Start the day with a visit to the hilltop, 11th-century São Jorge Castle and admire the sweeping views from its high walls. At the nearby Portas do Sol, you can take tram 28 for an unforgettable ride through the Old Town. Stop at the breathtaking Romanesque Lisbon Cathedral to visit the Treasury Museum and cloisters. Hop back on tram 28 to the city centre and stroll down towards the river for lunch in the 19th-century Mercado Da Ribeira former food market, now housing a cluster of restaurants.
After lunch, you can explore the Belém district on the north bank of the River Tagus, home to many of Lisbon's most notable sights. Many ships sailed from here on global voyages of discovery during the 14th century. You can try delicious custard pastries at the iconic Pastéis de Belém café, featuring traditional tile work. Then take a stroll to the fortified medieval Belém Tower, passing the huge Gothic Jerónimos Monastery, the Jardim de Belém park and the towering Discoveries Monument en route.
Come evening, the Bairro Alto transforms from a quiet, unassuming neighbourhood into Lisbon's bustling nightlife centre where you can dine, drink and dance. Offering a wealth of entertainment, it's most famous for being the home of traditional Portuguese fado songs. There are plenty of bars where you can sip a cocktail or slip on your dancing shoes. If you want to continue your revelry, head to the nearby Santos district, where a cluster of music and dance venues stay open into the early hours.
Fado historical music the only music in the world considered by UNESCO as World's Intangible Cultural heritage. During the past decade or so there has been an explosion of new voices, most of them female, as well as the renovation of a genre that had come to seem hidebound and resistant to change. A so-called novo fado, or new fado, movement has catapulted the genre into the 21st century, opening a space for bold experiments with repertory, instrumentation and ways of singing
Museum & Galleries
In a walking distance of the hotel you have the complete culture and sightseeing guide, must-know: Museums undiscovered treasures, from old masters to contemporary masterpieces, Lisbon's museums are filled with some sublime yet surprisingly little-known collections. Rarely crowded, they have only now begun to attract the international spotlight. Here in the neighbourhood of the hotel at CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN MUSEUM - one of the world's best private art collections can be found. Galleries, they have really grown in number since the 1990s. They are spread around the city, although you'll find most in the Príncipe Real and Chiado districts, such as Galeria de Arte Sao Mamede. They are of course the best way to discover new Portuguese and international artists. And for the children, don’t miss a visit to Zoo de Lisboa which features more than 180 species of animals.
Pastel de Nata
Believed to have been created some time prior to the eighteenth century by the Catholic monks at the Jeronimos Monastery, convents and monasteries around Portugal produced the egg tart pastry. Since 1837 locals and visitors alike have visited the bakery to purchase the tarts sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar fresh out of the oven. And we can personally attest to their popularity guaranteeing long lines. This iconic tart was chosen in 2006 to represent Portugal in the European Union Café Europe initiative for Europe Day, and was even ranked by the Guardian as the15th tastiest delicacy in the world.