5 free activities to do in Lisbon
Lisbon, the vibrant capital of Portugal, will welcome WYSTC delegates with its captivating blend of history, culture and picturesque landscapes. Take some time outside of the conference to engage in the city’s charm through these free activities.
1. Uncover treasures amidst bustling bazaars
Lose yourself in the colours, enticing aromas and ambiance of the bustling hubs of local culture. Visit the Mercado da Ribeira near riverfront Cais do Sodré, where you can indulge in a variety of culinary delights, from traditional Portuguese dishes to international cuisines. For a more traditional market experience, head to Feira da Ladra, Lisbon’s oldest flea market, where you can find vintage treasures, antiques and unique souvenirs.
2. Soak in the soulful tunes of Portugal
To truly embrace the culture, witnessing a live fado performance in Lisbon is a must. However, do yourself a favor and avoid the tourist traps, where authenticity comes at an inflated cost.
For an authentic and cost-free experience, look no further than Tasca do Chico. This hidden gem offers one of the most authentic free fado encounters, making it a top choice among the array of free activities in Lisbon. At Tasca do Chico, you can savour the enchanting sounds of fado without a cover charge. Indulge in this cultural delight while enjoying Petiscos and wine for a truly perfect evening or afternoon.
3. Relax in a picturesque park
Getting tired of all that walking yet? To relax a bit, take a break in one of Lisbon’s gorgeous green spaces. For example, you can enjoy Portugal’s perpetually sunny weather at the Jardim da Estrela, with its duck pond and plenty of exotic plants.
The Jardim Botânico da Ajuda is another great place to escape and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Alternatively, you can chill in the shade of the Jardim do Príncipe Real’s giant cedar tree, and splurge on an horchata or mazagran from its traditional kiosk. There are plenty of other options, too, no matter what part of the city you’re in. Grab some picnic supplies or a good book, and you’ve got the perfect plan.
4. Explore contemporary art
Visit the heart of Lisbon’s artistic realm at LX Factory. Discover a blend of creativity, culture and innovation as you stroll through this former industrial complex turned creative haven. Marvel at the dynamic street art that adorns every corner, breathing life into walls and alleys. From bold murals to thought-provoking graffiti, each piece tells a unique story that reflects the city’s spirit. Uncover the hidden gems, snap worthy shots’ and embrace the expressive energy that defines LX Factory Street Art.
5. Wander along the Tagus River
As you navigate your WYSTC experience, steal moments of relaxation along the Tagus River. Begin your journey at Cais das Colunas, where the grand Arco da Rua Augusta frames your view. Meander along the promenade, indulging in the picturesque riverside views, historical landmarks and the soothing tranquility of the Tagus – a serene escape from the bustling event.
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