I had a great experience with solo female travel in Lisbon earlier this year. The city is safe, the people are friendly, and there are tons of interesting attractions. You’ll never run out of things to do alone in Lisbon!
Lisbon is one of the best places for solo travel in Portugal! You won’t have to worry about what to do alone or how to make friends. This irresistible city is filled with friendly travelers and fun things to do by yourself.
From food tours to seaside monuments to castle-filled day trips, I’ll show you the best ways to enjoy your time in Portugal’s welcoming capital. Get ready! You’re in for tons of cultural exploration and postcard-worthy photo spots in Lisbon.
PS: Looking for a place to stay? Check out my guide to the best hotels in Lisbon for solo travelers with options for every budget and travel style.
One of the best things you can do as a solo traveler is to book a Lisbon food tour! Not only do you get to taste the best products curated by knowledgeable locals, it’s also a fun way to learn about Lisbon’s history and meet fellow travelers.
After all, could there be a better way to bond than over wine or mouthwatering petiscos?!
This is my favorite food tour, because you get to try everything from traditional Portuguese cuisine to inventive modern dishes. I highly recommend the drinks upgrade if you want to try the country’s famous port wine!
Things to Do Alone in Lisbon
Hands down, one of the best things to do alone in Lisbon is get lost! But not like, scary, dark alleyway lost. More like, gorgeous, pastel daydream lost. Sounds way better, right? Here’s where to go when you’re traveling Lisbon solo.
1. Wander around Alfama
You can’t visit Lisbon without spending an afternoon exploring Alfama. The oldest district in the city, this neighborhood also has the most character. Like most historic city centers in Europe, the best way to explore Alfama is simply to get lost. Wander through its maze-like cobblestone alleyways, and be prepared for a bit of a hike. Historic architecture, panoramic views and delicious Portuguese cafes await you around every corner. Make sure you check out Miradouro das Portas do Sol, the Fado Museum, and São Jorge Castle.
Book a walking tour to learn more about Lisbon’s Alfama district!
2. Explore Baixa-Chiado
Another iconic Lisbon neighborhood on our list of best things to do alone in Lisbon is the often hyphenated Baixa-Chiado. Completely rebuilt after the 18th-century hurricane that destroyed its former residences, today, it’s home to large avenues with tiled buildings typical of Lisbon’s Pombaline architecture. Explore iconic landmarks like the Santa Justa Lift, nestled among trendy hotels and cafes at the edge of the Tagus River.
3. Rua Augusta Arch at Comercio Square
If you’re planning a solo trip to Lisbon, there’s no doubt you’ve seen photos of the famous yellow city center and its beloved arch. This was the first place I went after arriving in Lisbon. I didn’t realize until I was there, but the Tagus River is directly across the street from this square. There’s also a tiny beach there if you want to get a little sunbathing on.
4. Watch the sunset from Lisbon’s miradouros
Awe-inspiring views are sometimes better when you have the chance to take them in on your own. Lisbon’s miradouros offer the opportunity to do just that. In Portuguese, miradouro means viewpoint, and this city has plenty of them! Get ready to soak in all the views with your camera and tripod in tow. (Come on, you know the pics will be worth it!) Catching a sunset from one of Lisbon’s many miradouros is a great way to romanticize your solo travel life in Lisbon.
Psst: If you’re loving everything there is to do in Lisbon, make sure to check out all the best things to do alone during solo travel to Porto!
5. Tram 28 Tour
Another one of the best things to do alone is Lisbon is to DIY your own city tour with a ride on Tram 28. This is the only line that takes you through much of the city, all for one ticket. Sound too good to be true? It may be. I was warned so many times that the line would be hours long, however, I had no trouble using this line to get from Bica to Alfama in mid-September.
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6. Castle of Sao Jorge
This medieval castle sits at the top of Alfama, Lisbon’s historic center, and is a popular tourist attraction with breathtaking views. Constructed by the Moors during the 11th century, the Castle of São Jorge was a regal palace and military stronghold until the 16th century. Come here to discover the immaculately maintained castle walls, towers, and exhibitions that celebrate Lisbon’s cultural heritage.
Psst: If you want help planning your trip, check out my Lisbon 4 day itinerary for a guide to mapping out the perfect visit.
7. Jeronimos Monastery
Can you believe this 16th-century monastery took over 100 years to build? Insane. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a pretty incredible place to wander for a few hours. It’s world-renowned for its graceful arches and intricate stonework, including sculptures of marine life and depictions of early Portuguese explorers. Plus, for all you Potterheads out there, this place gives off serious Hogwarts vibes.
8. Belém Tower
Situated on the banks of the Tagus River, this stunning 16th-century tower once served as a disembarkation point for intrepid Portuguese explorers. Though it remains an enduring symbol of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, it has also evolved into a trendy destination for travelers eager to capture stunning Instagram photos. Make sure you climb to the top for a stellar view of the river and city!
9. Pink Street
A bit of solo sightseeing on Pink Street is a must-add to your list of the best things to do alone in Lisbon. However, you may not want to do more than sightsee unless you fancy a bit of solo dining and people-watching. Also known as Rua Nova do Carvalho, this is the heart of Lisbon’s former Red Light district popular among the sailors who would come and go during Lisbon’s days as a global trade center and port city. Lined with colorful umbrellas, it makes a great backdrop for that selfie you promised your mom.
10. Casa do Alentejo
Casa do Alentejo is a stunning 17th-century Moorish palace that’s a magical place to explore on your own in Lisbon. The site has been transformed into a cultural center and restaurant, and the ornate interior features intricate tiles, vaulted ceilings, and beautiful stonework, showcasing the region’s rich heritage and architecture. Head here for traditional Alentejan cuisine, or attend one of its many concerts and exhibitions.
PS: If you like the archways and courtyards of Casa do Alentejo, you’ll love all the dazzling Moorish architecture you can see on a solo female travel Morocco adventure! The riads and palaces that I saw on a solo trip to Marrakech were some of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen.
11. Lisbon Oceanarium
Visiting museums is an excellent way for history buffs to spend a day alone in Lisbon, and luckily, this city is jam-packed with some excellent options. The Lisbon Oceanarium, the largest indoor aquarium in Europe, is home to a diverse range of sea creatures, including penguins, sharks, and rays. Book an advance ticket.
12. Gulbenkian Museum
The Gulbenkian Museum is a must-visit, showcasing a remarkable collection of works of art from different parts of the world, including pieces by Monet, Rembrandt, and Rodin. Get skip-the-line tickets.
13. National Museum of Ancient Art
The National Museum of Ancient Art boasts a vast collection of Portuguese art and artifacts, dating back to the Middle Ages, and is situated in a magnificent building that offers breathtaking views of the Tagus.
14. Fado Museum
Don’t forget to check out the Fado Museum, which celebrates the rich musical heritage of Portugal and showcases the history of Fado, a traditional music genre that originated in Lisbon!
Psst: Wondering when the best time to visit Portugal is? This seasonal guide has got you covered!
15. Sintra Day Trip
This epic day trip is by far one of the best things to do alone in Lisbon! Sintra is a charming town nestled in the hills and is home to several magnificent palaces.
Solo Travel Tip: You can get to Sintra by train or by booking a day tour, but I recommend taking an Uber and going alone. It’s unlikely you’ll meet many travelers as most of these tours simply shuttle you back and forth between Sintra and Lisbon, and getting to Pena Palace from the Sintra train station is more complicated than it seems. Save time and make things easy. There are a number of daily trains, and an Uber costs about $30 each way.
16. Pena Palace
You can’t visit Lisbon without making a quick trip to Sintra to explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Pena Palace. While crowded, this location is so unique, it’s totally worth a visit. or Quinta da Regaleira, an incredible palace and gardens with hidden tunnels and mystical symbols.
17. Moorish Castle
If you have extra time, head over to the Moorish Castle to explore its impressive fortifications and architectural remnants from Portugal’s past. Explore the castle’s towers and walls for an incredible view of the ocean and countryside.
18. Quinta da Regaleira
Quinta da Regaleira is another mesmerizing castle in Sintra known for its enchanting gardens, intricate architecture, and mystical symbolism. Discover hidden tunnels, ornate fountains, and the iconic Initiation Well.
More Beautiful Buildings: These unique Portuguese castles reminded me of the extravagant palaces in Spain‘s Andulsia region as well as the surreally beautiful fortresses I visited on a 2 day trip to Marrakech.
If you’re a fan of Moorish architecture, you should take a day trip to Cordoba, Spain. Nearby in Andalusia, you’ll also find that the most instagrammable spots in Seville are also gorgeous Islamic gems.
18. Discover Fado music
You simply cannot travel to Lisbon without enjoying some Fado music and it’s certainly no exception for solo travelers! Once the first chord is struck, this melancholic Portuguese music will stay with you forever. If you’re uncomfortable dining alone, well, don’t be!
Fado shows are located in darkly lit restaurants and all eyes are on the performers, making it pretty easy on solo travelers looking to steer clear of the spotlight. Alfama and Bairro Alto are filled with spots offering nightly Fado shows. If you want to take a tour, I recommend this evening experience.
19. Explore LX Factory
If you’re looking for more things to do alone in Lisbon, exploring LX Factory is a great option. Formerly a collection of factories and warehouses, the buildings in LX Factory (pronounced Elle-Esh) have been renovated and turned into bars, restaurants, art studios, and quirky shops. This is one of the hippest spots in Lisbon right now. Make sure you swing by on Sundays (10-7) for the weekly flea market to find anything from vintage typewriters to locally-designed clothes. While you’re there, make sure you stop by the famed bookstore Livraria Ler Devagar.
20. Eat at the original Timeout Market
Are you a foodie wondering what to do alone in Lisbon? Let’s talk. Like Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel, the Timeout Market in Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre was once a local marketplace selling things like groceries and fresh seafood.
After some rehab, it was reopened with the help of some renowned Portuguese chefs and is now a great place to sample all that Portugal has to offer. Try the croquettes or a steak sandwich from O Prego da Peixaria.
The Chef’s Kitchens of famed Portuguese chefs like Miguel Castro e Silva, Marlene Vieira, and Henrique Sá Pessoa offer a great opportunity to sample some high-end cuisine at affordable prices.
21. Shop at Feira da Ladra
Feira da Ladra or “Thieves’ Market,” is an obligatory thing to do alone in Lisbon for solo travelers who are in search of some unique vintage finds. This famous flea market has everything from antiques and vintage clothing to secondhand books and handcrafted souvenirs. It’s a great spot for bargain hunting and getting a taste of some local culture. Feira da Ladra takes place every Tuesday and Saturday in Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood.
22. Unwind at a rooftop bar
If you’re looking for a perfect spot to unwind in Lisbon, look no further than the city’s many rooftop bars. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and take in the stunning views of the city and the Tagus River. Lisbon’s rooftop bars offer relaxing and sophisticated atmospheres where you can enjoy the company of other solo travelers or simply take in the views on your own.
Whether you’re looking for a lively vibe or a more serene experience, there’s a rooftop bar in Lisbon to suit your mood. Head to Park Bar, on top of a parking garage, for a cool speakeasy vibe or Sky Bar, perched at the top of Hotel Tivoli smack dab in the center of the city.
23. Enjoy a solo beach day
Carcavelos Beach and Praia da Adraga are two of the best beaches near Lisbon for solo travelers. Carcavelos, easily accessible by train, is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing, while Praia da Adraga, located in the stunning Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, boasts crystal-clear waters and dramatic cliffs. Both offer a great opportunity to unwind and enjoy the beautiful Portuguese coastline.
While it’s a little far for a day trip, I highly recommend a few days of Algarve solo travel to Faro or Albufeira to check out the unforgettable beaches on Portugal’s southern coast! Make sure to check out all the best day trips from Faro. if you’re looking for the easiest way to see the entire coast.
If you’re dying to experience more of Portugal’s best beach towns, I also highly recommend solo travel Madeira and solo travel Azores. You can’t visit these island archipelagos without checking out the traditional Santana Madeira houses and the mysterious Fanal Forest.
24. Get active at Sintra-Cascais National Park
The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a vast and diverse park that offers numerous activities like hiking, cycling, and water sports. You can explore the rugged coastline, see the historic Cabo da Roca lighthouse, and admire the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The park is also home to numerous species of wildlife, including birds of prey, lizards, and wild boar.
25. Bike along the Tagus River
Cycling along the Tagus River is a great way to explore Lisbon’s beautiful waterfront and an easy thing to do alone in Lisbon. There are several bike rental companies in the city, and you can rent a bike and ride along the river, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. You can stop at one of the many parks along the riverbank or even cross over to the south bank of the river and explore the beaches and quaint towns. Book a half-day tour to explore the city with new friends.
Best Tours for Solo Travelers in Lisbon
Organized tours can be a solo traveler’s best friend! These fun traveler-focused activities are great for meeting people when you’re traveling by yourself.
There are an overwhelming number of fun things to do in Lisbon alone, but I’ve narrowed it down to the best tour options for solo travelers looking to get the most out of their trip:
26. Lisbon Food Tour
A country’s cuisine is often closely tied to its history. And what better way to learn about the new place you’re visiting than to eat your way through its cities?! I went on this fabulous Lisbon Food Tour where I consumed tons of amazing Portuguese wine, signature seafood dishes, pastries, and of course, made new friends! I even learned about Portugal’s interesting tie to Goa, India. (And yes, we tried an Indian dish influenced by Portugal- it was so good!) It’s always so interesting to see how different places influence one another. Don’t skip a food tour when you’re in Lisbon.
Psst: Calling all wine lovers! If you’re a fan of Portuguese wine, you’re definitely going to want to check out the gorgeous Douro Valley wineries or head to the port wineries in Porto for a taste of the country’s best!
27. Cascais Day Trip
As a solo traveler in Lisbon, there are plenty of day trips that let you explore the beautiful and exciting areas near the city. Discover Cascais beaches, a charming seaside town that offers a relaxing escape from the city. Cascais boasts a picturesque coastline dotted with golden beaches, making it an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and indulging in water sports like surfing or paddleboarding. Stroll along the vibrant marina and lively promenade before enjoying delicious seafood at one of the waterfront restaurants.
28. Obidos Day Trip
Óbidos is a charming medieval town located north of Lisbon, known for its picturesque narrow streets, whitewashed houses with vibrant flower pots, and well-preserved castle walls. One of the best things to do in Obidos is to step back in time as you walk along the city’s fortified walls, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and a unique perspective of the town’s historical architecture. Don’t forget to savor a taste of the local cherry liqueur, known as “ginjinha,” as you explore the quaint shops and delightful cafes tucked away within the town’s enchanting atmosphere.
29. Setubal Day Trip
Wander through the coastal town of Setubal, where you can try the famous local seafood and take a boat ride to see the resident dolphins. Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Setubal by visiting the Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti, which showcases the region’s fishing traditions and cultural heritage. Afterward, venture to the stunning Arrábida Natural Park nearby, where you can hike through breathtaking landscapes, relax on pristine beaches, and admire the awe-inspiring views of the Sado Estuary.
30. Ericeira Day Trip
Ericeira is a charming fishing town located about 50 kilometers northwest of Lisbon known for its picturesque cobblestone streets, excellent seafood restaurants, and world-class surf spots. With a vibrant surf culture and consistent waves, Ericeira attracts surfers from around the world, offering an ideal setting for both beginners and experienced riders to catch thrilling breaks.
But that’s only one of the many exciting things to do in Ericeira! Beyond the surf, Ericeira’s rich cultural heritage can be explored through its historic landmarks, such as the São Pedro Church and the 17th-century Fort of Mil Regos, adding an extra layer of charm to this coastal gem.
31. Alentejo Wine Region
Are you a wine lover wondering what to do in Lisbon alone? Exploring Lisbon’s wine regions is a fantastic way to learn about the country’s winemaking history and techniques from local experts. The region boasts several wine routes, each offering a unique taste of Portugal’s diverse winemaking heritage. For wine-loving solo travelers, a trip to the nearby region of Alentejo is a must-do, where you can taste some of Portugal’s best wines and explore the beautiful countryside.
32. Evora’s Historic Vineyards
The wine region of Evora is renowned for its exceptional wines and centuries-old winemaking traditions. The region’s warm climate and fertile soil create the perfect conditions for producing full-bodied red wines, such as the renowned Alentejo blends. Eexplore the picturesque vineyards, taste a variety of award-winning wines, and get lost in the rich viticultural history that has shaped the identity of Évora, Portugal.
33. Tagus River Wine Cruise
Embark on a delightful sunset wine cruise along the Tagus River, offering stunning views of Lisbon’s sights in the Portuguese evening sun. Sip a refreshing welcome drink as you enjoy a peaceful evening on the water, accompanied by pleasant music. Experience the barrier-free panorama vessel with a 360-degree window view, allowing you to take in the magical cityscape and feel the soothing breeze.
34. Street Art Tour
Are you an art lover wondering what to do alone in Lisbon? Taking a street art tour is a great way to explore Lisbon’s vibrant arts scene as a solo traveler. The city is home to many talented street artists, and a guided tour will take you to some of the most impressive murals and installations. These tours typically start in the trendy neighborhood of Marvila, where you’ll discover colorful street art adorning the walls of buildings and abandoned factories.
You’ll also see works by well-known artists such as Vhils and Bordalo II, whose larger-than-life animal sculptures are made from recycled materials. This is a unique and memorable way for solo travelers to experience Lisbon’s creative side. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to make new friends and snap some amazing photos!
Best Solo Dining in Lisbon
Anything involving food is an obvious addition to our list of best things to do in Lisbon alone. Portuguese food may not be the most Insta-worthy, but once you peel back the layers of this intriguing cuisine, there’s a lot to #love.
You can check out a list of the city’s best restaurants here, and read on for spots where any solo diner will feel comfortable eating alone in Lisbon:
35. Timeout Market
Timeout Market is such a great thing to do alone in Lisbon it deserves to be on this list twice! The original Timeout Market, this spot is ideal for anyone on a solo trip to Lisbon. You can try traditional Portuguese meals from Michelin-starred chefs in the chef’s wing. Be sure to look out for names like Jose Avillez and Henrique Sá Pessoa.
There are tons of stalls at this market so you could come here day after day without running out of delicious things to try.
36. Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
At this iconic Lisbon miradouro, you can get dinner and a show! Grab a bite to eat from one of the stalls before settling in to watch the sunset, usually complete with a lovely performance from one of Lisbon’s many talented street musicians. A seriously romantic solo date!
37. O Trevo
If you’re a major foodie putting together a list of what to do alone in Lisbon, you won’t want to miss this snack bar that has comfortable counter service where you won’t feel weird dining alone. You definitely want to try their bifana since this is the very spot where Anthony Bourdain tried the marinated pork sandwich while filming No Reservations.
If you’re keen to meet others, head to Galeto for a traditional Portuguese meal. At this trusted Lisbon establishment, guests sit side-by-side at a long counter. Okay, so it could be a bit awkward… or it could be amazing!
Ask to be sat next to other single diners and, who knows, maybe you’ll meet the love of your life. Or, you know, at least someone to chat with while you dig into dinner.
39. Eat With
Want to get to know locals and other travelers? One of the best ways to do this on a solo trip to Lisbon is by using EatWith! EatWith.com offers cooking classes and meals at a local Lisboans home. It’s sure to be a fun and casual environment, and may just be the perfect way to meet new people!
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