14 Best Things To Do in Lisbon – A 3-Day Lisbon City Trip

14 Best Things To Do in Lisbon – A 3-Day Lisbon City Trip

14 Best Things To Do in Lisbon – A 3-Day Lisbon City Trip

Lisbon, one of the oldest and best cities to visit in Europe. In recent years, it has gained popularity for its charming streets, authentic trams, architecture, delicious food and now easily competes with Barcelona or Venice. Plan a 3-day Lisbon city trip to the capital of Portugal and follow the following things to do in Lisbon for a guaranteed great trip.

Day 1 – Lisbon

Good morning to the charming streets of Lisbon. Start your day early as the streets will get be at 8:30 AM when most tours start. All the things to do in Lisbon on the first day can be easily seen by walking so make sure to wear good shoes.

1. Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa Lift is the 45-meter high famous elevator of Lisbon built to connect two neighborhoods. When it opened in 1902 it saved Lisbon’s residents a tough climb uphill. 

Nowadays, the elevator and observation deck on top are one of the must-sees in Lisbon which open at 7 AM.

Fun fact: The design was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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2. Wander at Lisbon’s Main Square

Praca do Comercio is Lisbon’s main square and formerly used to unload goods directly from the river. Opposite the river is the “Door to Lisbon” – Arco da Rua Augusta, the huge arch leads to the shopping boulevard and absolute center of Lisbon. It is a 5-minute walk from the Santa Justa elevator.

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3. Pink Street

Make your way to Lisbon’s former Red Light District that now is one of the nightlife areas of the city. New cafes, bars, and a pink street were introduced in 2011 to give this area a new life. It has become one of the more popular things to do in Lisbon so an early visit for an empty pink street would be required.

Lunch tip: Get a delicious lunch at Cafe Janis which is very close to Pink Street.

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4. Tram 28 to Alfama – must-do in Lisbon!

Walk back to this nearby tram stop for a ride on the classic tram 28 route. These yellow trams, dating back from 1930, rolling up the hilly streets is what Lisbon’s charm so much. A single ticket to the tram costs 3 EUR. (~ 3.5 USD)

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5. Alfama – Best of Lisbon

A small labyrinth of cobblestone streets, colorful houses and some of the best architecture of the city. To most people, this is the most beautiful part of the city where the old trams are rolling through the narrow streets. 
➳ Or join a walking tour in Alfama.

Around 5 PM, stroll through Alfama’s colorful and hilly streets for some soft sun tones shining through the streets. Visit Sé Catedral as it is the oldest, impressive, and most important church of Lisbon. Your list of things to do in Lisbon isn’t complete without Alfama on it. 

6. Sunset at a viewpoint

Lisbon, and especially Alfama has many ‘Miradours’ (viewpoints). Two locations close to each other area Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. At the garden of Santa Luzia, note the beautiful blue tiles on the wall.

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Day 2 – Sintra

A short train ride west from Lisbon is the UNESCO Cultural Landscape Sintra; a forested hill area accompanied with palaces in pastel colors, Moorish-style architecture, and detailed tile work. 

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7. Visit Sintra – Favorite thing to do on a Lisbon city trip

The villas and palaces at Sintra open their doors at 9:30 AM and, especially in summer, Pena Palace gets crowded fast. Get on the train to Sintra at Rossio station in the morning, ideally at 7:40 AM, so you will be at the doors of Pena Palace when it opens. 

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Plan to spend until the afternoon visiting Pena Palace on the hilltop, Monserrate Palace, Quinta da Regaleira with the mind-blowing inverted towers and the medieval Moorish castle and their lush gardens and parks. Learn how to visit Sintra, the entrance prices and the best places to see.

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8. Castelo de S. Jorge – Best Sunset of Lisbon

In the afternoon make your way back to Lisbon for a memorable sunset at one of the city’s landmarks. Castelo de S. Jorge in the Alfama district is a castle on the highest hill of the city offering a 360-degree view.

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It is a 20-minute walk from Rossio station but on your way there, we highly recommend a relaxing and delicious coffee stop at Copenhagen Coffee Lab & Bakery.

Entrance costs 10 EUR or 5 EUR when under 26.

Day 3 – Cascais and Belem

Spend the last day of your city trip with the following things to do in Lisbon. 

9. Cascais

Cascais is a tiny charming old fishing village that is easy to reach by a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon. It is home to the rich people of Lisbon who spend their weekends in their holiday homes but luckily Cascais’s character still remains. 

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Walk the narrow cobblestone streets during the peaceful early morning when the weather is still refreshing and streets are still empty. Cascais is a collection of picturesque little houses decorated with flowers.

Transport: A one-way train ticket to Cascais costs 2.25 EUR. (~ 2.50 USD)

10. Cascais Beach

Cascais has a huge advantage over Lisbon: soft-sand beaches! Relax a few hours at one of the many beaches in Cascais and cool down in the sea. The water on the Atlantic coast is cold so don’t expect a relaxing swim in the water. 

Tip: Get a gelato ice cream at the popular Gelados Santini when walking back to the train station.

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11. Belem Tower

On your way back from charming Cascais, get out at Belem station to visit the Belem Tower. The Belem tower is a former defense mechanism and later a prison surrounded by water dating back to the year 1519.

You are able to visit the tower on the inside and from the terrace on top, however, a limited number of visitors is allowed what means that you most likely have to queue. Get your tickets online 

Tip: The Belem tower is closed every Monday.

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12. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos 

The Jerónimos Monastery is an architectural masterpiece that was once a place for sailors to pray before they set out on the seas. Followed by a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belem shop to taste custard tarts, of which only a few people know the original recipe. 

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13. LX Factory 

LX Factory is a trendy market hidden under the Ponte 23 de Abril bridge. This creative industrial mini town on an old factory site is a great place to get food, drinks or to get a book at the coolest bookstore in Lisbon. From Belem, hop into tram 15 towards Calvário to get to LX Factory.

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14. Time Out Market

Ready for dinner? The Time Out Market offers a great selection of food and drinks that will be prepared inside the market.

Just before sunset, walk out the market towards the pier for the last sunset of your Lisbon city trip. People are enjoying their drinks and having fun together at the riverside.

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How much does Lisbon cost? 

🏨 Double room: $100 per night 
🍲 Lunch / Dinner: $10 – $30
☕ Espresso: $1 – $1,50
🎟️ Attraction entrances $5 – $30
🚰 Water: $1

Best time to visit Lisbon

The best time to visit Lisbon is between March and May or September and mid-November when temperatures are cooler and the city is less crowded. This makes it much easier to do all the things to do in Lisbon. During the high season months, July and August prices of accommodation are much higher and the streets are busier.

Tip: June is the month of festivals in Lisbon – a perfect month to visit!

Getting to & getting around

Lisbon has direct flights and Flix bus connections from all over Europe. The subway connects the airport to the city center with a short 25-minute subway ride. Find flights to Lisbon.

Getting around Lisbon

By foot – Although Lisbon is hilly, this is the only way to see the streets that charm this city. Take public transport uphill and walk downhill is a good approach. 

Public transport –  The bus, metro, and train are all over the city – Get a reusable paper VivaViagem card at a station, top-up your card for every trip and use it through the entire city. 

Taxi – Taxis are a fine choice in Lisbon – services like Taxify and Uber are very convenient as well however, public transport is cheaper if you are with three people or less.

Scooter – Download one of the electric scooter apps like Lime, Tier or Wind and cover distance quick and easy! Please note that you have to be 18 or older.

Where to stay in Lisbon

Lisbon’s best neighborhoods to stay in the charming old town: Barrio Alto and Alfama or in the center at Baixa and Chiado. The old town is more hilly but also quieter throughout the entire day. ➳ Find all hotels in Lisbon

05/09/2019 https://www.saltinourhair.com/portugal/lisbon-citytrip/
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