What to see in Lisbon in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a heterogeneous city that ranges from the ancient walls of Old Town, to the churches, to the steep cobblestone streets that climb along its hills, to the huge squares rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake, to the ultra-modern Parco delle Nazioni. Located on seven hills, offers at least seven different perspectives of itself. And as the writer and poet says Fernando Pessoa: "For me, there are no flowers that can compare with the variety of colors that Lisbon takes on in the sunlight".


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  4. How much does a weekend in Lisbon cost?
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1 day

1 - Morning: Tram 28, Cathedral and Church of Sant'Antonio

Breakfast at Pastelaria Alfama Doce (R. Regueira, 39 E 39A) (average cost € 6,00). The Tram number 28 it is not just a means of transport but a real tourist attraction. Connect the neighborhood Graça a Low, passing through the narrow streets and hills ofAlfama. On this line are the historic Remodelado trams, dating back to the 30s. We recommend taking the aa tram Martim Moniz, get to the Campo Ourique terminus and go back. After the tram tour we recommend a visit to the Patriarchal Cathedral of Santa Maria Maggiore. Known as Sé de Lisboa, the Cathedral was built in 1150 on the rubble of an old mosque by Afredo I of Portugal, after defeating the Moors. Modified several times over the centuries, it is a mix of different architectural styles among which the Romanesque of the facade stands out, with the rose window in the center and two twin bell towers. Not far away is the Church of Sant'Antonio, patron of the city. The church, in Baroque-Rococo style, was built on the place of his birth in 1767 after the original building was destroyed by the terrible earthquake of 1755.

2 - Afternoon: Castle of San Giorgio and the Miradouro de Santa Luzia

Lunch at Mercearia Castello Cafe (Rua Flores de Santa Cruz 2-2a) (average cost € 12,00 euros). The first stop is the Castle of San Giorgio. According to an ancient legend, it was here that the Crusaders defeated the Moors in 1147. From here you can walk to the best viewpoint in the area, the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Tagus River and on the red roofs of Alfama. Of particular interest are its walls covered with azulejos, the typical Portuguese tiles, and its arched structure covered with plants and flowers.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Barrio Alto

For dinner we move to Sr. Fado de Alfama (Rua dos Remedios 176) (average cost € 20,00) where you can attend the live performance of Fado singers. To continue the evening we move to the alleys of Barrio Alto, where there is an uninterrupted row of clubs, especially for young people between 20 and 35 years old.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,1 km / 1 h 40 min
  • Places visited: Tram 28 (€ 2,60), (Lisbon Cathedral (free), St. Anthony's Church, St. George's Castle (€ 8,50), Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • Lisbon: history, tales and everyday life tour Lisbon: hop-on hop-off tour The wonders of Lisbon: private 8-hour tour Lisbon: Skip-the-line entrance to St. George's Castle
  • Breakfast at Pastelaria Alfama Doce (Get directions), Lunch at Mercearia Castello Cafe (Get directions), Dinner at Sr. Fado de Alfama (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Praça do Comércio, Rossio Square

Breakfast at the Fábrica da Nata (Praça dos Restauradores, nº 62-68) where you can taste the Pasteis, typical Portuguese sweets filled with custard for an average cost of € 3,00.
Then we move to the beating heart of Lisbon, the Praça Dom Pedro IV, commonly called Rossio. It is the favorite place for the people of Lisbon to meet. We continue to another of the most important squares in Lisbon: the Praça do Comércio is the largest in the city and is located where it once stood Royal Ribeira Palace, residence of the King before the earthquake of 1755. It was in that year that the then minister of the interior, il Marquess of Pombal, had the square completely rebuilt. The name was also changed to indicate its new commercial function. This became the place of trade, especially of foreign products, and of the commissions by the great financiers of ship expeditions to unknown worlds. In the center is the equestrian statue of King José I, built in 1775. The three sides of the square are surrounded by a traditional palace painted in yellow, interrupted only by the Arco da Rua Augusta. The Arch is embellished with a clock and statues depicting great characters from Portuguese history, including the hero Viriato, Vasco da Gama and the Marquis of Pombal. Finally we finish the morning by visiting the Fado Museum traces the history of Fado, typical Portuguese folk music, from the early th century to the present day.

2 - Afternoon: Elevador de Santa Justa, Igreja do Carmo Church

Lunch at Floresta Das Escadinhas (Rua de Santa Justa 3) (average cost € 10,00). The Elevador de Santa Justa is one spectacular lift which takes visitors up to the ruins of the Carmo Church. The ruins of the Igreja do Carmo are an indelible reminder of the earthquake that destroyed much of the city in 1755. Intentionally not restructured, the Church remains one of the most tangible symbols of that great catastrophe. In 1864 the current one was created Archaeological Museum do Carmo, by the Portuguese Archaeologists Association.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Baixa

Dinner Restaurante Figus (Praca da Figueira 17) (average cost € 20,00). Baixa is the heart of Lisbon. Completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake it is famous for the squares, the majestic buildings of the eighteenth century, the coffee and night clubs.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,5 km / 58 min
  • Places visited: Praça do Comércio, Rossio Square, Museu do Fado (€ 5,00), Elevador de Santa Justa (€ 5,00), Igreja do Carmo Church, Baixa
  • From Lisbon: Knights Templar Locations Tour Lisbon: Alfama Lisbon Segway Tour: Full Day Private Guided Tour
  • Breakfast Fábrica da Nata (Get directions), Lunch at Floresta Das Escadinhas (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante Figus (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Park of Nations, Oceanarium

Portela Cafes breakfast (Rua da Graca 164) (average price € 10,00). The Parco delle Nazioni is a neighborhood that was born from the ingenuity of the Spanish architect Santìago Calatrava. In 1998, following the Expo, he was in fact entrusted with the conversion of the empty pavilions and industrial areas into environments that could be used for recreational, cultural, commercial and sporting purposes. Dominating the space are the structures in steel, glass and reinforced concrete painted in white, for a truly successful urban architecture. To see theOceanarium (admission € 12,00), an immense aquarium in the shape of a floating ship, one of the largest in Europe and the science museum Ciência Viva (admission € 9,00), also recommended for children.

2 - Afternoon: Belém Tower and Jeronimos Monastery

Lunch at Pao Pao Queijo Queijo (Rua de Belem 126) (average price € 10,00). The Belém Tower is one of the most representative and visited monuments in the city. It is a bastion 30 meters high, surrounded by four turrets. It was built by King John II to defend the Tagus River, but was completed by his successor Manuel I. This is why it is characterized by strong Gothic and Byzantine elements. The Jeronimos Monastery is also located in the Belém district, next to the river It is one of the most representative buildings of the Manueline style, a sumptuous transitional architecture between late Gothic and Renaissance style, inspired by King Manuel I. Here you can visit some tombs famous including that same King Manuel, Vasco da Gama and the poet Luis de Camoes. In the chapel, there is the tomb of the writer Fernando Pessoa.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Cais do Sodré and Avenida 24 de Julho

Dinner at The Wine Cellar (Rua de Sao Paulo 49) (average price € 30,00). The area of ​​Cais do Sodré and Avenida 24 de Julho is the one with the highest concentration of clubs and night clubs of Lisbon. Here you will find exclusives bar terraces, the largest discotheques of Lisbon but also small bars, legacy of the years of Salazar when nighttime entertainment was only possible in this area of ​​the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 31,1 km / 6 h 27 min
  • Places visited: Park of Nations, Oceanarium (€ 12,00), Ciência Viva (admission € 9,00), Belém Tower (€ 6,00) and Jeronimos Monastery
  • Lisbon: Yellow Boat Tour on the Tagus River Lisbon Oceanarium Admission Ticket Lisbon: Food Walking Tour with Tastings
  • Breakfast at Portela Cafes (Get Directions), Lunch at Pao Pao Queijo Queijo (Get Directions), Dinner at The Wine Cellar (Get Directions)

How much does a weekend in Lisbon cost?

As with many other cities, a long weekend in Lisbon can cost a lot or very little, depending on what we want to do. Lisbon, however, remains a destination also for those who want a low cost but tasteful holiday.

  • Costs to eat: from € 25,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: from € 18,00 per day per person following the itinerary suggested by us
  • Transportation: with the Lisboa Card € 20,00 for 24 hours
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 32,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 20,00 per day per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Lisbon: from € 350,00 per person flights excluded

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Lisbon: between April and June, when the sunny spring days get longer but there is not yet the summer heat and the overcrowding of the high season. Also, at the end of April, there is the Belèm Music Festival - find out more
  • Lisbon airport is located 10 km north of the capital and guarantees direct connections with major European cities. To reach the city center you can take a taxi, very advantageous if you are traveling in more people, or the metro (red line), with departures every 5-10 minutes and a ticket that costs € 1,50. A very convenient alternative if you have bulky luggage is the Aerobus service, starting from € 3,60.
  • The best areas to stay are Baixa, the beating heart of the city with its Art Deco facades; the bohemian Bairro Alto, the elegant Chiado, the hub of the Portuguese intellectual life of the 32,00th century and the Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon - Hotels and b & b from € per room -
  • Getting around: by public transport (bus, tram, underground, elevadores and Carris funiculars). With the Lisbon Card you can take advantage of all these means at an advantageous price ranging from € 20,00 for 24 hours to € 42,00 for 72 hours - find out more
  • Lisboa Card: the card also includes free entry to various museums and places of interest and a discount on many affiliated tourist activities. Furthermore, it is possible to get this card already at the airport, thus saving on the metro ticket. More info: Lisboa Card: 24, 48 and 72 hour pass

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