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48 Hours in Lisbon, Itinerary

Where to stay in Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon is Portugal’s coastal capital city and one of the first stops on most people’s Portugal itinerary. We spent an unforgettable 48 hours in Lisbon, packing in as much as possible. In this port, we will take you through its best neighborhoods and top attractions, giving insider tips on where to stay and what to eat. If you have two days in the city, follow this 48 hours in Lisbon itinerary to see the top attractions and to enjoy some of its culture, food and architecture.

Two Days in Lisbon Itinerary

When spending a couple of days in Lisbon, make sure to book a hotel with breakfast included. Usually breakfasts at hotels in Europe are amazing with pastries, eggs, gourmet coffee and tea. We stayed at the Turim Boulevard Hotel located in the heart of Lisbon on Avenida da Liberdada. We found a great deal on to stay at this 5-star hotel that was within walking distance to the Old Town and many of Lisbon’s top attractions. Check rates and availability here.

To get around Lisbon, we used Uber. It was affordable and easy with the app. We highly recommend downloading Uber before traveling to Portugal.

So, are you ready to explore one of Europe’s most exciting cities in two days? Let’s dive in!”

Day 1 – The Top Attractions

Best things to do in Lisbon Belem Tower

After breakfast, we called an Uber to take us out to the Belém neighborhood to begin our Lisbon itinerary at two of the city’s top tourist attractions.

Belém Tower

Belem Tower is one of the few monuments to survive the 1755 earthquake. It is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located directly on the Tagus River, it is a great way to begin your Lisbon adventure. 

An Uber from the old city cost us 8€ and took about 20 minutes.

We didn’t go inside Belém Tower and instead admired it from the outside. The cost to enter Belém Tower is 6 Euro, and opening hours are from 10 am to 6:30 pm from May to September, with an earlier closing of 5:30 from Oct to April. You can reserve your timed entry in advance here.

Since it opens so late, getting in a 10 am really cuts into the Lisbon Itinerary, so we suggest going before the crowds to see this wonder before it opens. You can then continue down the Tagus River to see more attractions.

Jerónimos Monastery

Best things to do in Lisbon Jeronimos Monastery

“Just a short walk from Belém Tower is Jerónimos Monastery, It’s another UNESCO World Heritage Site that you must not miss.

Jeronimos monastery was built in the 16th century to commemorate Vasco de Gama’s…

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