Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Lisbon

Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:16am EST
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By Andrei Khalip

LISBON (Reuters Life!) - Full of elegantly decadent charm, the compact, cozy Portuguese capital is an ideal place to explore on a weekend getaway.

Remember that Lisbon is known as the City of the Seven Hills, which are quite steep, and many streets are paved with cobblestones so choose your footwear wisely. In winter, prepare to endure gusty winds on hilltops, but the views are worth it.

Local correspondents help you get the most out of a stay in a capital city with a warm yesteryear feel to it.


5 p.m. - Start your trip at one of the city's highest points, the viewpoint at the top of the Edward VII Park that offers a commanding view of most of Lisbon you want to see, including the ancient Sao Jorge Castle and the river Tagus.

Have a coffee by the park's lake and stroll down the paths past greenhouses with exotic plants down to the Marquis of Pombal square with an imposing statue of the statesman who rebuilt Lisbon after the Great Earthquake of 1755.

Hit the Avenida Liberdade thoroughfare's tree-shaded promenade paved with elaborate designs in black and white stones, or choose the broad sidewalks lined with expensive boutiques and numerous, delicious-smelling pastry shops and cafes. Portugal is heaven for those with a sweet tooth.

6:30 p.m. - On the right-hand side where the boulevard meets the vast Restauradores Square, take a turn at Calcada da Gloria and catch one of Lisbon's elevadores -- a cross between a tram and funicular with a bulky lower end to eliminate leaning.   Continued...

<p>The skyline of the city of Lisbon and the city's port are seen from the Tagus River December 16, 2008. REUTERS/Nacho Doce</p>