We spent 2 nights in Lisbon in June 2017. We must admit that 2 days in the capital of Portugal is a bit short. The city is so rich and pleasant. One or two more days would have been perfect. Nevertheless, during our short stay, we were able to make an unforgettable visit.
Our accommodation is located in the Baixa district, a few steps from the square : « Praça do Comércio ».
Accommodation: City Center Guest House
Address: Rua Augusta 188, 1 Andar, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon
2 nights, from 06/24/2017 to 06/26/2017
Price: €144 for 2 people (€72 / night)
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It is the main square of Lisbon recognizable with its triumphal arch
At the end of this square is the pier of « Cais das Colunas », where you can see the river of the city « The Tagus »
It is a good location that we do not regret. A few minutes walk away is the district of Cais do Sodrė. It is an ideal place to spend the evening. You can admire the sunset from the banks of the Tagus or stroll along the piers.
Next to the Cais do Sodré district, you will find the famous « Time Out » market.
It is a perfect place to taste the authentic Pastel de nata
600 meters from our accommodation is the great cathedral of Lisbon: The Cathedral of Sé, a real marvel:
Many people prefer to find accommodation in the historic Alfama district. We stayed there during a second visit to Lisbon in February 2020:
Accommodation: No Limit Alfama Guesthouse
Address: Rua de São João da Praça 97, Santa Maria Maior, Lisbon
2 nights, from 02/13/2020 to 02/15/2020
Price: 80 € for 2 people (40 € / night)
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It is the only district of the city that was not destroyed during the earthquake of 1755. It is therefore a district with an authentic and preserved architecture. For a long time it was a residential area spared from mass tourism, but in recent years there have been more tourists than locals.
Strolling through the narrow streets of Alfama is a great thing to do. It is the most typical and liveliest district of Lisbon
The best and most authentic way to get to Alfama, is by taking the famous tram line 28. It is both a means of transport and an attraction. With its historic yellow colour, tram 28 is an emblem of Lisbon.
Another neighborhood not to be missed in Lisbon is Baixa. It is a neighborhood completely rebuilt after the earthquake. Unlike the Alfama district, the streets here are wide and straight. Baixa is the chic district of Lisbon, it is where all kinds of shops gather. At the end of the Baixa district, you will find the famous Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa).
It connects the Baixa to the Bairro Alto district. At the top of the lift, you will find an incredible view over the rooftops of Lisbon
In the same area, you can take a walk and see:
- Largo do Carmo Square
- The Carmo Convent (Convento do Carmo)
- The square « Praça Dom Pedro » (Praça Rossio) with the statue of Peter IV
- The Church of Saint Dominic
- Or continue to the beautiful Eduardo VII Park
The Belém district is also one of the city’s must-sees. The area is a bit far from the center of Lisbon but easily accessible by tram (line 15) from Praça do Comércio.
As a general rule, do not hesitate to take the tram in Lisbon for your trips. They are authentic and charming:
In the Belém district, you can discover the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jerónimos Monastery)
As well as the monument of the discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) and the tower of Belém : A witness of the great navigators era.