Lisbon – a destination that many of us have on our travel list!
How many days would be needed to visit all of the historic districts and tourist attractions? We would recommend around 3-4 days depending on the type of traveler you are… usually a city break in Lisbon (2-3 nights) is the ideal time to get a taste of the Portuguese culture.
Where to stay? One location we verified is SANA Reno Hotel, good quality for money if you do not want something extravagant, but in the same time you are not too low on the budget.
~ Day 1 ~
Palace Square (Terreiro do Paco)
Start your journey at the Palace Square (Terreiro do Paco). This was the site of the royal palace until it was destroyed by the Great Earthquake. The royal family moved to another residence while the riverfront square continued to serve as a lively area to all arriving by boats.
The statue of King Jose I is located in the center. Also, the main tourism office is located in one of the classical building on the west side the square. If you are in for tasting a good coffee you can try a “Café Belem” in one of the cafeteria in the square.
The visitors can easily use this as a starting point for their incursion into Lisbon.
Pedro IV Square
Known as Rossio Square is a well known place where people depart from or arrive to Manueline Rossio train station. It is now a favored meeting point for both Lisbon citizens and tourists.
Ferry trip – from the southern side of the Terreiro do Paco
Taking the ferry from this point you can cross the Tejo River and have a quick perspective of the city. A single trip ticket costs Euro 2.75. You will also be able to see the Cristo-Rei statute – one of Lisbon’s most iconic symbols (recommended for the 80 meter high viewing platform which provides stunning views).
~ Day 2 ~
Castelo de Sao Jorge
Start your day early in the morning by taking the Tram 28 – you can wait at the Martim Moniz tram stop. It is better to head to the castle in the early morning as there are many visitors during the day.
The Castelo de Sao Jorge is a spectacular construction, the oldest parts of which date to the 6th century. It was the Moorish royal residence until Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king, captured it during the crusades in 1147.
Visiting the castle take around 3 hours, and you can stop to take lunch at its Romantic Gardens.
The Fado Museum can be visited by taking the Bus 28 or by a walk from Baixa (Downtown) neighborhood. It is work visiting to understand the evolution behind Portugal’s famous musical genre. Note that the museum it’s closed on Monday, so you will need to plan your visit outside this day (open between 10 am – 6 p.m).
~ Day 3 ~
Trip to Belem
Castle of Belem – the castle was built in 1559 and is the official residence of Portugal’s president. Visitors can admire its opulently furnished halls and luxurious gardens on Saturdays, and the Presidency Museum. Here you can see old monuments and spoil yourself tasting a custard tart (the famous pastel de Belém).
It takes about 40 minutes tram ride from the city center and you would need at least half of day to visit its history and architecture.
It was built to memorialize Vasco da Gama’s trip to India. It is an impressive structure, once home to the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome, who prayed for the king’s soul and gave guidance to sailors.
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