Portugal is a lovely country which you need to visit. Lisbon, the Capital is just amazing. If it’s your first time in Lisbon, we will help you to find the best Lisbon itinerary 3 days. Art, culture and life will surround you in the Lisbon 3 days itinerary. There are a lot of things to see in Lisbon in 3 days and in this guide, you won’t miss anything.
If you are considering to explore Portugal more, you can do a proper Portugal itinerary 5 days. Consider staying more days to be able to enjoy some lovely day trips from Lisbon. There are a lot of city tour of Lisbon and all of them are just amazing. We fall in love with this city and we suggest you book a ticket and fly over Portugal. Did you know that you can go from Lisbon to Porto by train?
Detailed Lisbon itinerary 3 days – City tour of Lisbon
First day of the 3 days itinerary in Lisbon
Tower of Belem – What to see in Lisbon in 3 days
It’s true that is the best photo spots in Lisbon, Tower of Belem is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower was used to defend the city and today it’s an important monument which you need to visit. It is located close to Padrão dos Descobrimentos and Jerónimos Monastery.
To explore Lisbon around there are a lot of option, especially between trams and buses.
How to get to Belem Tower:
Tram: 15 Buses: 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51 and 112 Train: Belem, Cascáis Line.
Once you get to Belem Tower you can stroll around and explore the other two important monuments.
What you can’t miss during your visit to Belem Tower? You need to eat the Pastel de Nata. It is so good and perfect for a late breakfast as well. Most known as Pastel de Belem, you can buy at the homonym bakery.
Monument of the Discoveries – Lisbon itinerary 3 days
The monument of the Discoveries is located only 10 minutes walking from the Belem Tower. It’s a must-see place in Lisbon. It was built to honour the Portuguese Discoveries and its known as well as Monument of Navigators. It’s a stunning sculpture of 50 meters, which you can visit from inside as well and climb up to the 6th floor. Once you will reach the top you will see a Compass Rose drawn on the ground floor and the view it’s just unbelievable.
The entrance fee is only 5 euro for adults and for children under 12 years old it’s free. With the Lisbon Card, you have a 30% discount.
Never heard about the Lisbon Card? It’s a Lisbon tourist pass, which gives you unlimited use of public transport and free access to 26 museums and monuments. Worth to use it during your Lisbon itinerary 3 days.
Jerónimos Monastery – Lisbon 3 days itinerary
We will conclude the first day exploring Lisbon in the best way possible. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery on your first day of the Lisbon itinerary 3 days. The fee for the entrance is just 10 euro or with Lisbon Card the access is free. The inside it’s just amazing and it is the perfect place for those who love to take pictures. We told you already about some of the best photo spots of Lisbon.
The monastery is open from 10 am to 5.30 pm between October to May and from May to September it opens at 10 am but it closes at 6.30 pm.
You can end your first day of Lisbon 3 days itinerary here and, why not, with a little sweet from Pasteis de Belem.
Second day in Lisbon – Itinerary of Lisbon in 3 days
Commerce Square or Placa del Comercio – Lisbon in 3 days
One of the most famous squares in Lisbon is Praça do Comércio. It is one of the largest squares in the city. One of the most beautiful things about this square is the atmosphere around it and during your Lisbon-3 day itinerary, you have to feel it. Head to this square at the sunset and enjoy the view on the river with the sun going down. It will be one of the best photos of Lisbon in your mind on your return home.
Top Tips: Don’t miss a lovely picture of the famous tram 28.
Rua Augusta Arch – 3-days in Lisbon
This stunning and symbolic arch was designed by a Portuguese architect to celebrate the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake. Close by Rua Augusta there is Pink Street, one of the most instagrammable places in Lisbon.
Statue of Joseph I
The bronze statue in the middle of the square is Joseph I which was the King of Portugal during the earthquake in 1755. It is one of the most symbolic squares in Lisbon and you should pay a visit.
It is time to reach Rossio Square. Walking from Comercio Square and Rossio square is 9 minutes.
Rossio Square – 3 day itinerary Lisbon Portugal
Close by Commerce Square, just 9 minutes walking, there is another amazing square that you can’t miss during your Lisbon itinerary 3 days. Rossio Square is ideal if you want to relax a bit, especially on a hot summer day in Lisbon. Usually, locals prefer to come and enjoy the lovely atmosphere around or sometimes to have a drink at several cosy cafes with outdoor seating. Portugal is not expensive at all, so get in and take a fresh drink.
Must do in your 3 day itinerary Lisbon Portugal is to have a coffee or a drink at Cafe Nicola, one of the most famous coffee shop in Lisbon.
Top Tips: If you love taking pictures this square is what you are looking for. The best moment to photograph Rossio Square is during the sunset, where all the colours and the shadows are clear and wonderful.
Santa Justa Lift – Portugal itinerary 3 days
Another thing to see in Lisbon in 3 days is Santa Justa Lift. It is located really close to Rossio Square only 3 minutes away.
Santa Justa Lift, as per the name is an elevator, where you can get from the Baixa to the Bairro Alto district. The elevator has got a stunning viewpoint over Baixa. From the top of the lift, you will find one of the best viewpoints and is one of the things to do in Lisbon Portugal.
Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara – Lisbon in 3 days itinerary
Avenida de Liberdade
This was my favourite part of the trip to Lisbon. We end up in one of the most wonderful viewpoints of the city.
In your three days in Lisbon, you can end your second day in Avenida de Liberdade and check out this lovely viewpoint. From Rossio train station starts Avenida de Liberdade which is the point of connection between Baixa and the modern part of Lisbon.
To reach Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara you can either walk from Santa Justa Lift for 15 minuter or you can use the bus. Remember if you have the Lisbon card you don’t pay for the transport.
Third of 3 days in Lisbon – Visit favourite places by locals
Alfama – CIty tour of Lisbon in the real life of the city
In your 3 days in Lisbon, you need to visit Alfama district which is one of the oldest quarter of Lisbon. Alfama quarter is absolutely one of the most suggestive of Lisbon.
To visit the Alfama we suggest taking the tram 28 and then walking around the district.
During your Lisbon itinerary 3 days, don’t forget to stop by Miradouros of Portas do Sol and Graça. You will be standing over Alfama’s rooftops, domes and church towers. It’s a must-see to do in Lisbon.
Top things to do and see
- Explore the Ancient Castle of Lisbon – Entrance to the castle 10 euro
- Admire the stunning view over Portas do Sol viewpoint
- Visit the interior of Se Cathedral – Cathedral entrance is free
- Climb to the top of the National Pantheon with the panoramic and wonderful views over Lisbon. – Pantheon fee 4 euro
National Sanctuary of Christ the King – Best monument in Lisbon
If you are still willing what to see in Lisbon in 3 days, you have just to Cross the river and discover one of the most impressive views of Lisbon. One of the best things to do in Lisbon is to admire the Sanctuary of Christ the King or known as Cristo Rei.
Cristo Rei is a huge statue of Christ which overlooks Lisbon. To reach the Sanctuary you need to cross the 25th April Bridge. If you don’t have a car, we suggest to go by ferry and then take a bus up to Cristo Rei.
How to reach the Cristo Rei of Lisbon by public transport?
Ferries from the other side of Lisbon runs every 10 to 20 minutes during the day. Go to Cais do Sodré Ferry Terminal and take the 10-minute ferry ride to Cacilhas.
Once you arrive at Cacilhas take the bus 101, which the stop is located out of the terminal on the left. The bus runs every half an hour or so. Get off when the bus reaches its final stop and the statue will be less than 200 metres away.
The view from Cristo Rei is just amazing, there is the terrace at the base where you can take beautiful pictures as well. You can climb the top as well, there is a lift going up, and for only 5 euro you will be able to see all Lisbon.
25th April Bridge – Lisbon in three days
The 25th April Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Europe. From the Cristo Rei, you are able to see the bridge and in your Lisbon in three days you can’t miss to cross it. If you have ever seen any photos of San Francisco Bridge, you will recognize many similar aspects with this bridge. Yes, we get confused too.
3 days Lisbon should be enough to explore this lovely Portuguese capital. We fall in love with this country and we hope to come back any time soon to explore every corner.
If you are planning a deeper itinerary such as Lisbon itinerary 7 days you can consider exploring around and organizing day trips from Lisbon to Porto, Sintra or even Fatima.
Day trips from Lisbon to Porto – Lisbon travel itinerary
We loved Lisbon a lot, but once you will see Porto you will change your mind. Porto has got something magic and it’s different from the Portuguese capital.
We will help you to organize day trips from Lisbon day out to Porto without missing anything.
- Lisbon to Porto by train is around 2h30 which if you take the train in the morning you can enjoy all the day in this lovely city. The price can variate, depends if you chose to do during weekday or weekends and at what time. Usually, the price is not that expensive, by train each way is around 25 euro.
- Lisbon to Porto by bus it can be easier and cheaper. The journey will take 3h20 which is not too bad and it will cost you around 19 euro each way.
Day trips from Lisbon to Sintra
For a lovely day trip itinerary our from Lisbon you need to consider Sintra.
You can get the train from Lisboa-Rossio station or Lisboa Oriente which are the two main station were usually tourist arrives or departs. The cost of the tickets is 2 euro and 25 much cheaper then Porto and the journey will take 40 minutes.
We suggest starting your journey before 9 am and no later as Sintra can get very busy especially during summer.
Sintra castle Palacio de Pena – Sintra day trip itinerary
The most known and Instagrammed castle in Sintra is Palace de Pena. It is like a fairytale castle close to Lisbon.
In your Sintra day trip itinerary, you can’t miss visiting this colorful castle, rich or history and with an amazing view. The castle is divided between the Parkside and the Palace. You can get into the park from 9.30 am till 8 pm and the last admission is at 7 pm. The palace opens from 9.30 am until 7 pm with the last admission at 6.30 pm.
You can purchase the ticket once you arrive there and there are two kinds of tickets. Palace and Park 14 euros per adults where the entrance in the Chalet of the Countess of Edla is included. Or, you can opt only for the Park ticket which costs 7 euro 50.
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Portugal is a lovely county where we enjoy a lot our time. We had the amazing opportunity to discover every corner of Lisbon, Porto and Sintra even thanks to Live Electric Tour.
That allowed us to go up and down the hills with an electric car. We are always willing for the best way to reduce the Co2 emissions and that was a great idea. Lisbon is really a green city, you can even rent a bike or a segway. Visit a place in a responsible way is always our priority.