Without a doubt, Lisbon is (together with Barcelona) one of my favourite cities in Europe. I guess it’s just because I love coastal cities and the vibe of the mediteranian sea, but who doesn’t ;).
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, and it’s an old hip town with amazing coastlines. Are you visiting Lisbon for the first time and you don’t know yet what to do in Lisbon in 3 days? Don’t worry, I know there are so many fun things to do in Lisbon but that’s why I want to share my 12 favourite activities during my 3 days in Lisbon in this Lisbon itinerary.
What to do in Lisbon in 3 days?
Day 1 – Lisbon Itinerary
1. Start your trip with breakfast at ‘Dear Breakfast‘
Before starting your activities in Lisbon it’s important to have a great breakfast right;). This place is defenitely my favourite breakfast spot in Lisbon! They have a lot of choices on their menu like eggs, juices, pancakes, croissants and great coffee. Also the staff is friendly and attentive!
My tip: go for the amazing pancakes (see photo below) ;).
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm / Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm
Location 1: R. Gaivotas 17, 1200-719 Lisboa, Portugal
Location 2: Calçada de São Francisco 35, 1200-411 Lisboa, Portugal
2. Book a surftrip at the awesome company: We Hate Tourism Tours
I don’t know how I find them but I loved their concept from the beginning! It was hard to choose one of the tours on their website because all of them looked fun and for sure they offer the best activities in Lisbon. Finally, I chose for the 1-day surf experience and I loved it!
The people who work at this company are so relaxed, open minded and not the typical boring touroperators. Just take a look at their communcation style at their website and you know what I mean!
3. Take tram 28 to Alfama
A must do in Lisbon: taking a ride on the classic yellow old tram! The tram will go up the hill and a single ticket will cost €3 and you can buy it in the tram. Do you have a Lisboa Card? You can use this tram with the card.
The tram is not just a tourist attraction but locals use it as their normal public transport as well. My advise is to take the tram uphill and walk all the way down to discover the most beautiful views and cutest streets.
The ride is the most famous one and will go through the historic city centre of Lisbon including the neighbourhoods: Baixa, Graça, Mouraria, Alfama district en Estrela. One ride takes around 50 minutes.
It’s up to you where you get on the tram. Check all the stops at: https://wikiroutes.info/en/lisbon?routes=42422
You won’t regret adding this fun ride to your Lisbon itinerary.
4. Enjoy dinner at the Time Out Food Market
Don’t know what to do in Lisbon in 3 days when it comes to food? This market has the largest food hall in Lisbon. There are a lot of bars and restaurants under one roof. This was one of my favourite activities in Lisbon when it comes to food.
Some of the best dishes from Miguel Laffan, Henrique Sa Pessoa, Miguel Castro e Silva and other top-most chefs in Portugal are always available at Market Lisboa. As you eat and drink, take a relaxing stroll around the market and check out the breathtaking wares that they are selling.
It’s the perfect place to try different kind of small dishes. You will love it!
Day 2 – Explore the surroundings of Lisbon
5. Visit Sintra and explore the Palace of Pena and park
A visit to Sintra is a popular day trip from Lisbon to see the cultural landscape which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Sintra is a charming Portuguese town situated within the hills of the Serra de Sintra. Once arriving in Sintra, it feels like you’re in a fairytale!
At Sintra you can visit The Pena Palace and gardens of Sintra. If royal monuments are some of your fascinations, then, this is the best thing for you to visit. The Palace of Pena is located in the eastern region of the Park of Pena.
I just loved strolling around this fairytale town with eye-catching gardens and palaces!
You can buy your ticket to the Pena Palace and Park in advance for €14.
BOOK YOUR TICKET: Pena Palace and Park Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entrance
6. Visit Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast
Not far from Sintra (just 12 km) you will find Cascais. It’s a lovely fishing town with the finest beaches. Sure you will love it! Just take bus 417 to the Cascais bus-station/terminal, this is the most scenic route because it’s following the coastline. Cascais is famous because of the amazing beaches, cute houses and lovely restaurants, with of course fresh fish.
Sure you won’t regret adding this one to your Lisbon itinerary.
Cabo Da Roca Coast
Do you love amazing views or a beautiful sunset? Go to the Cabo da Roca cliffs, they are more than 100 metres in height. This was defenitely one of my favourite activities in Lisbon.
Tip: wear comfortable shoes, you have to climb along the cliffs!
Visit Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast in a day tour
Don’t want to travel by yourself? Book a daytour from Lisbon to Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast. It takes 8 hours and costs €75 (including entrance and transportation).
BOOK YOUR TOUR: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour
7. Visit Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a highly ornate monastery located in the neighbourhood Belém and defenitely worth a visit! It’s one of the most decorative churches of Portugal. This made it one of the most touristc sights of Lisbon.
Don’t forget to bring your camera to this place! Tip: Go early if you want to make photos without less other tourists ;).
An entrance ticket to this place costs €12,50, do you have a Lisbon card? You can use this one to enter the place.
GET YOUR TICKET: Jerónimos Monastery Entrance Ticket
Day 3 – Lisbon itinerary
8. Stories, history, and lifestyle of Lisbon
Is there a better way to explore the city of Lisbon than knowing more about its stories, history, and lifestyle? Lisbon is an old town and this experience will let you discover the best places in this capital.
From the Bairro Alto to the garden of Sao Pedro de Alcantara, the museum and church of San Roque, Portas do Sol, Carno convent and church, this will show you everything you need to know about Lisbon all guided by a real Portuguese.
I booked the Essential Tour to learn about the history, hear stories about the city and get to know the lifestyle of the people who live in Lisbon. Loved it!
It is a 3-hour tour that is led by a local tour guide who will show you around the various neighborhood of Lisbon while telling you their stories and history. The costs? Just €18 per person!
BOOK YOUR TOUR: Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle
9. Visit the Pink Street
This activity can’t miss in your Lisbon itinerary! The street officially is called Rua Nova do Carvalho and is located in Cais do Sodre, used to be the Red Light District. They painted the street pink in 2013 and since then it’s known as the Pink Street. They did it to make this neighbourhood better and it worked! A lot of new bars and restaurants opened their doors in this area.
So this street is not only for taking photos during daytime by tourists, it’s also home to some of the best bars in Lisbon too! So if you’re looking for nightlife this is a great area!
10. Sightsee The Santa Justa Elevator
This elevator is a popular spot in Portugal. This attraction was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard who was the designer of the world-famous Eiffel Tower.
It is a neo-Gothic elevator that has been built in 1902 to connect two neighbourhoofds. Well, you should not just see this old yet strong elevator, experience a ride in it!
Location: R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisboa, Portugal
11. Visit Praca do Comercio (Main Square)
Just 5 minutes walk form the Santa Justa Lift you will find the Main Square of Lisbon.
Praca do Comercio is one of the biggest and most fascinating plazas in Lisbon. Although the royal place used to be seated here in the past, the 1755 earthquake turned things around and we now have Praca do Comercio in the area.
Filled with several yellow buildings, this plaza is definitely a perfect place to take pictures, go for shopping, enjoy the food at the restaurants, visit the Dom Jose or walk aside the Tagus River who can also be found at the other side of this plaza.
You will find also the Arco da Rua Augusta (Door to Lisbon). This arch leads to the shopping street (Rua Augusta) and center of Lisbon all the way up to Rossio Square.
12. End your trip with a sunset at Castelo de São Jorge
My last tip this my Lisbon itinerary is to visit São Jorge Castle. At this place you will get the best sunset view of the city. It’s located in the Alfama District on the highest hill where you can get a 360 degree view!
Don’t have time during sunset? No worries! Also without a sunset the view is amazing!
Hope you know what to do in LIsbon in 3 days after reading this blog :). Enjoy your three days in this amazing city!
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