With few exceptions, Lisbon’s museums and monuments are closed on 1 January.
Department stores and shopping centres (except cinemas) are closed as well.
So, here are a few ideas of things to do if you spend New Year’s Day in Lisbon.
New Year’s Day Activities
- Get lost on the narrow the streets of Alfama. Even though you won’t have the chance to visit the Castelo de São Jorge, being closed on 1 January, you’ll have Alfama all for yourself.
- Visit Lisbon’s Oceanarium, which is open from noon to 6pm on 1 January.
- Make the most of the last few days of the Wonderland Lisboa in Parque Eduardo VII at Marquês de Pombal, where you can ice skate and take a ride on the gigantic wheel.
- Take the train at Cais do Sodré station to Carcavelos for the traditional new year’s dive, then head to Cascais and cycle along the coast to Guincho, making a detour to visit Cabo da Roca and Boca do Inferno.
New Year’s Day After Dark
As night draws in, there’s still plenty to do on New Year’s Day:
- Watch the New Year’s Day Concert of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB). The concert starts at 5pm.
- Spot the Christmas lights still shining on Avenida da Liberdade and in the Baixa and shopping districts.
- Go to the movies – unlike museums and stores, cinemas are open on 1 January, and you can watch films in their original version (in Portugal, we prefer subtitles to dubbing).
Travelling in Lisbon on New Year’s Day
Being a public holiday, public transport run on 1 January at a reduced frequency.