Thank you all so much for the positive feedback on the first part of my weekend guide to Lisbon. I’ve just finished part 2 and here it is! Hope you’ll like it just as much as the first one. 🙂
9:00am Join the locals at one of Lisbon’s coffee institution: A Brasileira. It’s one of the oldest cafes in the Chiado area, which is only a few minutes walk from the Lisbon serviced apartments I mentioned in yesterday’s post. At A Brasileira, the espressos are usually drank at the counter but there is also a terrace if you’d like to linger for a little longer.
9:20am Take Tram 15 at Praça da Figueira to Belém The first thing you absolutely must do upon arrival is to pop by Antiga Confeitaria de Belém for some Pasteis de Belém. There’s a reason why there’s an endless queue there every day. Their pasteis are amazing! Ask for some cinnamon to sprinkle on top. Trust me, you’re going to love it!
10am Further along is one of Lisbon’s main sights: the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. The building is impressive to look at with gorgeous views over leafy gardens and the rio tejo. But to me, the real highlight is the gorgeous cloister. There are so many details for you to try and spot like gargoyles and weird creatures. It’s well worth the visit.
11:30am Wander through Praça do Império towards the river and walk along the riverfront. You’ll get to see the Padrão dos Descobrimentos which is a tribute to the age of discovery. It features Vasco de Gama and other famous explorers. You’ll also get to see some Ponte 25 de Abril and lots of boats sailing. It’s a very lively place to be on a sunny day. People are biking, roller-blading or simply strolling along. You’ll want to walk until your reach the tower de Belém. After your walk, head towards the Museu Coleção Berardo, which is a must-see if you’re into modern and contemporary art.
1pm Este Oaeste is a great cafe withing the Museu Berardo. They do pizzas, sushis and the most amazing salads. You can eat inside – the interior is very modern and trendy – or outside for a view over the river.
2pm It is now time to explore the Museu Berardo and all it has to offers. I found their collection of pop art in particular rather impressive with works from Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
3:30pm Our next move is slightly extravagant but oh well you’re only around for a weekend so you might as well make the most of it. Catch a taxi at the riverfront to go to Sintra (cost will be around €30). It’s a beautiful colourful town a few kilometres away from Lisbon. It’s extraordinarily quaint and renowned for its fairytale-like castle with two huge white cone chimneys. It’s great to go either very early or fairly late as there is a constant flow of visitors. It closes at 5.30pm so this is perfect timing if you head there for around 4pm.
6pm Once you’ve visited the castle, make sure to take your time to explore the tiny alleyways and gardens drenched in golden light. You’ll want to go uphill for a better view and to see the stunning Pena National Palace. On your way down, take your peek from one of the restaurants around for dinner.
9pm Downhill is the train station. There are trains departing regularly from Sintra to Rossio station in Lisbon. The price of the ticket is €2.20 and the journey takes 40 minutes.
9am Last morning in Lisbon, make the most of it! Start by a lovely french-inspired breakfast (or some more custard tarts) at the Eric Kayser boulangerie a few minutes away from the apartment. Order some tartines or cakes and a coffee. Grab a table by the window if you’re in the mood for some people watching.
9:30am Head to the fashionable Chiado area for some last-minute shopping. You will be spoiled for choice with boutiques and larger stores stocking everything from clothing to porcelains, jewellery and other artefacts to bring back from your travels. There are also plenty of coffee places if you want to have a rest.
12pm Back at the hotel, pick up your bags and make your way to Praça da Figueira to catch a taxi to the airport. The departures area for Ryan Air/Easy Jet doesn’t have many shops and restaurants so get yourself something in town before going to the airport.
A weekend guide to Lisbon, Portugal – Part 1