No Charge! Free Things to do in Lisbon.

There are plenty of free things to do in Lisbon. Visitors can explore some of the city’s best museums and monuments without having to pay an entrance fee. And there are other things to do and places to see that will suit those travelling on a budget. There’s no charge to enter the Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade, which is ironic considering this museum is all about the price some have paid for freedom. You can hire a bicycle for nothing over in the resort town of Cascais at biCas and sightsee along the coast on two wheels. Alternatively, one of the Portuguese capital’s more unusual archaeological sites, the Núcleo Arquelógico in Lisbon’s Baixa district, is another free-to-enter attraction. Similarly, the wonderfully atmospheric Museu da Electricidade in Belém is free to enter. Fancy a glass of wine? At ViniPortugal in downtown Lisbon, the tastings are all gratis. Over in Belém the fantastic Museu Colecção Berardo is where you can browse world-famous contemporary art for nothing. Back in the Baixa is the remarkable medieval D. Dinis Wall, housed in a free-to-enter Interpretation Centre. Around the corner is MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda, another museum that doesn’t charge an entrance fee. Meanwhile up in Chiado is the Igreja de São Roque. Its beautiful interior can be admired just be walking through the door. And back in the resort town of Cascais, there’s nothing to pay to see the modern art exhibited in the Casa das Historias Paula Rego. 


Casa das Historias Paula Rego
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Located in the resort town of Cascais, 30 km west of Lisbon, this fabulous museum-gallery designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura, pays homage to one of Portugal's most celebrated living artists, Paula Rego. A prolific painter and printmaker, Rego is...  Read More

Bairro Alto/Principe Real

The non-descript façade of this church belies a dazzling interior. Founded towards the end of the 16th century by the Jesuit Order, the riot of carved, gilded and painted woodwork is extraordinary, as is the marble sculpture and Florentine...  Read More

A comprehensive collection of more than 2,500 gowns, dresses and skirts as well as furniture, electrical appliances and accessories owned by Francisco Capelo that span some eighty years from the early '30s has found a permanent home at this...  Read More

Underneath the streets of Lisbon is one of the city's more unusual sightseeing attractions, the D. Dinis Wall. Stretching for nearly 30m, the wall dates from the 13th century and is named after King Dinis, one of Portugal's most charismatic...  Read More

Multi-millionaire Portuguese entrepreneur Jose Berardo has housed his astonishing collection of modern art in this contemporary space, a gallery tucked inside the Centro Cultural de Belem. The display which brings to together some of the most...  Read More

ViniPortugal, the trade body that promotes Portuguese wines, offers visitors a chance to sample some of country's finest wines for absolutely nothing. From Tuesday to Saturday, between 11am and 7pm, ViniPortugal's Sala Ogival de Lisboa offers...  Read More

One of Lisbon's more unusual museums, this was once one of the city's principal sources of electricity, and lit up the Portuguese capital for more than four decades. Built over various phases between 1908 and 1951, the Central Tejo power station...  Read More

Incorporated within the premises of a bank in Lisbon's Baixa (downtown) district is a museum the modest dimensions of which belie one of the city's great cultural attractions. Set beneath the floor is an amazing archaeological site layered with...  Read More

Outside the City

Free bike hire is available in Cascais, the resort town located on the coast around 30 km west of Lisbon. The initiative, called biCas, allows visitors to rent out bicycles for free for up to 10 hours so users have plenty of time to explore the...  Read More

The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom stands as a grim reminder of when Portugal was governed by a brutal dictatorship. Housed within the former Aljube political prison, the museum is as much a memorial to the victims of imprisonment and...  Read More


Meet Paul Bernhardt

Paul Bernhardt cut his teeth as a press photographer in England before leaving the UK to settle in Portugal, where he has lived for over a decade, and where he started to focus on more...  More About Paul

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