Lisbon in Three Days – Recommended Route and Tour
Three days is enough to fully get acquainted with Lisbon. Within three days you can visit the main tourist attractions, plunge into the bright and colorful nightlife, taste delicious local cuisine and leave this amazing city with wonderful and unforgettable impressions.
In this article you will find a description of the recommended three-day tour of Lisbon, which you can take advantage of deciding to get to Lisbon for only three days or in case of a longer trip to Portugal.
Note: This guide is dedicated exclusively to the city of Lisbon, but not to the surrounding region. From Lisbon you can make many exciting day trips to other cities and places of interest in Portugal, which will easily extend your stay up to 1 week. To see recommended weekly staying routes, click here, please.
Lisbon Recommended 3-Day Route Overview
The following is an overview of the recommended 3-day Lisbon tour:
• Day 1 Morning – Alfama and Baixa Areas
• Day 1 Noon – Chiado, Bairro Altu and Cairo do Sodre Regions
• Day 1 Evening – Baisha Restaurants and Bars, as well as lounges that perform fado music
• Day 2 Most of the day – Belen District
• Day 2 The rest of the day – Walk around Lisbon on tram number 28
• Day 2 Evening – Night party in Bairro Altu and Cais do Sodra (Friday or Saturday night)
• Day 3 Morning – Park of Nations (Park Sales Nasoes)
• Day 3 Noon – Eduard Park and Liberty Avenue or Galust Gulbenken Museum
• Day 3 Evening – Alcantara, Santo Amaru Docks and Lx Factory
Note: Many tourists prefer a day trip to Sintra on the third day, especially if they arrived in Lisbon for just a few days. For a guide to Sintra, click here, please.
Thanks to the excellent and reliable public transport network and inexpensive taxi, you do not have to rent a car.
In the following sections you will find a detailed description of daily routes, as well as links to more information.
3-day itineraries in Lisbon
Day 1 Morning – Alfama and Baixa districts
The morning of the first day is recommended to start with an acquaintance with two central and completely opposite areas of Baix and Alfama. Both districts are steeped in history and boast numerous iconic monuments.
Lisbon is located on numerous steep slopes.
Lisbon is located on numerous steep slopes ….
The 1755 earthquake completely destroyed the Baixa area. The district was built from scratch according to a unified plan and is a network of straight and wide streets of strict rectangular layout, which was one of the first examples of such a city-planning approach in Europe. In Baisha there are many magnificent squares and wide avenues, built up with impressive Baroque buildings. The main attractions of the area:
• Market Square – Lisbon’s most beautiful square and historic center of commerce
• Panorama of the city from the observation deck of the Arch of Rua Augusta
• Noisy and crowded Rua Augusta street with an open-air cafe and sophisticated shops for tourists
• Elevator lift di Santa Justa in neo-Gothic style
• A Ginjinha Bar, where you can enjoy the amazing Ginja sweet cherry liqueur
The complete opposite of the grandeur and magnificence of the Baixa district, with its clear and rigorous street layout, is Baixa, Lisbon’s oldest district. Baisha is a complex maze, paved with cobblestones, streets and alleys that lead from the mouth of the Tagus River up the slope to the castle.
In the old days, Alfama was outside the city walls and was a haven for the poor and destitute. Later it became a gloomy haven for sailors and dockers. Today it is one of the most fashionable and attractive tourist areas of Lisbon.
The most popular sights of Alfama:
• High above the city castle of St. George
• Lisbon Cathedral with Gothic towers and massive fortifications
• Church of St. Anthony, erected on the spot where stood the house in which the patron saint of Lisbon was born
• A maze of medieval streets crossing Alfama, which is just nice to wander around
• Walk on tram number 28, which with a creak and rattle sweeps around the area
• Observation deck Portas do Sol, with a fantastic view of Alfama
Amazing panorama of the ferry terminal from the observation deck of Santa Lusia
Day 1 Noon – areas of Cais do Sodre, Chiado and Bairro Altu
At noon, it is recommended to visit part of the city west of Baixa, where the areas of Cais do Sodre, Chiado and Bairro Altu are located.