What to see and do in one night in Lisbon

Lisbon has a famous international airport where overnight stops are made. Perhaps you are on one of those flights and intend to take advantage of your time getting to know the city a little. Or maybe you’re just passing through and only have a few hours to stay. A night in Lisbon will allow you to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this wonderful city.

A night in Lisbon: stroll through downtown

Lisbon – Pixel_Anarchy /

If you don’t have much time to explore the city and the weather is good, you can take the opportunity to take a pleasant walk through the center. A good idea is to start at Praça del Comercio and go up towards Rossiotwo of the most representative meeting points and places in the city, which, moreover, are always lively.

In the path you will pass in front of the Santa Justa elevatorif it is not late you can get on it and enjoy the image of Lisbon at night from its viewpoint.

If you no longer have time because it has closed (it does so at 11 p.m.), you can continue from Rossio Square walking along Avenida da Liberdade, one of the most elegant and pleasant streets of the Portuguese capital. You will pass by the monument to the Restauradores and you will arrive at the monument to the Marquis of Pombal, in the square that bears his name.


“The adventure, the great adventure, is to contemplate how an unknown thing appears before your eyes every day.”

-Henri Cartier-Bresson-

Downtown Dining: Time Out Market

Time Out Market – Garrett Ziegler /

Another good way to start the night in Lisbon is with dinner. You can do it at Time Out Market. Getting there is very simple, especially if you go from the airport. Just take the Vm line, get off at Alameda and connect with the green VD to get off six stops later at Cais do Sodré.

Right in front of the station you will find this market of food stalls where you can taste any typical dish of Portuguese cuisine. Do not forget to eat one of their cod dishes, a good Portuguese wine and their delicious Belém cakes, that you can find right at the entrance on the right hand side. With any luck, you’ll even eat them warm.

And, to lower the dinner, you can take a walk to the Plaza del Comerciowhich is very close, or walk through the Chiado district.

Listen to fado in the Alfama

You can take advantage of the night in Lisbon to have dinner in a very different way, in this case in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods of the city. In the Alfama you will find countless small places where you can dine while listening to this type of traditional Portuguese music.

ride a tram

Tram – 2109DSGN /

If it’s not too late, you can take the opportunity to get on the most charming means of transport in the city: the tram. Since you won’t have much time and the service ends quite early, We recommend a line: 28. It is the most touristic line, but from which you will see the best of Lisbon.

This tram will take you through Bairro Alto and Chiado, Graça and Alfama, passing by the cathedral and very close to the castle of San Jorge, among other treasures. Of course, you should keep in mind that it only works until 11 p.m.

Discover the party places in Lisbon

Barrio Alto – Claudio Pozo /

If what you want is to take advantage of the night in Lisbon to enjoy its nightlife, you should know that you will love the capital of Portugal. And, if you have dined at Time Out Market, perfect, because in the Cais du Sodré area you will find bars and clubs where you can have fun. If the weather is good, you can relax on one of its terraces.

Another option is the Barrio Alto, frequented by young people and with countless bars with live music, jazz clubs and discos. You can also go to the Docas area, a step away from the 25 de Abril bridge and which is full of establishments where you can have a good time.

These have been our proposals to enjoy a night in Lisbon. Choosing one or the other will depend on the weather and also on your tastes, but with any of them you will enjoy the charm of a special city.

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