10 Amazing free spots you have to see

 

There are several places around Lisbon you have to check, without spending any money, from sightseeing spots, gardens, monuments and historic neighbourhoods.

You can enjoy a nice day in the trendiest European capital of the moment without spending money, but you have to have a good planning route as one day is not enough for all this spots.

1. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens

Extending for 9 hectares, its considered to be one of the most emblematic gardens of modern Portugal and a reference in the Portuguese landscape architecture.

These gardens were built in the sixties. In the old days the area of the Gulbenkian Foundation was a Farm called Quinta do Provedor dos Armazéns (old Lisbon was surrounded by farms like this) that had main buildings, vegetable gardens, orchards, vineyards, pastures and gardens.

The gardens we see today, full of surprising details, result from a very detailed design and balance between the natural and human worlds.

Address: Av. de Berna 45, 1050-078 Lisboa

Site Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Gardens

2. Eduardo VII Park

The name given to this park is a homage to the English King Edward VII that in 1903 came to Lisbon to strength the relationship between the two countries.

The park is located in one of the highest hills of the city and has a amazing view over the park, the roundabout Marquês de Pombal and Liberdade Avenue, as well as Tagus River and Arrábida Mountains.

Location: facing the Marquês de Pombal roundabout.

Parque Eduardo VII

3. Downtown Lisbon

Called “Baixa Pombalina” once it was Marquess of Pombal that conducted its construction after the 1755 earthquake.

The “Baixa” includes Terreiro do Paço, Rossio and Figueira square, in a total area of 25,5 hectares. It is basically a matrix of straight and perpendicular streets.

This is the main area were hundreds of tourists arrive every day looking for the best the city has to offer: Rossio square, Santa Justa lift – that takes you to Chiado -, Augusta street and its arch, and all its imposing architecture. Here, in the heart of Lisbon, centenary shops and old restaurants neighbor all global chains you may need.

Location: historical downtown Lisbon

Baixa Pombalina

4. Chiado

Its one of the most emblematic and traditional neighborhoods in Lisbon. Its a very important trade centre, being one of the most cosmopolitan and visited areas of the city.

Location: Between Bairro Alto and downtown Baixa Pombalina.

Chiado

5. Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto is one of the most typical and colorful neighborhoods of Lisbon. Its steep and narrow streets, surrounded by old buildings, is being slowly recovered due to the increasing demand for housing in the area.

This is also one of the most trendy night spots of Lisbon, known for its pubs, local joints and Fado houses which serves different generations as well as local residents.

Here you can find restaurants, small grocery shops, tattoo and piercing shops, hair stylists, famous stylist workshops, second-hand clothing shops, between others.

Location: above Chiado

Bairro Alto

6. Príncipe Real garden

Also known as França Borges garden, its a garden above Bairro Alto.

Being built in the XIX century with a romantic style, you can see a big 146 years old portuguese cedar (Cupressus lusitanica), with a diameter more than 20 meters wide, and a 4 meter wide tree trunk.

Every Saturday there’s an organic market, as well as other events.

Location: Praça do Príncipe Real, 1250-096

Jardim do Principe Real

 

7. Alfama neighbourhood

Alfama is the oldest and most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. Its name derives from the arabic al-hamma, which means “baths” or “fountains”.

Its a very peculiar area as it seems to be an old village, due to its configuration as well as for its local community.

Alfama receives visitors on a daily basis, being considered the most safe neighborhood of the city. Here you can walk through its amazing streets, see is churches and sightseeing spots as well as enjoy some of the best Fado houses in Portugal.

Bairro de Alfama

8. Comércio Square

Also known as Terreiro do Paço, this downtown square is located next to the Tagus River, where the Kings Palace was located for more than two centuries.

Don’t forget to see the Augusta street triumphal arch-like building and also drink a coffee at on of the oldest coffee shops in Lisbon: Martinho da Arcada, one of the favorites of Fernando Pessoa, our poet.

Nowadays this square receives a lot of shows and cultural events.

Location: Praça do Comércio, 1100-148 Lisboa

 

9. Torre de Belém gardens

This garden, next to Tagus River and the emblematic Belém Tower, is set in a area where until the XIX century there was gas factory.

The palm trees you will see are a symbol of the lands discovered by the Portuguese sailors. You will also find a monument that honors the first Atlantic Ocean aerial cross, made by Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral; and also a poignant memorial of the portuguese who fought in the ultramar war (located next to the Bom Sucesso Fort, in Belém’s waterfront).

This garden is a great place to walk, rest and even to some exercise, while enjoying the river and the sun Lisbon provides.

Location: Avenida de Brasília, Belém

Torre de Belém

 

10. Mouraria neighborhood

Mouraria is a typical Lisbon neighborhood. It is where the moors went to live in after Lisbon’s conquest in 1147 – and thus the name – until they were expelled in the XV century. Its one of the most multicultural neighbor of the city today, with 56 different registered nationalities, from Chinese to Indian, Pakistani, several African descendants, and more. Here you’ll find the best eastern food shops!

After being renovated in the last decade, Mouraria became a very nice place to shop and to have a drink in one of its esplanades at the end of the day.

Bairro da Mouraria