As Portugal’s capital, one might easily think that this city can cost a pretty penny to enjoy. However, if you’re on a shoestring budget, you need not worry because there are actually loads of fantastic sights and things to do in Lisbon that will cost you nothing. Take a look:
- Admire famous masterpieces at the Museu Coleccao Berardo
You probably never thought that you can view the works of the masters such as Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Many Ray, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Fernando Botero, Picasso, Salvador Dali and Marth Rothko all for free, right? Thanks to multimillionaire Jose Berardo, he has generously shared his private collection to the rest of the world through his museum. In some European cities, viewing collections such as these will cost you at least a few dollars, so this is definitely not one you should miss.
- Get a dose of sunshine at Ribeira das Naus
Take a stroll along the river and enjoy the sun’s rays and the breeze. Both locals and tourists alike love to spend time by the das Naus with a book or a camera in hand, and simply admire the river. If you have a bike, there’s also a bike path here.
- Enjoy the scenic views
Lisbon is a city nestled on top of seven hills, thus there are several viewpoints all over the city that offer picturesque sceneries for free. The highest one in the city is located at Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte, whilst there are other viewpoints such as Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara (if you’d like to see the Baixa), Miradouro de Santa Catarina, and overlooking Alfarna is Miradouro de Santa Luzia.
- Free attraction entrances on Sunday mornings
Top culture spots such as the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Museu gulbenklan, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, Torre de Belem, and Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is open during Sunday mornings and won’t cost you anything. Get an early head start as these attractions can be quite pricey on a regular day.
- Get in touch with nature at the Jardim da Estrela
Spending a quiet afternoon in a park is always a good idea anywhere in the world, and in Lisbon, the Jardim da Estrela can be your perfect refuge to recharge and rejuvenate from hours of city exploration. Enjoy the landscaped gardens with a book in hand and a snack in tow, and you’re in for a great time. You can also catch live jazz performances here, and there’s a DJ during Fridays as well.
- Taste Lisbon’s fine wines for free
This experience is definitely not to be missed, as for absolutely nothing, you can sample Lisbon’s fine wines at ViniPortugal. Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, find this place hidden in the Terreiro do Paco square. Each month they feature 3 regional wines, and their staff will also educate you on each wine’s history.
- Wander around Lisbon’s famed flea market
The Fiera da Ladra (meaning “blankets on the ground”) has been around since the 12th century, and it is a great way to soak up some local flavor, interact with the locals, and learn their culture. From Tuesdays to Saturdays you can stroll in and around the market for a worthwhile time admiring (and purchasing, shall you decide to spend) whatever catches your fancy.