1 MOSTEIRO SAO VI­CENTE DE FORA

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The cen­tre of Lis­bon isn’t large – even in­clud­ing its suburbs, the city’s pop­u­la­tion is only 600,000 – but it is hilly, and can get crowded with vis­i­tors. To make the most of your time, con­sider book­ing a guide – in­sid­elis­bon. com is good, with tours rang­ing from two hours to day trips out­side the cap­i­tal.

Use pub­lic trans­port to save your feet – the metro is ex­cel­lent but the trams are best, tak­ing you to Belem (your third stop), or from Baixa all the way to Campo de Ourique, pass­ing through the his­toric dis­tricts of Graca and Alfama and mak­ing light of the hills (tram 28). If you are stay­ing longer, the Lis­bon card (¤18.5 for 24 hours) of­fers dis­counts on at­trac­tions as well as cov­er­ing your travel.

You can catch the 28 tram af­ter your first stop, the Mosteiro Sao Vi­cente de Fora. Founded in 1147, this monastery houses the re­mains of sev­eral Por­tuguese kings, as

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