What To Do This Weekend in Lisbon: 15 to 17 September 2017

What To Do This Weekend in Lisbon: 15 to 17 September 2017

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The Lisbon Busking Festival starts Friday 15th September and will go on until Sunday on Largo do Intendente in Lisbon. Circus performers, jugglers, acrobats, clowns, puppeteers, living statues, improvised poetry, dance and theater, there will be something for everyone. It starts at 5pm on Friday but it goes on the whole weekend and it’s free. Performances will take place in Intendente, Chapitô or in the Mercado de Arroios. Find the program and more info here.


Go underground this weekend and take a guided tour of the Roman Galleries. They were discovered soon after the Great Earthquake of 1771 and consist of an intricate underground tunnel system built by the Romans in the 1st century AD. The Galleries only open once or twice a year because they’re usually flooded so this is your chance to see them. Sign up here for the very much coveted tickets, they cost €2. If they are sold out, don’t worry, tickets that aren’t collected become available again on the website so keep checking. Learn more about the galleries here.

Have you have wondered what it would be to go back to medieval times? Well, this is your chance, the Alameda Medieval Channel takes place under a military camp. There will be food, falconry shows, horse tournaments and so much more. Find out what’s in store here. Entrance is free.

Friday, 15 September

Belém Art Fest is a festival that gives you the chance to go inside the most beautiful, iconic monuments and museums in Belém and watch artists perform in their secluded, beautiful rooms. A day ticket costs €20 and it will also give you access to night guided museum tours. Tickets here and more info here.  If you’re not feeling musical you can visit the street food market in Jardins do Império. Entrance is free.

Party at Forró de São Bento. If you want to delve into the Brazilian culture nothing like trying to dance a little forró. Take a date or some friends and dance the night away in the Forró de São Bento. It’s free, it happens every Friday and it starts at 9pm. Sign up here.

Saturday, 16 September

If you’re already a fan or happen to be curious about Lucha Libre Mexicana, you can have a little fix if you visit the gardens of the Museu de Lisboa, and watch a real wrestling shown organized in partnership with WP Wrestling Portugal. Three combats and six fighters and all free on Saturday 16th. Entrance is free.

Queer Lisboa is the biggest LGBT film festival in Lisbon and will end on 23rd September. There will be lots of amazing films premiering and competing, short movies, documentaries, talks, and art. Discover the program here. Tickets can be bought at Cinema São Jorge.

Sunday, 17 September

If you like to party and you like to brunch, well this is the place to be this Sunday. Brunch Electronik happens in Tapada da Ajuda, one of the most beautiful botanic parks in Lisbon. There will be music with many Djs playing, sets start at 2pm and end at 22pm. There will be plenty of food trucks with delicious meals to have on the go while you finish your Sunday dancing away. Tickets go for €11 and children are welcome! More info and tickets here.


Best Affordable 4 Star Hotels In Lisbon

Best Affordable 4 Star Hotels In Lisbon

If Portugal is on your checklist but you still haven’t planned your summer holidays, this is the time to start researching and making your bookings. The hotels in Lisbon are still at 40% capacity but after the Easter holidays, things will change very quickly. Here is a list of my favourite 5 best budget hotels in Lisbon where you can stay for a week in July, under the €350 mark per person. Check it out.

  1. Lisbon Marriot Hotel

swimming pool marriot

If the swimming pool in the hotel isn’t convincing enough, then the €542 price for a week, for 2, in a room with a city view, plasma screen, free breakfast and a spa & gym should close the deal. You can book it here.

One week in Lisbon – Price in dollars: $578 – Price in pounds: £463

2. Vila Gale Opera

At this hotel, you can get a double room with a private bathroom, flat screen, free wi-fi, access to the swimming pool and sauna and river views for less than €600. It’s located by a restaurant filled area and it’s close to one of Lisbon’s nightlife hotspots. It’s going for €534, for a week in July, for two people. If you pay €10 more a day, you can also guarantee a deluxe breakfast daily.

The hotel has a sunroof pool also and, if you’re travelling with kids, the front desk will be happy to assist you on suggesting nice activities for children. Book it here.

One week in Vila Galé Opera – Price in dollars: $570 – Price in pounds: $457

3. NH Lisboa Campo Grande

bedroom NH

This hotel is right in front of a central metro station and there’s also a bus stop that takes you to the historical part of town. It’s good value for money considering you get all the 4-star hotel perks for as little as €428 for a week in July. All rooms have big windows and there’s even a pillow menu! A delicious breakfast is available for an extra €14.90 a day.  You can book it here.

One week in NH Lisboa Campo Grande – Price in dollars: $456 – Price in pounds: £366

4. EVOLUTION Lisboa Hotel

room blue

Imagine stepping into your own rain shower after a hard day of sightseeing around Lisbon? Or going downstairs for a drink before a night out and, instead, ending up partying at the sound of a DJ set and drinking the best cocktails? Tired of a night of partying? There’s a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna, open 24 hours a day.

swimming evolution

This hotel is for perfect for tech lovers, at the reception you can find Macbooks and plugs for tablets, the bedroom temperature, lights and curtains are controlled by a smartphone app on the TV. There’s even self-check-in and check-out if you don’t like to wait. Right now, you can book a whole week of holidays for €497 in July.

Note: The rooms in the hotel have an open plan bathroom, which means there’s not much privacy if you’re not that intimate with the person you’re travelling with. On the plus side, food is available 24/7. You can add the breakfast for €11. 

Book it here.

One week in Evolution Lisbon – Price in dollars: $530 – Price in pounds: £425

5. HF Fenix Music

hf fenix

I’m actually cheating on this list and adding a 3-star hotel, but that’s because this one is too good and original to be left out. Part of what makes the HF Fenix Music hotel so great is the amazing rooftop swimming pool from where you can admire the city.

bedroom hf fenix

It helps that the rooms all have a musical theme and there’s a Bluetooth sound system installed. If you’re worried about noise, don’t. All rooms are soundproofed.
You can stay here for €671. The price is for two people and the breakfast is included.

Book it here.

One week in the HF Fenix Music – Price in dollars: $716 – Prince in pounds: £574