I have prepared a detailed itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon to make your planning easier. On top of that, I was lucky enough to live in Lisbon for almost 4 years, so I have done and seen it all. Also, I used to offer photography services in Lisbon, so working with tourists was my daily life.
From my experience, most people choose to stay in Lisbon for 3 days and it is a good amount to see all the main things. However, be prepared to walk and explore a lot… you will rest when you are home. Just kidding, I will add some time to sit down, enjoy some Portuguese wine and something from their delicious cuisine!
In this travel guide, you will find your perfect itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon, Portugal. And it’s probably the best itinerary out there! I want you to use your 3 days in Lisbon wisely, so keep reading!
Where to stay in Lisbon?
Before we get to the best Lisbon itinerary, you need to find a place to stay, right? Since I used to live there, I never stayed in a hotel and can’t talk from experience, but I can help you with choosing the best area where to stay in Lisbon.
If you are looking for a strategic place that is well connected, choose a hotel or an apartment nearby Cais do Sodre. There is the train station, one of the most important metro stations, boat to the other side and you are walking distance away from Santos, Time Out Market, Bica, and Pink Street. But we will discuss these places later.
Alfama is one of the most iconic areas of Lisbon and it feels very authentic & local, but it also means a lot of steep streets and limited transport. It’s not the most practical, but certainly a joy!
Baixa & Chiado & Príncipe Real are very hip, alive, and pricey areas. A lot of luxury hotels and restaurants nearby. Easy taxi access to most of the areas. Great for those who want to splurge a bit.
If you are looking for budget-friendly options, you can check Alvalade, Roma, Alameda, Praça de Espanha, and Jardim Zoológico metro stations, but I don’t suggest staying further than that. Keep in mind that Lisbon is an affordable city, so highly recommended to stay central.
Where to eat in Lisbon?
I have a food guide with the 25 best restaurants in Lisbon, so make sure you check it out and add your favorite places to this itinerary. In that article, you will find something for everyone – for every budget and every taste.
Some famous dishes that you shouldn’t miss include Sardinhas Assadas, Polvo à Lagareiro, Porco Preto, Arroz de Pato, endless cheese options, and of course pastel de nata. Did I mention Portuguese wine? I think I could write about this for hours, but let’s get to the next point.
Where to take the best photos in Lisbon?
If you read my blog long enough, you know that I have a passion for photography, so… Of course, I have a photo guide prepared for you. Click here to find the 20 best photo spots in Lisbon. We will cover a lot of these places in this itinerary, but I still think you should check that guide for some photo inspiration. Plus, maybe you find something new that you must add to your itinerary!
Oh, and it’s finally time to talk about your 3 days in Lisbon and the best itinerary for this magical city!
Itinerary for day 1 in Lisbon
I want you to wake up early and start around the sunrise for day one, but I promise, I will make it worth your time. When you arrive at Praça do Comércio and see Arco da Rua Augusta with warm sunrise tones and almost no one around, that’s where you fall in love with Lisbon. At least I did… every single time! You get a beautiful view of Tagus as well, so don’t miss Cais das Colunas.
After I want you to move up to Sé de Lisboa or Lisbon Cathedral. The road will lead you all the way up to Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. These are two of the most iconic viewpoints in Lisbon… and you certainly will want to take photos here.
From here you can two options. You can go deeper in Alfama and visit the Church of São Vicente de Fora and National Pantheon or climb the steep streets of Alfama and reach the famous castle of Lisbon – Castelo de S. Jorge.
If you don’t like walking, you can also take the famous tram 28 from R. Conceição to the Church of São Vicente de Fora. But even if you take the tram early, you might find it full of tourists.
If you choose to visit the castle, you will be rewarded with a wonderful view over Lisbon. The entrance fee is 10 euros per adult and it will take you around 2 hours to visit it.
We used to offer this itinerary as a photo walk and it was the most popular one. Once you complete it, you will understand why!
After you visit the castle, make sure you have lunch and recharge for a while. You certainly deserve it.
Later we are heading to Pink Street and Time Out Market, but I don’t advise eating here. You certainly should see it! Maybe take a coffee and Pasteis, but the eating experience is not the best here if you ask me.
Pink Street is located on R. Nova do Carvalho. It has some great bars and nightlife but deserves a visit during the daytime as well. Next to the Pink Street, you will find Pensão Amor – the most erotic bookshop/bar in Portugal… it’s a very unique experience that you don’t want to miss.
Nearby you will find the famous Bica – yellow lift that you have seen at least once when checking photos from Lisbon. Currently, it is not possible to take a ride in Bica, but the street certainly deserves a visit and you can still see the elevator at the top of the street.
Once you are at the top of the street of Bica, you have reached Bairro Alto. This area of Lisbon is famous for nightlife lovers, but it’s cool to visit it during the day, walk the tiny Portuguese streets, and maybe gran a drink.
If you liked Palacio Chiado, this would be a perfect time to visit and end your first day with a class and some tasty food!
Itinerary for day 2 in Lisbon
I have another early mission prepared for you and that’s Belem Tower. Seeing it with sunrise is just perfect. And later you can reward yourself at Pastéis de Belém – the place where tiny custard cakes started. In fact, only those that come from the Fábrica de Pastéis de Belém, following the original secret recipe, are Pastéis de Belém. Others are called Pastel de Nata.
Around the corner, you will find Jerónimos Monastery and I highly suggest you visit it inside. It will take you more than an hour, but it’s a must-see in Lisbon. It opens at 10 am and the entrance fee is 10 euro.
From here you can take a walk on the promenade and enjoy the views of Ponte 25 de Abril or grab a taxi and head to LX Factory. The main attraction of LX Factory is Ler Devagar bookshop. It introduced a new concept of a bookshop as a meeting place, a space for debating ideas, for reading, for the artistic experience, or even for taking a perfect photo. Nowadays it is considered one of the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world, so trust me. It is worth the hype. And after snapping your photo, you can discover the coolest project in Lisbon and the rest of LX Factory.
I have another article dedicated specifically to Belem and you can read it here.
Of course, you can alternate your time and you don’t have to be at the Belem Tower at sunrise. But highly recommended, because I want you to make the most of this trip and these 3 days in Lisbon.
Once you are done with LX Factory, I suggest you head back to the city center and take a walk on Rua Augusta starting from the Arch. You can enjoy some shops and see the Santa Justa lift.
On Rua Augusta, you will find Casa Portuguesa do Pastel de Bacalhau where they serve the tastiest Pastel de Bacalhau. Fábrica da Nata serves more Pastel de Nata if you can’t get enough of it and make sure you visit the second floor if you are there. The view of Rua Augusta is beautiful!
By the time you are done, you will find yourself in Rossio Square – take a look at the stunning train station on the side of it.
I want you to finish your day with a hidden gem and visit Casa do Alentejo. When you enter, you will find an outdoor courtyard where locals come to relax, enjoy the atmosphere and hide from tourists surrounding Rossio Square. Once a palace, it’s since been used as a school, casino, and now a restaurant (in a beautiful ballroom on the second floor).
If you still have energy, I suggest you visit Elevador do Lavra. It is yet another cute & yellow tram, but this one is always left behind and used mostly by locals. This means that you will always find it empty. From there you can go to Calçada Santana – it is a very charming street with a beautiful view. Especially if you can visit during the sunset.
Itinerary for day 3 in Lisbon
On the third day in Lisbon, I will let you sleep in and rest a bit more. Also, I want you to go on a tram ride so you can see Lisbon from your window. You should go to Martim Moniz square and take the tram there. You can choose between famous tram number 28 or hidden tram number 12. I would suggest 12 because we already have seen the best part of the tram 28 route.
Get off nearby Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, enjoy the Graça area, and visit National Pantheon if you missed it on the first day! In the afternoon I want you to visit one of my favorite places in Lisbon, so make sure you have a good lunch and don’t exhaust yourself.
In the afternoon head to Carmo Convent. You can get there by Santa Justa lift… Or you can visit A Brasileira coffee shop and walk from there. If you ask me, Santa Justa lift is overrated (as a ride!) and A Brasileira should win in this choice, but it is up to you.
The Carmo Convent is a unique location that certainly deserves a visit. It felt surreal to stand there. It was intentionally left roofless as a reminder of the earthquake that destroyed Lisbon in 1755. The property now houses Carmo Archaeological Museum and the entrance fee is 5 EUR.
Once you are done, head to Calçada do Duque – it has a beautiful view of the castle. You can either walk down and take Glória Funicular or walk up until Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. This is the last and final spot of this itinerary and you simply need to sit down, listen to the live music and enjoy the sun setting over the orange roofs of Lisbon.
I hope this article helps you to plan your perfect itinerary for 3 days in Lisbon and make the most of your time. Lisbon was one of the European best-kept secrets, but I’m glad to see so many visitors going to Portugal every year – go discover Lisbon and find out what’s so charming about it. I’m sure that this itinerary will help you do that!
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