3 Days in Lisbon: Must-Do Visits in the Portuguese Capital
The charming Portuguese capital has been a favorite holiday destination for tourists from all over the world.
Whether you’re just here for a short visit or thinking about staying a little longer, this short itinerary can help you find the best things to do in the city.
On our travel itinerary you will find the most important tourist spots, get to know the local culture and discover everything that makes this place so unique. Let’s visit Lisbon together!
Day 1 in Lisbon
The best way to get to know a culture is to learn about its history. And what better way to learn about Portugal than to visit Lisbon’s main historical monuments?
We start in the neighborhood of Belém, on the banks of the Tagus River, and go to Baixa. This route can be done on foot, bicycle, car or as you prefer. There are also excellent guided tours in these areas.
We strolled through Chiado and then climbed the hills of Lisbon to Bairro Alto where Lisbon’s nightlife takes place. The brave can climb the various stairs in the city, but a ride on the yellow tram (elétrico according to locals) is a great option.
The Torre de Belém, officially Torre de São Vicente, is a fortification considered to be the jewel of the Manueline style, and was the port of entry to Lisbon. On the right bank of the Tagus River, where the beach of Belém once existed, it was originally surrounded by waters throughout its perimeter.
The entrance ticket is free for children under 12 and adults pay € 6. See more information on the official website by clicking here.
Also in Belém is the Monument Monument to the Discoveries. In a prominent position on the right bank of the Tagus River, the original monument, in perishable materials, was erected in 1940 on the occasion of the “Exhibition of the Portuguese World” in the form of a caravel to honor the historical figures involved in Portuguese discoveries.
Portuguese pioneering in the era of navigation is a great pride of the nation, which was during that time, one of the most influential and richest empires in the world thanks to mercantilism, imperialism, colonialism and slavery. Still, this incredible monument is worth visiting. Find out more on the official website.
The Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, better known as Jerónimos Monastery, is a Portuguese monastery of the Order of São Jerónimo built in the 16th century. It is considered the maximum exponent of the Manueline style. The church, the royal pantheon of the Avis-Beja dynasty, houses renowned figures of Portuguese culture, such as Luís de Camões and Vasco da Gama. It has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The entrance ticket to the church is free! To visit the beautiful cloister, admission is free for children under 12, and older people pay € 10. Find out more on the official website by clicking here.
Praça do Comércio, formerly known as Terreiro do Paço, is a downtown Lisbon square located by the Tagus River, in the area that was the site of the palace of the kings of Portugal for about two centuries and which today is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the region.
The square is very important for the history of Portugal, and, in addition to enjoying the beauty of the square and the river, it is also possible to climb the arch viewpoint. Then, the tip is to explore the shops and restaurants of Rua Augusta, when crossing the arch.
The Santa Justa Lift, also known as Carmo Lift, is a public transport system, located in the center of Lisbon, and also a very beautiful tourist favorite. It is easy to notice this charming building to the left of Rua Augusta. It connects Rua do Ouro and Rua do Carmo to Largo do Carmo and is one of the most interesting monuments in downtown Lisbon.
You can take the elevator and enjoy the amazing view of Lisbon from the Baixa neighborhood. It’s beautiful. Find out more about prices on the official website.
Convento do Carmo is an old convent full of history that is located in the center of Lisbon. It was first built in the 14th century and over the years it has been very important for the city. In the terrible earthquake of 1755 the convent was razed and today it is possible to visit the museum among the ruins of the old convent. It’s a must visit in Lisbon!
The entrance ticket for adults costs € 5, for students and those over 65 it is € 4 and is free for children under 14 years. See more on the official website by clicking here.
Lisbon’s trams are not only one of the most useful means of transportation to get around the city, but also one of the most important tourist attractions in Lisbon.
The network consists of five routes and 57 cable cars (called trams), 40 of which are still traditional. Traditional trams are small, bring a sense of nostalgia and allow you to take beautiful pictures. See more on the management company’s official website.
Day 2 in Lisbon
Start the day discovering the beauty of Lisbon from above. The best photos are made of the various viewpoints, or viewpoints, that the city has scattered across its hills.
Then, spend the day at the pleasant Parque das Nações and visit the wonderful Lisbon Oceanarium. Definitely a must visit. And to close the day with a flourish, join a boat trip on the Tagus River.
Lisbon is one of the European cities with the greatest number of viewpoints. All with spectacular views of the city’s buildings, monuments, the Tagus, the 25 de Abril Bridge or the other bank.
The center is taken by tourists, but there are still untouched places when it comes to points with unique views. And without having to pay (except at Castelo de São Jorge, if you don’t live in the municipality of Lisbon).
We have an article on the best viewpoints in Lisbon, take a look by clicking here and visit your favorite!
Parque das Nações is a requalified area along the Tagus River. Green parks with public art serve as a link between impressive contemporary buildings such as the Teatro Camões and the great Lisbon Oceanarium. Nearby, modern riverside restaurants and the Vasco da Gama Center, with a glass roof, with shops and cinemas.
Children’s exhibitions attract families to the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, while the Telecabine Lisboa cable car offers breathtaking views. A ride on the cable car along the Tagus river is spectacular, with views across Lisbon. Find out more on the official website of Parque das Nações.
The Lisbon Oceanarium, originally called Pavilhão dos Oceanos, is an oceanarium located in Parque das Nações. It constitutes a public aquarium and a research institution on marine biology and oceanography. It is a good program for all ages and the visit can be done at any time of the year.
The price of the entrance ticket is € 19 for people aged 13 to 64, € 13 for people over 65 and for children aged 4 to 12 years. The ticket for children up to 3 years old is free and there is also a special price for families. Find out more on the official website of Oceanário de Lisboa by clicking here.
After two days of walks and hikes through the city of the 7 hills, nothing better than to relax and enjoy a boat ride at sunset on the waters of the Tagus River.
This is one of the biggest attractions in Lisbon and is truly an unmissable experience. Boat trips range from luxurious private yachts, to cozy sailboats and classic boats sailing with Lisbon in the background. They are wonderful landscapes!
Day 3 in Lisbon
While the city of Lisbon has more attractions than days in the year, a trip to Portugal would be incomplete without visiting the indescribable village of Sintra. It is worth taking a day off on your trip to Lisbon to take a tour of the castles, palaces and old streets of charming Sintra.
If you are going to visit Lisbon and would like to know a little more about Portugal’s historic regions, a visit to the city of Sintra is a must! Access to the region is very simple and worth visiting. Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo dos Mouros are the most famous attractions. Don’t miss out!
The perfect option for those who love outdoor activities, without a doubt it is a great tour. We have a perfect travel guide for anyone interested in visiting Sintra, just access the link.
Portugal is a great destination for those who love new experiences through taste. The immense variety of wines, fish, soups and desserts reveal that even speaking of a small territory, each region has its specific characteristics that end up defining the dishes according to the landscape, culture and resources.
Pastéis de Belém, or custard tarts (photo), appeared in the region of the same name, in Lisbon. The recipe was born in this place and the main and original cafe that serves them and takes tourists to make long lines to try, in other words, do not miss the opportunity.
We hope you have a great trip!
Lisbon is deservedly one of the most famous tourist spots in Europe and the world, there are many options and possibilities to venture into the Portuguese capital.
To know everything you need to have enough time and willingness to walk, but don’t worry, following our directions we will be sure that you will fall in love with this amazing city and that it remains one of our favorite destinations!
Post written by Gustavo Costa.Hello, I'm Gustavo Costa. I'm from Rio de Janeiro and I've been living in the Algarve for 2 years, where I study communication. Passionate about music, traveling and going out with my friends. Always willing to go through new experiences!