Saving never hurts! This need increases even more when we are in a different country and its currency is valued more than ours. Cheap things end up becoming more expensive, so it is always good to mix the itinerary with paid tours and other free tours, right?
In the case of Lisbon, for example, most tourist spots are paid for. For this reason, it is important to plan ahead and do some research on some free activities. Thinking about it, we are already making a list of some cool places to go and I will share with you the ones we have selected so far 😉
Panoramic of Monsanto
Paulo and I love panoramic views, you can see at least part of the city, you know? The Panoramic Viewpoint of Monsanto is free and has a 360º view of the city. It occupies a space that was once an old commercial building, but which had been abandoned.
Some people even did some graffiti and graffiti inside the place, so it has a more urban and rustic face. I believe that few tourists know this viewpoint, so be sure to take advantage of this tip and write down the name of this very special corner.
Tapada das Necessidades Garden
Another place that is not usually part of the itinerary of most tourists, especially those who are going to Lisbon for the first time, is the Jardim da Tapada das Necessidades. It is located between Alcântara and Lapa, and is a super peaceful place to spend a pleasant afternoon or morning.
One of the garden’s highlights is its circular greenhouse and, depending on where you are, the view of the 25 de Abril Bridge. The lakes seem a little abandoned, but still leave the landscape beautiful. Be sure to stop by the Cactus Garden too!
Viewpoint Nossa Senhora do Monte
Another incredible viewpoint, because incredible landscapes are always welcome. One of the most classic spots for those who want to have an unforgettable view of Lisbon is the Miradouro Nossa Senhora do Monte. And, for our happiness, admission to it is free every day of the week.
His landscape is super complete, and you will even have a view of the Castelo de São Jorge and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Want an even better tip? Try to program yourself to get to know the place at dusk. The sunset seen from this point in the city is surreal.
Eduardo VII Park
Another must-see park in the city is Eduardo VII. It somewhat resembles the typical French gardens and is very well maintained, with flowers from around the world. In addition, it is one of the largest and most beautiful parks in Lisbon. Getting there is very simple, as two subway stations are very close to it: Marquês de Pombal and Parque 🙂
Take advantage of the tour through Parque Eduardo VII to get to know Lisbon’s Estufa Fria, which is inside the park. Entrance to the venue is free for people who have the Lisboa Card or on Sundays and holidays until 2pm. The other days of the week charge a small fee of € 3.10, so take advantage of the free days!
The greenhouse has a naturally controlled temperature and has plant species from all over the world. In addition to being a very interesting tour, the place is a great setting for photos, especially for those who enjoy landscapes with natures and bright colors.
Each note and coin tells a story, right? To understand a little about the origin of this form of exchange of products and services, just go to the Money Museum. He explains the origins of the first coins to this day. The history of coins from all over the world is told to all visitors to the museum.
Some rooms are very traditional, with the objects on display and short explanations about each one. Others are more interactive, with large screens and the possibility of interactivity with the museum and the narrative being told. It is an incredible experience, especially for curious people.
Since we are talking about so many green areas, I will talk about one more of them! Praça do Império has a wonderful garden, with two even more beautiful sides. The garden has a Greco-Roman style that makes it even more special, mainly because of the shape of the grass cut and the small shrubs that make up the landscape.
Oh, I can’t help talking about his location. The garden is between the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Cultural Center. In other words, you can separate part of your day just to get to know this area! The Pastéis de Belém store is also very close to the place. Take a walk around the region and end the tour enjoying a typical Portuguese custard tart 🙂
Ribeira das Naus
Last but not least, the perfect place to enjoy an evening. Ribeira das Naus is like a large boardwalk on Avenida Ribeira das Naus, which connects Cais do Sodré and Praça do Comércio. It is right in front of the Tagus River, however dives are not allowed. The sunset in this part of the city is usually always beautiful, mainly because of the river. If you feel hungry or want to drink something, just go to the local kiosk!
Lisbon is a city with many beautiful and special places, so enjoy every second there. Be sure to add these and other free tours to your itinerary, as they will make all the difference in your pocket at the end of the trip 😉