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5 things for students in Lisbon to do on their own

5 things for students in Lisbon to do on their own

Editor’s note: This week’s guest writer, Carolina, studies in Lisbon and she’s addicted to backpack trips and photography. On this blog post she tells you all about the best things to do if you’re on your own in the city. If you’re studying in Lisbon get out of your comfort zone and discover Lisbon! 

Most of the times we have someone to hang out with on weekends or on our free time but sometimes it happens that we’re on our own. Being alone doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to stay at home, on the contrary, some things are better to do by ourselves. Here are some suggestions of things to do alone in Lisbon:

Jogging at Belém River Side

Student in Lisbon going for a jog
Go for a jog near the river in Belém!

Running is one of those things that is better to do alone. You can respect your own speed and intensity, listen to music in your iPod and run for whenever and wherever you like. Go to the Belém riverside and enjoy some “you time” running on a spectacular water front. You can start at the Docks of Alcântara and go as far as Belém. If you go at the end of the afternoon you can see the sunset and it will be even better!

Explore and listen to some music

Erasmus in Lisbon is great for music fans!
Tired of listening to the same songs over and over again? Then, it’s time to find some new tunes!

Listening to music and exploring cd’s and vinyl of the bands that you love is a great plan for when you’re alone. You can spend as much time as you like and sometimes you make discoveries you wouldn’t do if you had company. Louie Louie (at Escadinhas do Sto. Espírito da Pedreira 100 A – Chiado) and Flur (at Av. Infante D. Henrique, Warehouse B, store  4) are fantastic spots to check out some music.

Read and find new books

Studying in Lisbon
Lisbon has some pretty cool book stores! Check them out and grab a book to read!

For many people reading is the best hobby. We can go anywhere without leaving the couch. Go to the book store Ler Devagar (Lx Factory) or to Leya na Barata (Av. De Roma 11 A) and spend hours discovering books from you favourite authors. Both have a café so you can have a coffee or eat something while you read.

If you’re already reading a book, you can go to Torel Garden (Calçada do Moinho de Vento) or to Monte Agudo Belvedere (Rua Heliodoro Salgado, at Graça) and seat down somewhere to read it. 

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Work or study outside home

Study in Lisbon at the Gulbenkian Gardens.
Gulbenkian is a classic when you’re studying for exams in Lisbon.

Working at home can be less productive and more boring than working in a library or at a café. So make it less painful and go to Galveias Library (Campo Pequeno) or to Gulbenkian (Av. De Berna 45 A).

Go to see an art exhibit

Museum in Lisbon
Go to an art exhibition in Lisbon and check out some of the best Portuguese artists!

It can be very nice to go alone to an art gallery or a museum since you can see the exhibit at you own pace and rhythm. CCB (Praça do Império), CAM (Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt) and MNAA (Rua das Janelas Verdes) always have great exhibits which are really worth your time and attention.

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