In recent years the capital of Portugal has experienced a tourist boom because of the increase in the offers of lodgings, the low-cost air connections and also the fact that it’s a city with much to see and to do. In addition, the international tourism community has been rewarding and distinguished Lisbon as one of the best travel destinations in the world. Lisbon appeals to the youngest, to the most experienced tourists and to all those who like places with charisma and where they feel safe.
In this short itinerary, we have created a list of what you can see/visit for three days in Lisbon. If you are willing to spend 4 days or more, use one of the days to visit Sintra, a city near Lisbon full of castles, history and romanticism.
First Day: City Center
To start your visit to Lisbon, explore the city centre, visit the illustrious men of Portugal nation who rest in the National Pantheon, visit the ruins of St. George Castle, the Lusitanian version of the Sé Cathedral and stroll through the famous elevators and viewpoints of the Capital. When walking in this area of the city you will feel at the centre of the big city, with its distinct neighbourhoods, its hills, the river view and all the buzz of life around these monuments.
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- Panteão Nacional
- São Vicente de Fora church
- São Jorge Castle
- Santa Luzia Square
- Sé de Lisboa
- Comércio square
- Figueira square
- Glória elevator
- São Pedro de Alcantra Garden
- Basilica da Estrela
- Estrela Garden
Second day: Modern Center
On the second day, leave the historic centre and explore the most modern part of the city. Explore the Parque das Nações, an area that came alive during Expo 98 and after the end of the exhibition became one modern part of the city. If you travel by public transport you will arrive at the magnificent Estação do Oriente which has odd architecture inviting you to enter the Vasco da Gama Shopping Center. Crossing this shopping you will enter the old Expo park where you can visit the Oceanarium, the Pavilion of Knowledge, Vasco da Gama Tower, the Casino, and several buildings created at the time of the exhibition and now reconverted. All this is near the fantastic view of the Tejo river.
Third day – Oriente
On the third day, you can enjoy the area with a view over the Tejo river. This is the Jerónimos Monastery area. Take the opportunity to visit the museums, and the monuments and taste the famous Pasteis de Belém.
Not to miss in this city area:
- Belém tower
- Padrão Descobrimentos
- Praça do Império garden
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
- Pastéis de Belém
- Ajuda National Palace
- Coches National Museum
- Electricity Museum
Extra Day – Lisbon Zoo
If you manage to get an extra day, you can visit the Lisbon Zoo, which is one of the oldest and most emblematic zoos in Portugal and Europe, located in the Sete Rios area, close to the centre of Lisbon and accessible by various means of public transport. It opened on May 28, 1884, making it one of the oldest zoos in Europe.
Along its 20 hectares, the Lisbon Zoo is home to more than 2000 animals of more than 300 different species, including mammals, birds, reptiles and fish.
In addition to the animals, the zoo offers various activities and experiences for its visitors, such as dolphin feeding, bird of prey and dolphin shows, and visits to the aquarium, among others.
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Enjoy Lisbon! Are you willing to visit it? You will certainly find reasons to visit the city for more days, but we hope that this small guide will be useful to you. Enjoy and also discover the surroundings of the city. If you are curious, you can read other articles about Portugal.
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