Long weekend in Lisbon: top things to eat, see and do

All of the culinary and cultural highlights you need for the perfect mini break in Portugal’s capital.

Gaze in awe at the beautiful streets

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Realistically, you’ll spend most of your time doing this. Oh, and the beauty extends to Lisbon’s squares, fountains, buildings and pretty much as far as the eye can see.

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Alfama, one of the oldest and most attractive parts of Lisbon, is a must-see.

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Take a hike up and around São Jorge Castle

The medieval castle is definitely worth a visit. One of Lisbon’s main tourist attractions, it’s a steep but pretty walk to get to and there’s great views and architecture at the top.

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Eat fresh fish where the locals hang out

For traditional Portuguese cuisine get yourself down to Tascardoso. The informal eatery is just off Praca do Principe Real. It’s lively (read: bustling to the point of unrelaxing) and the salmon is suberb.

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IMG_6916For a midday snack look no further than El Tomate. The salads and sandwiches are incredibly fresh and it’s close to the attractive botanical gardens. The perfect place for a leisurely lunch with a glass of wine.IMG_6977IMG_6974

Lounge in the sun on Estoril beach

Half an hour’s train journey from Lisbon’s centre, Estoril is the perfect beachy location for a city escape. Sunbathe all day and eat by the water or wander the coastline to the lovely coastal town of Cascais.

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Get cultured in Belem

Just west of Lisbon’s centre, Belem is a day trip-worthy suburb just a short bus, tram or (slightly longer) walk away. It has parks aplenty and a lovely, relaxed feel.
The Unesco-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is stunning and extravagant in equal measures.

IMG_7049The Berardo Collection Museum is something my friend and I stumbled upon by accident. A very lucky accident, it turns out, as it’s free and has a wonderful selection of modern and contemporary art.

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No trip to Belem is complete without a trip to the famous Pastéis de Belém. It might be a tourist hotspot, but that’s only because the custards tarts are second to none.

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Explore the city’s many beautiful viewpoints

There are so many great viewpoints, it’s easy to lose track. Two of the best, however, are Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara and Miradouro da Graca (view from it pictured below).

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Also, the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint is a great place to end the day, as you can catch some stunning sunsets there.

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Oh, and it’s just across the street from my absolute favourite hostel – The Independente!

Lisboa, I love you!

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