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How to Spend 2 Days in Lisbon

How to Spend 2 Days in Lisbon

Two days in Lisbon give you enough time to explore the city’s famed cobblestone streets and have some of its top experiences, from Jeronimos Monastery to a live fado performance. Plus you can take a day trip out to the beautiful towns of Sintra and Cascais. Here’s how to maximize 48 hours in and around the Portuguese capital.

Day 1: Highlights of Lisbon

Morning: Get the lay of the Lisbon land on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour or guided walking tour. Alternatively, board the yellow-hued Tram 28, a route that’s become emblematic of the city; you’re best off going round-trip from Martim Moniz. Afterward, head to one of the charming cafés at Rossio Square for lunch.

Afternoon: Devote hours to two of Lisbon’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and most beautiful examples of Manueline architecture: Belem Tower (Torre de Belém) and Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos), about a 15-minute walk apart. The monastery houses Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama’s tomb.

Night: Spend your evening soaking up local culture at a traditional tavern in the Bairro Alto or Alfama neighborhood. Both have a host of pubs where fado, a traditional form of music characterized by melancholic storytelling, is performed, often while petiscos (Portuguese tapas) is served.

Day 2: Day Trip to Sintra and Cascais

Morning: Spend your second day touring two of the most interesting day trip destinations from Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais. Start with Sintra, known for its gorgeous architecture, including 19th-century National Palace of Pena (Palácio da Pena), an extravagant castle that looks like it was plucked from a fairy tale.

Afternoon: While you could easily spend a whole day in Sintra, it’s worth heading out to Cascais, an old fishing town that’s popular with weekending Lisboans in summer. Though not as grandiose as what’s found in Sintra, the architecture here is still pretty lavish, with lots of lovely old structures throughout the picturesque town.

Night: If you’re into seafood, it may be worth sticking around Cascais for dinner; the town is full of charming seafood restaurants. Alternatively, head back to Lisbon, making sure to pair your evening meal with some local wine, port, or delicious ginjinha, a Portuguese cherry liqueur that’s often served in chocolate cups.

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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

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See Portugal's natural and architectural wonders on a small-group, guided tour of Sintra and Cascais from Lisbon. On this journey, experience the rich vegetation of Sintra Natural Park, the hidden trails and caves at Pena Park and the bluffs of Roca Cape. Tour the immaculate Pena National Palace and then drive along the Atlantic Coast to Cascais for a leisurely walk through town to its scenic beaches.
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Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin
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Sintra Full Day Small-Group Tour: Let the Fairy Tale Begin

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Succumb to Sintra's romantic, fairy tale allure with this full-day city sightseeing tour. This excursion allows you to travel to Sintra, Cascais and Cabo Roca in one day, transportation included, with a small group of 8 people or fewer. Pickup and drop-off at centrally-located Lisbon hotels included.
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Best of Lisbon Guided Walking Tour

Best of Lisbon Guided Walking Tour

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Stroll Lisbon’s historic cobblestone streets filled with intrigue and culture during this Lisbon guided walking tour. Walk the city’s oldest quarter, Moorish Alfama and art deco-style Chiado districts. This Lisbon walking tour is exceptional for first-time visitors who want to experience rich culture and see landmarks like the Sé Cathedral and Commerce Square. Plus, stroll to the city’s best cafes and boutiques with your expert guide showing you local ‘Lisboa.’
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Full-Day Tour from Lisbon
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

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Visit Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Cascais on a full-day, small group tour from Lisbon that explores palaces, gardens, and gorgeous historic architecture. See the romantic Pena National Palace, stand at Europe's westernmost point, then stroll the seaside village of Cascais, with a picturesque blend of historic fortifications and palm-lined beaches. Group size is limited to eight people to ensure personal service, and the day includes a flexible mix of guided tours and independent time to explore.
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Lisbon Hills Electric Bike Guided Tour

Lisbon Hills Electric Bike Guided Tour

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Discover Lisbon’s hills the easy way during this electric bike tour. Bike tours in Portugal’s hilly capital can be exhausting, but aboard an electric bike, you have no problem cycling to Lisbon’s best vantage points and monuments. Experience the culture and history of the charming Chiado, Alfama, and Bairro Alto districts. Enjoy popular landmarks like Sé de Lisboa Cathedral. Easily scale hills for panoramic views from the National Pantheon, São Vicente Monastery, and historic St George Castle.
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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon
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Small-Group Tour: Knights Templar Historical Tour from Lisbon

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Delve into the rich history of the Knights Templar during this small-group guided tour of the Portuguese villages Constância and Tomar from Lisbon. Spend the day learning about the Christian military force that contributed to the famous crusades during Europe’s Middle Ages. Discover Almourol Castle, erected by the Knights Templar, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Convent of Christ, once a fortification where the knights resided.
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Small-Group Évora and Almendres Cromlech Full Day Tour from Lisbon
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Small-Group Évora and Almendres Cromlech Full Day Tour from Lisbon

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Explore the ancient Roman city of Évora and savor an amazing olive oil tasting on this small-group guided tour from Lisbon. From Portugal's capital, venture east across the Vasco da Gama Bridge which spans the Tagus River and see top attractions in Évora such as Giraldo Square and St Francis Church. Then journey to see one of the largest free standing stone monolith collections (menhirs) in the world in Almendres Cromlech. Enjoy plenty of attention from your guide on this small-group tour with numbers limited to eight people.
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