48 hours in Lisbon

DAY 1

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Sunrise at the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

The views are breathtaking, with the castle and the historic center in the foreground and the Tagus on the horizon. One of the highest (and incredible) points of the city: the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, in Graça.

From Feira da Ladra to Alfama

Two steps away from Miradouro da Senhora da Graça, in Campo de Santa Clara, you will find one of the most famous markets in Lisbon: the Feira da Ladra. If you like kitch products and with prices in mind, do not forget to go there and, now, take advantage of two monuments of this area: the National Pantheon and the Monastery of São Vicente.

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Lunch at Time Out Market

After so much walking, you must be full of hunger, right? Good drive to Cais do Sodré, down to Commerce Square, and following the path of Ribeiras das Naus, one of the most pleasant walks along the river. At Time Out Market you will find a variety of restaurants and kitchens, the most current in the country.

Stroll along the waterfront and visit the MAAT

Charged energies, it is time to follow the way and there are two alternatives, or follow walk along the river to Belem or onboard Tram. They are almost eight kilometers by the Tagus, with a mandatory stop at the Alcântara Docks (next to the 25 de Abril Bridge) and, above all, at the MAAT, one of the newest museums in the city, which is known by modern and inviting architecture. You will find exhibitions related to art, architecture and technology, but also a vast program of events and activities for the whole family. In addition to the new building, with almost three thousand square meters, the museum also integrates the former Thermoelectric Power Plant of Lisbon, one of the most important national examples of industrial architecture of the first half of the twentieth century.

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Belém Monumental and ... delicious

Do not let’s enjoy the famous Pasteis de Belém and the garden opposite. As the afternoon is almost over, many of the monuments are already closed. But do not let’s pass the Torre dos Descobrimentos and enjoy for sunsets along the river. We will leave the remaining monuments and attractions for the next day. But since you are here enjoy dinner at Darwin’s which is in the Champalimaud Foundation where you will find various Portuguese delicacies.

From Bairro Alto to Rua Cor de Rosa

If you still have the strength to discover the Lisbon nightlife, Bairro Alto is where you will find bars for all tastes like Porta Largas or Majong, but also some of the city’s most famous fado houses, especially the Luso and the Adega Machado. To end the evening, go down to Cor de Rosa Street, next to Cais do Sodré, one of the liveliest areas of the city, which the New York Times has placed on its list of twelve favorite streets in Europe. Here there are bars, restaurants and nightclubs that bring together the most diverse tribes of the city. Until what time are you going to stay there? Do not forget that tomorrow there is another day filled.

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DAY 2

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Belem once more

After a good night’s sleep it is time to go back to Belem. If you have not have taken the breakfast you can go to pastry O Careca, known for its warm and sprinkles sugar’s croissants. Then to the Tower of Belém, without passing through the Jerónimos Monastery and its gardens. If you like art, you have the Cultural Center of Belém where you will find the exhibition Berardo Collection with the main artistic movements. If the outdoors is more your style, the Tropical Botanical Garden is right next to the Jeronimos Monastery, which stretches over 7 hectares of various botanic species.

To know Lisbon by Tram

If the hunger is already tight then go to the renovated Campo de Ourique Market and delight with the varied typical Portuguese dishes. Afterwards, rest the belly and take the tram 28 next to the Cemetery of Prazeres, in total, the route is about 7 kilometers, passing by the serene Estrela, the elegant Chiado, Alfama and Graça and ending at Martim Moniz, even in the center of Lisbon’s downtown. Take the opportunity to jump to Rossio and enjoy the fountains in the center of the square.

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Trendy Principe Real

One of the most fashionable neighborhoods has a garden and lots of shops to buy that gift for someone special, as well as appreciate the architecture of the buildings. Descending towards Chiado, you have the viewpoint of Sao Pedro de Alcantara where you can enjoy one of the incredible views over the city and Castelo de S. Jorge.

Dinner in Cacilhas

After two days of walks and discoveries in the heart of Lisbon, there is nothing better than to bid farewell to the city from a more distant perspective: on the other side of the Tagus river, in Cacilhas, already in the municipality of Almada. In a moment, or rather, on a short boat trip (10 minutes from Cais do Sodré) you reach one of the best views of the capital, almost from one end to the other. There are good restaurants here, especially fish, but our suggestion goes to Ponto Final, at Cais do Ginjal. And because the eyes also eat, imagine yourself dining on an esplanade right on the river, with the lights of Lisbon in the distance and the waters of the Tagus hitting the pontoon, serving as a soundtrack to the meal. Unforgettable.

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