If you are planning a trip to Portugal, you have to spend some time in Lisbon. It is a beautiful city filled with so much history, culture, and delicious pastries. I will be sharing the perfect four day itinerary in Lisbon. This post will take you to the city’s top attractions, historic neighborhoods, and beautiful views.
Where to Stay in Lisbon
Rather than staying in a traditional hotel, I recommend staying in an apartment so you can stay in the middle of the city and have that local experience. We were a group of five and stayed here. It was a nice apartment and very spacious! It also had such a great view.
Best Things to do for Four Days in Lisbon
Explore Old Lisbon
The Tower of Belem: This is an iconic building in Lisbon. It was first built to defend Lisbon. The exterior stone carving is amazing. You can also pay €6 to go inside and see the view from the roof terrace. We did not go inside, but we took a bunch of photos from the outside.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos: This is another cool monument to see. This represents the 15-16th century Portugal explorers. There is a museum inside, as well as a viewing platform that you can go to for €6.
Jeronimos Monastery: This is an amazing monastery and a popular tourist attraction in Lisbon. The chapel is free but the entrance fee is €10 to go inside. The architecture is incredible.
Pastéis de Belém: Grab a pastel de nata from this bakery. Pastel de Natas are egg custard cups and are a popular Portuguese dessert. I’m Portuguese so I have them all the time and these are hands down the best I’ve ever had. They are worth waiting in the long line lol.
The LX Factory was originally textile warehouses and printing factories and transformed into quirky shops, cute cafes, and trendy restaurants. The street is also filled with colorful street art. It’s such a cool place. The photos below were taken at the Ler Devagar Library and The Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines, which is basically the Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of canned fish!
Check Out City Views
Whenever I travel, I love finding spots that overlook the city. These photos were taken at the Jardim Da Cerca Da Graca. These were such amazing views!
Time Out Market is a Lisbon food market located inside the historic Mercado da Ribeira. It is filled with many bars, restaurants, and shops. You can find some of the best food experiences here! A few of the stands are run by top chefs from different parts of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
When you explore Lisbon, you will notice the beautiful architecture and all the vibrant ceramic tiles. Tiles are an artistic expression of Portuguese culture and you will see unique tiles everywhere – on buildings, walls, and even palaces. In this National Tile art museum, you will get to learn all about the history of tile starting from the 15th century to present day. This museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday and tickets cost $6.
Day Trip to Sintra
I would highly recommend spending a day in Sintra, Portugal. The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park is filled with beautiful palaces and castles. It is only an hour train ride or a thirty minute drive from Lisbon so it makes a perfect day trip! Some popular sites are Pena Palace, Castle of the Moors, Quinta Da Regaleira, and Cabo da Roca. Check out my blog post on spending a day at Pena Palace.
25 de Abril Bridge
The 25 de Abril bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Lisbon. It is the longest suspension bridge in Europe. It looks a lot like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco because it was actually built by the same company!
Hope you enjoyed my four day itinerary in Lisbon, Portugal!