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Top 5 Things to do in Lisbon

Top 5 Things to do in Lisbon (if you’ve never been)

Top 5 Things to do in Lisbon

It’s been a while since I’ve thrown together one of these little lists, but I’ve got Portugal so much on the brain lately so I figured now’s the time!

Lisbon was one of my favorite stops on my last Europe trip. It was the last stop, so after a month traveling through Europe I was exhausted. But, when I got to Lisbon I was immediately revitalized by the city’s vibrant culture and bright, sunny landscape.

After visiting Lisbon, I’ve come to realize that Portugal may just be one of Europe’s most underrated countries. It’s cheap, there’s so much to do, and it’s obviously beautiful.

Although I wasn’t in Lisbon for long, I managed to do some amazing things! So if you’re ever in Lisbon and have absolutely no idea where to begin, or if you only have a short time there and want to make the most of it, here are my recommendations of the Top 5 things to do in Lisbon!

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Lisbon and the 5 Senses

Lisbon and the 5 Senses

Lisbon and the 5 Senses

Ah, Lisbon, Portugal. To me, this place is extremely underrated and was actually my favorite stop during my Europe trip last summer. It was a last-minute addition to the trip, and the last stop, but oh my goodness was it worth it!

Not only was it the cheapest city (that uses the Euro) that I visited, but there was SO much to do there and it was absolutely gorgeous! I wish we could’ve spent about a week more there, but it just gives me an excuse to go back.

I’ve decided instead of doing a typical “5 things to do in (insert city name here)” list, I would make my list a little different by breaking it up into the 5 senses. Lisbon is definitely a lively, beautiful, bustling, unique place, and really is a feast for all of the senses!

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NOS Alive Music Festival

Nos Alive Music Festival in Lisbon, Portugal

NOS Alive Music Festival

I’ve mentioned before in a few posts how much I adore Lisbon. I absolutely fell in love with it when I visited last summer and am already dying to go back!

There is SO much to see and do in Lisbon (check out this post) and I could go on and on about recommendations! But when we went, there just so happened to be a major music festival happening! So (OF COURSE) we had to go for a day! So just a few short weeks after having an amazing day at the Isle of Wight music festival in England, our last stop in Lisbon was to see my favorite band (which is the Arctic Monkeys FYI) headline Nos Alive music festival, right outside of Lisbon city centre!

With this year’s NOS Alive having been recently, I’ve been reminiscing on my time there last year!

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Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra, Portugal

The Mystical, Magical, Marvelous Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra, Portugal

This place has everything. A palace with velvet walls, lush gardens, hidden caves, grottoes, statues, AN INVERTED TOWER. (Someone PLEASE tell me they read that in Stefon’s voice. Anyone? Please?)

What I’m saying is…you need to go. OK? Ok, great. Now, onto the more formal breakdown…

When leaving Lisbon, Portugal to visit nearby Sintra one afternoon, we decided on a whim to visit the Quinta da Regailera. This Gothic palace and chapel is located in the historic area of Sintra and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

To be honest, we hadn’t done much research on the town of Sintra, and just so happened to find out about this place after arriving to town by train from Lisbon. And I’m so, so glad we did because it was definitely a highlight of our trip to Portugal.

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Winter in Portugal

My mom recently went on a trip to Portugal with one of her good friends through Collette tours. I was super excited for her not only because Lisbon was one of my favorite cities I visited this summer, but because she hadn’t been to Europe since she was a little girl, and I wanted her to have an incredible experience in a different culture. She came back a couple of weeks ago with tons of pictures and stories from her travels to Lisbon and surrounding areas, the Azores Islands, and Barcelona. I can’t wait to get stories from her, but for now I just wanted to share some of her photos from Portugal!

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