Traveling to Lisbon for 2 days
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 23, 2013 10:57 AM Last Post By: mredman
Nov 25, 2012 8:34 PM
Traveling to Lisbon for 2 daysHello!
I'm going on a small European trip from march until April and am debating on going to Portugal for. Few days, particularly Lisbon.
All of the other countries I'm traveling to I've been there before and I understand how the country works and what to see, except for Portugal.
I'm basically looking for good ideas of what I can see (that isn't extremely expensive, and also if you have any idea on transportation that would be awesome:) )
I'm a young adult (19), and am going to travel with my boyfriend. I like art and history, and would like to take as many beautiful photos as I can. I like museums, architecture and really anything I can learn something from, and I love food too. My boyfriend is more of an adventure guy, so anything physical or sports oriented. Even a tour bus around the city would be nice, to get a feel for it.
If there is a nice bar or club to go to that night to that would be nice, if you have any good recommendations for that.
I know very little about Portugal, and I don't want to be caught in tourist trap of boring tours that cost way too much money.
Thank you very much in advance,
Nov 25, 2012 9:56 PM
12 days (1 night only if I understand correctly) hardly qualifies as going to Portugal, if you ask me. You can't really get to "understand how a country works" by visiting only its capital. Besides that, you'd need at least 2-3 FULL days (3-4 nights) to cover Lisbon's main sights.
You've left out a few important details:
- how much time do you really have in Lisbon? Where will you arrive from? By plane or train? What time? Ditto for your departure.
- what places are you interested in seeing? There's plenty of information about tourism in Lisbon available online and since you only just signed up on this forum I presume you're aware of the Community Guidelines that suggests you do basic research first before asking others to "fill in the gaps"
Nov 26, 2012 9:17 AM
2I may be newly signed up but I am not new to thorn tree. I have been reading posts on here for a long time, and had already been reading the Portugal threads. So thank you for the assumption.
Secondly I know that two days is not long enough, but I want to get some new country into my trip, I'm going to visit Belgium and Spain to visit family, and by understanding the country I meant transportation (like I know the train and bus system like the back of my hand in France, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany).
I know that I would need more days to cover the main sights, but some of those 'main' sights I'm simply just uninterested in.
I'm not speficAlly sure of the flights in and out, but I'm trying for early morning in and late evening out.
Nov 26, 2012 9:24 AM
Nov 26, 2012 1:39 PM
4I'd take a Via Viagem card and top it up with a day ticket (I think that was 5 euros), it should be worth it - a single metro ride costs 1.25 euros and a ride with one of the old elevators even 5 euros (the day ticket covers that all).
I don't think you need more information about transport, as you stay within Lisbon. Since middle of this year the metro reaches also the airport. Within the center, use the metro, bus or tram.
For pretty photos and something off the tourist trap, you could use 2-3 hours to take a ship from Cais do Sodre (not covered by the day ticket) to the other side and walk along the river there (nicer view of the bridge).
Plan also half a day or more for Belem (the monastery and the tower).
And of course, stroll around in the city center (Rossio, Alfama, Baixa) and at night search an interesting bar in Chiado.
As you have only 2 days time, I'd skip the castle, but that's only my personal opinion.
If you want to get an idea of the city, there are also those classical hop-on-hop-off-busses.
Nov 27, 2012 3:48 AM
5For 2 days (1 night) I don't think there's much of a point going. I wouldn't. You probably won't even notice you're not in Spain. I understand the whole checking-a-country-off-of-a-checklist thing, but its really quite pointless.
Dec 9, 2012 2:33 PM
6Lisbon is small, and dead easy, but not worth it to go so far for 2 days.
Jan 15, 2013 1:39 AM
7Agree with most of the reactions on this forum. Lisbon is just too beautiful to spend only 2 days. If you can make some more time in Portugal, you wont regret it. Lisbon is beautiful, Porto is even better. If you do go to Lisbon, and want a good night out, try the bar-district Bairro Alto. Especially the Erasmus Corner, where all the Erasmus-students (european exchange program) hang out. And in Porto, try Bar 77. Beer for 50 cents!
Jan 19, 2013 12:48 PM
8Hi all, just to say that i'm a bit disappointed with the tone of most of the answers in this thread. Personally I am not a fan of short superficial trips to places but in the end that is a personal preference so if you don't have a useful answer to the question why not just keep your opinion to yourself rather than criticising the OP?
As it happens, I found myself in Lisbon for work and managed to squeeze three days after my commitments to do some exploring of the city. It would have been nice to know some opinions on good things to do from knowledgeable TT'ers... (And by the way, the 'search' function is basically useless so I certainly can't find anything useful on this topic through that means).
Jan 20, 2013 12:34 AM
Jan 23, 2013 10:57 AM
10The OP had a trip to Spain, and wanted to take 2 days out of Spain to visit Lisbon, in Portugal, flying in in the morning and flying out next day evening. Doing that is nonsense, and is nowhere near the same situation or question as "I happen to have a couple of days free in Lisbon, what do I do there?"
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