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guide to lisbon what to do

Venture in and around the city.

Make sure you visit this trendy area which
hosts exhibitions, concerts, performances
and so much more. It’s a bit like London’s
Shoreditch or Williamsburg in New York.
LX Factory, Rua Rodrigues de Faria
103, 1300, Lisbon, Portugal

Alfama is a really bustling place, with
plenty of people leaning out of windows
and swearing at each other! Make time
to head to a traditional 'Tasca' and hear
Fado music. Try Tasca do Chico; Rua do
Diârio de Notícias 39, 1200-333
Lisbon, Portugal

Just by Graça church is Miradouro da
Graça; a splendid terrace offering a
panoramic view of the castle and central
Lisbon. For an even more extensive view
just go round the corner to Miradouro da
Nossa Senhora do Monte (Our Lady of
the Hill Viewpoint) the highest point in
the city. Rua Senhora Monte 50, 1170
Lisbon, Portugal

Praça Comércio is one of the biggest squares
in Europe. This stylish area in central
Lisbon often displays beautiful works of
art and sculpture, including the central
equestrian statue of King José I. Praça do
Comércio, 4720 Ferreiros, Braga,
Portugal

Get the train to Sintra for a day trip to an amazing World Heritage Site and munch some
famous 'travesseiros'. This means 'pillow' in English but fear not, these are actually tasty
fluffy pastries! With trains every 15 minutes from Lisbon it'd be a shame not to.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre, 2710 Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Find free fun at one of the wonderful beaches which are only around 20 minutes away from the city centre. Try Caparica, Guincho, Cascais or Adraga for sun, sea and sand surrounded by bars and restaurants. (www.golisbon.com/beaches)

It's easy to keep mini sightseers entertained.

Adventure Park is a forested area full of
obstacle courses sitting on the tops of trees
connected by ropes, cables, bridges and each
one ends with a slide. What could be more
fun than that? Complexo Desportivo do
Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal

The Oceanarium is spanned over three
floors (including an underwater level)
where you can marvel at sea life and take
in an activity or workshop; perfect for
family days out. Oceanário de Lisboa,
S.A. Esplanada D. Carlos I - Doca dos
Olivais, 1990-005, Lisbon, Portugal

Children and adults alike will love the Toy
Museum in Sintra. It showcases ancient and
modern toys that are worth seeing before
heading to the fairy tale Pena Palace or the
wonderful gardens of Monserrate Palace.
Museo do Brinquedo, Rua Visconde
de Monserrate, Sintra 2710, Lisbon,
Portugal

At the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art you
will find cubism alongside abstract expressionism, Andy Warhol
displayed with Jackson Pollock. There's sure to be something for
every contemporary art fan. It's located in the Culture Centre of
Belém, and there's no entry fee. Praca do Imperio, 1449-003,
Lisbon, Portugal

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is home to gardens with maze-like
paths and lots of trees. There's an open-air amphitheatre which
Avenida
Berna 45 A, 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal

Sé de Lisboa is Lisbon's oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral. Since
the start of construction in the year 1147, the building has been
modified several times and survived many earthquakes so it is now
a big mix of architectural styles. Largo da é, 1100-585
Lisbon, Portugal

The 'Festas de Santo Antonio' also known
as 'Festas de Lisboa' is a big street party in
Lisbon. Taking place June 12th and 13th,
there will be plenty of grilled sardines,
wine and dancing! Palácio Marquês de
Tancos, Calçada Marquês de Tancos,
2 1100-340, Lisbon, Portugal

Don't miss Castelo De Sâo Jorge; a beautiful
castle on a hilltop overlooking the historic
centre of Lisbon and the River Tagus.
Rua de Santa Cruz, 1100-129, Lisbon,
Portugal

What better way to work off those Portuguese
delicacies by going for a run along the Marina
Parque das Nacoes with miles of perfect
paving going along the river. Open 09:00 to
19:30 daily. Passeio Neptuno, 1990-193,
Lisbon, Portugal

Tapada das Necessidades is one of Lisbon's
oldest gardens and is simply the perfect place
to relax. Open 10:00–19:00 daily. Largo das
Necessidades

Just outside of Lisbon lies one of the best
surfing spots in Europe, Praia do Guincho.
It's about a 20 minute train journey from
Lisbon so you can easily go there for the
day and get back in time for dinner.
Praia do Guincho, 2750-642, Guincho,
Portugal

The weekly organic market in the garden of
Principe Real boasts all the delicious aromas
of fresh fruit and vegetables you'd expect from
a Portuguese street market. It is held every
Saturday from 9am until 2pm so get there
early. Jardim do Príncipe Real, Lisbon,
Portugal

 

Moinhos de Santana (Windmills of Santana)
is a refreshingly tourist-free area; a lovely
quiet spot to take in a view of the city and
watch the River Tagus go by.
Open October to March from 09:00 to 18:00,
April to September from 09:00 to 20:00
Rua Tristao Vaz Moinhos Santana,
1400, Lisbon, Portugal

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