A weekend in Lisbon: The must-sees
How to easily find your way around Lisbon?
The shopping district with its avenues and perpendicular streets that go down from the Rossio to the Tagus and the commercial square.
The chic district with its luxury boutiques and trendy restaurants.
The trendy district, very popular for its stores sometimes housed in sumptuous palaces, for its fashionable restaurants and for its nightlife.
Principe Real - Credit evasões
The night district with an electric atmosphere of permanent party in the pedestrian streets dotted with bars and small restaurants. It is not uncommon to have difficulty getting around because of the crowds.
The oldest district of Lisbon, a maze of narrow, sometimes dead-end streets that go up from the Tagus to the Saint George Castle. To visit on foot or to cross with the streetcar 28.
How to get around Lisbon?
The best way to get around Lisbon is on foot with good shoes and a bottle of water. This is the best way to be surprised by exceptional views and to understand the city.
The cabs are not very expensive and never refuse a ride no matter how small. They are easily spotted by their green roof. Some are still beige but the return to the traditional colors of cabs is in order.
The metro and the tramway
The metro is safe, clean and serves all areas of the city well. The tramway is also a very good way to get around, line 28 being the most famous and the most touristic. Beware of pickpockets, they are not aggressive but very efficient.
Whether you are a history buff, a hiker, a foodie or an architect, here is what you need to visit in a weekend in Lisbon.
Walk through the historic center.
Start from the Lisbon Botanical Garden in Principe Real, then stroll through the adjacent streets down to the Tagus. Stop at the Igreja de São Roque in the Bairro Alto. If the exterior is rather banal, the interior is magnificent.
Then, go to Chiado and the Elevador de Santa Justa, a baroque-style elevator, 45 meters high and built in wrought iron in 1900. It allows you to go from the Baixa district to the Chiado district. Be careful, the wait is sometimes very long.
The banks of the Tagus
Don't hesitate to stroll along the banks of the Tagus, they are well laid out. In the evening, I recommend that you take a few steps from the Praça do Comércio to the mouth of the river and stop at a terrace (if there is still room). The sunset under the 25th of April bridge will be an unforgettable memory.
Before that, don't hesitate to pass by the Miradouro de Santa Luzia to enjoy another point of view in height. Its majestic bougainvillea and azulejos will not leave you indifferent!
Visit the museums and palaces of Lisbon.
If you are a history and museum buff, here is our selection of the most beautiful museums and palaces in the Portuguese capital. You can visit one or two of them during your weekend:
The military museum
This is the museum that best tells the history of Portugal. It is located in an absolutely magnificent period building. It is the largest military museum in the country and yet one of the least visited museums in the city. Collections of artillery, paintings and Portuguese statues are scattered throughout the 18th century baroque rooms.
The Calouste-Gulbenkian Museum
It is considered one of the best museums in Portugal. It contains international masterpieces from ancient Egypt to the present day. Many of the pieces come from the Portuguese trade with the Orient during the Great Discoveries. The museum is located in the Gulbekian Garden, an emblematic garden of the city.
Ajuda National Palace
The National Museum of Azulejo
It presents the history of the azulejo from the 16th century to the present. This art is ubiquitous in the streets of Lisbon and more broadly throughout Portugal.
Visit Belém and Sintra.
Our selection of the most beautiful places to visit during a weekend in Lisbon could not end without mentioning Sintra and Belém, located outside the center of Lisbon, but both worth a visit.
Hiéronymites Monastery - Credit Luisa Paixão
Belém Tower - Credit Luisa Paixão
Don't leave Belém without stopping at the famous pastry shop "Pasteis de Belém" which makes the best pasteis de Nata in the world!
If you want to continue to enjoy Pasteis de Belém once you're back home, or if you want to share them with your friends, there's only one solution: make them yourself. To do so, you will need the original Pasteis de Nata recipe, the authentic Pasteis de Nata molds and if you really want to feel like you're in Lisbon, you'll need cinnamon powder and a cinnamon dispenser like in Portugal.
Palácio Nacional da Pena - Credit Parques de Sintra
The Quinta da Regaleira and the Castle of the Moors, less known, also promise beautiful moments in this city classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
- Cross the 25th of April bridge and go up to Cristo Rei
- Go to the Park of Nations and visit the big aquarium
- Have lunch in a Tasca, the small Portuguese breweries.
- See the diversity of Portuguese cuisine at Time Out, the old covered market.
- Take a walk along the Tagus River
- Discover the surfing beaches of Gincho, beyond Cascais.
- Discover the beautiful stores of the Avenida de la Libertad.
- Visit the Belém Museum of Modern Art
- Visit the navy museum and the carriage museum...
But for this, you will need more than 2 days or you will have to come back.