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Here is your guide to everything you should see on a 3-day Lisbon getaway.

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  • History enthusiast
  • Shopping enthusiast
  • Nightlife lover
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Food lover
  • Luxury traveller
  • Budget traveller
  • Trendy traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

16 Places

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16 Places

Day 1

Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Cafe Martinho Da Arcada

Restaurants

Rossio Square

Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Gambrinus

Restaurants

Chiado

Neighbourhoods

Day 2

Alfama

Neighbourhoods

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Castles, Historic Sites

Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora

Bica do Sapato

Restaurants

Museu do Fado / Fado Museum

Speciality Museums

Day 3

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Palacio de Belem

Speciality Museums

Museu Nacional dos Coches

Speciality Museums

Docas de Santo Amaro

Neighbourhoods

LX Factory

Bairro Alto

Neighbourhoods

FranciscoFA's City Tips

  • The Lisbon public transportation network combines the metro, buses, trams, funiculars, and trains. Between all of these, it is very easy to get around.
  • You can purchase a 1-day ticket, good for unlimited transit within a 24-hour period, or Zapping cards which allow you to add credit, which will be deducted per ride.
  • Tipping is discretionary, but if service was satisfactory, then 10% is customary.
  • The Lisboa Card offers unlimited free public transit and free or discounted entrance to 80-plus museums.
    Day 1
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    Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Terreiro do Paco (or Palace Square) was the site of the royal palace until an earthquake destroyed it in 1755. After the royal family moved to another residence, the riverfront square continued to serve as a bustling welcome area to all arriving by boats. Today, Praca do Comercio (Commerce Square, as it is now known) still feels like a gateway to the city, and its opulent setting, replete with ornate arcades and statues, is an ideal start for all visiting Lisbon.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The main tourist office is located in a beautiful building on the square. Stop in to ask questions, pick up a map, or purchase your Lisboa Card.
    • Take a trip to the terrace in the Triumphal Arch of Rua Augusta for a bird's-eye view of Lisbon.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • historical place 04/12/2014
    • Another must see in Lisbon 03/12/2014
    • Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)
    Address:
    Avenida Infante Dom Henrique
    Lisbon 1100-053
    Portugal
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    Cafe Martinho Da Arcada
    Restaurants (Portuguese)
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Coffeehouses have long been cultural institutions in Portugal, and Café Martinho da Arcada, founded in 1782, is the oldest coffeehouse in Lisbon. It was a favorite haunt of writer Fernando Pessoa, and continues to be a bustling place in which to savor a great coffee and atmosphere under the colonnades of Praca do Comercio.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • If you come later in the day, the cafe is also a nice spot for a traditional Portuguese lunch or afternoon snack.
    • Start off your day with an espresso and "Pastel de Nata," a traditional Portuguese custard tart.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #635 of 2,016 restaurants in Lisbon
    • Stung by cover charges! 28/11/2014
    • Location is better than the service.. 14/11/2014
    • Cafe Martinho Da Arcada
    Address:
    Praca do Comercio 3
    Lisbon 1100-148
    Portugal
    Phone:
    218879259
    Other:
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    Rossio Square
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Also known as Praça Dom Pedro IV, Rossio Square is well known as Lisbon's heart, where people depart from or arrive to Manueline Rossio train station, sip espresso at alfresco cafes, or simply sit and take in the fountains, stunning architecture, and activity around them.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Shopping enthusiast
    Tips
    • Take some time to stroll around and visit the shops. If you love hats, visit the Azevedo Rua Hat Shop.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • It is a place becoming the mark! 03/12/2014
    • The center 26/11/2014
    • Rossio Square
    Address:
    1100-026 Lisboa, Portogallo
    Lisbon
    Portugal
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    Gambrinus
    Restaurants (Portuguese, Seafood)
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    For more than 75 years, Gambrinus has been serving authentic Portuguese cuisine, maintaining a combination of great food, wine, and service. At this Lisbon mainstay, you'll find very fresh seafood and an array of Portuguese specialities like Fish Stew or Partridge Pie, plus a few French classics, including Chateaubriand and Crepes Suzette.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Luxury traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History enthusiast
    • Senior
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you are here for a proper feast, choose the dining room; otherwise you can opt for a lighter meal at the counter.
    • The veal croquetes with the house mustard are delicious!
    • Do not miss the Imperial draft beer, served with salted roast almonds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 2,016 restaurants in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The is old style quality Lisbon. 03/12/2014
    • Excellent 02/12/2014
    • Gambrinus
    Address:
    Rua Das Portas de Santo Antao 23
    Lisbon 1150-264
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 213 465 218
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 6:30
    Other:
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    Chiado
    Neighbourhoods
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Posh Chiado is the neighborhood where hip 'Alfacinhas' (or Lisboners) go to see and be seen. The historic district is a web of fashionable streets, lined with chic boutiques and trendy coffeehouses. Here you can browse old books, shop for high-end baubles, or enjoy a leisurely dinner.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Luxury traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • History enthusiast
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Take in the views from the top of Elevador de Santa Justa.
    • Do not miss Santini Ice creams at Rua do Carmo!!
    • During Opera season, see a show at the São Carlos Opera Theatre.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Great place for a walking 08/12/2014
    • Pricy Stores 07/12/2014
    • Chiado
  • Day 2
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    Alfama
    Neighbourhoods
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Lisbon's oldest district, Alfama is a maze of medieval and Moorish alleys that are best explored by simply wandering — and getting lost. This is one of the city's most authentic neighborhoods, and here you'll find little pocket parks, hidden nooks, and magnificent views.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Adventure seeker
    • Art and design lover
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Depart early morning on tram 28 to make sure it is not overloaded.
    • Stop for a Queijada de Alfama (cheese tart) and espresso at Pastelaria Alfama Doce (Rua da Regueira, 39).
    • Head up to the Portas do Sol viewpoint, stopping to visit Lisbon Cathedral and Saint Anthony Church along the way.
    • Stop in at the wine bar Ginjinha de Alfama (Rua de São Pedro, 12) to enjoy a "Ginjinha" (sweet cherry liqueur).
    • Be sure to watch your belongings in the area and on the tram.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Most picturesque Bohemian neighbourhood of Lisbon! 18/12/2014
    • Don't take Tram 28 17/12/2014
    • Alfama
    Other:
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    Castelo de Sao Jorge
    Castles, Historic Sites
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    An icon of the city and the heart of Alfama, Castelo de Sao Jorge is a stunning structure, the oldest parts of which date to the 6th century. It was the Moorish royal residence until Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first king, captured it during the crusades in 1147.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Adventure seeker
    • Art and design lover
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Go early in the morning to avoid the long queue and enjoy the fresh morning air.
    • Head up the Tower of Ulysses to check out the views from the Câmara Escura (camera obscura).
    • Take comfortable shoes and water. You'll walk around a lot!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great for photos,360 views of Lisbon but grounds are bare 17/12/2014
    • The place to see in Lisbon. 17/12/2014
    • Castelo de Sao Jorge
    Address:
    Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo
    Lisbon 1100-129
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 218 800 620
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 - 2:00
    Other:
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    Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    The Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora is one of the most majestic churches in Portugal. Its collection of baroque tiles (around 100,000 in total) is the largest on record, and a series of 38 of them, around the cloisters, tell the story of La Fontaine Fables. Many of the Portuguese kings are also buried here.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Luxury traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • The tranquil patio is a pleasant place to relax.
    • On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, Feira da Ladra, the oldest fair in Lisbon, takes place nearby. It's a bric-a-brac market where you can find literally anything!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • The best thing we saw in Lisbon 01/11/2014
    • An excellent way to spend 5 euro each in the museum. 21/10/2014
    • Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora
    Address:
    Largo Sao Vicente
    Lisbon 1100-572
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 882 4400
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 18:00
    14:00 - 22:00
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    Bica do Sapato
    Restaurants (Contemporary, International, Fusion)
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Bica do Sapato is a swanky hip restaurant with a superb location next to the Tagus River and Santa Apolónia train station. Here, trendy Lisboners enjoy sushi or traditional Portuguese fare in posh environs.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Luxury traveller
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Art and design lover
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • For lunch, pick one of the outside tables to enjoy the sunshine and views.
    • If you have dinner here, cap off your night with drinks at the fashionable Lux-Frágil Bar & Disco next door.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #535 of 2,016 restaurants in Lisbon
    • Good 01/12/2014
    • Brunch at Bica do Sapato 04/11/2014
    • Bica do Sapato
    Address:
    Av. Infante Henrique, Cais da Pedra , Santa Apolonia
    Lisbon 1900
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 881 0320
    Hours:
    Mon
    17:30 - 6:00
    Tue - Sat
    11:00 - 6:00
    Other:
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    Museu do Fado / Fado Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    A dramatic, moody music, Fado is integral to Portuguese culture, and the Fado Museum explores its history. Originally rooted in marginal social contexts, Fado became ubiquitous — sung at bullfights, in gardens, at parties and festivals. The museum not only traces the history of the music, but documents its place in society and the stories of the artists involved, through art, artifacts, musical scores, and more.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Luxury traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • The museum often holds events, including live music. Check the website to see what's on during your visit.
    • A Fado CD from the gift shop makes for a nice souvenir.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Alway Time for Fado 06/12/2014
    • Most interesting 14/11/2014
    • Museu do Fado / Fado Museum
    Address:
    Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1
    Alfama
    Lisbon 1100-139
    Portugal
    Phone:
    351 21 882 34 70
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
    Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Built in the 16th century to commemorate Vasco da Gama's trip to India, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a stunning structure. Its maritime motifs reflect its purpose, as well as the fact that it was once home to the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome, who prayed for the king's soul and gave guidance to sailors. Today, da Gama's tomb is here, as is that of the poet Luis Vaz de Camões.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • The monastery is closed on Mondays.
    • If you like history, check out the Archaeology Museum, located next door. You can purchase a combination ticket for both the monastery and the museum.
    • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
    • Go early in the morning, around 10am, when it opens. After that, there will be queues all day long.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A display of grandeur! 18/12/2014
    • Memorable 15/12/2014
    • Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
    Address:
    Praca do Imperio- Belem
    Lisbon 1400-206
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 362 0034
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Palacio de Belem
    Speciality Museums
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Originally built in 1559, the pale pink Palacio de Belem is the official residence of Portugal's president. While the exterior is somewhat underwhelming, visitors can enjoy its richly furnished halls and lush gardens on Saturdays, and the Presidency Museum, which explores the history of the presidents as well as national symbols, is also well-worth exploring.

    Good for
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Luxury traveller
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • Admission to the museum is free on Sundays until 1pm.
    • You can only visit the palace on Saturdays.
    • The museum is open every day but Mondays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #131 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Underwhelming. 30/11/2013
    • Muito bonito, mas não pode entrar 30/11/2014
    • Palacio de Belem
    Address:
    Praca Afonso de Albuquerque
    1349-022
    Lisbon
    Portugal
    Other:
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    Museu Nacional dos Coches
    Speciality Museums
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Housed in an 18th-century riding school that is part of Belem Palace, Museu Nacional dos Coches contains one of the most impressive collections of horse carriages in the world. These ornate and magnificent specimens hail from different dynasties of the Portuguese Royal family, as well as from other European royal families. It is as fascinating to see their gilded wonder as it is to learn where they have journeyed to — on embassy to Louis XIV in France, on state visits by Queen Elizabeth II of Britain...

    Good for
    • Budget traveller
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • After your visit, take a walk through Vassco da Gama garden and eventually walk along the Tagus River, crossing the train line.
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Belem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A MUST SEE IN LISBON - DONT MISS IT ! 06/12/2014
    • The transports of the Royal Portugese one Per Cent 04/12/2014
    • Museu Nacional dos Coches
    Address:
    Praca Afonso de Albuquerque
    Belem 1300-044
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21-361-0850
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Docas de Santo Amaro
    Neighbourhoods
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Situated along a small marina below the famous Salazar Bridge, the docks of Santo Amara welcome visitors to a selection of seaside restaurants housed in former warehouses. Featuring various types of cuisine, the restaurants are all atmospheric, and some have outdoor seating.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Beach goer
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    Tips
    • Wander around all the restaurants before deciding on one.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Sightseeing to 25 april bridge and tagus river 14/11/2014
    • Enjoyable on a sunny day.. 14/11/2014
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    LX Factory
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    FranciscoFA Says:

    Housed in a 19th-century industrial park, LX Factory is now a hip hub for arts, fashion, music, and more. Also known as 'Creative Island,' it's a place where creative minds mix, mingle, and inspire — and anyone so inclined can wander among them to shop, nibble, and soak up the atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Hidden gem
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Adventure seeker
    • Art and design lover
    Tips
    • This is a great spot to stop for lunch or a snack, and also to pick up souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Love this place 07/12/2014
    • Somewhat disappointed 15/11/2014
    • LX Factory
    Address:
    Rua Rodrigues Faria, 103
    Lisbon 1300 - 501
    Portugal
    Phone:
    +351 21 314 3399
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 - 9:00
    Other:
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    Bairro Alto
    Neighbourhoods
    See more photos
    FranciscoFA Says:

    Winding up the mountain, historic Bairro Alto is bohemian and hip. By day, it feels rather sleepy, but things liven up when the sun goes down on this nightlife hub.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Trendy traveller
    • Shopping enthusiast
    • Art and design lover
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Restaurants and bars abound, so get lost and enjoy the everyday "movida."
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 184 attractions in Lisbon
    • Fun night 17/12/2014
    • Do not go at night 15/12/2014
    • Bairro Alto
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