If you are planning a trip to Portugal, you must spend a couple days or more in Lisbon. It is a beautiful city filled with so much history, culture, and delicious pastries. I spent two days in Lisbon and I felt like that was a good amount of time since we had plans on exploring other cities in Portugal. In this post, I will be sharing the best things to do in Lisbon, Portugal.
Where to Stay in Lisbon
Rather than staying at 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.
Things to Do 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!
Other Sites to See
Time Out Market
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Take a Day Trip to Sintra Portugal
25 de Abril Bridge