10 Things Tourists Should Never Do In Lisbon

Lisbon is a beautiful city that attracts millions of tourists every year, but there are certain things that visitors should avoid doing to ensure a positive experience. Here are Activities In Portugals 10 things tourists should never do in Lisbon.


Wear Heels

things tourists should never do in Lisbon
Lisbon is NOT a city for high heels. Walking on the streets of this city can be hazardous in flat shoes but in heels you are almost taking your own life in your hands.
Although extremely beautiful, paths in Portugal are made from cobblestones, typically of white and black limestone. These small stones are shiny, slippy and Lisbon is famous for being the city built on 7 hills. Slipping and tripping is an everyday occurrence, so word of warning do not pack your heels!

Have Dinner Before 7pm

things tourists should never do in Lisbon
The Portuguese eat late, very late. If you are from Northern Europe or North America we are accustomed to eating dinner around 6pm or 7pm. Well, not in Portugal, at 7pm it is normal to still be at the beach and still catching those rays. Eating early is just not considered normal, in fact most restaurants do not open their doors until 7.30pm. Our tip, grab a huge lunch to keep the hunger at bay and eat like a local at 9pm. 

Speak Spanish

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Speaking Spanish to a Portuguese can be seen as extremely rude, the Portuguese and Spanish have a typical neighbour rivalry. Many Portuguese will be able to answer you almost fluently in Spanish, however they are Portuguese and much prefer to be spoken to in their native language or English, German or Italian if you must, just not Spanish!

Be Blackout Drunk

things tourists should never do in Lisbon

As with every country in the world, being bladdered is not seen in a good light. The Portuguese have a healthier attitude to drinking than the British, and drinking normally takes place during dinner. It is very rare to see drunken Portuguese roaming the streets being annoying, so if you are traveling to this beautiful country, do everyone a favour and drink in moderation.  

Talk Back To The Police

things tourists should never do in Lisbon

Following on from drinking too much, we also do not recommend talking back and being “smart” with the police. Believe us, you will not come off as the winner in that situation. They do not police with kid gloves and remember the police carry guns here! Stay smart and be respectful.
Next on our list of 10 things tourists should never do in Lisbon is number 6.

Forget Your Sun Cream

things tourists should never do in Lisbon

Lisbon is HOT, in every sense of the word but during summer temperatures can reach over 40 degrees. Even in winter the temperature is around 20 degrees during the day. The sun is strong so do not forget your sun cream!

Drive Into The Centre

things tourists should never do in Lisbon
Central Lisbon is known for its narrow, winding streets and steep hills, making driving a challenging and potentially dangerous experience for strangers to the city. Traffic can be heavy and chaotic, the streets small and difficult to navigate and finding a parking space is almost impossible. Do yourself a favour and catch the bus, train or tram to the centre.

Be Rude To The Locals

This is a given for everywhere in the world, do not travel with an attitude. Do not be rude. 

Forget About Your Safety

things tourists should never do in Lisbon

Lisbon is one of the safest cities in Europe but crime still does happen. Do not fall into a false sense of security and leave your common sense on the plane. Always secure your belongings, be weary of pick pockets when walking on crowded Lisbon streets and if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stay aware. 

Be Scared To Try New Things

things tourists should never do in Lisbon

Lisbon is a city full of new experiences and opportunities waiting to be discovered, so don’t be scared to try something new.
Whether it’s sampling traditional Portuguese cuisine, exploring the city’s historic landmarks, or trying out a new activity like surfing or rock climbing, there’s always things to do in Lisbon.

By stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing new experiences, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the culture and people of Lisbon, and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

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