Lisbon is renowned for its picturesque architecture, incredible cuisine and warm hospitality. Plus it’s (still) a relatively affordable place to travel to. There’s plenty to do and lots to see, but if time is not on your side and you are not in Lisbon for long, not to worry. You’ll be impressed at how much you’ll see in the 507,000-strong capital in one day.
I myself was on a tight schedule, as my long weekend also included a stop off on the nearby island of Madeira (more about which later), a less than two-hour flight southwest of Lisbon over the North Atlantic Sea.
Visit the Belem district and try its famous local egg tart pastry: the pastel de nata or pastel de Belem is one of Portugal’s signature sweet treats that has its origins traced back to this old neighbourhood. It is said that Catholic monks at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos created these delicious bites before the 18th century. The Mosteiro itself is worth visiting for its incredible medieval architecture.