Portugal’s capital is one of those cities that makes people instantly fall in love with. There’s something unique about the colourful houses, the tiles, and the labyrinth of cobblestone roads that immediately charm the visitors.
Below are the seven unique things to do in Lisbon if you want to get a little more off the beaten track.
1.You have to visit the Oldest Bookshop that is Still in Operation
For all our fellow book worms, a visit to the Livraria Bertrand is a must. The library is the oldest running bookshop in the world. The bookshop was opened in 1732, this landmark is a true relic of Portugalian history. The bookshop is listed in the Guinness World Record! The bookstore is open every day, so it’s easy to pop in when you have some free time. If you have time you should totally relax on leather couches and read a new book.
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2. Taste the Local Food
We believe that one of the best ways to learn about a new city is through its food culture! You can just wander around and exploring on your own, but if you want quality food, we can recommend the best one. You will surely taste the top specialties and you can find the best places where to eat!
3. You have to make sure to try one of the most famous local delicacies – Pastel de Nata.
You do not want to miss to taste some local drinks, including a traditional Imperial beer and Ginjinha liquor – the delicious sour cherry alcohol. By the way, you have to stop at some of the city most iconic streets and most beautiful viewpoints – oh what a panorama view you will have.
4. LX Factory
If you want to see the Lisbon transformation, visit the very cool industrial complex – LX Factory.
The factory has restaurants, bars, shops, and impressive street art. This place was once a fabric factory, and now it is completely revitalized. The place has a hipster vibe with cool coffee shops around and an impressive bookstore. On Sundays, they organize a flea market – the perfect idea for unique souvenirs.
5. Markets on Lisbon
After a long day walking down the streets of Lisbon, there is a chance that you are starving. You can head over to Time Out Lisbon market, where you can have the best food choices. This market has every food and drinks you could ever want.
6. Visit University of Lisbon
For all those tourists that are really into seeing something unique, and they are not weak – at the University of Lisbon, there is a preserved head of one of the most famous serial killers in Portugalia from the 1800s. If we go back in time, scientists believed they could learn something about the characteristics of a killer based on the shape of their head.
The serial killer was named Alves. And after he was hanged for his crimes, experts at the university decided to save his head for examination purposes. The head remains in a jar, well preserved, on a shelf in the University of Medicine. Unfortunately, it’s not usually open to the public, but you will have to befriend a student or friendly talk your way in.
7. Drinks in Bairro Alto
If you’re looking for true Lisbon nightlife, it’s no overstatement when we say Barrio Alto is the place to be. This district is known for the small bars that are situated in the maze of cobblestone streets. They’re nothing fancy, and the drinks come at affordable prices. You can meet their new friends and wander around until you find the next cool bar. For all the men out there who are being married, Lisbon Stag Do is a must. You can organize it in the Barrio Alto neighbourhood and surely you are gonna love it!
8. Stay for big festivals in Lisboa
If you’re really want to party in Lisbon, pay attention to the city’s big festivities. Throughout the beginning of June, the city starts buzzing with fun until June 12t – when the festival of Lisbon’s patron saint, Santo Antonio takes place.
The narrow alleys of Barrio Alto and around the city are packed with party people celebrating in the street. The festival sometimes it is called ‘The Sardine Festival’. In a nutshell, we can really say that this festival is Lisbon itself, and you would be crazy to miss it!