Lisbon Portugal – Top things to do in 2 Days

Lisbon was the first stop on our 9 Day Iberian Adventure with Azamara Club Cruises.


Our journey began in Lisboa, the capital of Portugal. Personally, we think of Lisbon as the San Francisco of western Europe. The streets are hilly and steep, the food is wonderful, and they even have the same bridge! (More about the bridge later).

See the Sites in Belém

Upon our arrival, we embarked on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour of the city. We visited Belém to see the Torre De Belém, Monument to the Discoveries, and the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

Torre De Belém
Torre De Belém
Monument of the Discoveries
Monument of the Discoveries
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Have a Portuguese Lunch

After visiting the Belém landmarks, we enjoyed some grilled Octopus for lunch. It was quite tasty!

Eat Many Pastel de Natas!

But one of our most favorite stops was for dessert to try the Pastel de Natas at Pasteis de Belém. These legendary egg custard pastries are world famous and are quite delicious!

Pastel de Natas at Pasteis de Belém
Pastel de Natas at Pasteis de Belém

The line at the pastry shop looked long, but it moved very quickly. It was worth the wait. These utterly delicious custard egg tarts were soft and warm and just melted in our mouths. A must try when you come to Lisbon!

Inside a Pastel de Natas

Visit Rossio Square

Later that day, with more food on our mind, we went to Rossio Square to meet up with our Food Walking Tour group. We got a good glimpse of the heart of Lisbon, and we could see the famous Santa Justa Lift elevator in the distance.

Rossio Square and Santa Justa Lift in the distance

Take a Lift to Another Street

The Santa Justa Lift is located at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher street of Largo do Carmo (Carmo Square).

Santa Justa Lift

Go on a Food Walking Tour

Our action packed day ending with an evening Food & Wine Walking tour of Lisbon. We met some great new friends and tasted some of Lisbon’s specialties. It was a great evening.

Hike About Town

We warned you, Lisbon is hilly! You need to be in fairly good shape to hike up these streets. We walked all the way up to Castelo de S. Jorge and were a bit winded when we arrived.

During our walk around town we were amazed by the use of mosaic tile on the sidewalks and even on the exterior of the buildings. The tile creates a beautiful and unique facade.

Tile covered buildings in Lisbon Portugal
Tile covered buildings in Lisbon Portugal

As we continued our walk, we discovered that Lisbon has the fanciest Sardine shops in the world!

Gorgeous sardine shop in Lisbon
Gorgeous sardine shop in Lisbon

Visit Castello São George

We made it to Castello S. Jorge after we caught our breath from walking up the steep streets. The entrance line moved quickly and we were able to enjoy the history of this medieval castle along with the remarkable city views.

Castello S. Jorge above the Alfama neighborhood
São Jorge – The Dragonslayer
View of Lisbon Portugal
View of Lisbon’s newer buildings in the distance

We were even treated to a group of colorful Peacocks roaming the grounds of Castello S. Jorge.

Beautiful Peacocks roaming Castello S. Jorge
Beautiful Peacocks roaming Castello S. Jorge

See The Golden Gate Bridge

As we departed Lisbon, our ship sailed under the The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. If it looks familiar this is because it was designed and built by the same company who built The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco!

The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge
The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge


There you have it. Lisbon and San Francisco are very similar. The topography. The food. And of course, the bridge.

The secret is out on Lisbon and tourists are coming to experience this western European gem of a city. We will return to experience even more of the history and food someday soon! We hope you will too.

Comment below if you have been to Lisbon and let us know what your favorite things to do are.

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Top things to do in Lisbon Portugal