So you got 48 hours in Lisbon. Well, Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is one of Europe’s most alluring and catholic cities. Mary Lussiana says, “This charming capital, which combines sea views, steep hills and old world manners with a vibrant nightlife, is a joy to visit”. Heroic navigators ventured from here in the 15th and 16th centuries to sail to unknown waters and new lands, thus the tradition of this golden age of Discovery supports much of the city’s culture and heritage. Lisbon is a lively and vivid haven and is renowned for its warm and sunny disposition. Sold? Great, lets het started!

Above Photo Credit: Rui Lousao


48 hours in lisbon


So, 48 hours in Lisbon. Well in order to maximize your time, you gotta figure out your bearings; Where are you now, where is your accommodation, where are the things want to see, do, eat and drink and what is the fastest way to move in between it all.
So we created a custom guide and map that highlights where all the places we visited can be found.


48 hours in lisbon


Pedro’s location is close to the metro line and in the old city. The famous Tram 28 actually passes by his accommodation. The room is all you need and the kitchen is a great bonus.

If you’re thinking of using Airbnb for the first time, we have a $40.00 credit from us to use towards your first booking 🙂

Day One

48 hours in lisbon

Commerce Square
Your 48 hours in Lisbon should start here at the old trading post. This square is also called Terreiro do Paco, which was made in place of Ribeira Palace that was destroyed by earthquake 1755. Many festivities, concerts, processions and even executions took place over the last centuries.

48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon

Tram 28
Most visitors travel on tram 28 to climb the steep hill from Baixa to the castle and Alfama. These trams are an integral part of the Lisbon public transport network. Visitors are fond of riding on the number 28 tram so you 48 hours in Lisbon must include it.

Pastries – A Padria Portuguesa
Luckily the final stop for Tram 28 is right in front of A Padria Portuguese. When and if you are able to final decide what you want to have breakfast you would have to take a token and wait for your turn. Its a popular spot so it can get hectic. all the time waiting, mouth watering will convert into a soothing feeling when you will find that ‘Pao de Deus’ (Heavenly bread) in front of you. It is incredible. Portuguese pastries are incredible.

48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon

Lisbon Cathedral
This ancient cathedral was made by the first king of Portugal in 1150 for the city’s first bishop. It has two tower bells and a beautiful rose window and it resembles a medieval fortress while inside it looks Romanesque with a Gothic choir. Taking the 28 Tram will pass by the cathedral.

Graça Church
The church of Graca was built in 16th century. This unique monument highlights the robust character in its Mannerist façade which has a doorway topped by a double front with beautiful angles above it. Four atlas style figures are placed at four corners which symbolizes the four rivers.

Rossio Square
This beautiful place is always occupied by people who want to sit and relax here. In the center of the square there is a monument and two fountains on either side of it.

Castle of St George
This gorgeous castle can be seen from every part of the city. Trekking up to the castle will cut into you 48 hours in Lisbon. It was served as a Moorish royal residence in the 6th century. The main gate of the castle has a statue of King Afonso Henriques and a series of cannons to remember the purpose of the castle.

48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon

Cristo Rei
If you have 48 hours in Lisbon this 90ft structure of Christ which welcomes you to Lisbon must be seen. You have to take the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre station to reach here.

Day Two

48 hours in lisbon

Jerónimos Monastery
This was made by King Manuel in1502 on the site of a hermitage where Vaco DA Gama and his crew spent last night before leaving the India.

48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon

Monument to the Discoveries
The Age of discoveries started in1415 when Vasco De Gama discovered a shorter way to India. This monument was built for the 1940 World Exhibition.

48 hours in lisbon

Belém Tower
This tower was built in the early 16th century, which dominates the architecture style of Manueline. This is made up of lioz limestone.

48 hours in lisbon

Sintra: The Pena National Palace
This is the best example of 19th century architecture. This is a must-visit destination for tourists. That said, if you want to spend more time in Sintra, Laura Robinson from The Life of Lady L wrote an awesome post called “A Sweet Sojourn to Sintra.

48 Hours in Lisbon

Personally, I think Lisbon is underrated. 48 hours in Lisbon will definately give you a new appreciation of what a great city it is. Need I remind you Portugal is connected solely by Spain on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. This means fresh seafood. So please do not come here and not have seafood or at lest try fish. They got catching fish and preparing fish locked and mastered. However, they also know how to prepare chicken. The best chicken I had was in Portugal. The use this delicious secret spice sauce called Peetey Peetey on the chicken and the fish and the meat its incredible. The Portuguese also make incredible pastries as I mentioned earlier. Please treat yourself. Lastly, on one of your evenings please take in a Fado Show. Otherwise known as the Portuguese Blues. Its the one thing I didn’t get to do but I did see a Fado show in Toronto when I returned from Lisbon and I highly recommend the emotional rollercoaster ride.

The local beer of Portugal is Sagres we wrote a little something about it called Sagres in Lisbon. For more on beer and travel visit our infamous The Local Beer Movement

Find out more about some famous Lisbon festivals: Lisbon’s Most Exciting Festivals

48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon
48 hours in lisbon

Marisqueira do Lis
This place is renowned for best service and tasty seafood. Everything is fresh and perfect here.

Booking Flights:


The average person doesn’t need to think twice about getting out of town for a 48 hour travel adventure or a long weekend. The only thing stopping you dead in your tracks is finding cheap flights. Please visit our helpful posts on Booking Flights. Personally, I’m all about simplicity so I recommend Skyscanner, the the best way to search the best rates in flights.

Booking Accommodations: 


Finding accommodations is an absolute chore…yawn. So we’ve put together some helpful tips on Booking Accommodations. My personal favorite is Airbnb. If Airbnb was a contact in my little black book, the page would be worn out with dog eared page corners. Letters and numbers a bit smudged because of beer spills and coffee stains, Travel on Airbnb and get a $26 travel credit from me. Cheers!

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