Lisbon, Portugal just might be the most photogenic city in the world. Sunny skies, calm blue waters, cobblestone streets, and rainbow-colored buildings make it the perfect carefree getaway. Here’s how to spend an ideal bleisure weekend in this charming metropolis.
Start your weekend with a stop at the famous Mercado da Ribeira, where you can browse fresh Mediterranean fruits and veggies, innovative food stalls, and lots of traditional Portuguese fare. Stock up on tasty wine, tarts, hearty meat, and other delectable Portuguese treats.
Unwind at a fado house like Clube de Fado. Fado is a Portuguese musical genre that dates back to the 1820s and is known for its iconic mournful sound. Over drinks and great eats, you can watch some of the most talented singers and musicians in the city take to the microphone and fill the room with beautiful beats.
Fuel up with brunch at the charming Palacete Chafariz D’El Rei – don’t forget the caffeine! Then, take a stroll along the cobblestone streets of the scenic Alfama District, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon. You’ll see old city walls, historic churches, and of course, the gorgeous Azulejo tiles the city is known for. Make sure you pause to browse through the treasures on offer at Feira da Ladra Market, an open-air affair where vendors sell everything from vintage clothes to housewares to antiques.
Next, head over to the Berardo Collection Museum, which is home to incredible pieces of modern art featuring everything from digital installations to avant-garde abstract creations. One thing’s for sure these pieces are sure to get you thinking.
Dine at Feitoria, a Michelin-starred eatery offering innovative takes on Portuguese favorites, all brilliantly crafted by chef Joao Rodrigues. (Oh, and if you love yourself, do not skip the wine list while you’re there.)
Sunday Morning And Afternoon
Hop in the car and make your way beyond Lisbon’s borders to the historic town of Sintra. About thirty minutes outside of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a visual playground of bright-colored homes, historic palaces, and baroque churches. Be sure to pay a visit to the stunning Initiation Wells, an intricate inverted tower at the Quinta da Regaleira Gardens.
Wrap up your weekend (and your Sintra adventure) with a meal to remember at Culto da Tasca. There, you can devour a Francesinha, a legendary Portuguese sandwich that combines ham, sausage, tomato sauce, beer sauce, and heaps of melted cheese. Then, top things off by sampling traditional Portuguese desserts at Piriquita bakery. Your taste buds will thank you later.