A weekend in Lisbon – Marcos Drummond

Historical and modern, fun but nostalgic… Lisbon is now the sixth city globally in Airbnb stays in 2017. Yet it remains eager and able to surprise. Here are a few suggestions for a weekend:

Saturday morning:
St. George’s Castle
The 11th-century São Jorge Castle is on a hilltop with a commanding view over the city and river. Grab a ride up in a car or take the steep but immersive walk up the hill.

Saturday afternoon:
Baixa & Ribeira das Naus
Built after the 1755 earthquake, the Baixa district is a treat to explore. Enjoy lunch in the Bairro Alto and walk down pedestrian Rua Augusta into the Praça do Comércio for a drink at any of the terraces in the newly renovated waterfront promenade.

Saturday night:
Cais do Sodré
A once seedy area of the city, Cais do Sodré has reinvented itself. Great restaurants, amazing bars, busy discos. Enjoy the buzz at Pink Street and Pensão Amor, and the great cocktails at O bom, O Mau and O Vilão.

Sunday morning:
Cascais
Take the train ride or drive along the river for 30 minutes to the Portuguese Riviera. Start with Estoril, once the hangout of WWII spies and exiled European aristocrats, walk the Paredão (big wall). Cascais dazzles with its tasteful old-world charm.

Sunday afternoon:
Parque das Nações
This totally new neighborhood is the best showcase of modern Lisbon. Visit the Oceanário de Lisboa, the largest indoor oceanarium in Europe, sure to impress everyone.

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