Make the most of your Lisbon stay with these itineraries for visits lasting 1, 2 and 3 days, plus walking itineraries to explore the city on foot, without taking any form of transport.
Three or more days in Lisbon give you time enough to add in day trips from Lisbon and even to explore other regions in Portugal. You’ll love the itineraries listed at the bottom of this page.
Lisbon Itineraries (Time Based)
Lisbon One-Day Itinerary
If you’ve got only one full day in the city, this step-by-step itinerary includes the all-important attractions in Lisbon. In the morning, you’ll visit the medieval castle and Alfama plus the Baixa, Chiado and Bairro Alto neighbourhoods. The afternoon will be spent on the riverside Belém. Because you can’t leave Lisbon without enjoying an evening of fado, our itinerary will guide you to find a fado restaurant to end the day.
Lisbon Two-Day Itinerary
A two-day itinerary covers the same sights as our one-day itinerary (above) and then adds an afternoon in Parque das Nações, a futuristic area by the riverside where you can visit the Oceanarium and watch the sunset on board of the teleférico, a gondola lift that glides 30 metres above the Tejo’s edge.
Lisbon Three-Day Itinerary
Three days in Lisbon allow you to slow down. It is the perfect amount of time to spend in Lisbon. The first two days are essentially the same as our two-day itinerary (above) and then adds a day trip to Sintra and Cascais.
Lisbon Walking Itineraries
Get Lost in Alfama Itinerary
Discover Alfama on foot and catch sweeping views of the river and the city. All you need is some water and comfortable walking shoes for Lisbon’s steep paved cobblestone streets.
From Bairro Alto to Cais do Sodré Itinerary
This great walk will take from the Bairro Alto to Cais do Sodré by the River Tejo, passing through Chiado. It includes viewpoints, churches, an opera house and a museum, cafés, and places where you can eat and recharge during your walk.
From Rossio to the Riverfront Itinerary
Explore the Baixa with this self-guided tour. It covers all the places of interest, and some history facts, from the Rossio Square to Ribeira das Naus, a beautiful promenade by the River Tejo.
Visit Lisbon’s finest monuments and museums, including the iconic Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery, with this self-guided tour. You can pick the sights that most interest you and see them in any order. Use our suggestions for eats and drinks.
Day Trip Itineraries
Mafra & Ericeira Itinerary
Mafra is renowned for its convent and palace, regarded as the most important baroque building in Portugal, while Ericeira is a seaside resort and a surf destination, known for its beauty as well as its break.
When, back in 2011, the American surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record on Praia do Norte, Nazaré went from a little known surfing spot to a world famous location. Nazaré is the perfect day trip from Lisbon, and usually not too hot because of sea breezes. Our itinerary includes some suggestions of stops on route.
Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Guincho & Cascais Itinerary
Sintra and Cascais are by far the most popular day trips from Lisbon. From Sintra, this itinerary ventures onward to Cabo da Roca so that you can see the westernmost point in mainland Europe. Then, it adds a visit to the stunning Ursa and Guincho Beaches, finishing off in Cascais.
This itinerary covers Tomar’s Convent of Christ, a Unesco World Heritage Site. It then makes a detour to the Castle of Almourol on an island in the middle of the River Tejo.
Itineraries for Other Regions in Portugal
Travel Guide for Visiting Porto
Porto in northern Portugal is home to Port wine and a beautiful UNESCO-listed old centre. Though smaller than Lisbon, the city has many sights to see. Find all the essential information for your visit to Portugal’s second city, including how to get around, hotels, restaurants, and the feast of Saint John.
Douro Valley Itinerary
To visit the Douro valley and vineyards, here’s a six-day itinerary designed for those who love Port and other great Portuguese wines, and also wish to explore the beautiful Douro region.