Hello, fellow travel lovers! Get ready to embark on an incredible adventure in the city of Lisbon. I fell in love with Lisbon the first time I went so I wanted to share with you my experience and some tips I picked up along the way. I’ve put together the perfect 3-day itinerary that combines history, culture, and a taste of the local scene. Let’s grab a pastel de nata and jump right in!

Day 1: Exploring Lisbon’s Charm

Image of Lisbon Alfama district

Start your Lisbon journey by wandering through the winding streets of the historic Alfama district. Its colorful houses, narrow alleyways, and hidden viewpoints are a photographer’s dream. Don’t forget to visit the iconic Castelo de Sao Jorge for panoramic views of the city.

Next, head to the trendy neighborhood of Bairro Alto. Here, you’ll find quaint boutiques, quirky cafes, and a vibrant street art scene. Grab a bite to eat at a local tasca ( a traditional Portuguese restaurant) for some deliciously authentic cuisine.

Image of street it Bairro Alto, Lisbon

In the evening, make your way to Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. This breathtaking viewpoint offers a panoramic sunset view of Lisbon, setting the stage for a magical start to your trip.

Image of Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Day 2: Day Trip to Sintra

Escape the bustling city and take a day trip to the whimsical town of Sintra. Hop on a train from Rossio Station and within 40 minutes, you’ll find yourself in a fairytale land. Nestled in the hills just a short train ride away from Lisbon, this picturesque town is a must-visit destination for any travel lover.

As soon as you set foot in Sintra, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a storybook. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its breathtaking palaces, whimsical gardens, and mystical atmosphere. The architecture here is simply jaw-dropping, with colorful turrets, intricate details, and a mix of Gothic, Renaissance, and Moorish influences.

Start your day with a visit to the colorful Pena Palace, perched atop a hill with stunning views. Continue your journey to Quinta da Regaleira, a mystical estate with enchanting gardens and hidden tunnels. If you’re up for tackling some serious stairs, you can climb the turrets of Moorish Castle, nestled high on a hilltop. Top tip, don’t wear a thigh split maxi dress (I learned that lesson for us all). Also it does get quite high, so if heights aren’t your thing, it may not be for you!

In the afternoon, indulge in some retail therapy at the charming shops in the town center. Don’t forget to sample the famous Queijadas de Sintra (traditional cheese pastries) for a nice treat!

Day 3: Lisbon’s Modern Side and Coastal Beauty
Kick off your final day in Lisbon by exploring the modern neighborhood of Parque das Nações. Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest in Europe, and take a stroll along the riverside promenade.

Image of the modern neighborhood of Parque das Nações

For a dose of local culture, head to LX Factory. LX factory is a creative space located in the heart of Lisbon’s Alcântara district. It’s a vibrant hub for artists, entrepreneurs, and anyone who appreciates unique experiences. As soon as you step inside, you’ll be greeted by a lively atmosphere and plenty of quirky surprises.

What makes LX Factory so special are the various art galleries, studios, and shops that fill the space. You can spend hours exploring the different nooks and crannies, discovering local artists and their creations. But LX factory isn’t just about admiring artwork. It also offers a range of entertainment options. You can catch live music performances, theater shows, and even participate in workshops. It’s a perfect place to unleash your creative side and get inspired by the local talent.

When hunger strikes, fear not! LX Factory has got you covered. There are several restaurants and cafes within the complex where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy

In the afternoon, take a train or short drive to the picturesque town of Cascais on the Portuguese Riviera. Wander along the charming cobblestone streets, dip your toes in the crystalline waters, and unwind on one of the beautiful beaches. This seaside town is the perfect escape for anyone craving sun, sand, and a touch of luxury.

Cascais offers a picturesque coastal setting that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a dream. The town is famous for its stunning beaches, and trust me, they do not disappoint. From the lively Praia da Ribeira to the secluded Praia da Cresmina, there’s a beach to suit every mood.

Image of Cascais beach

But Cascais is more than just sun and surf. The town itself is a charming blend of old-world charm and modern luxury. As you wander through its cobbled streets, you’ll encounter colorful tiled buildings, quaint boutiques, and lively cafes. It’s the perfect place to get lost and soak up the vibrant atmosphere (and to drink mojitos on the beach!)

Image of Cascais bay and lighthouse

One of the highlights of Cascais is its vibrant food scene. From fresh seafood to decadent pastries, your taste buds are in for a treat. As the sun sets on your Lisbon adventure, savor a delightful seafood dinner at a traditional restaurant in Cascais, bidding farewell to this magnificent city in style.

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Tips From Me

Wear comfortable footwear

You would not believe how steep some of the inclines are around the city.. I mean, your thighs will get a workout! Also many of the streets are cobbled so I’d suggest wearing something comfy on your feet.

Be Careful Where you Eat!

Be careful where you eat, I’d suggest checking reviews before choosing a restaurant. My entire group and I unfortunately ended the trip with food poisoning. It wasn’t pretty, and the struggle was real (as you’ll see below!).

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There you have it – a delightful 3-day journey through Lisbon that won’t break the bank. So pack your bags, get ready for some Portuguese magic, and let the adventure begin!

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