Headed to the capital of Portugal solo and looking for things to do in Lisbon alone?

While I love to travel with my family and friends, I also can’t get enough of exploring new cities alone. It’s a whole different experience.

Lisbon is such a beautiful city, with its charming streets, delicious food, and picture-worthy viewpoints, is the perfect destination for a solo trip. And you never have to worry about being alone there! 

Just strolling through the neighbourhoods of Lisbon was one of my favourite things to do – some of them make you feel like you’ve stepped into a living, breathing postcard.  They’re perfect for getting that perfect picture for the ‘gram. 

If you’re a history buff, Lisbon has plenty to offer as well. The Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery are must-see attractions that will transport you back in time. And taking a ride on the Tram 28 is the perfect solo experience that combines sightseeing with a fun, bumpy ride through the city’s streets. 

And then there’s the food! If you’ve heard anything about Lisbon, you’ve likely heard of Pastel de Natas. Those gorgeous little custard tarts are just the beginning – there’s so much delicious Portuguese cuisine to try. And the best part? You don’t have to share with anyone – it’s all yours to enjoy if you’re in Lisbon solo!

So, here’s my guide on the best things to do in Lisbon alone. Be sure to pack your most comfy shoes, because Lisbon’s hills will give you the workout of your life — best excuse ever to indulge in an extra pastel de nata (or two)!

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What About Safety in Lisbon?

Safety is always a concern when travelling alone, but Lisbon is generally considered a safe city for tourists. Just be aware of your surroundings and take the usual necessary precautions, such as avoiding walking alone late at night and keeping your valuables close. 

One thing to be aware of in Lisbon is that there are tons of pickpockets. Everywhere. There are even loud announcements in the tourist areas to remind people to watch out for pickpockets. So, always keep an eye on your belongings and be cautious in crowded areas.

But don’t let this scare you – just be vigilant and you’ll have a great time exploring Lisbon solo! 

Also, don’t be afraid to ask locals for recommendations or for help if you need it – they’re super friendly and welcoming!


Best Things To Do In Lisbon Alone

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

This is something I do in almost every new city I visit, especially if I’m on my own.  Free walking tours are a great way to get your bearings and learn about the history and culture of a city from a knowledgeable local guide. Plus, you’ll likely meet other solo travellers on the tour.

I joined this free walking tour of Lisbon and it was fantastic – I highly recommend! I especially recommend doing a walking tour on your first day in Lisbon, so you can get a feel for the city and plan the rest of your trip accordingly.

2. Explore Belém Tower

Belém Tower, or Torre de Belém, is like a standout gem in Lisbon’s scenery. It’s got that special UNESCO World Heritage Site stamp of approval and has been part of Lisbon’s story since way back in the 16th century.

The iconic Belem Tower standing majestically against a clear sky, its ornate architecture reflected in the tranquil waters of the Tagus River in Lisbon.

Back then, it was all about guarding the harbour entrance. Now, you can climb to the top for incredible views of the river and city. You can stroll about by yourself or take a self-guided audio tour, which is a good option if you want to pick up some fun facts along the way.

The grounds of Belém Tower are also great for a picnic or to just relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. And best of all, you don’t need a travel companion to appreciate it. 

3. Visit Jerónimos Monastery  

Just a short walk from Belém Tower is the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery. I highly recommend going inside and taking a guided tour to learn about its fascinating history and beautiful architecture. 

Jerónimos Monastery is a masterpiece of the Manueline style of architecture, with intricate details and symbols carved into every stone. It’s packed to the rafters with history, and you’ll be walking the same halls as Portugal’s past royalty and explorers. 

It’s also the resting place of some very important historical figures, like the explorer, Vasco da Gama. 

You can purchase tickets at the gate, or pre-book them here and skip the line.

4. Taste Original Pastéis de Belém 

If you’re a fan of Portuguese egg tarts, or pastéis de nata, you have to stop by the famous Pastéis de Belém bakery right next to the Jerónimos Monastery.  These tarts are said to have originated from this very bakery back in the 1800s, and they’re still made using the same secret recipe today. 

A freshly baked gluten-free pastel de nata and almond croissant on a vibrant blue and yellow patterned plate, with a red coffee cup on the side, evoking the flavors of a Lisbon morning

While I didn’t get to try the pastel de nata here (because I’m gluten free), it’s famous for having the best pastéis de nata in all of Lisbon. If you do get to try it, let me know how amazing it is! 

If you do happen to be gluten free like me and don’t want to miss out on this incredible treat, don’t worry – there are a few other bakeries in Lisbon that offer gluten-free versions of pastel de nata. I ended up in Zarzuela twice during my visit! 

Trust me, these treats are to die for! And if you are travelling solo, it’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a few tarts without having to share with anyone else.

5. Have a solo photoshoot

We’ve already established that Lisbon is a super photogenic city, so why not have a mini photoshoot while you’re there? I booked a Smiler photoshoot in the Alfama district, and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. 

My photographer, Nelson (ask for him if you choose to do this), was incredibly friendly and made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera, and I ended up with some amazing shots to remember my trip by. 

I always feel a little awkward asking strangers to take photos for me, so this was the perfect solution. 


6. Stroll Through Alfama

Alfama was my favourite neighbourhood in Lisbon. 

The winding narrow streets, colourful buildings and some of the best views made it the perfect place to get lost and explore for an afternoon. 

I especially loved walking up to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia lookout point – the view over the city is just breathtaking. Coincidentally, this was where part of my Lisbon photoshoot took place! 

I also stumbled upon some hidden gems, like tiny local restaurants and charming little plazas with live music playing. 

It’s definitely worth taking the time to wander through Alfama and see its charm for yourself. And if you want to pick up a few bits of history and stories about this district, take yourself on a self-guided audio tour of Alfama.

7. Ride Tram 28

If you’ve seen any photos of Lisbon, you’ll know that the picturesque trams are a big part of the city’s charm. And Tram 28 is one of the most famous and scenic routes, taking you through some of Lisbon’s most iconic neighbourhoods. 

The historic yellow Tram 28 rumbles through the streets of Lisbon, filled with passengers, capturing the essence of the city's traditional and lively transportation.

It does tend to get crowded with tourists, but I still highly recommend hopping on for a ride – especially if you can snag a seat by the window for some prime photo opportunities. 

The best time to do this would be either first thing in the morning, or after the morning rush hour – don’t forget, locals use the trams to get to and from work. 

I also recommend hopping on the Tram 28 from somewhere other than the very centre of Lisbon. The queues of tourists can be very long. I got on at Graça and rode it into the centre – even managed to get a seat at one point!


8. See the View from Sao Jorge Castle

The views from Castelo de São Jorge are simply stunning – you can see the whole city spread out before you. You can stroll around the castle grounds and explore inside its walls, and the museum. 

The walk up to São Jorge Castle is a bit steep – well that’s just Lisbon for you. There’s a reason it’s called the City of Seven Hills. But you can walk through the Alfama District, so you’ll get to see some of the neighbourhood’s beauty along the way. 

It get’s pretty crowded throughout the day, so if you don’t think you’ll get there first thing in the morning (when it’s quieter), I recommend pre-booking a skip-the-line ticket.

9. Experience Fado in a Traditional Tasca

You’ve got to experience the traditional Portuguese music style, Fado, in a local tasca (tavern) if you find yourself in Lisbon alone – it’s a fantastic evening. The intimate setting, delicious food and soulful music makes for a truly authentic Portuguese experience. 

If you’re not sure where to go to see a Fado show, I recommend Tasca do Chico or A Baiuca – both are known for their lively Fado performances. 

And it doesn’t matter if you’re on your own or with a group. There will be plenty of other solos at the show, I can guarantee.

10. Wander through the LX Factory

This former industrial site has been transformed into a hub for artists and creators, with lots of quirky shops, cafes and street art to explore.

Inside the eclectic LX Factory bookshop in Lisbon, visitors browse shelves filled to the brim with books, creating a cozy labyrinth of literature under the high ceilings of an industrial space.

I spent hours browsing through the different stores – there’s a really cool bookshop called Ler Devagar and a vintage shop called A Outra Face da Lua which are both worth checking out.

11. Explore the Time Out Market

Another great spot to explore on your own, the Time Out Market is a food hall with over 40 different restaurants and stalls. If you’re one to not enjoy sitting at a restaurant alone, this is the perfect solution. They have both local Portuguese dishes and international options.

12. Experience the Heart of Lisbon in the Baixa District

Take a stroll through the lively streets of Baixa and soak up the vibrant atmosphere. This area is perfect for solo exploring – there’s so much to see and do. From shopping at local boutiques to grabbing a coffee at one of the many cafes, you’ll never be bored.

13. Sip Wine on a Sailboat Cruise

I booked a sunset sailboat cruise with this tour and it was one of the highlights of my trip. The views of the city from the water are not only a different perspective, but sipping on local wine while watching the sun go down is the perfect way to end your day.

Plus, you’ll likely make some new friends on board! There was just one other couple on the sailboat I was on, it was almost like a private experience.

As the sails go up and the engine cuts out, you’ll feel the relaxing breeze and have a chance to take some stunning photos of Lisbon’s iconic landmarks.

14. Hike to the Top of Parque Eduardo VII

If you’re an adventurous solo traveller, this one’s for you. There many amazing points throughout the city to see panoramic views, but this one is definitely one of the top. The hike isn’t too challenging – it’s around 1.5km and it’ll take you around 30 minutes to get to the top. 

It’s definitely worth it when you reach the stunning viewpoint. You’ll see all of Lisbon laid out in front of you, from the colourful buildings to the sparkling Tagus River. It’s also a great spot for some quiet reflection time.

15. Indulge in a Food Tour

Another great way to explore Lisbon (and its yummy cuisine) on your own is by doing a food tour.  You’ll get your very own culinary guide who’ll lead you to all the best spots in the city.

Quaint cafés,  charming pastry shops, and some of the best restaurants serving the freshest fish and seafood – you’ll get to taste it all. Not to mention the wine and Ginjinha to wash it all down.

Your guide will also share interesting stories and facts about the city’s food history and culture as you wander from place to place.

Don’t worry about feeling self-conscious while eating alone, because you won’t be when you do a group tour.

This one’s a little more pricey but it’s got rave reviews and you get to do the food tour by Tuk Tuk – my absolute favourite way of getting around Lisbon!

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16. Discover the Street Art of Lisbon

Exploring Lisbon’s street art scene solo? Absolutely doable and totally recommended. The street art in Lisbon is incredible!  You can spend hours wandering the streets, taking in all the vibrant and creative murals that adorn buildings and walls.

You’ll come across incredible works by artists like Bordallo II, who transforms trash into treasure, creating eye-catching pieces out of recyclable materials. Then there’s Vhils, whose chiseled faces emerge from the walls, telling stories without words.

One of the coolest ways to see the city’s creative side is by taking a street art walking tour with a tour guide. While I combined a street art and tuk tuk tour, this walking street art tour is very highly rated.

17. Take a Day Trip to Sintra

Heading to Sintra is a must when you’re in Lisbon, especially if you’re flying solo. This magical spot is just a train ride away, making it an easy day trip. You can catch a train from Rossio Station in Lisbon and find yourself wandering through Sintra’s fairy-tale castles and lush gardens in no time.

For those who prefer a bit more structure, there are plenty of day trips from Lisbon. These tours can take the hassle out of planning and give you insights into the history and secrets of this enchanting town. Most of the day trips from Lisbon to Sintra also include stops at Pena Palace and Cascais, two other popular destinations in the area.


18. Admire the View from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Standing atop the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, the highest point in the Graça neighbourhood, gives you one of the most panoramic views across the city.

Panoramic view from the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte in Lisbon, overlooking a tapestry of terracotta rooftops with the Tagus River and a white ferry boat in the background under a soft cloudy sky.

From here, you can see São Jorge Castle, the Tagus River, and the city’s unique terracotta rooftops stretching into the distance. It’s a perfect place to get panoramic pics of the city or even just pause and take in the scenery.

If you fancy a quick drink, there’s a small bar called the Secret Garden tucked away in the corner of the patio. It’s a cozy spot with a lovely outdoor seating area, nestled among greenery and twinkling string lights.

19. Visit the National Tile Museum

When in Lisbon, you’ll instantly spot the traditional Portuguese tiles that cover the walls and floors of many buildings, and even streets. These colorful, hand-painted ceramic tiles are known as azulejos and have been an important part of Portuguese architecture since the 15th century.

Artistic mural on tiles depicting a woman's face intricately interwoven with traditional blue and white Portuguese azulejos, creating a mesmerizing blend of cultural heritage and contemporary art in Lisbon.

Which brings us to the National Tile Museum, also known as Museu Nacional do Azulejo. This unique museum celebrates the art of Portuguese tiles. The museum’s collection spans from the 15th century to modern times, showcasing the evolution of this traditional art form and its influence on Portuguese culture.

The building itself is a former convent, with stunning architecture and gardens that make for a peaceful stroll while taking in the beautiful tilework. You can event attend a workshop and paint your own tile to take home as a souvenir!

20. Take a Train to Cascais

My favourite day trip from Lisbon was to Cascais, a charming seaside town just a 30-minute train ride away. The train journey itself is just so scenic, passing by beautiful coastal towns with super views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Once in Cascais, you can spend the day exploring the quaint streets, relaxing on the beach, or indulging in delicious seafood at one of the many restaurants. My number one recommendation is Baia do Peixe for their fish platters. You may need to make a reservation, so be prepared.

The natural rock archway of Boca do Inferno in Cascais, with the force of the Atlantic Ocean's waves crashing through the rugged cavern, showcasing the dramatic beauty of Portugal's coastline.

There’s also the Citadel of Cascais, a 16th-century fortress that now houses a museum. And make sure you take a walk along the coastal path towards Boca do Inferno, a really cool rock formation.

21. Explore the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

Museums are perfect for solo travellers – you don’t have to converse with anyone and can take your time admiring the exhibits that catch your eye. One museum that I highly recommend is the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT).

Located on the banks of the Tagus River, this modern building houses a collection of contemporary art, architecture, and technology from both Portuguese and international artists. The exhibitions are constantly changing, so you can always expect something new and exciting each time you visit.

22. Walk Along the Tagus River

Visiting a city doesn’t mean you have to only do the paid attractions. Sometimes, the most memorable experiences can be found by simply wandering around and the banks of the Tagus River in Lisbon is a perfect example.

You’ll pass by beautiful parks, gardens and street art. You can take a break on one of the many benches scattered along the river’s edge and watch boats sail by. Or head there in the evening to watch the sun setting over the river.

23. Take a Portuguese Cooking Class

Fancy yourself a bit of a foodie, do you? I feel that taking a cooking class in a new city is a great way to just dive into the local flavours and maybe pick up a few tricks to impress your friends back home. And it’s a great activity to join as a solo traveler (you don’t have to share your creation)!

And what better cuisine to dive into than Portuguese?

This cooking class will have you serving up a three course meal (including pasteis de nata, of course) with the help of a local chef. Not only will you get to learn about Portuguese cooking techniques and ingredients, but you’ll also get to enjoy your delicious creations at the end of the class.


24. Go to the Feira da Ladra Flea Market

Flea markets are fantastic for soaking up the local culture and this flea market is no exception. Every Tuesday and Saturday, vendors pile their stalls high with a treasure trove of antiques, vintage clothing, books, records, and random bits and bobs.

You never know what you might find here—from that perfect souvenir to a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. But even if you’re not in the mood to shop, it’s worth a visit just for the lively atmosphere and people-watching opportunities.

25. Take the Elevador de Santa Justa

When you’re ready to take a break from exploring on foot, hop on the iconic Santa Justa Lift. This historic elevator was built in the early 1900s and connects the lower streets of Baixa with the higher Carmo Square. The elevator boasts stunning views of the city and its intricate design is sure to impress.

The Elevador de Santa Justa, a 19th-century lift in Lisbon, rises majestically between buildings under a clear blue sky, a striking example of the city's blend of traditional architecture and modern engineering.

Once you reach the top, make your way to the Carmo Convent, a beautiful Gothic church that was partially destroyed in the great earthquake of 1755. The ruins now serve as an archaeological museum and offer a unique glimpse into Lisbon’s history.

If you don’t fancy waiting in the long lines (or paying €5.30 for a return ticket) to take the Santa Justa Elevator, you can also reach the top by heading up to Travessa Dom Pedro de Menezes.

26. Explore the Chiado District

With a little bit of traditional charm and a touch of contemporary flair, you’ll find the Chiado neighbourhood, nestled between Bairro Alto and Baixa,

It’s known for its historical landmarks, such as the São Roque Church (which miraculously managed to stay standing after the 1755 earthquake) trendy shops, galleries, theatres, and quaint bookshops. 

Chiado is also the place to be for foodies, with many restaurants lining the streets and serving out helpings of traditional dishes and modern cuisine. If you need a coffee, I recommend stopping by the famous A Brasileira, one of Lisbon’s oldest cafés, for a taste of the local coffee culture.

27. Relax in the Jardim do Torel 

Jardim do Torel is a charming little park that often flies under the radar, but it’s a real treat for those who stumble upon it. You’ll find it sitting pretty atop one of Lisbon’s many hills, giving you a lovely view over the city. 

The garden itself is beautifully manicured, with a mix of shaded areas, sunny spots, and a small, inviting pond. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely afternoon if you need a break from the sightseeing. 

The best part? It’s usually not too crowded, which means you might find yourself having your own private oasis in the middle of Lisbon! 

28. Take a Photo with the 25 de Abril Bridge

No doubt you’ll already have seen this bridge and likened it to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge – it’s hard not to miss, stretching over the Tagus River and linking the capital to Almada. 

Me gazing out at the expansive view of the 25 de Abril Bridge spanning the Tagus River in Lisbon, framed by lush greenery on a bright sunny day.

If you want to snap the perfect photo, you’ve got a couple of standout spots to choose from. The LX Factory is tucked away right under the bridge and gives an industrial chic backdrop with the bridge towering above, 

Or if you want to venture a little further (which was what I did), you can head across the river to Almada and get a picture of the entire bridge with Lisbon is the background. Best spot to do this is down the little hidden street below the Christ statue in Almada. 

29. Explore the Ribeira das Naus

The waterfront promenade of Ribeira das Naus is where locals and travellers all come to chill, and it’s the perfect spot for a leisurely walk, people watching and enjoying views of the Tagus River. 

Located between the the Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré, this area was once a shipyard where Portugal’s exploratory fleets were built during the Age of Discoveries. Today, instead of shipbuilders, you’ll find a laid-back crowd, sunbathers, and the occasional street performer adding to the atmosphere. 

30. Discover the Ajuda National Palace

If you’d like to learn a bit of history while travelling solo in Lisbon, head to the Ajuda National Palace – it’s as fascinating as it is beautiful!

You’ll get to see what royal life looked like in the 19th century, and with its lavish rooms and meticulously kept gardens, the palace shows off the luxury and artistic sense of the period. 

Take yourself on a self-guided audio tour of the palace grounds. Learn about the history of this magnificent place as you stroll through the gardens, fountains, and monuments.

31. Take a Bike Tour Along the Waterfront

If you don’t want to just sit and chill by the waterfront, then renting a bike and cycling it is the way to go. You can ride from the city center as far as the Alcantara neighbourhood, passing by Cais de Sodre Square and the LX Factory. 

The path is well-paved and friendly for cyclists of all skill levels, making it a great activity for a leisurely day out. Along the way, there are plenty of spots to stop and rest, enjoy a coffee, or simply sit and watch the boats glide by on the river. 

32. Visit the Lisbon Story Centre 

Both educational and entertaining, the Lisbon Story Centre is a real treat found in the heart of the city. This spot takes you on a journey through Lisbon’s fascinating history, using interactive exhibits and cutting-edge technology to tell tales from the past. 

From the early settlements to the devastating earthquake of 1755, and right up to modern times, the centre lays out the city’s evolution in a way that’s easy to grasp and fun to follow.

You don’t just read about history here; you experience it through simulations and multimedia presentations that make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.


33. Enjoy Sunset at Park Bar

Last up on my list of things to do in Lisbon alone is to head to Park Bar for the sunset. This isn’t your average rooftop bar. It’s tucked away on top of a parking garage!

This hidden gem surprises many with its location, laid-back atmosphere and stunning panoramic sights of the city. Sunset is when I recommend heading to Park Bar, albeit it does get a quite busy then, but you can always arrive early and keep yourself busy with some cocktails. It’s casual, it’s cool, and yes, the view is absolutely worth it.

Want to Join a Group Tour?

Sometimes when I travel alone, I like to meet up with fellow travellers for a day or two, so I’ll join a group tour. It’s a great way to make new friends, but you still have the freedom to explore on your own. And luckily, there are plenty of group tour options in Lisbon for solo travelers.

Here are some of my top picks:

Lisbon is the perfect city to visit as a solo traveller, and I hope this list will help inspire you to take the leap and explore this charming city on your own.

Lisbon is a city full of surprises, with its colorful buildings, lively street art, and delicious food, and I’m fully sure you’ll fall in love with it just like I did.

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