

The museum is named after the artist whose work makes up the main collection, Paula Rego. A significant selection of her paintings, etchings and drawings are displayed here, representing over 50 years of her impressive career. Certain works are on rotation, but guests are guaranteed an exciting journey through her changes in style and form. Other works that can be found here are by her late husband, Victor Willing including 15 of his oil paintings. The buildings also play host a fully equipped auditorium where interesting lectures and talks are regularly held.


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12. Sintra-Cascais Natural Park (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Situated to the edge of Lisbon, Sintra-Cascais is one of 13 National Parks in Portugal. It officially received its status in 1994, but has been a protected area of land since 1981. Spanning a massive 145 km2, it stretches all the way out to the beautiful coastline. 25 kilometres is within the borders of Lisbon, but it also includes the mountainous Serra de Sintra range and the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo de Roca.

The Sintra-Cascais is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike, with many historical sights and landmarks falling within its borders. The whole area has been deemed by UNESCO as a cultural heritage area. Multiple terrains make up the park and visitors can enjoy everything from trekking around the hills to lazing on beautiful beaches. Lakes, sand dunes and stunning coastline can all be found, where an array of interesting flora and fauna grow. Several rare species call this area home including the Eagle-de-Bonelli and Peregrine Falcons. One of the most famous attractions to be found is the Pena Palace which stands atop a hill above Sintra, the views there are simply breathtaking.


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