You know Lisbon is a city bursting at the seams with good times to be had: incredible, globally celebrated seafood; an on-the-street nightlife like no other in the world; hills and castles and history to be explored; and all of it bathed in that gorgeous, only-in-Lisbon light. How do you make the most of all of that on a 24-hour stopover? It’s a question you’ll have to ask when you take advantage of TAP Portugal’s amazing deal: Fly to Europe, and TAP will give you a stopover in Lisbon at no additional airfare. With our highly curated guide—we’re only giving you the best bits, straight from the locals’ mouths—you won’t miss a thing.
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24 hours in Lisbon
Take the tram up to the breathtaking São Jorge Castle, then walk back on foot until you reach the river.
Tram number 28 is the most famous tram in Lisbon and riding it will give you a full tour of the city. Get out at the Santa Luzia viewpoint. From there, follow the road signs towards the São Jorge Castle (about a 550-meter walk), a structure that goes all the way back to the 12th Century, but that was completely rebuilt in the 20th century, giving us a peak of more ancient times. Once you’ve finished the tour and taken in the view, head down towards the river. No need for a map, just point yourself in the direction of the water in the horizon and walk. Trust us, it’s an experience worth having.
São Jorge Castle: Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo. Nov–Feb 9am–6pm, Mar–Oct 9am–9pm8,50€; Tram 28: 2,90€.
Learn why Portugal has the best fish in the world at riverside restaurant, the Último Porto.
The Portuguese often say, in a very proud manner, that they have the best fish in world and, in a country with one entire side facing the ocean, you can understand why that’s true. Último Porto, a semi-hidden restaurant next to the Tejo river (nothing that a GPS won’t help you find), is one of the best places to enjoy fresh fish in the city. All fish is freshly caught and cooked in the grill, in sight of those sitting in the terrace, and the offering is always varied.
Estação Marítima da Rocha do Conde de Óbidos (Alcântara). 21 3979498. Mon–Sat noon–4:30pm.
Visit the National Ancient Art Museum to see unique pieces from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century.
The best museum in Lisbon is also the place to go to see a slew of national treasures. Paintings, sculpture, drawings, furniture and European, Asian and African decorative art—the museum collection holds more than 40,000 works from the 12th to the 19th century. What not to miss? The “Custódia de Belém,” made by a famous 16th-century Portuguese writer Gil Vicente; the “Painéis de São Vicente,” a seven-panel piece believed to be the work of Nuno Gonçalves; and “Tentações de Santo Antão,” the mythical work by the Dutch Hieronymus Bosch.
Rua das Janelas Verdes, 17 (Santos). 21 391 2800. Tue–Sun 10am–6pm. 6€.
Walk the riverside between Cais do Sodré and Ribeira das Naus to catch the sunset by the river.
The walk is short and includes a stroll by the Ribeira das Naus kiosk and its terrace with lounges to rest in the sun whilst having a drink, and ends at Cais das Colunas, at Terreiro do Paço, where a small beach forms with the low tide (just enough to soak your feet, really).
Fill up on more of Lisbon’s best food at Time Out Market’s food hall.
In 2014, Time Out stormed the biggest fresh produce market in the city, the Ribeira Market, with sledges and hammers in hand, and remodeled the entire place, setting up a food hall featuring the best restaurants in town, chosen by Time Out Lisbon magazine’s food critics. The result? Stands with Michelin-starred chefs, amazingly fresh fish and seafood, Portuguese snacks and cuisines from around the world. There’s also a kitchen academy, a store with Portuguese products, an events room, a bar and a club. Yes, all that fits inside the Time Out Market.
Head to Alfama to listen to Fado and you’ll understand why they call it “Lisbon’s song”.
If you’ve never heard Fado, we suggest you google Carminho, Ana Moura or Camané. After falling in love with the melody—UNESCO fell so in love with it that it declared it a World Heritage in 2011—head to Alfama, the neighborhood where Fado is heard the most, both in typical fado houses and in cool, relaxed bars, where the music gets the name Fado Vadio. Start at A Parreirinha de Alfama and A Baiuca e Bela.
Parreirinha de Alfama: Beco do Espírito Santo, 1. 21 886 8209. Daily 8pm–1am. A Baiuca: Rua de São Miguel, 20. 21 886 7284. Mon, Thu–Sun 8pm–midnight. Bela: Rua dos Remédios, 109. 92 607 7511. Tue–Sun 8:30pm–3am.