In many cases you only have a weekend to be able to make a getaway, so you have to take several factors into account when choosing a destination, although one stands out above all: that it is close to Spain. If you only have 48 hours to make a trip, the ideal is for the place to be close to the origin, and Portugal is just an hour away by flight from Madrid. The Portuguese country has numerous cities that can be visited in a short time, such as Coimbra, although almost the entire world choose Lisbon to disconnect for a couple of days.

The capital of Portugal is one of the major tourist attractions of the country, and Lisbon is full of wonders that its visitors fall in love with, be it its incredible and colorful neighborhoods, its local gastronomy or the impressive views over the city. mouth of the Tagus River and the immense Atlantic Ocean. As it is not a huge city, in 48 hours you can see everything essential of this beautiful city located a short distance from Spain and which is ideal for spending a great weekend.

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Day 1 in Lisbon: the essentials of the Portuguese capital

Located on the banks of the Tagus, it is one of the most photographed places in the Lisbon capital.  The Triumphal Arch of Rua Augusta stands out and is a great meeting point in the Portuguese capital,
Commerce Square, Lisbon (Portugal).

The first stop as soon as you arrive in Lisbon can be the emblematic Commerce Square, one of the greatest symbols of Lisbon. Open on one side to the Tagus River, it is one of the most important points of the entire city and one of the essential places to visit if you travel to the Portuguese capital. After admiring the beautiful 16th century buildings that surround it, you must go to the Rua Augusta, one of the main arteries of the city and that begins just below the Arch of Triumph, which you can climb to have an impressive panoramic view… although to contemplate the City of the Seven Hills in all its splendor, the ideal is to walk to the Santa Justa Elevator.

This viewpoint is probably the best known in the entire city thanks to its impressive views, although what many tourists do not know is that no need to pay to go up: if you go to Chafariz Do Carmo Square, looking straight at the Do Carmo convent, You can see a kind of cafeteria that actually has a flight of stairs that lead to the top of the elevator. You have to do a little cardio, but you can save money 5.30 euros How hard it is to get to the top.

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Once you go down again, you have to take the opportunity to walk around the Chiado neighborhood, one of the most picturesque and bohemian in the entire city, and you can take a break to have a drink in the centenary Café A Brasileira, presided over by the statue of Fernando Pessoa. Late in the afternoon, the ideal is to head towards the Uptown, nerve center of Lisbon nightlife and where there are many restaurants and bars to end the first day in the capital of Portugal.

Day 2 in Lisbon: Belém and Alfama neighborhood

Belem Tower, Lisbon
Belém Tower, Lisbon

The second day in Lisbon can be started with an excursion to one of the most symbolic sites in all of Portugal: the Belem Tower. Located in the neighborhood of the same name, this military construction has become one of the most photographed monuments in the city, although it is not the only wonder that this part of the capital has. The famous Bridge April 25, that crosses the Tagus, is also located there, as is the impressive Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries. These three places were erected in the 16th century, a time of maritime and imperial splendor of Portugal.

After visiting one of the most emblematic areas of Lisbon, where you absolutely have to try the famous pastels de nata, you have to go to another of the most important points of the city: the Alfama neighborhood. When someone imagines the streets of Lisbon, everyone has the image of the streets of this place. Its colorful houses are interspersed with its impressive monuments, such as the St. George’s Castle, the Casa dos Bicos, the Sé cathedral or the Santa Lucía Viewpoint, another of the most spectacular. With these impressive views, we will have to say goodbye to the magical city.

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What is the best time to travel to Lisbon?

Although the climate is very similar to that of Spain, the ideal time to take a weekend getaway is during spring, since there are many hours of sunshine and the temperatures are very pleasant. Another option is travel in autumn, when the cold has not yet arrived in Lisbon and the rains are not so common.

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