It’s no wonder why people flock to this coastal escape each year, with its charming tiled streets and iconic views. This four night itinerary to Lisbon, Portugal is just the start of one of the best places to visit in Europe. Lisbon’s attraction is easily found in the kindness of the locals, a vibrant art scene, and of course those miradouros we’ve all seen photos of.
With four nights and 5 days, you can easily venture into more of Lisbon and its surrounding gems. There’s plenty to do in the city, even if you have just a few days to explore. Check out this…
Four Night Itinerary to Lisbon, Portugal
Good to know before:
- The city is easily walkable.
- Uber is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get around.
- Cash is sometimes needed at cafes.
- English is widely spoken though a few words in Portuguese always goes a long way.
- Here’s an extensive restaurant guide to Lisbon.
- Here’s a local guide to the city.
- Here’s a first-timer’s guide to the city.
Where to Stay in Lisbon:
This is always the topic of discussion — to stay in the Alfama or the Bairro Alto. I prefer the Bairro Alto area as it’s closer to the spots I like to dine and it’s so cheap to get around. The only problem is there are not as many ideal hotels here so you’re limited to Airbnb’s (don’t worry there are plenty to choose from).
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Day 1: Arrive & Get Your Bearings
Most international flights will get you into Lisbon mid-afternoon, so I suggest taking the time to get to know your neighborhood. The first day is perfect for settling in, grabbing a light bite and getting a good night’s sleep.
Coffee: Wish Slow Coffee House
Dinner: Neighborhood spot or head to Timeout Market for a great first night out.
Day 2: Explore the Alfama and Center
One of the best highlights is walking the tiny streets of Alfama. The most historic part of the city is full of surprises and it’s easy to get through by foot. Afterwards, I would suggest making your way towards the center of town. You can see the oldest coffee shop in Lisbon ( A Brasilieira), stop by a historic library (across from coffee) and more. Lisbon is best explored by foot or via a scenic cable car ride.
Coffee: Hello, Kristoff
Lunch: La Pharmacia or A Cevicheria
Dinner: La Pharmacia or A Cevicheria
Day 3: Sintra and LX Factory
One of the best experiences of any trip to Lisbon is certainly a morning excursion to Sintra to see it’s beautiful castles and scenery. Arrange with a driver or a tour group, and find the best itinerary for you. There are plenty of castles to see and most require tickets in advance. On your way back, I’d make your way to LX Factory to spend an afternoon and early evening in one of the most happening art scenes in Lisbon. Tons of shops, eateries, and cafes have been placed in transformed warehouses, and it’s certainly the spot to be.
Coffee: Copenhagen Coffee Lab
Lunch: Any local restaurant in Sintra
Dinner: Mez Cais LX
Day 4: Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, and MAAT Museum
Grab a taxi or hop in an Uber to make your way to the iconic Belem Tower that sits out over the water. It’s a beautiful start to the day and an early arrival will mean you’ll beat the crowds. Afterward, take the short walk over to Pasteis de Belem for the original pasteis de nata — certainly the best. To skip the lines, just walk alongside and ask for a seat. Afterward, you can walk over to Jeronimos Monastery that is right around the corner. The lines are usually for the chapel, which is beautiful but can also be viewed from above with a ticket to the conclaves (can’t be missed). From here, you can either walk to take a taxi to the MAAT Museum. The modern architecture is beautiful even if you just go by to see it. The waterfront is perfect for an afternoon stroll.
Coffee: Dear Breakfast
Lunch: 1300 Taberna LX or Timeout Market
Dinner: Minibar *reservations required
Day 5: Departure
Finish out your last day in Lisbon with your café and a good walk. This idyllic city never disappoints.
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