Guest post by Alexander & Laura of the expert travel blog, Lost Between Oceans.

Lisbon has become a super popular travel destination in Europe in the last couple of years, especially if you are looking for a short gateway. The last time we were in Portugal‘s capital, Lisbon, we felt time flew by really fast. There is so much to discover here! Based on our experience, we have put together the perfect itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon, from sightseeing, local cuisine, and the vibrant cultural scene.

Alfama streets

Day 1

The first day is all about exploring historic neighbourhoods like Alfama, Baixa, Rossoe, and Chiado. Start your day in the Alfama district, a neighbourhood characterized by narrow, steep streets leading to colourful alleys and stunning viewpoints. Don’t forget to wear decent walking shoes; there will be a lot of steep uphills and downhills while you are exploring.

Walk your way to the iconic Castle of St. George, a symbol in the city that will bring you back to medieval times. The castle is at the top of a steep hill, once you arrive you might want to take a moment to catch your breath while you sit and admire the panoramic view from the city.

Lisbon Cathedral

Afterwards, from the Castle walk downhill to the Cathedral of Lisbon. If you are feeling a little hurry before lunchtime, in front of the cathedral across the street, there are a few food vendors at the entrance of a small park. We bought some doughnuts; they were delicious! 

Then, walk through the streets horizontally towards the city’s older flea market, Feira da Ladra known as the “Market of Thieves”. In this market, you can expect a mixture of stalls selling everything from vintage clothing to collectables, books, vinyl records, antiques, hand-made artisan goods, military objects and even coins. It’s a market where you can find many hidden treasures.

As late morning approaches, walk towards Miradouro Sophia de Mello and enjoy another amazing viewpoint of Lisbon. This viewpoint will give you a completely different view of Lisbon than at the Castle of St. George. 

When lunchtime rolls around, wander through Alfama’s charming cobbled streets and indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant. While you are walking through the streets, you will find many small restaurants along the steep little streets. 

Fado players

In the afternoon, zig-zag through the cable streets and eventually make your way down to visit the Museu do Fado. Fado music is a symbol of Portuguese culture, you will quickly realise after visiting the museum the Portuguese music characteristics for the rest of your trip. 

As sunset nears, explore more viewpoints like Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol for breathtaking sunset views.

As evening falls, either enjoy dinner in Alfama or attend a Fado show. This will give you a chance to further immerse yourself in the local culture and cuisine, ensuring your day in Lisbon ends on a high note.

Azulejo tiles

Day 2

Start your day learning about the history and significance behind the famous Portuguese blue tiles at the National Azulejo Museum. You probably noticed these famous blue tiles during your first day of exploration. They have been a big part of Portugal’s identity for centuries.

After exploring the history of tilework, spend your afternoon exploring Belém, a district rich in historical significance and gorgeous architecture. Here, you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery and the Monument of the Discoveries, before making your way to the iconic Torre de Belem, all UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Pasteis de Belem

Once you’ve soaked in the historical sights, treat yourself to a traditional Pastéis de Belém, the famous Portuguese egg tart custard. A visit to Lisbon would be incomplete without tasting this pastry!

End your day with a visit to the LX Factory, an industrial complex transformed into an artistic hub where you can shop unique pieces or have an amazing dining experience. There is a diverse range of restaurants and cafes; we recommend having dinner at Ni Michi, a Latino restaurant in LX Factory, the food was great and the ambience was very lively.

Vasco de Gama tower

Day 3

On the last of your 3 days in Lisbon, we recommend visiting Parque das Nações (Park of Nations), a district that showcases the city’s modern side. Once an industrial wasteland, this area was transformed into a futuristic and elegant urban district for the 1998 World Exposition. Here, you can expect a lot of cutting-edge architecture and urban art.

Your first stop should be the Vasco da Gama Tower. Standing at 145 meters tall, it’s the tallest building in Portugal. The tower’s observation deck offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River.

Praca do Comercio

Afterwards, visit the Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. This is an activity that should not be missed; we found it absolutely incredible! With over 450 different species, you will be fully immersed in the underwater world of diverse marine ecosystems.

As the sun begins to set, head to Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s biggest square. Known for its 18th-century architecture, the square is dominated by the magnificent Arco da Rua Augusta. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the square, taking in the sights, before settling down at one of the nearby bars or restaurants for a relaxing evening.

So, there you have it—the Lost Between Ocean’s guide to spending 3 days in Lisbon. With their guide, you are all set with the perfect itinerary. If you are exploring other regions in Portugal, be sure to read their 4-day itinerary for Coimbra and their Full Guide to Praia do Camilo. Check out the full portfolio of Portugal villas on Oliver’s Travels and get in touch with our concierge team for any insider tips and help booking extra services.



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