A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon – 3 to 5 days

The Perfect weekend itinerary to lisbon - 3 to 5 days

I had some friends spending a weekend in Lisbon with me, in the 3 months I’ve lived there. They all hadn’t been in Lisbon before. There are many nice bars (check out my top 10 guide here!) and restaurants and there is loads to see, even though the amount of clear tourist sights to me is relatively low. Which is one of the reasons I love Lisbon, just walking through the city itself is the sight. In this article I will limit my favorites down to the not to miss when you are there and to what I would show visitors in a weekend itinerary. Are you looking for a quick overview of the best Lisbon Neighbourhoods? Check out this guide.

QUICK Day to day overview

Afternoon:
  • Praça Luís de Camões
  • Manteigaria
    Evening:
  • Mirador Santa Catarina
  • Pharmacia
  • Pensão Amor
  • Morning:
  • Brunch
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Walking tour Alfama & Mamouria
    Afternoon:
  • Pois, Café
  • Mirador Graça
  • Our lady of the Hill Viewpoint
    Evening:
  • Bar Josephine
  • Casa Independente
  • Topo
  • Morning:
  • Brunch and a stroll
    Afternoon:
  • LX Factory
  • Campo de Ourique
  • Jardim da Estrela
  • Park Rooftop Bar
    Evening:
  • A Cervicheria
  • Pavilhâo Chinés
  • Majong
  • Morning:
  • Belem
    Afternoon:
  • Belem
  • Time Out Market
    Evening:
  • Grapes & Bites
  • Bar Foxtrot
  • Morning:
  • Sintra
    Afternoon:
  • Sintra
    Evening:
  • Topo Chiado
  • A Tasca do Chico
  • A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon

    DAY 1

    AFTERNOON/EVENING

    Bica & Cais de Sodre

    Assuming you will have some travelling time on the first day of your weekend in Lisbon, the itinerary starts a bit later. When you still have time, find your way to Praça Luís de Camões.

    I like the square itself and it connects the shopping bit, with the street down to the river, Barrio Alto and the older neighbourhood Bica with the most photographed street in the city. Stroll around to soak up some of the colourful houses and find your bearings. In case you are in need of a snack, kick-off your stay with a Pastel del Nata from Manteigaria.

    This is together with the famous Pastel del Belem the best Pastel del Nata in town. Once you’ve had one, you will want some more during your weekend. When it gets time for sunset, head to Mirador Santa Catarina.

    Order yourself a drink from the kiosk or take one with you and enjoy the view and often live music. Once you are ready for food, the restaurant across the viewpoint Pharmacia is one of my favourites.

    Up for another drink after dinner? Don’t miss out on Pensão Amor, which is an old brothel now turned into a cosy bar, but definitely have a good look around you for all the hints, also on the toilet.

    DAY 2

    MORNING

    Marmouria & Alfama

    Start of with some breakfast in one of the nice brunch places Lisbon has. When you still have some time, I would suggest to see the main square called Praça do Comércio.

    A free walking tour is a good way to see many different things of the city. Personally, I would suggest a walking tour that covers Alfama and Marmouria as those are neighbourhoods with a lot of history and little alleys. A guide might bring you to places you wouldn’t be able to find yourself and it is an experience you can’t miss during a weekend in Lisbon!

    AFTERNOON

    Marmouria & Alfama

    After the walking tour it is time for lunch. A nice place in Alfama to sit down is Pois, Café.

    When you are not done walking yet, I would suggest seeing 2 of my favourite viewpoints that are both certainly worth seeing. Head to Mirador Graça first and when the weather allows, grab a seat and a drink on the terrace at the viewpoint. If you want to go a little bit higher up, make you way to another viewpoint: Our Lady of the Hill.

    Up for a little break? Set yourself at one of the many kiosks in Lisbon. Drinks are fairly cheap here and sitting at the street while seeing life go by is always a good city trip activity. 

    EVENING

    Intendente

    Once you are ready to grab a drink and/or some food, head to Intendente, another neighbourhood of Lisbon (check out my neighbourhood guide to Lisbon here!), close to Marmouria. Head to Bar Josephine for your bistro meal if this is something you like. I love the atmosphere here!

    Afterwards, located on the same square, make your way to Casa Independente for some more drinks. It is a great venue with places to sit both inside and outside and you will find many locals in this bar.

    Are you up for more drinks during your weekend in Lisbon? Then I would suggest heading to Topo, a great rooftop bar.

    DAY 3

    MORNING

    Bica

    Have a little lay in and make your way to a nice brunch place later. I would suggest sticking to the left side of the city and choose for example Flora & Fauna, Heim Café, Dear Breakfast or Hello, Kristof.
    AFTERNOON

    LX Factory

    Now it is time to head to LX Factory, the ‘hipster factory’ of Lisbon with little shops, bars, street art and food. Have a look around, but make sure you are not there before 12:00, as most of the things only open then. I would definitely recommend visiting Ler Devagar, a book shop. You can try world’s best chocolate cake at Landeau, make an iconic picture and go for a drink at Rio Maravilha and enjoy your pizza lunch at A Mesa.
    A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon
    Rio Maravilha Rooftop, LX Factory, Lisbon
    A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon
    If you would like a place a little bit less touristy for lunch and you are into markets with different food stands I would highly recommend passing Campo de Ourique. It is way less touristy than Time Out Market where you might have already heard about.

    Afterwards, it is time to head to Principe Real, another nice neighbourhood in Lisbon. If you fancy a park on the way, make your way through Jardim da Estrela.

    When you are into craft beers, settle down for a drink at Cerveteca Lisboa with around 15 beers on tap, both local and international. Another option is to head to Park, a very nice rooftop bar!

    EVENING

    Principe Real

    Time to go for dinner in my favourite restaurant. It is a little bit more expensive, but for a full meal with a bottle of wine and dessert you will pay still not more than about 40 euros a person. Try to be there early, I would suggest around 18:30 – 19:00, which will limit your waiting time. They don’t take reservations but use a waiting list system. No worries, there is a bar that serves great Pisco Sours outside! I’m talking about A Cervicheria. Don’t miss out on the ceviche and surf & turf burger!
    After your food, when you feel like a drink, head to the bar called Pavilhâo Chinés. Especially interesting because of its interior. Fancy some more drinks afterwards? Head to Barrio Alto, the night life district when it comes to bars. The streets are probably very busy and there are many bars that sell beers for only €1. When you prefer a sit down cosy bar, I personally like Majong.

    WHAT TO SKIP...

    There are some things many tourists do, but what I personally wouldn’t recommend as you won’t miss out on much.

    Tram 28

    The trams are packed, and queues are insane, even at the first stop. I personally wouldn’t recommend waiting for it, as the chances are big you won’t even enjoy the ride as you are barely able to see something. I would suggest walking the city as nothing is too far apart and you manage to see more of the little hidden streets and gems.

    Visiting the castle

    The views are probably good, but there are so many viewpoints in Lisbon that give you a good view. I would personally save the time and money on going here and enjoy the view from one of the rooftop bars or viewpoints.

    Fado in touristic places

    There are many Fado places in Alfama, but most of them are fairly touristic and make you pay a lot. When you are there on a Monday or Friday, I would head to A Tasca do Chico to get your dose of Fado or do some good research.

    EXTENDED TRIP: DAY 4

    When you have more time than just a weekend in Lisbon, even better! There is more to see, especially outside of the main city centre. In the morning, stroll along the river from Praça do Comércio to get a coffee along the water at for example Vestigius. Once you feel ready to go for a longer walk, I would suggest walking along the water towards the Ponto de 25 Abril and the Torre de Belém. You can also take one of the tram lines that heads to Belem, for example tram 15.

    When you are back, pass Time Out Market, the biggest market of Lisbon for a snack or something to drink. One place I also could recommend for dinner later during the day, in case you fancy a cheese & wine dinner, is Grapes & Bites. It is my personal favourite from the cheese & wine places I’ve tried. If you like a drink afterwards, visit Foxtrot or Procópio, for a bar with a more speak easy vibe.

    EXTENDED TRIP: DAY 5

    Take the train to Sintra, a nearby city known for some impressive castles. A train departs every hour from Rossio train station and only costs around €3. I only visited Pena Palace, but there are definitely more places worth visiting. Get yourself a bus ticket once you arrive in Sintra, as walking all the way to the castles will take you a while.
    A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon - Visit Sintra
    A Weekend Itinerary to Lisbon - Visit Sintra

    When you are back on time and arriving back at Rossio, head to Topo Chiado for sunset. I love this rooftop bar that might be a little bit tough to find at first. The entrance is on the side of Largo do Como.

    Worth seeing, when you are in Lisbon on the right days, is the Fado performance at A Tasca do Chico, on a Monday and Wednesday at 21:00. 

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