3 Day Short Break In Lisbon
First Day - A Tour of the City's History
Spend your first day visiting Lisbon and some of its historical icons.
Take a tram 15 or 18 to the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) and enjoy one of the most beautiful art collections in the city. Then walk by the port to the Orient Museum and be enchanted by the culture of Asia with beautiful puppet shows and authentic relics of the Silk Road. Then cross over to LXFactory, which is a beautiful, somewhat quirky place, full of young and lively people, including one of the most photogenic bookstores in the world: Ler Devagar. Then take a walk by the river to the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, aka MAAT, one of the most emblematic modern buildings by the river and a masterpiece of architecture itself. Make sure you climb to the rooftop to enjoy some stunning river views. Head over the bridge to Belém for a meal or to taste the famous Pastéis de Belém or "Natas", the Portuguese signature custard tarts, baked live right in front of you in a magnificent tiled hall.
Still in Belém, visit the National Coach Museum, then head to the Jerónimos Monastery, one of the most emblematic monuments you will see when visiting Lisbon. Make some time for its cloisters and the gardens in front. Proceed through a tunnel towards the Monument to the Discoveries, take the lift to the top and explore the world map created in limestone on the ground in front while enjoying magnificent views of the city and river. Then take a walk by the river to the Belem Tower, which is worth a visit at sunset, when the golden colours take over the city of Lisbon and make it even more magical. End the day at Centro Cultural de Belém, where you will find another museum, the Berardo Collection of contemporary art, as well as stylish restaurants and a rooftop café. To end the day, take a tuk tuk ride or a tram back into Lisbon by night.
Second Day - Explore the Traditional Neighbourhoods of Lisbon
Start the day at Praça do Comércio, explore the square and then head towards Sé Lisbon Cathedral, the city's main church. A little further up, in the heart of Alfama, one of the most beautiful and traditional districts of Lisbon, you can not miss the magnificent views of the city at Miradouro de Santa Luzia and, a little further on, at Miradouro das Portas do Sol. To get to know the soul of Lisbon you will have to get lost in the neighbourhood of Alfama and down towards the Fado Museum, by the river, passing by the Igreja de São Miguel and a few nice cobbled streets. If you have time, you can also visit the Military Museum. If you are looking for a more cliché image of old Lisbon, you may be lucky to listen to women singing inside their houses or to talk to the old men sitting on doorsteps to watch life go by. Enjoy the neighbourhood of Alfama for lunch.
Lisbon sits on Seven Hills and you are realizing why! Head up towards the National Pantheon, where some of the Portuguese heroes are buried and where you will find a wonderful marble-decorated interior. After the Pantheon, do not miss one of the most well-hidden jewels of the city, the Church and São Vicente de Fora, with its magnificent panels of tiles. Continue on the way to Castelo de São Jorge. The views and the visit are well worth it and it's magnificent. Then head up Graça, towards the Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. As you must be tired, stop to have a drink in the neighbourhood of Graça. You may even be tired but we assure you that the last effort will be worth it. Keep going up to the Miradouro do Nossa Senhora do Monte, and enjoy the most beautiful views of the city of Lisbon, especially beautiful at sunset. From there you can go down back to Alfama for dinner and listen to some Fado.
Third Day - Explore Cosmopolitan Lisbon Through its Lifts and Funiculars
Start the day at the Praça do Comércio and go to the top of Arco da Rua Augusta to see a magnificent view of river and city. Then follow Rua Augusta, one of the main shopping streets of the city, towards Praça da Figueira and Praça Rossio. In Praça da Figueira, do not miss the opportunity to taste a traditional cherry liqueur, the Ginjinha. Then pop over to Rossio Train Station, one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, and make sure to get some photos of the funicular Elevador da Glória. Take the elevator up to the top to see Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, and enjoy again beautiful views of the city. This is a good area to start thinking about lunch, with several places that combine price and quality.
Then head to Convento do Carmo for yet another very interesting historical visit. There, admire the view from the top of Santa Justa Elevator. From there, head to Chiado and sit in Brasileira Café where you can enjoy the company of the statue of Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest Portuguese poets. Also look for Manteigueira and taste the best cream pastries in Lisbon! Then head down the river along Rua do Alecrim to Pink Street, a colourful area of the city and one of the most famous Instagram spots of the moment. To gain strength for long nights in Lisbon, drink and snack at Time Out Market Lisbon, and then head for the Bica Funicular. Take the elevator up to Bairro Alto, an ideal place to dine and enjoy Lisbon night on any day of the year and week. It's always lively!