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Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days – One week

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

Day 1

Do: Start your day with a big bowl of delicious cereals in Bairro Alto

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Pop Cereal Café, Lisbon

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.

Click here to read our guide to Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants.

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

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

Escadinhas de São Cristóvão, Mouraria

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

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Chão do Loureiro 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

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Palácio Chiado, Lisbon

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)

Click here to read our guide to Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Do: Take a walk from Lisbon´s downtown (Baixa-Chiado) to Terreiro do Paço

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Terreiro do Paço/Praça do Comércio, Lisbon

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

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

Cais das Colunas, Lisbon

Day 1: Map

Day 2

Do: Go to Feira da Ladra – Lisbon´s flea market

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Lisbon´s Flea Market: Feira da Ladra

“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

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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

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Alfama district, Lisbon

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

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Lost In Bar, Lisbon

Lisbon has a good share of panoramic bars with breathtaking views. Our suggestions in this category are Lost InPark and Topo

Click here to read our guide to Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants.

Do: See the sunset at Miradouro da Graça (Graça Viewpoint)

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Graça Viewpoint (Miradouro da Graça)

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

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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

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Fado, Lisbon

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.

To listen to one of the most recognised Portuguese fado singers, Amália Rodrigues, click here. To listen “Lisboa Menina e Moça”, one of our favourite fados about Lisbon, click here.

Day 2: Map

Day 3

Do: Explore Belém district & Eat Pastéis de Belém

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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

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Racoon by Bordalo II

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

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Village Underground, Lisbon

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.”

It´s also in this space that you can find one of the most original cafes in Lisbon, a cafe inside a bus. Click here to read our guide to Lisbon Cutest Cafes & Restaurants

Location: Museu da Carris, Rua 1º de Maio, nº 103, Alcântara, Lisboa

Do: Visit LX Factory

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LX Factory, Lisbon

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

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“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

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Alcântara-Mar Station, Lisbon

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

Day 4

Do: Visit Palácio Fronteira (Fronteira Palace)

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

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

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VIP Executive Arts Hotel, Parque das Nações

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

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

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

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Embaixada, Lisbon

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

Day 5

Do: Visit Palácio da Ajuda (Palace of Ajuda)

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Palácio da Ajuda, Lisbon

“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.

Click here to read more about this majestic Portuguese palace.

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

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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.

 Click here to read more about this charming cafe.

Location: Rua do Alecrim, nº19, Cais do Sodré, Lisboa

Do: Visit a bookstore dedicated to travel books

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Palavra de Viajante Bookshop

Day 5: Map

Day 6

Do: Take a day trip to Sintra

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

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

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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.

Click here to read our Convento de São Saturnino review & here to book.

Day 7

Do: Rent a car and explore Arrabida Natural Park. It´s just an hour drive from Lisbon

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

Click here to read our guide to Arrabida Natural Park.

Where  to stay in Lisbon?

#1 Casa Balthazar

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

Deluxe Double Room with Balcony and Jacuzzi I, Casa Balthazar, Lisbon

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€.

Click here to read our full review of Casa Balthazarhere to book.

#2 Hostels

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.

#3 Apartments

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

Book here your memorable stay in Lisbon. 

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€

Lisbon Itinerary: 3 days - One week

Was this guide useful to you? Let us know! We always love to read your opinions. 

Disclaimer: It´s a pleasure to provide free information & advice to our readers. But, in order to pay our blog expenses and our vices (food & travel) we placed some affiliate links in this article, which means if you book through one of our links we earn a small commission, at no extra cost for you.

Lara Oliveira

13 Comments

  1. Reply

    Veronika

    9 April, 2017

    Lisbon is on the top of my travel bucket list so thank you for this guide, will definitely use these tips when finally traveling there! 🙂

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      9 April, 2017

      Hope you can visit Lisbon soon. I´m happy to know that you found this post useful! 😉

  2. Reply

    Penny

    9 April, 2017

    I really love the way you have added so much detail into your post. The photographs are beautiful.. Mesmerizing even! I have been longing to visit Lisbon for ever so long. I think the longing started when I started learning Portuguese in School.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      9 April, 2017

      Penny, thank you so much for your kind words! Did you learn Portuguese in school? That´s pretty awesome!I truly hope you can visit Lisbon soon 🙂

  3. Reply

    lisboa-does-not-love

    10 April, 2017

    The people of Lisbon are telling here to the tourists and local authorities what Lisbon doesn’t love, and we hope from the deepest of our hearts that the change will come from them.
    http://lisboa-does-not-love.com
    https://www.facebook.com/lisboadoesnotlove

  4. Reply

    Una Veronica Vagante

    11 April, 2017

    I might come back just to see the spots I missed!
    Thank you for sharing ♥

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      12 April, 2017

      It´s great to hear that, Una. We truly hope you come back one day <3

  5. Reply

    matiz

    15 April, 2017

    Almost perfect list. It misses http://www.matiz-pombalina.pt

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      15 April, 2017

      Thank you for the suggestion. We will add this bar to our list of things that we still want to visit and do in Lisbon 😉

  6. Reply

    Therie

    10 May, 2017

    I just find Lisbon very romantic. I can definitely see myself wandering around for hours , it seems like a wanderer-friendly kind of city.

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      24 May, 2017

      You´re absolutely right! Lisbon is perfect for wandering around for hours. You´ll find lots of charming streets everywhere around the city, but some of my favourites are located in Mouraria and Alfama neighbourhoods.

  7. Reply

    Constanza

    17 February, 2019

    This is such a beautiful post, thank you so much for putting so much work into this. I can’t wait to go to Lisbon!

    • Reply

      Lara Oliveira

      18 February, 2019

      Constanza, your comment just made my day. I always do my best to create informative posts. Thank you so much for letting me know that you found it useful!

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