How long are you planning to stay in Lisbon? 3 days? 1 week?
I´ve lived in Lisbon for 5 years and I´m committed to share with you the best of what this city has to offer. This Lisbon Itinerary is a detailed guide, full of insider tips, to help you make the best of your time in Lisbon, whether you have 3 days or one week.
Are you ready to explore Lisbon´s true essence?
Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days – One Week
Do: Start your day with a big bowl of delicious cereals in Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto district is well-known for its nightlife , but it is also a great area to explore in broad daylight. Although we recommended this cafe for breakfast, at Pop Cereal Café, cereals are not just for breakfast. This cereal bar is open from 9 am to midnight. That´s great because we love cereals at any time of the day.
Location: Rua do Norte, 64, Bairro Alto, Lisboa
Do: Get lost in the labyrinthic streets of Mouraria and find urban art treasures hidden at every corner
Mouraria is one of my favourite areas of Lisbon. I love all the charming narrow streets where you can get easily lost. Castelo de São Jorge (Lisbon castle) is just a few steps away. Martim Moniz, the most multicultural and effusive place in Lisbon is also just around the corner . Here, you can feel the pulsating life of other cultures. For those who are craving more exotic food, a trip to Martim Moniz might solve the situation.
Pro tip: While exploring Mouraria district, you´ll understand why Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills. Get ready to find lots of ladders, steep ascents and descents. Bring extra comfy shoes.
Do: Visit an urban art gallery in a parking lot
Chão do Loureiro Parking lot (Parque de Estacionamento do Chão do Loureiro) is an authentic urban art gallery. On these walls, you will find works by 5 renowned national artists.
Location: Calçada do Marquês de Tancos, Lisboa. Click here to see it on Google Maps
Eat: Taste a delicious meal in this restored palace
At Palácio Chiado, you can try different delicacies. This restored palace hosts 6 different restaurants. Sushi, picanha, burgers, healthy and vegetarian food, sandwiches and much more.
Location: Rua do Alecrim, nº70, Chiado, Lisboa (On the street that connects Largo Camões to Cais do Sodré)
Do: Take a walk from Lisbon´s downtown (Baixa-Chiado) to Terreiro do Paço
Praça do Comércio also known as Terreiro do Paço is the most iconic square of Lisbon. You cannot leave Lisbon without a walk in Rua Augusta, the street that connects Praça do Comércio to Praça do Rossio. Rua Augusta is a large pedonal street. It´s also one of the most famous streets of Lisbon for shopping.
Recommendation: While wandering through the most turisty areas of Lisbon, it´s quite likely that you´ll be offered hashish. No, selling hashish or other drugs on the street, it´s not legal in Portugal. The thing is what these guys are trying to sell you, it´s not hashish, but pressed bay leaves. Bay leaves are a very common spice in Portuguese kitchens. Selling drugs on the streets is indeed a crime in Portugal, but selling bay leaves isn´t. So, there are no legal reasons to arrest the individuals who try to sell you this spice on the street. Since 2015 that Portuguese police has been trying to alert people to this peculiar situation of forgery . So, please, do yourself a favour and don´t buy bay leaves at the price of hashish.
Do: Contemplate the beauty of the Tagus river by Cais das Colunas
Day 1: Map
Do: Go to Feira da Ladra – Lisbon´s flea market
“Lisbon’s flea market is called locally the Feira da Ladra, often thought to mean “Thieve’s Market“.”
It happens on Tuesday and Saturday.
“It starts early in the morning and ends in the afternoon, in the wide space of Campo de Santa Clara, where everything is on sale: utilities, clothes, books, antiques and many other new and used articles. Regarding the origin of this name, the most widely accepted thesis is that the term “thieves” is due to the sale of stolen goods there.”
Do: Visit the fantastic Mural by André Saraiva
What was once a degraded and ungraceful wall, has now gained a new life thanks to the intervention of André Saraiva.
Location: Muro do Jardim Botto Machado. Near Lisbon´s flea market
Do: Visit Alfama
Alfama is the second oldest district in Europe. As you walk through these narrow streets it seems that everything remained as it was centuries ago, indifferent to the outer turmoil of the city. It´s even hard to believe that this neighbourhood is located in Lisbon heart´s and not in a small village where the neighbours all know each other.
Do: Go to a Panoramic Bar
Do: See the sunset at Miradouro da Graça (Graça Viewpoint)
Officially named as Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Viewpoint, it´s better known as Graça Viewpoint and has the ideal location to enjoy the best show that the evening can provide, the sunset.
Do: Drink Ginjinha at Largo de S. Domingos
Ginjinha do Largo de S. Domingos was the first establishment in Lisbon (1840) to sell this drink. It quickly became an ex-libris of the city.
Location: Largo de São Domingos, nº 8, Lisboa
Do: Listen to some fado
Fado is part of the Portuguese identity. It was the first Portuguese artistic expression to be declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
A visit to Lisbon is the perfect opportunity to go to a typical fado house and enjoy this characteristic show.
Day 2: Map
Do: Explore Belém district & Eat Pastéis de Belém
Pastéis de Belém and pastéis de nata are synonymous for the same type of pastries. These cream pastries can be found in any Portuguese pastry shop and are generally good, but nothing compares to the historic and crispy Pastéis de Belém that you can only find in Belém.
Location: Rua de Belém nº 84 a 92, Lisboa
Belém is a little far from the city center. You´ll have to catch a bus or train to arrive at Belém district. Since you came this far, do not jus eat Pastéis de Belém and leave. Enjoy what this area of Lisbon has to offer. In Belém district you can find CCB (Belem Cultural Center), Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries (aka Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Portuguese) & Jeronimos Monastery.
Do: Find a racoon
In Lisbon, you can find a racoon. Not a racoon that breathes and moves, but an extraordinary urban artwork by the unmistakable Bordalo II.
Location: You can find it on Belém. On the way from Jeronimo’s Monastery to Centro Cultural de Belém. You can find the racoon at the end of CCB
Do: Visit Village Underground
Village Underground is a coworking space. It has “14 maritime containers and two old buses and now serve as an office for 35 entrepreneurs, who develop 19 different projects there.”
Location: Museu da Carris, Rua 1º de Maio, nº 103, Alcântara, Lisboa
Do: Visit LX Factory
LX Factory is one of our favourite and most creative projects in Lisbon. It´s the perfect spot to find fascinating urban art, as well as the most original cafes, bars and restaurants. As if that were not enough, there are also various cultural events happening around there.
Location: Rua Rodrigues de Faria nº 103, Lisbon. Click here to see it on Google Maps. LX Factory is not far from the Village Underground.
Do: Visit “Ler Devagar” library
“Ler Devagar” bookstore is just one of the must-see places within the Lx Factory. It´s no wonder that this charming and unusual bookstore has been named one of the most beautiful in the world.
Do: Visit Alcântara-Mar Station
The pedestrian tunnel of Alcântara-Mar station is another great gallery of urban art not to be missed.
Location: Tunel pedonal da Estação Ferroviária de Alcântara-Mar.
How to get there? Option number #1: Get on a train at Cais do Sodré and buy a ticket to Alcântara-Mar. It only takes you 5 minutes. Leave the train at Alcântara-Mar and search for the pedestrian tunnel. Option number #2: Walk from Lx Factory to Alcântara-Mar Station. It´s only 10 minutes away.
Day 3: Map
Do: Visit Palácio Fronteira (Fronteira Palace)
Probably you didn´t know, but Lisbon has “one of the most precious and well-preserved sixteenth-century Portuguese palaces”. Palácio Fronteira is, in fact, one of the best-kept secrets of Lisbon.
Click here to read more about this Lisbon´s hidden gem.
How to get there? Take the metro to the Zoo station (also known as Sete Rios), on the blue line. Near the Zoo look for the bus stop of bus 770. Then, you just need to take this same bus and leave at the stop with the same name as the Palace – the stop “Palácio Marquês Fronteira”
Do: Observe the exterior facade of VIP Executive Arts Hotel
We don´t know what it’s like to stay in this hotel, but it seems to privilege art and has one of the most appealing facades. Are you as curious as I am to see if the inside of this hotel matches the great outside? If so, click here to book a night and tell us how it was.
Location: Av. D. João II, nº 47, Parque das Nações, Lisboa
Do: Enjoy your afternoon exploring Parque Tejo & Parque das Nações
If you´re looking for a great place to walk or run by the river, Parque Tejo is a great choice. From this park you have a privileged view of Vasco da Gama bridge.
Do: Explore Principe real neighborhood & Visit some of its cool bars
Principe Real neighborhood is not only a charming area of Lisbon to live, but it´s also home to two of my all time favourite cafes in the city: Pavilhão Chinês & Embaixada.
Pavilhão Chinês has 5 different rooms that show a diverse collection. Here you will find a little bit of everything from medals to lead soldiers, bibelots and more. Click here to read our guide to Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants
Embaixada is a beautiful space that results from the restoration of an ancient neo-Arab palace and functions as a commercial gallery. Several shops and restaurants are located among the various rooms.
Location: Praça do Príncipe Real, 26, Príncipe Real, Lisboa
Day 4: Map
Do: Visit Palácio da Ajuda (Palace of Ajuda)
“The Palace of Ajuda is unique in the world because it remains to this day as an untouched testimony to what was a royal residence in the style of Napoleon III.”
The palace is huge. It has more than 200 rooms, although you can only visit nearly 30 rooms.
How to get there? Palácio da Ajuda is not far from Belém. You can reach it by foot. It takes approximately 20 minutes, using Google Maps. Or you can take a public transport to get there.
Transportations- Carris Bus: 18; 729; 732; 742; 60
Do: Visit Pensão Amor
Here, at the end of the nineteenth century, rooms were being rented to prostitutes and sailors who arrived in Lisbon. Now, this space is reborn with a very characteristic charm and can be added to your list of the most original cafes to try in Lisbon. This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, one of the most unique spaces in the Portuguese capital.
Location: Rua do Alecrim, nº19, Cais do Sodré, Lisboa
Do: Visit a bookstore dedicated to travel books
Day 5: Map
Do: Take a day trip to Sintra
Land of palaces, parks, convents, mansions and surrounded by a vibrant green. There is no glamorous description that could live up to the describe what it´s like to visit Sintra.
Sintra is really close from Lisbon and is easily accessible by train.
Stay: Convento de São Saturnino
Located in Azóia, just 39 km from Lisbon and 16 km from Sintra. This accommodation enjoys a privileged position overlooking the Atlantic, situated in a green hidden valley, inside the natural reserve of the Serra de Sintra – Cascais.
Do: Rent a car and explore Arrabida Natural Park. It´s just an hour drive from Lisbon
Where to stay in Lisbon?
#1 Casa Balthazar
What is not lacking in Lisbon are quality accommodations, but Casa Balthazar definitely stands out from the others. After all, of all the accommodations with beautiful views over Lisbon, this is the only one where it´s possible to enjoy this view while soaking in a jacuzzi.
Prices: Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Jacuzzi I 180-320€.
Lisbon is also famous for its incredible amount of great hostels. Hostels in Lisbon are not just cheap acomodations. There a great amount of stylish and unique hostels around the city. Some of our favourites are: Brickoven Palace Hostel| The Independente Hostel & Suites | Home Lisbon Hostel | Stay Inn Lisbon Hostel | Passport Lisbon Boutique Hostel | Lisbon Calling
Find here the hostel of your dreams.
We have also stayed at cozy apartments in Lisbon´s city center that we couldn´t recommend it highly enough. The apartments are: Ascensor da Bica – Lisbon Serviced Apartments | Lisbon Apartment Bairro Alto 3
Arriving in Lisbon by plane:
How to go from Lisbon airport to Lisbon?
Lisbon airport is located only 6km away from the city center. The cheapeast and easiest way is to use the metro. Lisbon´s metro is very intuitive and easy to use. However, if you are arriving late at night, keep in mind that Lisbon´s metro doesn´t work 24 hours a day. It opens at 6:30 a.m at closes at: 1:00 a.m.
Cost of one ticket: 1,45€ | Cost of one day ticket (24h): 6,30€
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