3 Days in Lisbon: The Best Itinerary for Your Visit
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Your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary kicks off in Alfama. It is the city's oldest district and is known for its steep, narrow streets, magical views and laid-back vibe. There are plenty of spots where you can get unforgettable glimpses of the city's characteristic red roofs and the beautiful Tagus River. Recommended viewpoints to experience include Miradouro da Graça and Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. You also want to check out Miradouro das Portas do Sol, where you can take in panoramic views of the city's historic centre. Within Alfama, you will find many of the city's most notable churches and cathedrals. A visit to Sé de Lisboa is a must. It is the city's oldest cathedral, with a history that goes back to 1147. When you are done exploring, grab a bite to eat or get a drink at one of the district's charming bars or cafés. We recommend making sure you bring along some cash for your time in Alfama, as it is common to encounter shops and eateries that do not take card payments.
The earliest fortifications at this location date to the 1st century BCE. The current structure has its origins in the mid-11th century CE. Before the building you see today, this location housed a Moorish fortification that was constructed in the 10th century. At one point, the castle served as the royal residence for the Kings of Portugal. It is one of the city's most emblematic points of interest and looks spectacular during the day or at night when it is illuminated by an array of lighting. Your castle visit is the perfect way to conclude the start of your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary.
Begin the 2nd leg of your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary by admiring the stunning, Gothic architecture of the Jeronimos Monastery. It is one of the most extravagant monasteries found anywhere in Portugal and has a history that goes back to the 15th century. Throughout its existence, it has served as a stop of importance for voyagers who were preparing to embark on journeys at sea. Many of them would stop to pray and spend the night at the monastery before setting sail. Take note of the stunning pillars, arches and stone carvings during your visit to this attraction that has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Since this is a popular point of interest in the region, we recommend booking your tickets in advance and visiting as early in the morning as you can to avoid long queues.
Conclude the 2nd part of your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary by exploring the city's best dining and nightlife hotspots. Some of the top restaurants in Europe can be found in the city. Lisbon is also sure to impress if you are looking to party the night away. We recommend starting the evening out with a delicious meal at popular eateries like Miss Can. It is a small petiscaria located in Alfama and is famed for its seafood conservas that are prepared with preserved seafood like sardines, squid and mackerel. Another unique option for dinner is Cervejaria Ramiro. It is one of the city's most renowned waterfront restaurants and is located on a concrete pier that overlooks the Tagus River. Fresh seafood dishes like arroz de tamboril are worth trying. It is a traditional dish made with rice, coriander, tomatoes and monkfish. After dinner, it is time to hit some of Lisbon's best nightlife locations. Whether you are looking for a cosy pub, a local wine bar or an amazing nightclub, you will be impressed with what you find. Some recommendations include the Red Frog Speakeasy, the Cave Rock Bar, the V Rooftop Bar, Topo Martim Moniz, By the Wine, Vestigius Restaurant & Bar, the Sabotage Club, Restaurante Lux Lounge Bar and MusicBox.
We have now arrived at the final leg of your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary. Located at the top of the hill of Ajuda, you will find the spectacular Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. The building was once a royal residence. It is currently one of the city's best-known museums and serves as home to a collection of valuable works of art dating to the 18th and 19th centuries. This includes exhibits of textiles, silverware, gold, jewellery, glassware, furniture and ceramics. During your visit, you can also view the site's collection of engravings, paintings, photos and sculptures.
Wrap your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary up with an exploration of the iconic Belém District. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River, it is situated away from the centre. It is the city's southwesternmost area. With that said, it is easily accessible wherever you are staying. You will find some of the most recognisable monuments here. The Belém Tower features a viewing terrace that offers breathtaking views of the region. After you are done exploring, you will have no trouble finding a place to stop for a meal, as Belém is home to a variety of restaurants, bars and cafés.
Located roughly 30 kilometres to the northwest of Lisbon, you will find the stunning community of Sintra. It is one of the most recommended day trip destinations for travellers on holiday in the region because of its range of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Must-see attractions during your visit include the Palacio Nacional de Sintra. It is a palace that dates to the 14th century and is located in the old town district. You also want to check out the 8th-century Castelo dos Mouros that was built during the region's Moorish period.
Another recommended place to visit near Lisbon during your 3-day itinerary is the coastal resort town of Cascais. It is located about 25 kilometres to the west of the city. There are a variety of historic monuments and museums to explore in the city centre. The area is also known for its sandy beaches and blue waters. It is the perfect day trip location for some time spent soaking in the sun or going for a swim. A convenient way to get there is to take the train from central Lisbon. Hop on board the Linha de Cascais from Cais do Sodre Station.
Home to 83 elegantly decorated rooms, the One Palácio da Anunciada 5* is the perfect choice for your 3 days in Lisbon itinerary. It is located in the heart of the city's historic district and features amenities that include a fabulous spa and a wine bar.
During your stay, enjoy hotel facilities that include Wi-Fi, a concierge service, the Condes de Ericeira Restaurant, a fitness centre and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
What we like: We love this property's outstanding location in the heart of Lisbon and its extensive range of 5-star facilities.
Find an accommodation option that suits your needs when you choose from the 331 luxurious rooms at the InterContinental Lisbon 5*. The property features contemporary design elements and impressive views over the Tagus River.
The hotel's features include Wi-Fi, air conditioning, the UPTOWN BAR, a fitness centre, a tour desk and a nightclub. You will enjoy in-room features, such as a coffee machine, a mini-fridge, a kettle, bathrobes, a safe and a hairdryer.
What we like: We love this 5-star property's excellent location close to many of Lisbon's top shops, restaurants, bars and cultural attractions. Breakfast each morning at the Akla Restaurant is another plus.
You will find luxurious décor when you stay in one of the 166 relaxing rooms at the Iberostar Selection Lisboa 5*. It enjoys a prime location within the historic district of Lisbon and features luxurious amenities that include mouth-watering culinary options and a gorgeous pool.
The hotel's range of on-site features includes a 24-hour reception desk, multilingual staff, a hairdresser, free parking, a luggage storage service, Wi-Fi, a laundry service and 4 restaurant and bar options. You can also look forward to leisure facilities that include a sauna, a fitness centre and a spa.
What we like: We love the range of 5-star amenities offered at the Iberostar Selection Lisboa 5* and its central location that is perfect for 3 days in Lisbon spent exploring the city's top points of interest.
The HF Fénix Lisboa 4* is a stylish property located in the heart of Lisbon. It is within walking distance of some of the city's most iconic landmarks and near top-rated restaurants and nightlife hotspots.
Enjoy a luxuriously furnished Comfort Room during your stay, with breakfast served each morning. Hotel features include Wi-Fi, outdoor parking, a laundry service, a babysitting service and the Espaco Jardim Restaurant.
What we like: We love this luxurious property's proximity to top points of interest, such as museums, historic landmarks and cultural experiences. This is complemented by the excellent range of on-site facilities.
You will find 105 spacious rooms and suites to choose from when you book your stay at the Smy Lisboa 4* for your 3 days in Lisbon. A range of restaurants, shops and public transport connections are located within a 5-minute walk of this property, which is situated close to the city's historic centre.
Hotel features include a fitness centre, 3 restaurants and bars, a 24-hour reception desk, Wi-Fi, a laundry service, airport transfers, luggage storage, a lift, outdoor parking, a concierge service and air conditioning. You will also enjoy in-room amenities, such as a mini-fridge and a safe.
What we like: We love this hotel's location in a residential area that is close to Lisbon's top attractions. Complimentary breakfast and 24-hour gym access are added perks of this option for your 3 days in Lisbon.
As you prepare for your 3 days in Lisbon booked through Voyage Privé, ensure that you pack comfortable walking shoes if you plan to do a lot of exploring on foot. Lisbon is a city built on 7 hills. This means that there are plenty of amazing views to be enjoyed. Learning a few basic words and phrases in Portuguese will enhance your interactions with the city's friendly locals. When out exploring the tiny restaurants, bars and cafés in Lisbon, carry some cash as some establishments may not take card payments. The local currency in Lisbon is the euro. If you want to use any of your electronic appliances and devices during your stay, you will require a plug adapter for any that use a UK outlet.
Visit Lisbon from March to May or early autumn if you want to avoid the largest crowds and the highest prices. The weather is still pleasant and warm during these months. With this said, summer is a popular time of year for travellers who want to spend time on the beach when temperatures are at their highest. Given its warm, temperate climate, Lisbon is a great year-round holiday destination.
The primary arrivals hub for Lisbon is Humberto Delgado Airport. You should have no trouble finding flights into the area out of your nearest UK international airport. The average in-air time you can expect is around 2 hours and 50 minutes for non-stop flights. Upon landing, getting to the city centre is easy. You can take the bus or jump on board the metro. The Aeroporto–Saldanha line will get you to the city centre in about 20 minutes. Other local transport options include local trains, trams and taxi services.
Are you wondering what local delicacies you should try during your 3 days in Lisbon? We have some suggestions that are sure to delight your tastebuds. They include grilled sardines. This is a favourite with locals and is often served with either bread or potatoes and salad. Bifana is another must-try taste delight. These pork sandwiches are served with plenty of garlic. If you feel like beef instead, try the prego sandwich with piri-piri sauce or mustard. A couple of other food suggestions include ameijoas a bulhao pato (clams with sauce), and the iconic green soup known as caldo verde.