Things to do in Lisbon in March

If you are in Lisbon in March and you’re wondering what to do, here’s a list of some ideas you can start with. March is a very interesting month to visit Lisbon as it marks the beginning of Spring. Are you ready to plan your trip? Here are some ideas of things to do in Lisbon in March.

Discover the National Museum of Ancient Art


If you’re in Lisbon in March, one of the best things to do is to visit the National Museum of Ancient Art. The great works you’ll find there will give you deeper insight into the Portuguese culture and history and it has a great coffee shop with a balcony overlooking the river Tagus where you can relax afterwards.

Located between the city center and Belém, it is a great stop after spending the morning in Belém.

Visit A MONSTRA Festival


If you come to Lisbon in March, one of the things to do, whether you’re traveling with kids or on your own, is to visit the MONSTRA animated film festival.

Running from the 18th to the 29th of March, it holds activities throughout the day (from morning to evening) all throughout Lisbon. Most of it takes place in the historical São Jorge Cinema at Avenida da Liberdade, but you’ll find fun and inspiring activities and projections all around the city.

During this year MONSTRA edition, don’t miss the Tim Burton exhibition! The MONSTRA festival in partnership with the Museu da Marioneta organized this unique exhibition dedicated to the film director, Tim Burton. You will be able to discover and learn more about puppets, original drawings of his stop-motion movies, models, props, drafts that gave birth to some of his most famous productions, like Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie.

The exhibition takes place at Museu da Marioneta (Puppets Museum), at Convento das Bernardas, which is located at Rua da Esperança, 146, and ends on April, 19th. The entrance only costs two euros! You really have no excuses not to seize the chance to attend a whole exhibition dedicated to the works of Tim Burton, a genius who manages to perfectly combine both children’s and adults worlds!

Go to the Cultural Center of Belém


Another thing to do in Lisbon in March is to visit the Cultural Center of Belém.

This house hosts some of the most internationally recognized music players and is also house to the Berardo Collection: a modern art collection that will kick your socks off. As the sun starts shining at this time of the year, take a chance to enjoy a coffee at the balcony of Cultural Center of Belém overlooking the river. Search Flights Image

Visit the Oceanarium


One of the best things to do in Lisbon in March is visiting the Oceanarium. Not only is it renowned internationally, it is now hosting an amazing exhibition by a Japanese underwater landscape artist: Underwater Forests, by Takashi Amano.

You’ll love visiting it and it is located in one of the modern areas of Lisbon: Parque das Nações.

So you can visit the Oceanarium and then take a walk alongside the river Tagus and have lunch at one of the great restaurants by the river.

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Learn more about the history of Portugal at Tower of Belém


If you are in Lisbon in the month of March the last suggestion as to what to do I’m leaving you with is to visit the Tower of Belém. Built around the 1500’s, it had a defense purpose as it stood in the middle of river Tagus and protected the harbor of Belém, where all the ships were sailing out to the rest of the world and in from distant territories filled with spices and adventurous stories. Join us in our Belém tour to discover more about the adventures of the sailors and visit the Tower of Belém.

If you want to know a little more about Belém, you can read these two articles: a walk in Belém and this top 5 fun facts about Belém.

Meet Vincent Van Gogh while in Lisbon

After Beijing, Barcelona, Seoul, Lisbon also receives the Meet Vincent Van Gogh exhibition, a unique multi-sensory experience telling the history of one of the most famous painters! Vincent Van Gogh died almost 130 years ago, but his art lives on, his career and life still fascinate thousands of people. His works and existence continue to inspire contemporary artists and many artistic fields.

The Meet Vincent Van Gogh exhibition is an innovative concept, with a mission to safeguard and spread the work of Van Gogh, breaking boundaries and allowing the artists works to travel through many places and audiences. This exhibition enables the visitor to learn more about Vincent Van Gogh history. It is an immersive experience through his life, his feelings, his doubts and anxiety, love and thoughts, during which each visitor feels obliged to interact and touch.

During the experience, some of the main places of Van Gogh’s life such as Le Tambourin café in Paris, the Saint-Rémy Hospital where he was hospitalized, the Yellow House in Arles and his famous room are recreated. Several screenings, movies, photos provide the visitors an opportunity to walk the places that marked Van Gogh life. People will get to learn more about him, to understand him, thanks to challenging interactive activities for them to test and experiment their artistic skills using the painter techniques.

It’s an awesome activity for all the members of the family. For the children, a Treasure Hunt is organized, which is a bit of a major challenge for them to test their concentration and their capacity for discernment of Vincent Van Gogh life and works details.

The Meet Vincent Van Gogh exhibition takes place in Belém at Terrreiro das Missas. You can get there by taking the 727, 728 or 729 buses.

Enjoy a Burlesque cabaret show

Every saturday at 8.30 pm, you can have dinner and enjoy a burlesque show until March, 28th. The show and dinner deal only costs 55 euros! Don’t miss the opportunity to watch a cabaret performance while in the city of Lisbon.

Each show is unique and unforgettable, because the artists and perfomers change every week with crazy acts and choreographies. Resident artists, both national and international guests make each evening a success! These burlesque performances happen at Maxime, located at Praça da Alegria, 58. Buy your tickets here.

You now know some of the best things to do in Lisbon in March! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article and that it has been useful to you! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further information about anything! See you in Lisbon in March for the beginning of Spring!