Let my three day itinerary for Lisbon, Portugal guide you through all the must see attractions, as well as enjoy the local delicacies—pastel de nata and red wine are at the top of my list!
Day 1 Barrio Alto
Barrio Alto is Lisbon. Any postcards or images you’ve seen of the traditional winding city streets with trams and tiled building is in Barrio Alto.
Start your visit there and just absorb it. Get a sense of the city, wander around the streets, pop into the stores and just enjoy.
Eventually make your way to some of the monuments including the Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), Sao Jorge Castelo and the Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta.
The Lisbon Cathedral is free to enter and a beautiful church that reminds me of the Notre Dame from the outside.
The Sao Jorge Castelo was one of my favourite things that I visited in Lisbon, and you can read all about it in my Where Rebecca Travels: Lisbon post.
The Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta is in the big square, and you can actually walk up it, like the Arch de Triumph, and enjoy the view of Lisbon and the River Tagus.
Must try things in Lisbon are of course catching a tram. The number 28 is the longest route and the first section is great for tourists as it covers off the must sees of the city. Tickets can be purchased on board, but better value is to go to a train station and buy an unlimited 24 hour ticket which covers the bus, metro, tram etc.
Be warned about pick pockets though. Our AirBnb host give us the low down and in Lisbon for some people pick pocketing is a career. If they’re caught they go to jail for a few months and then are back out pick pocketing again to make a living. So gentleman, do not keep your valuables in your back pocket, let alone on a crowded tram, and ladies always make sure that you’re handbag is zipped up, closed and non-accessible from sticky fingers.
Other cool things about this part of town are the Tuk Tuk’s. I hadn’t seen a Tuk Tuk since 2012 when I went to Thailand, so it was a bit of a treat to see them again, zipping around the city taking tourists to all the major sights.
Because it’s the first night, it’s always the night you’re most excited and want to go out. Lisbon actually has a phenomenal nightclub scene with numerous bars and clubs including some lining the river. I unfortunately was ill during my trip to Lisbon so spent my nights in recovering for sightseeing days, but with a little research I’m sure you’ll find an amazing night scene that hits to spot for you.
Day 2 Belum
If you’re not feeling to sorry for yourself, it’s time to get up and hit Lisbon for day number two.
For day number two, spend your morning in Belum to see more monuments including Belum Tower and Pastéis de Belém—the inventor of the Pastel de Nata.
Making your way back into Barrio Alto, head to the Timeout Market Lisboa for some of the best international eats getting around. I loved the Timeout Market Lisboa (you can read my blog post about them here), the variety of food was incredible and it had a really lovely vibe with lots of counter seats where you can watch your food being made and lots of long tables for sharing with friends. It’s also a great option if you’re a solo traveller and don’t like traditional restaurant dinning options when alone.
It’s also only a few blocks north of the river, so after grab an ice-cream, cocktail, or Pastel de Nata and walk along the river.
Day 3 Sintra
Time to get out of Lisbon for the day and head into the mountains of Sintra.
Sintra will always be an absolute magical highlight moment of not just my trip to Lisbon, but of my whole life. To say it is fairytale perfection is an understatement and I cannot recommend enough that you go here.
A day trip to Sintra is incredibly easy from Lisbon and just requires a 5Euro return train ticket from the Rossio train station. Trains run between Lisbon and Sintra really regular in the morning as it’s a large commuter network. Expect a train every 20 minutes until 10am, when they start running every hour. Be warned, it is a busy train station, so get there early because the lines to buy the tickets are looooooong.
Have you been to Lisbon? What did you love about the city?