Things to do in Lisbon in April
If you are in Lisbon in April and you’re wondering what to do, here’s a list of some ideas you can start with. April is a very interesting month to visit Lisbon. One of our most important holidays takes place in April. Are you ready to plan your trip? Here are some ideas of things to do in Lisbon in April.
Celebrate Freedom! – The 25th of April
The 25th of April is the day the word “Freedom” found its true meaning. On the 25th of April of the year 1974, early in the morning, Armed Forces soldiers took hold of the radio station. They explained the population they wanted Portugal to be a democracy again, a free country with its elections. They played on air songs dictatorship censored.
During that day, the population joined the soldiers and a real revolution started. At a certain moment, a florist started distributing carnations to the people. Soldiers put it on the barrel of their guns, and the civilians on their chest. That is why the 25th of April is also called the “Revolução dos Cravos” (Carnations Revolution, in English). It was a peaceful revolution where carnations took the place of bullets. It became the symbol of the revolution for Portugal.
The colonial war was over, the civilians got their social and legal rights. Dictatorship fell and a new beginning for Portugal started.
I guess you can see how much this day means to Portuguese people. A huge parade takes place, every year on the 25th of April, since that historic day. It starts at the Praça Marquês de Pombal and ends at the Praça dos Restauradores. You will be amazed by the incredible energy and by the mixing of generations paying tribute to Portugal.
Nowadays, we celebrate this national holiday with music. And by sharing carnations on the streets of Lisbon. All you have to do is grab a carnation and join us!
Enjoy free entrance! – Dia Internacional dos Monumentos e Sítios
The 18th of April, it is the World Monuments Day. Why is it on the list of things to do in Lisbon in April? During the day, many initiatives take place such as visits and free entrance to monuments. That is why you should seize this unique opportunity. All through that week, events are organized related to this year’s theme.
And the good news is that we will get to visit the Monument of Discoveries together. The monument symbolizes the Portuguese overseas expansion, its glorious past and the cultural figures from the Age of Discoveries.
By joining our Belém Tour you will explore, discover and learn all about the Age of Discoveries. Let’s set sail together!
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – St. Jerónimos Monastery
Another thing to do in Lisbon in April is something you might have heard of is the Jerónimos Monastery. It is definitely a must-see place.
It was built by the King D. Manuel I, with the gold collected from the Discoveries. It is an amazing monument. Constructed in a unique architectural style only found in Portugal, the Manueline style. The monastery was given to the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome, from whom it got its name.
In the church of Saint Mary, you will find the tomb of Vasco Da Gama. He was the most famous Portuguese sailor who discovered the sea route from Lisbon to India. The Jerónimos Monastery illustrates the power and knowledge of Portuguese. The remains of important Portuguese figures have been transported to the monastery. You can also find the remains of Luís de Camões, the poet who immortalized the Age of Discoveries in its poem Os Lusíadas.
It’s one of my favorite parts of our Belém tour, which you can learn all about it here.
Visit an exhibition
If you’re interested in animation, you will love the A Magia dos Estúdios Aardman exhibition. This is Aardman Studios first exhibiton in Lisbon! The studios were founded in 1976 by David Sproxton and Peter Lord and produced films and series, such as Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep Movie and Chicken Run.
This exhibition is the opportunity to explore the works of these studios and to see the puppets that are part of the history of animation.
The exhibition A Magia dos Estúdios Aardman will take place at the Puppets Museum (Museu da Marioneta), located at Rua da Esperança, 146, from tuesdays to sundays. It open at 10 am and closes at 6 pm. You really have no excuse to miss this exhibition! However, note that it ends on April, 21st!
Go to some fairs: Lisbon Fairs (Feira Internacional de Lisboa)
FIL (Feira Internacional de Lisboa) is a place designed for events, in particular for fairs. If you are in Lisbon in April, you should go to one of the fairs taking place at FIL during April. Located in the Parque das Nações.
From the 5th to the 7th, there will be the Motorclássico fair. It is an automobile show, where you will get the opportunity to see vintage cars and motorcycles. You will also have the opportunity to eventually buy it since there will be auctions! At FIL, during April, prepare for many surprises!
Here you have it for our sneak peek of things to do in Lisbon in April because there are plenty more. Lisbon is an energetic city, dynamic. The atmosphere is always great. And the month of April is perfect for you to visit Lisbon since you will be celebrating with the Portuguese their most important date. Embrace new experiences. Embrace discoveries. Embrace your freedom. Set sail with us on a new adventure! Contact us for further information, we will make sure you spend the best time of your life in Lisbon! See you soon!