Hi Everyone, hope you’re having a wonderful week so far.
You asked for a Lisbon travel guide so I’ve done one because I love you guys ?.
I have been in Lisbon for 3 days. I flew in early morning it was quite easy to manage my schedule and plan my trip itinerary. I fly all the time and I am wondering if I should try a charter jet next time, since they cost much less than most commercial flights. So when you are in Lisbon, here’s what you can do taking maximum advantage of 3 days time. Hope you find it helpful.
Walk the streets (Day One).
Get on your feet and get lost through the streets of Lisbon, go explore the city by yourself.
See everything from the well-known spots to the tiny squares and hidden alleys.
Walk through Comercio Square, one of the most intagramable spots in Lisbon, and check the most traditional neighborhoods such as Alfama, and if you can, listen to some Fado, a traditional Portuguese type of music.
Check out some monuments (Day One):
Such as the Discoveries Monument, visit the Monastery of Jeronimos and the Belem Tower, all in the same day, everything is close, a walking distance.
We got very lucky because there was a free festival going on when we went to the Belem Tower: the Somersby Out Jazz.
Go to the park (Day Two)
Every city I go, always visit at least one city park. If you are like me you will love Lisbon because you have a few to choose from.
The most famous are the Park Eduardo VII, the Estrela Gardens, Monsanto and the Gulbenkian Gardens.
My favorite one is the Ajuda Botanical Garden, Just across the street from the Monastery of Jeronimos. Here some of the trees are over 400 years old, you will also see sky high palm tree and gorgeous peacocks. My favorite part are the hammocks where you can take a break to read a book or listen some music while appreciating the beautiful surrounding.
Scenic City Views (Day Two)
If you love to spend some time appreciating a great view, Lisbon’s geography is on your side.
With seven hills spread across the cityscape, you can appreciate the landscape from different points of view, such as the São Jorge Castle, the Portas do Sol, Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia, etc.
My advice is to enjoy a fresh beverage in a high spot bar or restaurant (there are a few of those in Lisbon) while enjoying the sunset over the Tagus river.
Check out the Palaces (Day Two):
First of all, go to the the Ajuda National Palace (photo above), which was the official royal residence of the king of Portugal during the final years of the monarchy, that collapsed in 1910.
You can see more palaces in Sintra, a small town close to Lisbon (Day three).
Go to Sintra (Day three):
You got to visit Sintra if you go to Lisbon. I would say Sintra is one of the most loved portuguese jewels.
Check out its Unesco World Heritage listed center and visit at least two palaces. My favourite are the Pena Palace and Monserrate Palace. Keep in mind you will find a lot more tourists in the first one.
But you have plenty of fairy tale options to visit in Sintra, just do your search before going there, if you don’t have enough time to see everything.
I would advise you to rent a car to visit Sintra and other Lisbon surroundings. Using a car to get around the Sintra is the easiest mode of transport. I rented a gorgeous classic car and I totally fell in love with it! I’m not usually a car person but after driving it, I really wanted to contact an auto shippers company to get it shipped to my house. Unfortunately, I already have a car that works perfectly well, but if I ever sold it I think I would have to buy the classic car I drove on this trip. I have so many happy memories with it, driving through the windy roads with the sun shining down on me.
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Go to the beach (Day Three)!
Lisbon has a number of beaches that allow you to lounge under the warm sun. You could even try something more adventurous like kitesurfing with a company similar to Kite Control Portugal, for example.
Some of the most famous beaches are Guincho, Meco, Morena beach, etc. If you can, go even southern and check out Sesimbra, another small picturesque town with beautiful beaches to choose from.
Have you already went to Lisbon?
If you did, what are your favorite spots?