The Capital of Portugal is a truly fascinating and suggestive city. The best method to appreciate it to the fullest. is letting yourself be carried away by the subjective instinct. Every place, foreshortening and monument, can give truly unique emotions! A weekend in Lisbon is not enough to fully appreciate the beauty of this city. Here are some tips on the most interesting places.
Arrived at the hotel and hurry up the check-in practice, start your visit starting from the heart of Lisbon ... La Baixa!
This area was rebuilt in a perfect way after the tragic earthquake of the 1755; there Low not only is it the symbol of hope and a precise and accurate reconstruction, but it is also a marvelous example of neoclassical architecture. The Marquis of Pombal, Prime Minister of King Josè I, rebuilt the area, with many streets dedicated exclusively to pedestrians and numerous bars, restaurants, shops, just as it appears today.
The Rossio with the Station, the Praca do Commercio and the Elevador de Santa Justa are some of the symbolic places not to be missed during the Weekend in Lisbon.
Il Rossio it is the popular heart of Lisbon, a must-see point for anyone passing through the Baixa. It is, in general, one of the starting points for discovering the city.
Rossio has returned to its former glory after the tragic earthquake of the 1755, and today is one of the places not to be missed. In every corner, relive the history of Lisbon. Precisely in this place, the main events of daily life took place; and it is here that we met for great events.
At the center of Praça Dom Pedro IV, stands the statue of Peter IV of Portugal, about 27 meters high.
The real symbol of the Piazza is, instead, the Estacao do Rossio, or the Rossio Station. Beautiful building that once housed the central station, and today terminal of the lines arriving from the Sintra region and the Metro. Built in 1886 / 87 by Josè Luis Monteiro, it is in "Neomanuelino" style. This style, named in honor of Manuel I of Portugal under whose reign (1495-1521) were built most of the buildings in this style. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful stations.
Not far away, not to be missed Praca do Commercio, whose official name is Terreiro do Paço (Terrace of the Palace). It is one of the largest squares in Europe, square in shape, with sides of 170 meters. Surrounded on three sides by beautiful buildings and two towers. One side of the Piazza, on the other hand, overlooks the Tagus. The square was renamed Praca do Comercio, and all around the buildings were occupied by public offices that dealt with the trade with the nearby port.
In the 1775 the statue of King José I was raised. This bronze statue was designed by Joaquim Machado de Castro, one of the most famous sculptors of the time. Turning back to the Tagus, you find yourself in front of the Triumphal Arch or Da Bandeira.
Lisbon has seven hills, steep streets that connect different neighborhoods to one another: for this reason it was built theSanta Justa Elevator. An extraordinary lift (1902) in Neo-Gothic style, completely in wrought iron, which connects the Baixa to the Chiado, 32 meters higher up.
We recommend to climb at least once, to enjoy the beautiful landscape, both day and night. The ticket costs 5.15 €, and is valid for two trips. It is open every day from Monday to Sunday, from 09: 00 to 21: 00 in winter, and from 09: 00 to 23.00 in summer.
As soon as you get on the Santa Justa elevator, in a parallel street, you will cross "O Purista Barbiere". In a real old-time place, up to 22, you can have your hair cut, or put your beard on! In the large hall, you can listen to music, drink great beers or, if Favorites, play carambola. Give us a jump: an unusual and pleasant way to cut out during a weekend in Lisbon.
Climb to the top with the Santa Justa lift, the Chiado, district badly damaged by the flames of 1988, and today perfectly rebuilt, and returned in its original appearance. It was the favorite place of Pessoa, a melancholic Portuguese poet and writer. Here, you will find refined shops, bookshops and theaters. One of the most famous meeting places, as well as the favorite of Pessoa who spent most of his days, is coffee A Brasileira located in Rua Garrett, the elegant street that cuts Chiado in two with patisseries, luxury shops and bookshops. Alternatively, at Tua do Loreto, you can taste excellent Pastéis al Manteigaria.
A really beautiful place, ideal for a wonderful walk through alleys and squares. Not far away, just a few minutes walk, do not miss the Convento do Carmo, church partially destroyed by the 1755 earthquake. It is accessed through a large Gothic portal. Suggestive the nave without the roof, destroyed in the eighteenth century.
Hours: May / September: 10h00 - 18h00 (Monday to Saturday); Closed: Sunday; October / April: 10h00 - 17h00 (Monday to Saturday); Closed: Sunday
Whether or not you managed to visit everything ... it's time for dinner! In the area, you can take a trip to the Babete Restaurante, lovely local just 5 minutes walk from the Santa Justa elevator. Here you can enjoy an excellent starter of clams and prawns, or salmon; Worthy conclusion with the delicious chocolate cake.
For the second leg of your weekend in Lisbon, you could start from Bethlehem. From Praca do Comercio, you can take the 728 Bus and after 9 stops you get off at Belém; the journey follows the coast and lasts about 20 minutes.
The district is located in the west of Lisbon, where some of the city's most important museums are located. Right here, the imposing rises Jeronimos Monastery. In this neighborhood you can meet sportsmen, families, couples intent on enjoying the view or relaxing in the parks; there is a very peaceful atmosphere, kissed by the sun with the wind in your hair, in what is Lisbon's flagship.
The neighborhood of Belém is very large, full of colorful gardens, and beautiful monuments such as the Monastery of the Jeronimos and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). Among all, the Belém Tower stands out, built to be the lighthouse and fortress of the port of Restelo. The particularity of the district lies in the architectural style of its structures.
Attractions and monuments are concentrated within walking distance.
Il Monastery of the Jeronimòs it was built to demonstrate the political power of the Kingdom of Portugal, and also represents a kind of thanksgiving to God for the wealth encountered and brought back home by Vasco de Gama, en route to the Indies. Due to its architectural uniqueness, the Monastery is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Work began between the 1501 and the 1502 to finish about a century later. The architectural elements that make up the monastery are marvelous, like the sculptures of exotic plants and animals and the symbols of the art of navigation, typical of the Manueline style.
The cloister is one of the most admired of all Portugal, for its quadrangular shape, the many sculptures with very elaborate decorations; here are the tombs of King Manuel I and his family, of Vasco de Gama and of the famous Portuguese writers such as Pessoa and Luis de Camões.
Open from Monday to Sunday, from 10: 00 to 17: 30 (October-April); from the 10: 30-18: 30 (May-September).
The whole ticket costs 10.00 €. FREE WITH LISBOA CARD.
For more info, you can consult the official website.
The Monument to the Discoveries (Monument of the Discoveries), not far away, was built in 1960 to celebrate the Golden Age of discoveries made by Portuguese navigators between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. We recommend climbing to the top. From the top of its 52 meters, you can enjoy a spectacular view. You can also admire the large marble mosaic depicting a compass rose (from South Africa), with a planisphere in the center that shows all the territories touched by the Portuguese navigators.
The building is the prow of a ship that meets the Tagus River. At the end, Enrico the Navigator is represented and behind him, in two rows descending on both sides of the monument, we recognize the Portuguese heroes who participated in the discoveries among which Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral and Ferdinando Magellano.
Open every day from May to September from 10: 00 to 19: 00. From October to April, open from Monday to Saturday, from 10: 00 to 18: 00.
Prices: Adults 5.00 €. Family Ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children up to 18 years, 12.50 €. For info and updates, we recommend the official website.
Between one visit and another, try the pasteis de Belém, in the ancient Antiga Confeitaria (ancient café) de Belém.
The Tower of Bélem played the triple role of the city's lighthouse, a fortress in defense of the nearby Jerónimos Monastery and toll payment point for the entry of ships into the city port. The monument, which incorporates Venetian and Arab architectural elements, is a great example of the typical Manuelino style, and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The rhinoceros on the facade is considered the first sculpture of this African animal that has ever been seen in Europe. The sensation, looking at it, is that of being on the prow of a ship launched in the middle of the ocean; on the terrace you can appreciate the stone image of Our Lady of Good Success.
Open from Monday to Sunday, from 10: 00 to 17: 30 (October-April); from the 10: 30-18: 30 (May-September). The full ticket costs 6.00 €. FREE WITH LISBOA CARD
Undoubtedly, this whole day spent in the Belém district, has taken away much of the physical and mental energies, which is why you need a jump from Os Jeronimòs, a place where you can enjoy excellent fish in a completely informal atmosphere. Here, you will feel at home, with fair prices. It is located in Rua de Belém, not far from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, opposite the homonymous gardens. About the latter, it must be said that they are an excellent solution especially for families. In the splendid Park, also known as i Vasco da Gama gardens, there is a playground, ideal for children. A beautiful green pylon, quiet and well cared for.
Hoping, as always, that you have booked the return flight in the late afternoon, once you have completed the check-out and deposited your luggage at the hotel, Kanoa recommends a pleasant walk in the Alfama district.
Climb a tram, get comfortable, and discover this beautiful district of Lisbon. The tram will take you to wide lanes just 4 meters, with slopes also of 14%; his clothes hanging on the balconies, the cars parked in a disordered way, and his incredibly picturesque environment ... Alfama will enter your hearts.
Always based on the time available, the MAAT and the Palacio Nacional de Ajuda, represent two other must-see places of your weekend in Lisbon. You can cut out some space on one of the first two days of the Weekend in Lisbon. The Palacio Nacional de Ajuda it is a beautiful Royal palace, located in the Ajuda area, easily accessible by public transport; you can get there with the 18E, 742, 760 buses. During the visit, you can admire beautiful decorations and rooms fully furnished with period furniture. Moreover, in the Palace, interesting temporary exhibitions are often set up. Open every day, except Wednesday (closing day), from 10: 00 to 18: 00. The ticket costs 7.50 € per person. FREE WITH LISBOA CARD. All the info and updates are available on the official website, at this link.
Il SIZE is an interesting museum dedicated to Art, Architecture and Technology, born with the intent of host national and international exhibitions, with the contribution of contemporary artists. A space dedicated to debate and interdisciplinary dialogue. The building stands on the splendid riverfront of the historical district of Belém. In this respect, it represents an excellent attempt to redevelop and revitalize the entire area. The predominant theme will be contemporary culture, with a special combination of visual arts, new media, architecture, technology, science and contemporary art.
The structure of the MAAT is a work in which art, architecture and technology merge. In the immediate vicinity, you can admire the Tejo Power Station. More info from here.