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5 things you can see for free in Lisbon

Lisbon offers numerous tourist possibilities, such as discovering its most outstanding monuments or strolling through its most charming neighborhoods. The positive is that you can do a lot in the Portuguese capital without spending a single euro. Thus, here are some of the best things to do for free in Lisbon. Can you come with us?

1. Tour the Alfama, one of the best things to do free in Lisbon

Lisbon – Rrrainbow

It is one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon. It is full of steep and labyrinthine streets that hide many secrets. The best way to get to know it is to go down it in the shape of an ‘S’.

Of all the charms it houses, the Sé Cathedral stands out, of Romanesque origin and the oldest in the city. Another great attraction is the National Pantheon of Santa Engracia, built in marble of various colors.

In this neighborhood you can also see the Fado Museum, that delves into the cultural impact of Portuguese music; the Military Museum; the Casa dos Bicos; and the Feira da Ladra, a street market where you can find interesting and varied items.

In addition, the Alfama neighborhood has three viewpoints from which to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city of Lisbon. The most famous and frequented by tourists is the Mirador das Portas do Sol, next to the church of Santa Luzia, considered by many to be the best in the city.

2. Visit the Belém Tower or the Monument to the Discoveries

Belém Tower – LALS STOCK

From Alfama we moved to the neighborhood of Belém. The famous tower of Bélem is a World Heritage Site and one of the most representative examples of Manueline architecture. If, in addition to admiring it, you have decided to visit it, we remind you that admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.

On the banks of the Tagus River is also located the Monument to the Discoveries, built in 1960 to commemorate the five hundred years since the death of Henry the Navigator. It has the shape of a caravel with the coat of arms of Portugal and its protagonist stands on the prow, followed by other famous navigators, cartographers and kings.

On the other hand, you cannot leave the Belém neighborhood without seeing the Jerónimos Monastery, commissioned to be built by King Manuel I to commemorate the return of Vasco de Gama. In fact, the remains of the famous navigator are found there. Access is also free on the first Sunday of the month.

3. Stroll through the Baixa

Commerce Square, Lisbon

Another of the things that you can do for free in Lisbon is to walk through its most central neighborhood. In a classic style and made up of geometric streets, it abounds in tiled facades. Besides, houses the most emblematic squares of the Portuguese capital, such as the Plaza del Comercio, which is accessed through the Triumphal Arch.

The other squares that make up the Baixa are the Plaza de los Restauradores, that honors those who in 1640 rebelled against Spanish domination; Rossio, the liveliest in Lisbon; or the Plaza de Figueria, with classic buildings and connected to the pedestrian street Rua Augusta.

From the different squares we go to Avenida da Liberdade, built at the end of the 19th century in the style of the Champs Elysées in Paris. Therefore, you cannot stop strolling along this avenue that retains great elegance and is full of monuments, gardens and fountains.

4. Take a free tour of the city

Jeronimos Monastery – saiko3p

If you have little time and want to see the essentials, or if you prefer a guide to explain the ins and outs of Lisbon and its monuments, taking a free tour is a very good option. However, the fact that it does not have any cost does not mean that a tip must be given to the person who directs us during the tour.

 

“No one will be able to know a city if he does not know how to question it, questioning himself.”

-José Cardoso Pires-

5. Visit one of its museums

Carriage Museum – Jose Antonio Moreno Cabezudo / Flickr.com

Lisbon has several museums whose admission is free, such as the Museum of Design and Fashion; the Museum of Electricity, located in an old thermoelectric installation; and the Berardo Museum of Contemporary Art, which exhibits works by such prominent artists as Picasso, Dalí or Warhol.

Regarding the other museums, you can take advantage of the first Sunday of the month to visit them for freesuch as the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Tile Museum, the National Carriage Museum or the Navy Museum.

As you see, there are many things you can do for free in Lisbon. Now all that remains is for you to start organizing a visit to one of the most charming European cities.

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