The essential of Lisbon in 48 hours

Are you looking for places to visit on a weekend in Lisbon? Or maybe you have some hours to spend in the city while waiting for your flight. Lisbon has lots of exciting things to do, from touristic walks to festivals and a worldwide famous nightlife. Here are some tips of what you can’t miss on the Portuguese capital.

Start your day in one of the most important touristic places in the whole country, the Belém Tower. Built by the riverside of the Tagus River, it used to be an old fortress to protect the city. After going to the Tower, take a short walk to Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument that honours the Portuguese navigators. And to complete the tour in Belém, why not eating one (or two?) Pastel de Belém, a delicious Portuguese custard tart?

Padrão dos Descobrimentos em Belém, Lisboa, Portugal.

View of Belém from Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

Back to the city centre, visit the Santa Justa Elevator in Baixa-Chiado. If you want to have a good view of the city, walk to Praça do Comércio, the main square in Lisbon. It is where the royal palace stood until the earthquake of 1755 destroyed it. To enjoy this area a bit more, you should watch the sunset in Cais do Sodré. From there, you can see the 25th of April Bridge and the King Christ.

Elevador de Santa Justa, Lisboa, Portugal

Santa Justa Elevator in Baixa-Chiado.

At night, go to Bairro Alto, the centre of Lisbon’s nightlife. It has bars and restaurants for every taste. A place you must visit is the Pink Street, which is considered today one of the 12 best streets in Europe by The New York Times, together with Milan, Paris and London. And if you’re not tired, go dance in one of the night clubs by the riverside.

Pink Street no Cais do Sodré, Lisboa, Portugal.

Pink Street in Cais do Sodré.

In the second day, visit the Saint Jorge Castle, the Miradouro of Santa Luzia and have a good codfish for lunch while drinking a green wine. By the afternoon, take a ride on an Elétrico and visit the Oceanário at Parque das Nações. During the summer, you can also go to Outjazz, a festival that takes place every Sunday at different parks around the city. You can finish the day having dinner with Fado, the most traditional Portuguese music.

Oceanário de Lisboa no Parque das Nações, Lisboa, Portugal.

Lisbon Oceanarium in Parque das Nações.

Lisbon is a cosmopolitan place that can mix the classic and the modern. It’s in the 37th place on the ranking of the cities with the best life quality, and it’s the 31st safest city in the world. If you’re looking for a place where the castles and the nightclubs live together, you will definitely love Lisbon!

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