We spent five days in Lisbon, but I think if we had been more prepared with a schedule (and maybe less hungover), we could have done it in three days. Here’s what a three day itinerary would look like:
Head to Carmo Convent, whose roof was destroyed by an earthquake and never repaired:
Upon exiting the convent, take two quick lefts and you’ll find a walkway to the top of the famous Santa Justa Lift. This elevator was built to connect the lower streets of the Baixa district to the convent atop the steep hill.
Tourists wait forever at the bottom to ride the elevator. Skip the wait — from the convent you can enter the observatory at the top of the elevator, then ride the elevator down.
Book a food tour — we did WithLocals from 12-5pm. More details here.
Work off the food tour by walking around Sao Jorge Castle and the Alfama neighborhood, where you’ll see street art and the famous Portuguese tile at its best:
Close out the evening with dinner and Fado, a traditional Portuguese music.
Head to Belem and walk your way back!
You can take an elevator all the way up the monument to catch some great views of Lisbon’s Golden Gate bridge lookalike:
Have a quick lunch, then head to the Tropical Botanic Garden (skip this if you’re pressed for time). This garden was created so botanists could study all the different types of plants in the various Portuguese colonies.
After walking through the garden, head to the superfamous Pasteis de Belem for the famous Portuguese egg tart “nata”.
Continue walking towards MAAT – the brand new Museum of Art, Archicture and Technology. There are two buildings, one of them is brand new and probably Instagram famous now:
The other is an old power plant that has been turned into a contemporary art museum and exhibit on electricity.
For dinner, check out TimeOut Market, a foodhall whose vendors are curated by TimeOut magazine.
I started off with croquets from Croqueteria:
Followed by anchovies and the best cheese of my life:
Still awake? We did the Lisbon Pub Crawl to meet other travelers.
Take a day trip to Sintra. More details here.