What to do?
From the famous Fado Houses to the world's largest salt water Oceanarium, Lisbon has a lot of different experiences to offer. Get to know this amazing city a little better by participating in activities that show the Capital’s true self.
What to do?
If you are looking to extend your time or have a few extra hours in Lisbon there are a few activities that you really can't miss.
Some say that the tram that runs through the main traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon is the most photographed "monument" of the city. On Carris, the photogenic vehicle takes passengers from the Prazeres area (Campo de Ourique) to Martim Moniz, passing through Estrela, Chiado, Sé, Portas do Sol, Graça and Anjos. The total journey lasts about 40 minutes but, like any other means of transportation, it can be used with complete freedom.
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Casas de Fado - Fado Houses
Graffiti of Amália Rodrigues, one of Portugal's most famous fado artists
Fado is a traditional Portuguese music genre that can be traced back to the 1820s in Lisbon. It’s mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and the Portuguese word saudade or “longing” symbolizing a feeling of loss captures the genre in a good manner. However, and as most musical genres, Fado is evolving and there’s a wide array of artists that are innovating and experimenting with it.
If you want to enjoy a good meal and listen to some Fado, Lisbon’s famous Casas de Fado (Fado Houses) are all over the city, however, Alfama is famous for allocating a good part of them. You can also wander around Bairro Alto and you will surely find some. Be wary about the prices though.
Oceanário de Lisboa – Best Aquarium in the World
Elected the ‘Best Aquarium in the World’ by TripAdvisor’s 2018 ‘Travellers’ Choice for the third time, the Oceanário de Lisboa is one of the most visited cultural spaces in Portugal. The Oceanário de Lisboa team works daily on conservation and on blue literacy, and it is an international benchmark for knowledge of the ocean.
These are our tips, however, Lisbon has a whole world to discover. Follow your instinct, lose yourself in the city’s endless alleys and rooftops and you will not be disappointed.