Studying in Lisbon allows you to meet new people, achieve a higher education and everything that studying includes. But of course, as a young foreign student in a foreign city, you’re surely thinking that doing Erasmus can’t be just about working on your studies (all work, no play can be dull, right?)! Lucky for you, Lisbon is a hub of activity that’ll keep you entertained! Here follows some cool suggestions for your leisure times:
Centro Cultural de Belém
CCB, known as Centro Cultural de Belém, has its own spot in the portuguese culture. Inside the building, you’ll find a universe of spaces that include a museum, a conference room, a showroom (where film and music shows are held), three restaurants, a book shop, a large store where you can buy art supplies, stores and several gardened spaces.
One of the many gardens with a restaurant
The museum in question is Museu Colecção Berardo – where important collections of modern art are shown to the public in exhibits that keep changing throughout the year, so there’s always something for everyone!
Entrance fee: Exhibitions – Free / Events: depends on the event
Address: Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisboa
Time schedule: Open everyday, except on December 25th
Museu do Oriente
This museum was founded in 2008, this is one of the busiest cultural spots in Lisbon. Its event calendar is quite diverse – it has both permanent and temporary exhibits, music and dance shows, cinema, workshops and educational activities, amongst others.
One of the most popular exhibits in the museum: “Masks of Asia”
As its name implies, the museum is managed by the Fundação do Oriente and dedicates itself to the historic, cultural and artistic relationship between Portugal and countries from the East. Here, you’ll have plenty to choose and see!
Entrance fee: 6€ (adults), 3,5€ ( >65 anos), 2,5€ (students), 2€ (6-12 years old), free (0-5 years old and Fridays from 18h to 22h)
Address: Av. Brasília, Doca de Alcântara (Norte), 1350-352 Lisboa
Time schedule: Tuesdays to Sundays: 10h-18h. On Fridays, it closes at 22h. Closed on Mondays.
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Established in 1969, the foundation is a product of the heritage of the philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian and is one of the city’s major riches. Surrounded by a large and popular garden, the building has two museums, two auditoriums, an outdoor amphitheatre, a library, an art gallery, a congress room and three cafeterias.
Orchestra playing in the outdoor amphitheatre, in the Gulbenkian garden
This place offers a huge variety of exhibitions – both temporary and permanent – that range from scientific works to several branches of art – as well as classical music concerts and film festivals. Oh, and it’s also an amazing place to go work on your studies, especially in the garden (just don’t let the ducks “steal” your paperwork”).
Entrance fee: Free (Garden, <12, <18 accompanied by a relative, and Sundays); €5 (exhibits), €2,50 (students < 30, >65 years old, and European Youth card), 15€ (daily pass – entrance in every exhibition for a day)
Address: Av. de Berna, 45 A, 1067-001 Lisboa
Phone Number: (+351) 217 823 000
Time schedule: Mondays and from Wednesdays to Sundays, 10h17h45). Closed on Tuesdays (museums)
Cinema São Jorge, during the IndieLisboa Film Festival
One of the most emblematic spots in Lisbon, Cinema São Jorge has been entertaining the public since 1950. It may have only three rooms, but where it lacks in number of rooms it makes up for in capacity, as they can take up a capacity between 100 and 827 people.
People attending the Motelx Horror Film Festival
These days, the cinema is where several types of events take place throughout the year, such as film festivals (Motelx, DocLisboa, Indielisboa and Monstra are the ones with the biggest relevance), music festivals, theatre and dance shows. You just have to keep a watchful eye to the cultural agenda, there’s always something happening here.
Entrance fee: depends on the event
Address: Avenida da Liberdade, nº 175, 1250-141
Phone number: Ticket office – (+351) 213 103 400 / General – (+351) 213 103 402
Time schedule: Everyday – from 10h to 24h /Days without events – Mondays to Sundays from 13h to 20h/ Days with events – Mondays to Sundays from 13h to 15 minutes after the beginning of each event.
The Culturgest building
Culturgest is much more than just the large palace-like building that house the Caixa Geral de Depósitos bank. It is also a cultural centre that offers a variety of activities that include theatre shows, music, dance, cinema and art exhibitions. Also, this is where the Prémios Novos ceremony is held annually, an award-giving event that rewards people on several talents.
One of the Culturgest Auditoriums, where the Prémios Novos ceremony is held
The building includes two large auditoriums, six meeting rooms, two galleries and a cafeteria. Coming here, you won’t feel bored and the events in this place are really worthwhile!
Entrance fee: Galleries – 2€, 30% off (< 25, > 65), free (< 16). The pricing for other events depends of the event.
Address: Edifício-Sede da CGD, Rua Arco do Cego 50, Piso 1, 1000-300 Lisboa
Phone number: (+351) 217 905 155
Schedule: Galleries: Tuesdays to Fridays – 11:00-18:00; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – 11:00-19:00.
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