Guide for 48 hours in Lisbon

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How to spend 48 hours on a first trip to Lisbon - by car Jul 16, 2011
First, rent a car for 48 hours. Or find a friend who will show you around by car. To see the most, a car will be mostly needed so you can travel to several places, sometimes separated by 30 kilometers or more.

The 48 hours guide follows!

It assumes you visit Lisbon on a sunny/non-rainy weekend!

FRIDAY night:

- arrival, do the check-in at your hotel or hostel

- head to Bairro Alto, take a look at the view of the city from Sao Pedro de Alcantara garden. And then go for a drink at the bars or a dance at the discos. The party starts late, around 11pm, midnight. It will be very crowded with lots of people in the streets!


- enjoy a stroll in downtown Lisbon. Sit by the river Tejo, at Terreiro do Paço, a big square

- go have lunch at Docas, an open air zone with lots of restaurants, by the river and under bridge 25 Abril

- head to Parque das Nacoes, take a ride at the Teleferico and appreciate the view of the river, the park and the Vasco da Gama bridge

- drive to Guincho beach, using the beautiful road along the coast called "Marginal" (some 50km)

- enjoy the end of afternoon at Guincho beach, watching the sunset over the sea: one of the most beautiful sunsets in Europe!

- go back to Lisbon, to have a late evening dinner in Alfama, a district of mourish/arab origin with very narrow streets. Where you can eat a delicious meal and listen to Lisbon's typical music: Fado

- end the night in a bar, preferably with a view of the city or the river. Try Bairro Alto again (city view) or the Clube Ferroviario (river view)


- cross the 25 de Abril bridge to Almada, to see a breathtaking view of Lisbon from the opposite side of the river!

- head to Sintra, where you can stroll in the center and have lunch. Don't forget to eat one of the typical sweets from there: Travesseiros

- Sintra is a beautiful place, with several interesting monuments. Having a short time to visit, I recommend visiting the Montserrate Park (botanic) and Palace (romantic style, dated from the XVIII century).

- now go back to Lisbon airport and catch the plane back home

- don't forget to come back again, because you have only seen a very little bit of what Lisbon has to offer! ;-)
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TravellinChic says:
Very nice :) brief, starightforward and very informative :) thanks!
Posted on: Aug 15, 2011
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