5 Days in Lisbon

You’ve booked the flight tickets to spend 5 days in Lisbon, and you’re all excited, but you don’t know what to do during those days.

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Fear not; I’ve spent countless days in Lisbon and boiled it down to what you can do in 5 days, including restaurants, attractions, experiences, and much more.

Suggested 5-Day Lisbon Itinerary

The following itinerary to spend 5 Days in Lisbon will allow you to explore the city center in the first three days and visit other attractions along the coastline worth seeing for a day trip. Each setting offers panoramic views of the narrow streets. 

Day 1 – Arrived in Lisbon, stopping at Rosso and exploring some attractions before heading to the hotel.

Day 2 –Explore Lisbon by tram

Day 3 –Visit Lisbon UNESCO Wonders

Day 4 –Exploring Belem

Day 5 –Day Trips to explore other attractions around Lisbon

How to Spend 5 Days in Lisbon

When visiting the vibrant Portuguese capital, the following itinerary will provide helpful tips to start day one and end it on day five without any concerns.

Arriving in Lisbon

Lisbon 5 Day Trip

Upon landing at the Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon, Portugal, you’ll find yourself in a pleasant and well-equipped airport, offering a comfortable environment to spend a couple of hours, especially if you have a short layover.

The airport boasts numerous shops and restaurants, providing various options to explore.

Remember to identify the correct terminal for your next steps as you disembark. If you’re an American returning home, be prepared to go through an additional passport checkpoint to reach your departure gates.

While not necessarily distant from the main area, it’s advisable to allocate sufficient time, considering the possibility of long lines.

Yet, our focus isn’t lingering in the airport; instead, we’re eagerly heading into the heart of Lisbon!

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Navigating from Lisbon Airport to the City Center

When it comes to reaching the heart of Lisbon from the airport, the most efficient and cost-effective option, in my experience, is utilizing the Lisbon Metro.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to navigate this journey:

  1. Follow the Signs: Upon exiting the airport, follow the clear signs directing you to various transportation options.
  2. Metro Entrance: Directly across from the airport doors, you’ll find the entrance to the Lisbon Metro. The ticket kiosks inside are user-friendly, and for English speakers, look out for a small UK flag in the bottom corner that you can press.
  3. Ticket Purchase: Even if there isn’t an attendant, purchasing a ticket is straightforward. I recommend opting for one of the 24-hour package deals, allowing you to use various transportation throughout the city, including trams, funiculars, and the Santa Justa Lift (more on that later).
  4. Ticket Usage: After obtaining your ticket, remember to swipe it at the turnstile upon entering and exiting. This two-way swipe process is essential for access.
  5. Platform Navigation: As you make your way to the platform, you might not see maps, but don’t worry – there’s only one train leaving the airport, reducing confusion, especially for first-time travelers.
  6. Recommended Route: Take the red line (airport train) to Alameda for a seamless journey. Then, switch to the green line towards Cais do Sodre, and finally, disembark at Rossio.

By following these steps, you’ll effortlessly navigate from Lisbon Airport to the vibrant city center, ready to embark on your Lisbon adventure.

Where to Stay in Lisbon

Lisbon Hotel

When planning your Lisbon 5-day itinerary, selecting the right area to stay is crucial for a seamless experience.

In my perspective, the Baixa neighborhood is the best choice, offering easy access to everything you desire to do and see in the city. Exiting the train station at Rossio Station, you’ll find yourself in the heart of this vibrant district.

I highly recommend accommodations at The Hotel Portugal, Hotel Mundial, or Hotel Lis Baixa for an exceptional stay. These establishments not only boast gorgeous facilities but also feature wonderfully welcoming staff.

Moreover, they offer incredibly affordable rates and boast many outstanding restaurant options.

If you prefer accommodations in Old Town, consider these other attractive options:

Now that you’re settled in your chosen hotel, let’s kickstart your 5-day adventure in Lisbon!

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Day 1 of 5 Days in Lisbon

More than likely, you’ve just touched down in Lisbon, and it’s time to acquaint yourself with the city!

Given the probability of feeling exhausted after your journey, it’s wise to consider calling it an early night.

Yet, before you head to bed, here are a few delightful activities to engage in before succumbing to any lingering jet lag:

As Bifanas do Afonso:

Bifana Sandwich Lisbon

Start by grabbing a quick bite at this charming little restaurant renowned for serving the best “bifana” – a delectable pork sandwich that is a must-try in Lisbon. The flavors are nothing short of delicious.

Hot Tip🔥: Add some mustard to it delicious.

A Ginjinha Experience:

Wander to A Ginjinha is a walk-up “bar” staple for locals and tourists. Here, you can exclusively purchase shots or bottles of the renowned cherry liquor known as Ginja.

Sip your Ginja out front, surrounded by regulars, and savor the feeling of being a local for those precious few minutes. Note: Watch out for the sticky ground from spills and cherry pit spitting.

Or enjoy some Portuguese wines served at the restaurants or bars. 

Exploring Rua Augusta towards the Tagus River:

Take a stroll down Rua Augusta towards the Tagus River. Discover the iconic Arco da Rua Augusta and Praca do Comercio along the way. This area provides a perfect relaxing setting where people can watch and soak in the vibrant atmosphere.

If you fancy, a tram stop at Praca do Comercio allows you to hop on one or start a pleasant walk back up to your hotel. With numerous dining options en route, you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy Portuguese food. 

As you partake in these activities, you’ll combat jet lag and immerse yourself in Lisbon’s delightful charm.

Day 2: Exploring Lisbon’s Charm by Tram

Elevador da Bica

As you wake up and savor breakfast in your beautiful hotel, prepare for a day filled with the enchanting sights of Lisbon, utilizing one of the iconic Lisbon tramsspecifically the 12E.

Taking a ride on these trams is not just a “must-do” experience; it’s also a practical mode of transportation that allows you to hop on and off at various stops. Ensure you have one of those handy metro card packages for seamless travel.

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Disembark at Sao Tome, where you can stroll to St. George’s Castle or head down towards Lg. Portas Sol to explore several breathtaking viewpoints. Another tram stop at Lg. Portas Sol awaits if you wish to resume your journey after taking in the scenery.

Elevador da Bica

For a delightful lunch experience, consider stopping at a local eatery as you loop back to Praca Figueira. Afterward, go to the Santa Justa Lift, an attraction you can access with your metro card, and explore the nearby Carmo Convent.

Pink Street Lisbon

leisurely walk to the Chiado neighborhood reveals Praca Luis de Camoes. Continue down R. do Alecrim to discover the Instagram-famous “Pink Street.”

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Once you’ve captured all the moments, venture to the extraordinary Time Out Market; this culinary haven boasts numerous four- and five-star restaurants, providing an excellent opportunity to sample various dishes from different places.

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Conclude your day by taking tram 15E towards Praca Figueira or opting for a pleasant walk to your hotel, allowing you to walk off your delicious dinner. Day 2 encapsulates the perfect blend of historic landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and culinary delights in the heart of Lisbon.

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DAY 3: Discovering Sintra’s UNESCO Wonders

Sintra Old Town

Today, we venture beyond Lisbon to the captivating town of Sintra, home to stunning UNESCO World Heritage sites. All of them are popular attractions. 

Getting to Sintra is a breeze – you can opt for a guided tour that takes care of transportation and guiding, or if you prefer independence, a 30-minute car ride will swiftly transport you from Lisbon.

Another option is taking the train, a busy yet convenient route. Although you can’t pre-book tickets due to the high commuter traffic, plenty of accessible seats are available at the ticket office.

Ensure you arrive at the train station with ample time, considering potential queues.

Points of interest in Sintra include:

Quinta Regaleira

Quinta Regaleira is an enchanting estate in Sintra, Portugal, renowned for its mystical and esoteric charm.

This UNESCO World Heritage site captivates visitors with its intricate architecture, lush gardens, and a network of tunnels and caves.

The estate’s centerpiece is the Initiation Well, an underground tower adorned with Masonic symbols, offering a unique journey into the depths of symbolism and mysticism.

The palace, designed by Italian architect Luigi Manini, reflects a harmonious blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Manueline styles. Quinta Regaleira’s diverse elements, including the Chapel, the Tower of Regaleira, and the luxurious palace, create a captivating atmosphere that invites exploration and contemplation.

You can immerse yourself in the estate’s rich history, discovering hidden meanings in its symbolic features, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a mystical experience in the heart of Sintra.

Pena Palace and Park

Pena Palace Sintra

Pena Palace, situated atop the Sintra Mountains in Portugal, is an iconic fairytale-like fortress that epitomizes Romanticist architecture.

Perched on the second-highest peak of the Serra de Sintra, this UNESCO World Heritage site is a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors featuring a whimsical blend of Moorish, Gothic, and Manueline styles.

Commissioned by King Ferdinand II in the 19th century, Pena Palace’s vivid hues, including shades of red, yellow, and blue, create a visually stunning and unforgettable facade.

Nestled within the expansive Pena Park, the palace offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. You can explore the opulent interiors adorned with intricate tiles, sculptures, and period furnishings, reflecting the eclectic tastes of its royal occupants.

Pena Palace is a testament to Portugal’s architectural diversity, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in a fairy tale setting surrounded by lush greenery and captivating history.

Lastly, Explore the historical and charming streets and savor the traditional pastry and travesseiro.

DAY 4: Belem’s Splendors

Embark on a delightful journey to the picturesque Belem today. From the Praca da Figueira tram stop, situated at the top of R. dos Douradores, take the 15E tram to Belem.

If you’ve secured one of those convenient metro card packages, you’re all set for a seamless ride to your desired destinations.

Jeronimos-Monastery

Despite the tram’s route to Belem, consider staying on for one more stop after the Belem stop and disembark at the Jeronimos Monastery. This UNESCO World Heritage site serves as the entombment place of Vasco da Gama.

Indulge in the exquisite pastel de nata at Pastéis de Belém for lunch. Pastéis de Belém is one of many places to enjoy the egg tart. 

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Belem Tower

After your meal, stroll over to witness the remarkable Monument to the Discoveries and the breathtaking Belem Tower.

Following a day filled with exploration, hop back on the tram to Lisbon. Depending on your energy, consider visiting Time Out Market for more culinary delights or extend your evening with a live Fado performance at Café Luso.

Here, you can indulge in some Portuguese food. 

DAY 5: Exploring Évora and Megaliths of Cromeleque dos Almendres

The Roman Temple of Evora

This day is dedicated to a day tour, visiting both Évora and the Megaliths of Cromeleque dos Almendres. Évora, a must-see city from Lisbon, captivates with its architecture and rich history.

The megaliths site features numerous stone formations from the Neolithic period, with the Almendres Cromlech being a fascinating highlight. The site’s patterns and diagrams remain a mystery, adding an air of intrigue.

Hot Tip🔥: Alternatively, you can take popular day trips to CoimbraPenicheNazare, or Cascais, all beautiful places to visit. Explore the beautiful beaches offered. 

Wrap-Up: Leaving Lisbon, Portugal: Cherishing Final Moments

As your time in Lisbon concludes, make the most of your remaining moments.

Consider visiting the whimsical Fantastic World of Portuguese Sardines, offering a circus-themed experience with canned fish – ideal as souvenirs or gifts.

Perhaps indulge in one last shot of Ginja before heading back to the airport via the metro. 

For those returning to the United States, allocate sufficient time for passport control at the other terminal.

Once through, your only task is to await your flight and dream of your next memorable Portuguese vacation! So, start planning your next-day itineraries, revisiting Lisbon. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to visit Lisbon is from March to May or September to November. The weather is mild during these months, and the crowds are fewer.

The most efficient and cost-effective way to get around Lisbon is the Lisbon Metro. It is fast, efficient, and covers most of the city. You can also use trams, funiculars, and buses to get around.

The must-visit attractions in Lisbon include Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, Sao Jorge Castle, Alfama, Rossio Square, and Praca do Comercio.

The currency used in Lisbon is the Euro.

You should pack comfortable shoes, light clothing, sunscreen, a hat, and a reusable water bottle. Bringing a camera to capture the beautiful cityscapes is also a good idea.

Lisbon’s cuisine is a mix of traditional Portuguese dishes and international cuisine. Some popular dishes include bacalhau (salt cod), grilled sardines, pastel de nata (custard tart), and bifanas (pork sandwich). One thing is for sure: you will enjoy delicious food. 

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