We know that traveling on a budget is sometimes difficult, so here are our ideas to explore Lisbon without over-spending…
Explore cheap museums and galleries
Lisbon offers many amazing museums and galleries that are cheap to enter (or even free!) every day. So, if you’re looking to escape the rain or sun during your visit, we definitely recommend a trip to one of these museums!
The best and cheapest galleries and museums in the city that we suggest are:
Museu Coleção Berardo
This art gallery displays works of arty by Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and many other famous artists. And if you want more good news, entrance is free! Amazing!
Museu do Azulejo
A museum dedicated to the Portuguese tile – azulejos. These beautiful tiles can be seen around the whole city and are reflective of Portuguese history. It is evident from their designs that they have Moorish influence. Tickets for this museum are only 5€.
Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado
This museum predominantly showcases artwork by Portuguese artists from the years 1850 to 1950, with tickets only cost 4.50€.
Museu do Dinheiro
This museum showcases money from Portugal and from all around the world, from the present time and from different centuries. Not only this, but it was also previously a church, so has the beautiful architecture to admire. Entry is also free!
Visit the Cristo Rei
Visit the other side of the river and see Cristo Rei! To get there take the ferry from Cais do Sodré and then on the other side take 101 bus that will take you directly to Cristo Rei. Here you can take in the breathtaking views of Lisbon from the other side and enjoy the sunset.
Enjoy Lisbon’s beautiful churches
Visit the vast amount of churches in Lisbon, many of which have a story or legend linked to them.
São Roque church is in Bairro Alto, and many stairs need to be climbed in order to reach it. However, the stairs are worth the beauty of this church, which although seems plain from the outside, on the inside, it is covered in gold and jewels. This church was originally a shrine to São Roque and was first built in 1590, however many chapels and objects have been added since. Not only this, but this church was one of the few buildings that wasn’t destroyed during the 1755 earthquake, therefore the historical beauty of this church is maintained.
São Domingos church has a particularly dark history, reflected in the interior of the church. This church has endured massacres and multiple natural disasters. The results of one disaster in particular (a fire in 1959), are still evident from the ruined pillars in the church. Many deaths have taken place in this church and the red ceiling is reflective of this.