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8 things to do in Lisbon this summer 2024

With the warmth of the sun embracing its streets and the scent of the ocean dancing in the air, Lisbon, the stunning capital of Portugal, invites visitors to explore exciting experiences this summer of 2024. From iconic tourist spots to hidden secrets, this guide highlights some of the best ways to enjoy summer in Lisbon at its best. Get ready for a trip full of culture, gastronomy and adventure as you discover the wonders that Lisbon has to offer this summer. In this article, we selected 8 ideas for things to do in Lisbon during the summer.

Indulge in ice cream

Regardless of the time of year, there is no other dessert as universally appreciated as delicious ice cream. Of course, in the summer, ice cream seems to be even more popular.

We’ve put together the 3 best in Lisbon, according to the local’s opinion. “Santini”, founded in 1949 in Cascais, remains in the top 3 best in the region, very famous for its fruity flavours. “Nannarela” is the Italian ice cream that came directly from Rome to Lisbon, all the flavours are wonderful but the flavours of the dried fruits remain the most chosen. Finally, the famous “Pizpireto” ice cream sticks promise to surprise you.

Diving on secret beaches

In summer everyone wants the same thing, to cool off, it would be an obvious tip if it weren’t for the publicity of these secret corners on the outskirts of Lisbon. You’ll be able to escape the hustle and bustle on these 3 paradisiacal beaches that we’ve put together for you.

Despite being considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, “Praia da Ursa” remains far from the crowds due to its out-of-the-way location. “Praia do Abano”, with the same qualities as Guincho but less known, this small beach is just 30km from Lisbon. Finally, “Praia dos Galapos”, a short “road trip” to this paradise will be worth it for its turquoise waters and fabulous views that this hidden paradise offers.


Boat trip

The idea is to escape the routine without leaving too far. Boat trips offer a variety of experiences, from cruises with parties and drinks, or even quieter moments for those who prefer to contemplate the beautiful landscape.

Whether for tourism, adrenaline, romance or family fun, boat trips are versatile and adaptable to almost all preferences. There are several options, we suggest doing a quick Google search to find the perfect tour for you and enjoy the breezes of the Tagus River to your liking.


Picnic in Lisbon parks

In Lisbon, parks are an option for all tastes and a picnic, whatever the time of year, is always an excellent idea, especially when the weather is favourable. Whether in the company of family or friends, there are plenty of choices available. We have selected 3 charming gardens to relax and have your picnic in Lisbon.

The “Jardim da Cerca da Graça”, is the largest garden in Lisbon and will allow you to have space to escape the hustle and bustle, the “Parque de Monsanto”, to enjoy a picnic in the “forest”. And of course, the “Belém Tower Garden”, quite extensive and with good views, here you can have your picnic in peace.


Walk through the streets of Lisbon

We know that in the summer the streets of Lisbon are complicated, with the heat and the hills it can become tiring. We don’t want you to miss even a bit of Lisbon. Therefore, the “Hop-on Hop-off” tourist bus ride is an excellent option, and we guarantee that the air conditioning will cool your trip.

Less tiring than walking would be the Tuk Tuk ride, of course, it won’t have air conditioning but there is no more fun and “private” transport.


Have fun at music festivals

From June to September, Lisbon is full of music and the best summer festivals. You’ve certainly heard of Rock in Rio, held at the beginning of summer in June. But many others can be found in the Portuguese capital.

NOS Alive, held in the first days of July, and Super Bock Super Rock also in July. Jazz Festivals, in the plural because, yes, there is the Cool Jazz Fest in July and in August, there is “Jazz in August”. Sumol Summer Fest, at the end of June and beginning of July. Festas do Mar de Cascais, in addition to music, will also have street markets, crafts and fireworks to light up the summer nights in August.


A day at Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações is an area of ​​Lisbon with a lot to discover, from the various gastronomic options to attractions and tours to fill your day.

You can buy a ticket to the Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the knowledge pavilion or discover the urban art route. In addition to these options, the Lisbon cable car ride does not disappoint. And when you get hungry, there are several restaurants in front of Rio or even the Vasco da Gama shopping centre.


Explore the Santo Amaro Docas

Located right under the 25 de Abril Bridge, Docas de Santo Amaro can be the ideal place for sunbathing on a terrace at lunch or a drink on a summer evening.

Docas has several restaurants and bars for all ages and tastes. Doca de Santo is the emblematic restaurant in the area, it has a huge terrace and an extensive menu for all tastes. Contra and Descarado are also local choices for a good meal that turns into a party at night.

After exploring eight exciting experiences to enjoy in Lisbon during the summer, it’s clear that the Portuguese capital offers an endless variety of activities to suit all tastes and ages. Don’t hesitate to dive head-first into this vibrant metropolis and make the most of everything it has to offer during this sunny season.
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