Lisbon is a romantic city at the best of times, but a little research can go a long way when looking for a date night with a difference.
In a city where great food is on every corner and every sunset is an event, it can be easy to take Lisbon for granted as a romantic destination. There are walks and miradouros in abundance, and plenty of museums to wander round, hand in hand. But when even those are failing to inspire, and you want to do something really memorable, a little research will yield plenty of more unusual date ideas. Here are some of our favourites to get you started…
Cinemateca Portuguesa Keep on top of the changing programme and events offered by Cinemateca Portuguesa and you’ll discover arthouse cinema and old classics on rotation, plus special exhibitions. For lovers of vintage fun this is a great way to escape real life and get caught up in the golden age of cinema.
Planetarium Calouste Gulbenkian Is there anything more romantic than stargazing? Fans of La La Land will appreciate a planetarium as a date night venue, but if you’re not familiar, the starry dome is the perfect place to while away a few hours with a special someone.
Sea Sky Portugal Charter As a coastal city, Lisbon has a deep maritime history. And for a different perspective, what better way to see the rolling hills and 25 de April bridge than from the water? Chartering a boat is a wonderful romantic gesture for special anniversaries or occasions, and you can order food and drinks or even bring your own, to make the trip extra special.
Boating in the Jardim do Campo Grande If chartering a catamaran isn’t quite your speed, take a more sedate approach and hire a row boat at the Jardim do Campo Grande. The park is lovely for a picnic, too.
Castelo de São Jorge Imagine yourselves king and queen of your very own castle with a visit to Castelo de São Jorge, located atop one of Lisbon’s famous hills. One for both history lovers and romantics, this historic site has artefacts dating back to the 11th century, turrets, views and of course a café.
Teatro de São Carlos Do something different, put on your finest outfits and head to an opera in Chiado. Not only will you get to soak up an incredible performance, but you’ll be stepping into a world of pure glamour and escapism. A date that’s sure to impress.
Urban Adventures As with most dilemmas, sometimes outsourcing is the solution. Tour companies like Urban Adventures offer ready-made private walks, dinners and sightseeing, but will also create you a bespoke experience if you get in touch.