3 Days in Lisbon
By Agatha Gilmore
December 1, 2012
The Jeronimos Monastery is one of Lisbon's gems.
Lisbon, Europe's second-oldest capital, boasts
magnificent architecture, charming medieval streets, stunning
views, vibrant locals, sumptuous delicacies, and breathtaking
sunsets on the sea.
Day 1: Walking and Talking
Kickstart your cultural tour of Lisbon with a trip to Jeronimos
Monastery, a church and grounds built in the 1500s, and the
final resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama. Its ornate
Gothic style, known as Manueline, is particular to Portugal
during this time period. www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/en/
Wander over to Rossio square (officially "Dom Pedro IV Square,"
but all the locals call it by its nickname), the heart of the
city. Take in the hustle and bustle and perhaps a light lunch
at art-deco cafe Nicola, known for its strong coffee and
succulent steaks. www.golisbon.com/food/cafeterias
Enjoy a cocktail at one of Lisbon's most visually stunning
bars, Pavilhao Chines. The eccentric watering hole was
originally a grocery store, and its sumptuous decor is
accentuated by cabinets full of thousands of precious
Day 2: Cultural Collision
Lisbon is known for its intricate pavement designs, adorned
with decorated tiles. Take a trip to the National Tile Museum,
located in the slightly out-of-the-way but charming
monastery-turned-museum Madre de Deus Convent. http://mnazulejo.imc-ip.pt/en-GB/default.aspx
Learn about Lisbon's rich history with a visit to the
newly unveiled (as of October) Lisboa Story Centre in the
city's largest square, Praca do Comercio. www.visitlisboa.com/Home_UK.aspx
Be sure to stop by the Pasteis de Belem bakery (the official
name is "Antiga Confeitaria de Belem" - "Belem's Old
Confectionery") for a famous Portuguese custard tart. This shop
is the home to the original recipe, made since 1837.
For the past few years, Lisbon has been praised for its
burgeoning culinary scene. Alma, opened in 2009 by Portugese
chef and cooking-show host Henrique Sa Pessoa, dazzles with
modern decor and creative seafood. Try the city's traditional
dish, bacalhau (cod). www.alma.co.pt/eng
Day 3: More Stunning Views
Check out one of the world's best collections of modern art at
Berardo Museum of Modern Art. The museum features works by the
likes of Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali.
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End your trip to Lisbon at the Docas de Santo Amaro. These old
warehouses under 25 de Abril Bridge were renovated to house
restaurants and bars with spectacular panoramas.