• Nisa Marques

City break in Lisbon, making the most of 48h

The oldest city of the Western world, Portugal’s capital is well known for its sun kissed seven hills, culture bursting streets, lively nightlife and delicious food.

Lisbon is the ideal city break destination, with the Tagus river at the locals’ doorstep, this city is romantic as it can be, offering sanctuary to the foodie within, the party goer and the culture seeking adventurer.

A 48h city break may not seem long enough to soak all this Portuguese goodness, however Lisbon’s cobbled streets, tiled houses, wine stained taverns and colourful neighbourhoods hide something to see or try in every corner.

One must be prepared to be taken away on an unforgettable voyage through time, unveiling secrets and falling in love for a country that never stops to amaze; 48h are then more than enough to fall in love and to plan many other returns.

How to spend a relaxed weekend in Lisbon?

  1. Travel by public transports, these are reliable and the trip to the city center is quite straight forward

  1. Go to the Praca da Figueira Market, here you can taste several Portuguese delicacies from all over the country, including different types of chorizo, ham and cheeses. Not forgetting good wine and beer at accessible prices.

  1. Explore the Chiado cobbled streets, window shop for a while, loose yourself within the city and finish eating an ice cream while overlooking the Tagus river.

  1. For dinner treat yourself to one of the many gourmet Michelin star restaurants, there is always a new way of cooking cod fish 😉

  2. It’s midnight and you are not sleepy?! Go to the Bairro Alto, join the locals have a beer or wine, enjoy the Fado. You will probably find some Uni students singing!

There’s your chance to sing along a Portuguese Tuna; sing and drink as a student, join them as they will know the best and most affordable places to drink!

  1. Is it now 8 am? Are you still up and feeling hungry? Get a tram to Belém, visit the Pasteis de Belém café and have a delicious Pastel de Belém with a good cup of coffee.

  1. Leave the café and look right, there it is one of the most iconic Portuguese landmarks – the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Pay it a visit, enjoy the architecture with maritime details and don’t forget to see where Camoes lays to rest.

  1. Enjoy life, seat by the river soaking some sun and gaze over the Ponte 25 de Abril, the padrao dos Descobrimentos and the Torre de Belém.

  1. If you feel like walking, walk by the river in direction to the city centre. Many joggers and cyclist will say Good morning as you pass by.

  2. Do you feel tired now? Then, use the tram or train (Linha de Cascais). If you decide to go by train, enjoy some of the underground art

  1. Stop at the Mercado da Ribeira, visit the Time Out Market. There you can try some delicious food from the best chefs in town. You can even have different types of fish burgers. Scrumptious!

  1. After lunch, walk to Chiado and try the typical cherry liquor ‘with them’ Ginginha com elas

  1. Get in one of the many funiculars and enjoy the views.

  2. For dinner, try one of the many traditional taverns where you can eat cod fish, seafood or typical meats

  1. The following day and with the last hours to spare you may want to go shopping in the city, visit Cascais or Sintra, or even just seat on a café by the river

  1. You can also pay a visit to Fernando Pessoa at the Nicola café and watch the world go by


During festive times, such as Christmas the streets are bustling with people, smells and music. You can buy some tasty roasted chestnuts, admire the decorations or even help someone towards their marriage proposal.


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