48h in the history of Lisbon
Welcome to Lisbon. Between the historical landmarks, the food culture and the beautiful scenery, Lisbon has a lot to reveal that after a month you would still discover something new around the corner.To walk away with a well-rounded impression of this impressive city here is a guide for 48 hours in the city discovering a little piece of history of Portugal.
One of the memorable Lisbon experiences are the yellow trams (of line 28 to be exact). As operational antiques, they are Lisbon’s No. 1 attraction and have been transporting people since the 1930s. If you don’t feel like walking the steep roads of Lisbon on the first day take tram line 28 that passes by most of the city’s landmarks:
Sé de Lisboa – Lisbon Cathedral
The oldest church in the city, modified on multiple occasions and survivor of numerous earthquakes, the church is a perfect example of eclecticism nowadays. Classified as a national monument in 1910, this church gives you history in its rawest form.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Lisbon extends over seven steep hills, and from these high vantage points, there are many wonderful views over the historic city. With a direct access from the street, this viewpoint gives you sights over the haphazardous tiled roofs of Alfama and out to the cooling waters of the Tejo river.
And is the perfect place to take a break from visiting, the locations counts numerous cafes and restaurants.
Lunch places suggestions:
Portas Do Sol
Largo Portas do Sol, Lisbon 1100-411
Grab a bite and have a drink while enjoying the most beautiful relaxing spacious view. The food here is delicious and the food never disappointing. We recommend the sangria, fresh, sparkling and made with berries.
Largo Portas do Sol 4, Lisbon 1100-411
Called a rare gem of a restaurant by most this place offers the typical cuisine of Lisbon with a slightly more refined touch.
O Vinhaca Tapas & Vinhos
Rua do Salvador N. 53, Lisbon 1100-464
The best-hidden secret for tapas lovers, O Vinhaca Tapas & Vinhos has a great selection of tapas and Portuguese wines, perfect for a lunch stop.
Castelo de Sao Jorge’s
Not only to visit for the incredible views but also for taking in a part of the city’s history. Built by the Muslims in the 11th century this Moorish castle is overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon. The legend says that Martim Moniz – a Portuguese knight fighting for the Christian cause – sacrificed himself at the doors of the castle. As of that day, the castle has been a symbol of the reconquering of the city.
Santa Engracia Panteao Nacional
This 17th-century-old church has been converted into a pantheon in the 20th century in which Portuguese personalities are buried. Located in the Alfama neighbourhood – the oldest district of Lisbon – the church was unique as it had an ingenious design for that time. The pantheon is stilled used as of this day as the last resting place for important Portuguese personalities.
Largo de São Carlos 10, 1200-410 Lisbon
Distinguished with two Michelin stars, Belcanto restaurant opened in 1958, in Chiado. Its privileged location in Lisbon’s historical centre, its discrete service and its cuisine quickly won over the capital’s elites. Portuguese haute cuisine at its finest.
Cantinho do Avillez
Rua dos Duques de Bragança, 7 Mártires, 1200-162 Lisbon
Cantinho do Avillez, located in Chiado, is a warm and welcoming venue where tradition and modernity go hand in hand. The restaurant has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and serves a simple yet sophisticated cuisine.
Palacio Nacional da Ajuda
A palace that was never finished because of the escape to Brazil of the royal family in 1807 to escape Napoleon’s army. The building was never finished, only half of the original plan has been built. Some of the wings, including the bedrooms and the Noble floor, are open to the public, while the other part of this prestige building houses the Ministry.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Built by the orders of King Manuel I in the 16th century and donated to the monks this masterpiece is worth visit. Classified as a national monument in 1907 and later as a World Heritage Site, this site is today an official pantheon.
Lunch places suggestions:
Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon
Perfectly located inside Lisbon’s Cultural Centre (or CCB) is called Este/Oeste (East/West) a name to be taken literally as the menu is dedicated to both Japanese & Italian cuisine. As you enter the restaurant you are welcomed by a trendy, cooly decorated space.
Nune’s Real Marisqueira
R. Bartolomeu Dias 112, 1400-031 Lisbon
The new seafood hotspot in Lisbon in Marisqueira Nunes. A place where the tablecloth is not discardable and orders can be made at regular voice decibels. Smack in the middle of Belém, Lisbon’s cultural hub, this Marisqueira it ticks all the boxes.
Museu dos Coches
Discover the worlds finest collection of historical horse-drawn carriages in Museu dos Coches. A place where fairy tales come to life by revealing well-preserved carriages of the 17th to 19th century that carry a whole load of history.
Pasteis de Belem
Be sure to stop at this shop and buy some of the traditional sweet pastries. Created in 1837, by following a recipe originated from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. This recipe has been kept secret but is been used every day to produce the original pastries in the bakery. Here only you will get the unique flavour of the time-honoured Portuguese sweet making.
Torre de Belem
This World Heritage site was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style with hints of other architectural styles. The tower was situated in the middle of the Tagus on a small island but now is at its shore because of the redirection of the River in 1755.
R. Júlio César Machado 7, 1250-135 Lisbon
Olivier Avenida restaurant is in the centre of Lisbon offering you pleasant moments in an informal atmosphere, with an author cuisine inspired by the best Mediterranean Gastronomic Traditions.
Peixaria da Esquina
Rua Correia Teles, 56 – Campo de Ourique, 1350 – 102 Lisbon
Peixaria da Esquina, the new project from Grupo Vítor Sobral was born from the old brewery and restaurant Cervejaria da Esquina. The concept marinated for several years in the creative minds of Vitor Sobral, Hugo Nascimento and Luís Espadana, and opened at the event Peixe em Lisboa in 2011. Today, Peixaria da Esquina still shares and with the original Cervejaria da Esquina fusing the best seafood and national fish in a unique place and environment.
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