Lisbon, Portugal

Exploring Lisbon

My second day in Lisbon, I took a day tour of the city with Lisbon Riders to make the most of my short visit. We covered more ground than I would have been able to on my own, and, as a solo traveler, I liked having a built-in group of people to talk to. Here were our stops:

Pastéis de Belém

We headed toward the Belém district, where our first stop was the famous pastry shop, Pastéis de Belém. Unfortunately, they aren’t gluten free, but I had a great cappuccino. Make sure to buy the gluten-free version at Zarzuela at some point so you don’t feel too left out. You could even bring one along to eat on the tour.

Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery

We took in the exterior of Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and toured its cathedral, but we didn’t visit the interior of the monastery itself.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Belém Tower

We stopped to take photos at Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was completed in 1519.

Lisbon, Portugal

Monument to the Discoveries

Then we did the same at the Monument to the Discoveries, which celebrates Portugal’s expeditions during the Age of Discovery and was built in 1940.

Lisbon, Portugal

25th of April Bridge and Christ the King Statue

We drove across the city’s famous bridge and up to the Christ the King monument, which has beautiful views of Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Cacilhas

We visited the quaint seaside town of Cacilhas, which is across the Tagus River (or Rio Tejo) from Lisbon. I ate fresh seafood for lunch at Cervejaria Farol. I chose the cod and potatoes.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

We drove back across the bridge to the heart of Lisbon and through some of its neighborhoods. This portion of the tour was shorter than I would have liked. I got a quick view of the areas but wanted more time to explore.

We stopped at two scenic viewpoints, or miradouros, over the city. The first was Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Our last stop was Miradouro das Portas do Sol, one of my favorite viewpoints.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

I enjoyed both of my tours with Lisbon Riders. They were well organized and a great value. If you only have two days in Lisbon, I’d suggest exploring Lisbon’s neighborhoods and castle on your own on the first day and then taking a tour to Sintra and Cascais on the second day. If you have an extra day, or have visited the city before, this Lisbon tour would be a great way to see sites that are further from the city center.