What to do in Lisbon in January 2020

Enjoying the New Years Eve fireworks at Praça do Comércio is a must-have experience in Lisbon in December!

After running around shopping for gifts and the best bacalhau for Christmas Eve’s dinner, Lisboetas slowly return to their daily routines in January. November and December are busy months leading to the holiday season, but Lisbon in January is the quietest. What may seem like a lack of things to do in the Portuguese city […]

What to Do in Lisbon in December 2019

Christmas lights in Lisbon in December

This blog post was originally posted on December 4, 2018 and was updated on November 6, 2019.  Lisbon in December is a city of contrasts, from the busy last-minute Christmas shopping to almost-empty streets in the days that follow the holidays. With national holidays on the 1st and the 8th, and kids off school during the […]

The Top 6 Free Things to Do in Lisbon

View of Jardim Botânico da Ajuda, one of Lisbon parks

The Portuguese capital has plenty to offer—and much of it won’t cost you a thing. From panoramic views to authentic fado shows, these are our favorite free things to do in Lisbon! Portugal is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations. As tourists flock to its cities and beaches, demand is on the […]

Hidden Lisbon: Where to Find Roman Ruins

A guide ducking while showing the underground Roman galleries in Lisbon

Taking a look at Lisbon now, it’s hard to envision the city as part of the Ancient Roman Empire. But there are plenty of traces of Roman influence scattered around the Portuguese capital. Some you’ll find in plain sight, while others you have to go a little deeper literally. There’s one, in particular, that’s so […]

What is Fado & 6 Places Where You Can See It In Lisbon

Looking for the best fado in Lisbon? At Mascote da Atalaia you can listen to different fadistas every day, like Joana Melo pictured here.

In Lisbon, everything stops when fado is on. Silence rules the room, the lights dim, and only then the show begins. Fado isn’t just a traditional music style—it’s an emotional experience. It’s hard not to feel touched by the vibrant performances of fadistas (fado singers), even without grasping the lyrics. Walk into the neighborhoods of […]

5 Best Lisbon Beach Bars to Pass the Day Away

Lisbon beach bars Guincho

When Lisbon’s hot summer days kick in, locals beeline to the beaches and beach bars. Who doesn’t love cool drinks, mouthwatering snacks, and great views of the surf (and surfers)? Coastal living is an integral part of life in Portugal, and downtown Lisbon is between 15 minutes to an hour from spectacular beaches. Sound good? […]

Lisbon Tram 28: 9 Things You Need to Know

Riding an iconic yellow tram is one of the most popular things to do in Lisbon.

The clattering mustard-yellow trams are one of Lisbon’s most iconic symbols. Anyone visiting Lisbon will stop and turn to the sound of a tram squealing its way on the rails through traffic. These antique electric vehicles are the city’s most photographed public transportation and Lisbon tram 28 is the star among them. Before hopping on […]

6 Lisbon Parks & Green Spaces You Have to See

View of Lisbon from Parque Keil do Amaral in Monsanto Florestal Park

They say Portugal is sunny 300 days a year and, in Lisbon, locals flock to parks and gardens any chance they get. Anything can happen at Lisbon parks and gardens. From concerts, art performances and impromptu gatherings of old men playing cards, to seasonal street markets, weddings and kids’ birthday parties. They’re a venue, a […]