We stayed 3 nights, 4 days. So, we had two whole days in Lisbon and two travel days. If you stayed a week, I think there’s plenty to do. If not, there are lots of day trip options (Sintra, beaches, old towns) that can be reached by train. Honestly, my favorite part of our trip to Portugal was renting a car and driving down to the area around Santiago do Cacém. The highlights were Mirobriga (Roman ruins), the beaches, Sines, the Castelo de Santiago do Cacem, and a local agricultural festival.

We bought a Lisboa Card for 48 hours (€32) and covered the cost easily while enjoying the convenience of a museum & public transport pass rolled into one.

We visited primarily for food (not the Timeout Market variety) and the area near the Intendente metro station was a great base not only for food (seafood at Cervejaria Ramiro & mirandesa steak at Carvojaria Jacto are unmissable) but also to catch the famous tram 28 just as it starts climbing the hill towards Alfama. Our best meal was in a tiny, nondescript restaurant in Bairro Alto called Cantinho do Bem Estar where 2 of us were stuffed and had food left over for a reasonable €20. The Duoro Valley port wine body run Lisboa Solar was an classy and excellent place to enjoy port in for people like us not visiting Porto (hard to find, it is inside an office-building like place).

It is worth taking time to visit Belem and combine its 3 attractions in one visit (Jeronimo’s Monastery, Belem Tower, Pasteis de Belem).

For Lisbon views, we preferred the Rua Augusta arch over the more popular Santa Justa elevator. The arch is also covered by the Lisboa card (€2.50 otherwise) and is IMO the cheaper and better alternative for some superb views of the city.

Favourite attraction was the tile museum, it is super out of the way from the city centre but 100% worth the trip. Most of our trip pictures were the city’s myriad tile patterns to begin with and the museum just takes it to the next level.

As most have said and will say, you must go to Sintra. If you want a really good view of the ocean and some cliffs, you can go to Cabo de Rocha before or after your visit to Sintra. Sintra is definitely worth the day trip or maybe even two days. We were there all day and only saw Castelo dos Mouros and Quinta da Regaleira. Definitely take the bus between sites – walking ate up a lot of our time. Also, the hike up to the Castelo dos Mouros is killer.

Sintra

Highly recommend the Time Out Market at Mercado da Ribeira. It’s everything you want from a food hall – jam packed with tons stalls representing local restaurant/chefs. I had a tiny waffle cone filled with ham (?), a Francesinha (!!), port, and gelato. I’ve read complaints that the prices are high compared to other Lisbon restaurants, and that’s true, but I thought it was very fair compared to what I would pay for similar quality in Texas. It was super crowded, but we didn’t have trouble finding seats. Clean, free bathrooms. Thought the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos was beautiful and worth the trip out of the way.

 

We stayed in the Alfama, which I highly recommend. Our hotel was near the Museu do Fado, right off Rua Jardim do Tabaco, so it wasn’t deep in the Alfama and was easy to find. I loved wandering around the Alfama – it felt very safe during the day. The restaurants on Rua Jardim do Tabaco seemed very hit or miss – I think they cater to a lot of tourists on cruises, maybe? Better to eat in the neighborhood. Restaurante O Beco was delicious – I had bacalhau com natas. When we arrived, we got giant sangrias at Gil & Riveiro Lda for like, 2 euro. Then, we got breakfast there every day (pastel de nata!).

If you’re looking for a day trip, but don’t want to venture out too far from Lisbon, go check out Èvora. There’s a neat bone church, a winery (call in advance for reservation), some neat shops/restaurants/bars and an awesome cathedral with a university there as well.

De Sao Jorge castle in Lisbon is fun, but I would go when it opens, or as the sun is setting, you can get a really nice city view with sunset/sunrise or if it’s dark you have the lights in the city. Most will go to Cascais beach, but I much preferred the Guincho beach area. It seemed little less busy and better views to me.

Rua Augusta arch is a must see but also walk around the area, really pretty. Be prepared to get asked to buy weed (but also don’t buy any, if you’re into that stuff it won’t be good anyways). When you’re in the area, make sure to get a Pasteis de bacalhau.

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Barrio alto in Lisbon the place to go for night life, but it starts pretty late. Can’t really suggest a bar for the area, but walk around and see what fancies you. Enjoy Lisbon if you travel there, walk around aimlessly and marvel at the all the tiles on buildings and gain a few pounds from the delicious foods. Lisbon is one of the neatest places I’ve been!