Having an extended connection in Lisbon is always a great option: in addition to taking a break from the long journey, the proximity to the airport allows you to visit numerous of the must-see attractions of the city.
We set up a two days-tourist tour for you. If you have less time in the city, choose which places you most want to visit and enjoy!
But be careful! You will probably fall in love with the city <3
9:30 am – Start the day with a tour at the Rossio Train Station. It’s a great way to start discovering the charm of the city. From the Praça do Rossio Square, in front of the station, you’ll be able to see in distance the Castle of St. George.
10:30 am – Take Rua Augusta and head to Praça do Comércio Square, next to the Tagus River. Pass through the triumphal arch of Rua Augusta (open to visitation) and enjoy the freshness of the waterfront, overlooking the 25 de Abril Bridge.
11:30 am – Have a coffee at Martinho da Arcada. It is the oldest coffee in the city (since 1782) and was one of the favourite places of the writer Fernando Pessoa. Eat a codfish cake stuffed with Serra da Estrela cheese at the Beer Museum (some pelople say that this is an affront to traditional gastronomy, but dear fundamentalists, we are very sorry, this cod cake version is just delicious!).
12:30 pm – Take the Ouro Street and get on the Santa Justa elevator – a neo-Gothic monument designed by Gustave Eiffel, which has one of the most breath-taking views of the city.
14h00 – Take a tram (the yellow cable cars) and head towards São Jorge Castle. Stay for a few minutes at the gazebo of Portas do Sol, before climbing up the hill to visit the historic building. If you are hungry at this point, stop by a typical lunch bar.
5:30 pm – After enjoying the view of the castle, get lost in the typical streets that surround it as you descend through the Alfama district. And since you are in the heart of Alfama, continue to live the Lisbon experience: throughout the neighbourhood, you will find typical restaurants and fado houses that for sure will leave wonderful memories.
8 pm – A perfect accompaniment to the beginning of the night is Ginginha. There are several traditional houses that sell this drink made of cherry and full of spirit – it will not be difficult to find them.
10 pm – Is there still some energy left? Then head towards Bairro Alto, where you will find a huge variety of options for an authentic, lively and musical night. Here and at Bica (right next door) you will find a wide variety of restaurants, fado houses and bars.
9:30 am – Waking up early after a drinking night is hard, we know. But starting the day in Belém is worth the effort: here is the house of the famous Pasteis of … Belém! Try one (or more) and take some for the day. Just next door is the Monastery of Jerónimos, an important monument.
10:30 am – Cross the underground passage to the other side of the railway, on the edge of the Tagus, and visit the Pradrão dos Descobrimentos monument and Belém Tower.
1 pm – After a morning full of flavour and history, take the tram nº15 and disembark in Alcântara neighbourhood. Go to LX Factory, a former industrial area converted into a centre of artistic innovation. Here there are many interesting shops and good options for a lunch break.
3 pm – Back to electric nº15, towards Praça da Figueira Square. Nearby is the neighborhood of Mouraria, the birthplace of fado and Maria Severa, the city’s first known fado singer. Visit the Casa da Severa, the Church of São Cristovão, Largo da Achada and Praça Martim Moniz Square.
5 pm – Return to Rossio Square and head towards Camões Square, one of the busiest and most tourist areas of the city, for a literary stop: on Garret Street, take a break in the A Brasileira coffee shop, to drink something accompanied by the statue of Fernando Pessoa. Across the street, is Bertrand, the oldest bookstore in the world.
5:30 pm – At Camões Square, make a quick visit to Manteigaria and try the delicious Pasteis de Natas (if they are better than Pasteeis de Belém or not, it is up to you to decide!). Continue along Loreto Street and Marechal Saldanha Street towards the viewpoint of Santa Catarina, better known as “Adamastor”, and watch the sunset with a stunning view.
6:30 pm – Drive down Rua do Alecrim towards Cais do Sodré. There, visit the Mercado da Ribeira Market, a traditional market converted into a gastronomic centre where you can find the best of Portuguese food in one place! When in doubt, follow the crowd!
8 pm – How about one last glass before leaving? Head to Rua Cor de Rosa (Rua Nova do Carvalho Street), where there are a multitude of bars and cafes to suit all tastes. The street is very easy to find and as the name says, it’s painted pink, so there’s no way to get lost!