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Top Attractions In Lisbon For Free

Lisbon is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations and that is for a good reason. The city is known for its wealth of history and interesting culture. For travellers who are trying to save money on their Lisbon trip, the best way to enjoy your trip is to check out the many cheap things to do in Lisbon. By simply strolling along the city's cobblestone streets, you'll be amazed by the wealth of interesting architectures you'll come across with.

Lisbon may not be a cheap city to visit but you can take advantage of the numerous free things to do in Lisbon. If you love to explore museums, then there are a number of free museums in Lisbon on Sundays and Holidays are Museu de Arte Popular, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Archaeology, National Museum of Tiles, National Museum of Ancient Art, National Museum of Ethnology, The National Cocach Museum, National Museum of Theater and Dance, National Museum of Music, Costume Museum and Navy Museum.

There are also numerous free attractions in Lisbon that you'll surely find interesting. Among these are the Lisbon Cathedral, Bairro Alto, Pena Palace and Park, the Belem region, Our Lady of the Hill Viewpoint, and many more.

Regardless of the time of the year that you'll visit Lisbon, there will always be something for you to enjoy. For instance, among the free things to do in Lisbon this summer is to frolic at the lovely long stretch of sandy beaches of The Cascais. If you are taking your kids with you in Lisbon, among the free things to do in Lisbon with kids is to explore the many national parks in the country, such as the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

So if you're thinking of visiting Lisbon on a budget, then here's the list of free things to do in Lisbon.

Free Attractions in Lisbon

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Belem

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...

Lisboa Card City Attractions Pass

clock Duration: 24, 48, or 7
  • This multiday pass is an opportunity to explore the Portuguese capital without pre-booking tours or transport.
  • The Lisbon Card is literally the "Key to the City".
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Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

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...

Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

clock Duration: 3 Hours
  • Dive into the history of the Portuguese Capital, become emerged in the stories of the 18th century earthquake, former dictatorship and 20th century revolution, then resurface to learn about the modern cultural festivals that take place in Lisbon...
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Chiado

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...

Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril: Full-Day Trip

clock Duration: 8 Hours
  • This is a full day excursion from the heart of Lisbon to the heart of Arrabida National Park with visits to some of the region's most historic and picturesque towns.
  • An opportunity to visit the Westernmost point in Europe and one of the...
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Cascais Beaches

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...

Lisbon Hills Tour by Electric Bike

clock Duration: 2.5 Hours
  • A fun and informative electric bike tour which will take you the best spots of the city.
  • Not just the locations you'll find listed in your guide book, this is an opportunity to see the real Lisbon.
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Alfama

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...

Lisbon Food Tour by Segway

clock Duration: 2.5 Hours
  • This is a super fun and modern way to see the city of Lisbon.
  • A chance to test out a futuristic mode of transport whilst learning, seeing, and tasting the best of Lisbon.
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Bairro Alto

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...

Lisbon to Sintra Day Tour

clock Duration: 8 Hours
  • This sightseeing extravaganza takes you far away from the busy streets of the Portuguese Capital to visit historic villages and locations of breath-taking natural beauty.
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Parque des Nacoes

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...

Lisbon Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

clock Duration: 24 or 48 hou
  • Enjoy the benefits of self-guided city tour using a 24 or 48-hour pass the Lisbon's double-decker sightseeing bus.
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Lisbon Cathedral

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...

Fatima Obidos, Nazare and Batalha Day Trip

clock Duration: 8-11 Hours
  • This is a transport inclusive, full-day trip from Lisbon to discover the surrounding area.
  • An opportunity to see the Portuguese countryside and learn about the country's historical influences.
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Baixa

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...

Best Live Fado Show in Lisbon: Fado in Chiado

clock Duration: 50 minutes
  • An opportunity to immerse yourself in a vital part of Portuguese heritage and culture.
  • A unique and entertaining way to spend an evening in the city.
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Feira da Ladra

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,...

Lisbon Sunset Walking Tour with Fado Performance

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A combination of cultural heritage, live music, Portuguese food tastings and sightseeing.
  • A comprehensive and sociable 3-hour Lisbon walking tour.
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There are many things you can do for free in Lisbon like booking free entry into some Lisbon museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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