Discover Lisbon's Best Kept Secrets in Three Days
Lisbon is the perfect mixture of traditional and modern: with bustling cafes and bars that embrace their older (but renovated) structures, gorgeous monuments and castles overlooking the newer city buildings, and beaches only a few minutes away, it is worth spending as much time as you can exploring this city. But if you're on a tight schedule, I've prepared for you a three day itinerary that will allow you to visit some of the city's most Instagrammable & culture-filled locations.
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Explore The Heart of Lisbon
This Town Square is one of the most iconic places in Lisbon. It is actually very common to see giant cruise ships from all over the world docked nearby. Take some time to walk around the square and enjoy the views.
Visit the Beautiful Carmo Convent & Santa Justa Elevator
After grabbing some bites to eat and maybe even getting some shopping done, head over to the Santa Justa Lift, a beautiful elevator built in 1902 to connect lower streets with Carmo Square. On Carmo Street, head to Santini to eat one of their amazing ice creams. Then, head back and take the elevator up (where you'll be able to enjoy some beautiful views) and head on over to the Carmo Convent.
Rent Stand-Up Scooters & Cruise Along The River
Walk back to Praça Do Comércio and head towards the river. Along the river you'll find Stand Up Scooters that you can rent (from companies like Lime). They'll cost you about 7 euros an hour, and are an excellent way to cruise along the river and enjoy the view (on the existing bicycle path).
Enjoy the View at One of Lisbon's Best View Points
Head over to the Santa Luzia Viewpoint to enjoy the early views of the city. Right next door, at Portas do Sol, you can grab a coffee and something to eat while enjoying beautiful views of the city and the river.
Have lunch at Time Out Market (Mercado da Ribeira)
The Time Out Market, which is across the street from the Cais do Sodre train station, is a (gorgeous) 20 minute walk away from this viewpoint. Alternatively you can call an Uber, which will cost you around 3€, which is worth it if you want to have a little more time.
Enjoy a Sunset Cruise
Search online for a Sunset Cruise and enjoy the experience of seeing Lisbon from the river. You'll pass under the bridge and watch the sunset on the ocean at the end of the Rio Tejo. It is 100% worth the investment.
Get on the train in Cais do Sodre direction "Cascais" and get off at the stop "Belem". Here you'll be able to discover the Jeronimos Monestary, the Belem Tower, the MAAT Museum, and much more. It's worth spending an entire day in Belem, and stopping at the pastry "Pasteis de Belem" is an absolute must.
Enjoy an Afternoon Surf Lesson
Hop back on the train headed to "Cascais" and get out at the stop "Carcavelos" which is only about 10 minutes walking from the beach. You can either book a lesson ahead of time or show up: there are plenty of surf schools on this beach where you can enjoy a group or private lesson.
(Alternative to Surf) Take a Day Trip To Cascais
Hop on the train headed to "Cascais" and get out on the very last stop. Have fun exploring the beautiful fishing town and all it's beaches.
Before you travel
- From March to October the weather in Lisbon generally allows for walking around, but during the Fall/Winter months you may need to rely on Uber, taxis or public transportation a lot more.
- Lisbon has a lot of hills and uneven pavements: make sure to bring shoes with good grip and comfort to allow you to walk around all Day.
- An awesome day trip from Lisbon is either Cascais or Sintra: they are easily accessible by train and absolutely gorgeous.