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Vacations don't always have to be costly endeavors. In fact, with smart planning you can experience some of the best parts of a trip on a low budget. This is true for Portugal tours, as the capital city of Lisbon is home to many activities that can cost next to nothing, which can free up some funds to travel through other parts of the region.
Located in central Lisbon, this neighborhood is situated on the banks of the Tagus River, and has plenty of popular destinations that won't cost you a penny to experience. Belem has played an integral role in Lisbon's history for centuries, and has many buildings that date back centuries. You can get a true sense of its importance by looking at its Monument to the Discoveries, which commemorates Portugal's most famous explorers, many of whom embarked on their journey from Belem. There are other highlights of the neighborhood including the Hieronymites Monastery and the Belem Tower, a former military outpost.
Paula Rego Museum
Most major European cities have a number of appealing museums, and Lisbon is no different. There are many to choose from, but you should make a point to visit the Paula Rego Museum, not only for its appealing artwork but also its historic significance. Rego stands as one of the most famous artists in Portugal's history. Additionally, but most experts point out the short train ride to the museum, which is one of the most uniquely designed structures in the area, brings you through some beautiful scenery.
Avenida da Liberdade
Sometimes just exploring a city on foot can be the best way to experience it, and the best place to do this in Lisbon is Avenida da Liberdade. Much of the area dates back to the 1760s and it is lined with everything from monuments honoring the heroes of World War I to hotels, shops and interesting architecture.
Jump over the border
Saving money while you're in Lisbon can open up a number of other opportunities, including making a trip east to embark on a tour of Spain. Specifically, you should make a point to visit the small coastal town of Getaria. Though it may not have the big city appeal of Madrid or Barcelona, the quaint, seaside charm will certainly resonate.
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