THINGS TO DO IN LISBON
The trams, the galleries, the quirky tucked-away shops - Lisbon has it all. We explore the must-see places that you should know about
Words: Emily Georgieva
Photography: Thomas Peham, Motoki Tonn, Farhana Mahji, Vitor Pinto, Josh Duke
13 November 2020
The trams, the pastel coloured buildings, the hills overlooking the water... Lisbon is one of the most magical cities in Europe. Its notorious beauty has been attracting travellers from near and far. With so much to do and see, whether you have planned a stay there for a few weeks or you've only got the time to explore it as a city break, Lisbon will be everything you expected and more.
With a little help from out contributors and traveller friends, we created a list of must-see places that should be on your radar.
If there's one thing you do while in Lisbon, it should be to catch Tram 28. As it passes by tourist districts such as Alfama, Estrela, Graca and Baixa, it will feel like you are on a private tour of the city, seeing all the best corners of it. Grab a film camera and capture those stunning shots of Lisbon's architecture and pastel buildings that have given the city its sunny charm.
The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)
Situated on the banks of the iconic Tagus River, the museum is not just impressive on the outside, but also incredible to visit. The building is already a landmark of Lisbon and a stop in most travellers' itinerary. Whether you are in the sunny city for just a day or you have planned a longer trip there, make your way to the museum and we promise you won't be disappointed.
Visiting galleries gives you a better cultural perspective of the place you are at so they always make it to our list of things to do in a new city. Ó! Galeria has the perfect balance between reflecting modern art and the vibe of Lisbon. Local artists' work is displayed in trendy collage across the walls featuring illustrations, cut offs and paintings all mish mashed together. From less known to established artists, visit the gallery to enjoy Portuguese art.
Cortiço & Netos
If you love interior design and all things crafty, this place is just for you. At Cortiço & Netos you can buy all types of tiles - from broken quirky ones to cool, vintage looking ones. The owner’s grandfather brought most of the tiles from the 1960s through to the 1990s and now you can bring a piece of Lisbon with you to incorporate it in you own home. Representing the beauty of the Portuguese streets, buy the tules by the kilo, mix and match them and create your own kaleidoscopic mosaic.
Largo Das Olarias 15/17
As we are still on the arts page, why not visit this cool, tucked-away workshop? As you pass by, don't be surprised to see artists working on finishing different pieces. Finished art and pieces that are still a work in progress are put on display for passengers to enjoy even without going in. If taking part of a ceramic class sounds intriguing, make sure to definitely check out the workshop.
Take a walk on the beach
This is always a good idea, regardless of where you are in the world. If there is a beach, we make the most of it, because who doesn't love a day spent in the sunshine, listening to the waves washing on the shore and taking in all of Lisbon's tranquility?!
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