With summer season officially in full swing, thousands worldwide are flocking over to Lisbon for their dream summer vacation. Pristine coastlines and architectural marvels await, but that certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll have to cough out copious amounts for a good time. Here are 3 mini Lisbon must-dos we believe you will enjoy – all while keeping that wallet intact!
1. Screech and rattle your way along the city in the 28
A great way to warm up to Lisbon city is to take a ride on this little local legend. The 28 is a quaint yellow tram dating back to the 1930s. It shuttles through numerous scenic areas past the famous Basílica da Estrela and Se Cathedral. Single tickets cost 3€, but purchasing a 24-hour public transport ticket at any metro station for just €6.40 further grants you unlimited access to the metro, tram and bus services in the city.
2. Bag some steals at the ‘Thieves’ Fair’
Our next destination brings us to a flea market with its humble beginnings set in the middle ages. The thieves’ fair (Feira da Ladra) plays host to all manner of eclectic items – from artisan goods and antiques to books and clothes. Vendors are open to haggling, so if you love yourself a good bargain, this is definitely the place for you! The flea market is open from dawn to early afternoon on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
3. Savor traditional Portuguese custard tarts – Pastel de Nata
Finally, no list can be completed without the mention of food. Our third and final must-do contains secrets to the gateway of mouth-watering pleasure. No Indiana Jones tricks needed here, just 10 minutes (or less) of your time and slightly over 1€ from your pocket. The tarts can be found in bakeries all around the city, but the general consensus is that the bakers over at Rua de Belém 84-92, Lisboa make them the best.
This concludes part 1 of our mini starter guide to Lisbon. Stay tuned for more interesting tips and tricks to the city coming your way!