Free things to do in Lisbon

Free things to do in Lisbon was written by travel blogger Gemma of Two Scots Abroad.

Lisbon, Lisboa to locals, is Portugal’s capital city. Like many cities, you can spend a fortune; alternatively, if you are cheap like me (no Scottish tight jokes please), you can rock your trip with these free things to do in Lisbon.

 Discover Alfama

Free things to do in Lisbon - Fado street Art found in the Alfama, photo courtesy Two Scots Abroad

Fado street art  Alfama, photo courtesy Two Scots Abroad

 Lisbon is extremely scenic but very hilly. Pound those mean streets of Alfama for a few days and you’ll have buns of steel. Alfama is the oldest area of Lisbon and the cobblestone streets are winding. This area is majestic and the sites are breath-taking (literally) so you may want to stop for a coffee or Ginjinha (local alcoholic beverage) break to kick start that second wind.

Lisbon’s Plazas

Free things to do in Lisbon- The fountain in Rossio Square, photo Two Scots Abroad

The fountain in Rossio Square, photo/Two Scots Abroad

There are so many attractive squares in Lisbon. Rossio Square, surrounded by cafes, money vendors and men trying to sell you drugs (I still felt safe), is the starting point for several free walking tours. Rossio has two lovely fountains at either end of the square. Praca de Comercio is the square with the large yellow building. During the summer a large screen was erected for watching the European Cup Games, it was free to watch. Camões Square is great for people watching and there is often live music in the area. If you do want to pay a small fee for an unofficial tour, check out the local Tram 28 which passes most of the Lisbon attractions. I was a bit disappointed when I finally hopped on (day eight) but others seemed to love it.

Watch a sunset

Free things to do in Lisbon - Lisbon sunset photo Julie Dawn Fox

Lisbon sunset over the river, photo/Julie Dawn Fox

Since Lisbon is not flat, there are plenty of opportunities to watch the sunset. My favourite spot is Miradouro de Santa Catarina; take along a beer and join the locals as they chat and admire the view.

Belém

Free things to do in Lisbon - Belem Tower, photo/Two Scots Abroad

Belem Tower, photo/Two Scots Abroad

No trip to Lisbon would be complete without a day trip to Belém. The area is a hotbed for tourists but justifiably so. It is stunning and it is where the best tarts in Portugal are sold! We hired bikes and cycled, which I’d recommend. The path is flat and you cycle along the River Tejo and under the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge. Belém is home to Belém Tower, Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, the striking Jeronimos Monastery and most importantly Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts!). Modern and contemporary art lovers should check out the Berardo Collection Museum; access is free.

Lisbon is a city which is easy to get lost in without spending Euros! There are lots of walking routes as well as free tours, there is the chance to hop aboard the scenic tram route 28 and, if you time it right, witness free cultural activities and sunsets. There are a lot of free things to do in Lisbon.

What are your favorite free things to do in Lisbon?

Gemma and Craig, are full time workers with a life-long travel habit flirting with 30 and let loose on the world. Check in at Two Scots Abroad  for travel tips, quips, and pics that please. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

The Lisbon sunset photo if from travel blogger Julie Dawn Fox who lives in Portugal.

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