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3 Days in Lisbon

By Agatha Gilmore
December 1, 2012

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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
11:00 AM
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/

1:00 PM
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

9:30 PM
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 collector's items.

Day 2: Cultural Collision
11:00 AM
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

2:00 PM 
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

4:00 PM
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. 
www.pasteisdebelem.pt

8:00 PM
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
12:00 PM
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. 
www.berardocollection.com

6:00 PM
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.
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