What to see in Lisbon for 4 days
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a beautifuland historic city in Europe known for its charm and the hospitality of the Portuguese.With many historic buildings, monuments, squares, parks and cozy neighborhoods for sightseeing, Lisbon is undoubtedly an enchanting city that makes anyone want to go there again. Check out a 4-day itinerary suggestion for Lisbon that we have prepared for you to enjoy the main sights of the city.
Start the day by visiting the spacious Avenida da Liberdade, full of charm, trees and many designer shops. Head towards the Restauradores Square, where you will find the great Obelisk that is the landmark of the city. On the way, the stop at the Lisbon Cathedral, a work of the 12th century, also known as the Church of Santa Maria Maior, is obligatory. The next attraction not to be missed is the Praça Do Comercio, from where you can see the Tagus River. From there, follow the direction of the Rua Augusta Arch and the famous Augusta Street. As you walk through it, don’t miss the famous Santa Justa Lift. Be sure to go up the Santa Justa elevator to take a photo of the wonderful landscape. At night go to Bairro Alto, the bohemian quarter of Lisbon, it is a place of great art, small restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You can have a dinner there and then enjoy the Portuguese nightlife.
Dedicate the first part of the second day to get to know the Belem district. There you will find the beautiful Belém Tower, considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983 and one of the seven wonders of Portugal since 2007. Then look at the Monument to the Discoveries , built in honor of the great Portuguese navigators. Do not miss the mosaic on the floor with the image of Wind Rose, which can be seen in its entirety from the viewpoint located at the top of the Monument Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Stop for a coffee break in the famous Pastéis de Belém pastry and try one of the most typical Portuguese sweets, the pastel de Belém. Very close to the pastry shop is the Jerónimos Monastery, an impressive architectural complex that houses a beautiful church, also classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO and one of the seven wonders of Portugal, a must see! In the afternoon, take the Tram №28 , direction Martin Moniz. Go to Largo de São Miguel, have lunch there and take a look at the shops of typical handcrafted products of Portugal. Another amazing place we recommend to visit on this day is the Castle of S. Jorge, an imposing fortification existing since the Middle Ages. It is a must visit, especially for those who like history and who wants to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city. In addition, to close the day with the golden key, at the evening stroll through Alfama, famous for its alleys and excellent houses of Fado. It seems that the neighborhood has stopped in time, which is beautiful to see.
Book the third day to make a quick trip to Sintra, the little town of obligatory visit for those who travel to Lisbon. To get there, take the train that leaves the Rossio station (if you want, you can also explore the nearby Praça do Rossio). Arriving to Sintra, start the tour at the Pena National Palace and Park. Finished in 1910, it was for years used by the Portuguese royal family; it is very well preserved and beautiful. As the palace is situated at the top of the mountain, the best option to get there is to take a bus (number 434) that passes through the main tourist attractions. The Dos Mouros Castle is another must-see attraction in Sintra. It is a kind of ruin of a fortress erected in 1147 and restored in 1860, the landscapes are magnificent, worth seeing! From there, head to Quinta da Regaleira, this place carries an incredible history and surprises with its secret passages, underground tunnels, wells and gardens. To get to Regaleira you may go walking, it is 2 km, some 25 minutes, and there are also buses and taxis. After returning to Lisbon, if you still have some force, go to the Santa Luzia Lookout. In addition to having a breathtaking view of the city, especially at sunset, and the churches of Alfama and Tagus River below, the gazebo still has some beautifully tiled walls to be appreciated.
On the last day in Lisbon, we recommend having breakfast in the Time Out Market, one of the newest tourist attractions in Lisbon. This is a super charming and organized market, well worth it! Then, if you have enough time, go to have fun at the Lisbon Oceanarium, considered one of the most visited attractions in Europe. You will feel yourself in the middle of the ocean when you visit the Oceanarium and it is an excellent tour for both adults and children.
- Belém Tower
- Castle of St. George
- Quinta da Regaleira
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