Often overshadowed by big hitters Paris, Berlin and Rome, Lisbon is the underrated champion of the ideal weekend away. This hilly coastal city offers an all-year round good climate, a magnificent mix of old meets new, and a thriving food scene.
This is our 48h guide...
Old Town - Alfama
The best way to get a feel for the city is by foot; walk the streets of Alfama and its beautifully restored buildings - step into history with a stop at the area's castle and monastery [ Castello Alfama + Sao Vicente de Fora ]. And if the hills get a little too much, just hop on an old wooden tram - no.28 - for a easy ride to the top.
Lisbon has a booming modern art scene, and for the biggest and best collection of contemporary pieces head to the Museu Colecção Berardo. The minimalist space houses abstract, surrealist and pop art, and there’s an impressive rotation of temporary exhibitions.
You might only have 48h, but make time to head out of the city to Sintra, the fairytale town located high up on the foothills of Sintra Mountains. With it's pastel hued palace, Moorish architecture and exquisite gardens it's a photo opportunity you won't want to miss.
It would be a crime to not indulge in some of amazing seafood on offer. For something a little different try Sea Me, a Portugal meets Japan fusion restaurant serving up mouthwatering fresh fish, seafood and sushi.
For the indecisive diner, there's no better choice than the buzzing Mercado da Ribeira. Eat your way through the regional specialities (including Azeitão sheep's cheese, plates of ham from the Alentejo and retro packaged sardines), or try one of the 5 Michelin Starred restaurants serving dishes from as little as 5 euros.
No trip to Lisbon is complete without indulging in a few Pastel de nata, otherwise known as the custard tart. Visit the birthplace of the delicious treat, the 180 year old Pasteis de Belem, to experience the real deal.
Head to the top of this multi-storey car park for a rooftop bar with a difference. Amazing views across the city, a relaxed vibe and an extensive cocktail list to work your way through, this bar ticks all boxes.
This beautifully restored building on Lisbon’s grandest Boulevard is the perfect home away for home. Each of the 25 rooms in this boutique hotel have been individually styled using best of Portuguese art and design, and the heated pool and excellent brasserie restaurant make great additions.
Lisbon Photographs Courtesy of @natasiapassport + @suitcasemagazine