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Free things to do in Lisbon

The best things to do when your money is running out (or as the end of the month draws closer)

Fotografia: Ana Luzia

If you picked Lisbon for your holidays – hey, great choice! – then read the following list with free things to do in city. From free tours through Alfama, Graça and Bairro Alto, to bike rides or even free museums, enjoy Lisbon without spending a cent.

Free things to do in Lisbon

Go for a walk with the Wild Walkers

Go for a walk with the Wild Walkers

Wild Walkers is a low-cost tourism company – so low cost that some of their activities are actually free, including their tours. Even if you are not a backpacker, pick up a rucksack and join them to see an alternative side of the city, with food and street art in the mix. Each tour takes approximately two and a half hours and goes through the Alfama, Graça and Bairro Alto districts, depending on the day and the group’s mood. At the end, if you enjoyed the tour, you’re supposed to tip your guide.
www.wildwalkerstours.com

Ride as if there was no tomorrow

Ride as if there was no tomorrow

If you want to ride a bike for free, you will have to go to Cascais. There you ride as much as you want for free as long as you return the bike at the end of the day (the winter schedule goes from 9am to 5pm). Bicas, Cascais’s citybikes, can be picked up at several locations (next to the train station, near the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego or at the Guia). You just have to present some form of ID. For more info: www.cm-cascais.pt

The city at your feet

The city at your feet

Panorâmico has the best 360-degree view of Lisbon and is located on the top of the Monsanto park, right next to the Air Force base. There is usually a police car patrolling outside, so make sure you avoid bumping into someone or this free ride might turn out to be expensive. The side netting of the old restaurant (opened in 1968, later turned into a bingo parlour) is easy to clear, and then you will have the city at your feet. It is located in the Estrada da Bela Vista and you can easily find it on Google Maps.

Run after these guys

Nike Run Club has weekly running practices, supervised by coaches and for several skill levels; they hold their practices on Tuesdays at 8pm in the Nike Store at the Vasco da Gama mall, and on Thursdays at 9pm in their Chiado store. Correr Lisboa holds practice sessions from Monday to Thursday, either at the Professor Moniz Pereira running track, through the Cidade Universitária area or in the Parque das Nações (the latter has a ladies-only Thursday practice, including a walking tour).

Go to a museum on the first Sunday of the month

Go to a museum on the first Sunday of the month

Here is the list of free museums: Popular Art Museum; Chiado Museum; National Coach Museum; National Archaeology Museum; Music Museum; National Tile Museum; Navy Museum; National Museum of Ancient Art; Jerónimos Monastery; National Theatre and Dance Museum; National Museum of Ethnology; Bordalo Pinheiro Museum; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (every Sunday); Museu da Marioneta (Puppetry Museum, Sunday mornings).

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