48 Hours in Lisbon: Short but Sweet!
Only have 48 hours in Lisbon? That’s just enough time to get a decent taste of this trendy Portuguese city.
Our first impressions left us quite intrigued when we arrived one April night. Lisbon is a happening place filled with locals, tourists, and lots of young people, and its colourful architecture boasts a lot of character. As in most of Europe, life begins late at night, so expect most restaurants to be open after 7:30pm.
We stayed at a quaint hostel in central Lisbon, with a very friendly and classic Portuguese host. He gave us some helpful tips on where could finally get some local, traditional, char-grilled Portuguese chicken, so that we could put our burning question to rest. We took his advice and visited ‘Casa da India,’ and if you’re as curious about the local poultry as we were, put this spot on your to-do list. If there’s a line up at the door, you know it’s gotta be good!
Portuguese custard tarts (‘Pastel De Nata’) are a must to try when visiting Lisbon – every pastry shop will have them. We tried so many and they were all insanely good, but our favourite was the Pastel De Nata at Manteigaria.
If there’s a line up at the door, you know it’s gotta be good! Portuguese custard tarts (‘Pastel De Nata’) are a must to try when visiting Lisbon – every pastry shop will have them. We tried so many and they were all insanely good, but our favourite was the Pastel De Nata at Manteigaria.Only have 48 hours in #Lisbon? That's just enough time to get a decent taste of this trendy Portuguese city. Click To Tweet
Lisbon is the perfect walking city, but be prepared to climb a few hills. (Might as well walk off those pastries.) The trams – the little charms of Lisbon – run through all of the main cobblestone streets, so you have a good alternative to walking if it’s too much for you.
The coastal views from above the city are spectacular, a must-see. It’s a good idea to get lost in the old town of Alfama, and if you are starving and want to find a huge selection of high-quality, tasty food and beverages all in one place, head to Lisbon’s Time Out market for a great feed.
Other nice sites to see within walking distance include Praca do Comercio, Belem Tower, and views from the top of the Arco da Rua Augusta. For a bit of a half-day trip, visit the beautiful city of Sintra with its magical pastel-coloured castle and palace, and beautiful forested landscape. For a quieter, less touristy option, it is a great idea to put your runners on and go for a hike to see the amazing scenery and views of Sintra.