Have fun in Lisbon — Here’s some fun activities you can do while in the city for UXLx 2024

UXLx: UX Lisbon
4 min readApr 12, 2024


Surf the perfect wave (or try to 😅)

Three people at the beach preparing to surf.
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With more than 850 km of coastline, Portugal has long become a premier year-round surf destination. Although there’s no sea in Lisbon, you can easily get to a surfing beach in less than an hour. Estoril coast is a preferred location for surfing tourists as it is linked by direct urban train lines from the city centre. Other top surfing destinations include Sintra, Costa da Caparica or, if you don’t mind going further north, Ericeira and Peniche. In any of the locations you’ll find a number of surfing schools, with certified instructors.

Sail into the sunset on a Tagus cruise

Source: Lisboat

Lisbon overlooks the beautiful and immense Tagus river. When exploring the city, you get some amazing views with the river in the backdrop. But have you wondered how Lisbon looks from the water? Hop on a cruise to get a unique perspective of Lisbon’s landmarks — 25 of April Bridge, Terreiro do Paço, and Belém Tower. For the ultimate experience, look for a boat cruise at sunset (often accompanied by some wine, snacks or even a DJ 🍷💃). Online you’ll find multiple options from different operators.

Bake your own Pastéis de Nata

Group of people at a Pastéis de Nata workshop.
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If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon you must certainly have heard of the famous (and delicious 😋) egg custard tarts — Pastéis de Nata. Besides tasting them when you’re in town, why not learning how to bake them at home? You can take a Pastel de Nata Pastry workshop, which ends with you enjoying your own freshly-baked Pastel de Nata.

Hit the streets for a Lisbon street art tour

Street art in Lisbon.
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Colourful street art perfectly blends with Lisbon’s century-old heritage. A real open-air exhibition that has placed the city as a premier street art destination. A municipal office spots vacant wall spaces in the city and partners with local and international artists to create some amazing art works all over the city.

You’ll probably be able to spot some when your out and about but taking a street art tour is one of the best ways to discover all the hidden gems, while learning more about it.

Have a memorable evening with a soulful Fado show

A female fado singer accompanied by a guitar player and a viola player.
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You might not understand the words but the melancholy and soulfulness of Fado will certainly not leave you indifferent.

Born in Lisbon more than 200 years ago, this unique musical genre is part of the local culture and has been recognised by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Search for typical Fado houses like Clube do Fado, Sr. Vinho or Adega Machado where you can have a traditional Portuguese cuisine dinner while a male or female fadista (fado singer) accompanied by the Portuguese guitarra, a pear-shaped guitar unique to Portugal, perform authentic fado.

Paint your own azulejo

A buidling in Lisbon with colourful tiles on the façade.
Photo by Diego García on Unsplash

When walking the streets of Lisbon it’s impossible not to spot them — colourful azulejos (tiles) embellish building, churches, train stations and palaces all over the city.

If you want to learn more about Portuguese tile heritage and get a unique souvenir to take back home why not attending a tile painting workshop?You’ll find two-hour painting workshops in Casa do Azulejo or VisitMyLisbon.

You might also be interested in visiting the National Azulejo Museum, housed in a 16th-century convent, where you can learn about how azulejos are created and its history.

On our Medium page you’ll find a series of articles with practical information, tips to discover Lisbon and best spots for food & drinks. Take a look! 😉

See you in May! 👋



UXLx: UX Lisbon

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