6 Days in Lisbon

6 Days in Lisbon – what an adventure! I have had many opportunities to explore this vibrant and historic city, and I have to say every time I visit, it exceeds all my expectations.

From stunning architecture to mouth-watering cuisine, Lisbon has so much to offer.

In this guide, I’ll take you through my 6-day itinerary and share some of the best things to see, do, and eat in Lisbon.

But before we dive in, let’s talk about some practical aspects like accommodation, travel insurance, and transportation.”

6 Days in Lisbon Travel Essentials 

Before diving into the Lisbon 6-day  itinerary, consider practical aspects such as accommodation, travel insurance, and how to get from the airport to your hotel.

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Lisbon Accommodation

There are quite a few recommended hotels where you can stay for 6 days in Lisbon. Still, there are two hotels highlighted for their convenience:

Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel:

Discover a haven of unique offerings at the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel.

Suppose the idea of an emergency 24-hour/day ice cream machine, a daily Portuguese drink + snack happy hour, and an underground archaeological site captures your imagination.

In that case, this is the place for you. Conveniently located near the Cais do Sodré station, providing easy access to Cascais for a delightful beach experience!

Secure your stay at the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historical Hotel by booking here.

Hotel Avenida Palace:

Indulge in royal treatment at Hotel Avenida Palace, your regal retreat away from home. Immerse yourself in the splendor of this 19th-century Belle Époque building, where a sumptuous breakfast, impeccable staff attentiveness, a well-stocked bar (don’t miss the Porto tonic), and an unbeatable location adjacent to Rossio Station await.

Perfect for embarking on your day trip to enchanting Sintra!

Reserve your royal experience at Hotel Avenida Palace by booking here.

Get Travel Insurance

Ensure a worry-free Lisbon adventure by securing travel insurance before your departure. I recommend SafetyWing, my trusted travel choice, for comprehensive coverage and peace of mind. 

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Traveling From the Airport to Lisbon

Train to Coimbra from Lisbon

Navigating from the airport to your hotel in Lisbon is a breeze, with various transportation options. 

Rideshare Apps: Uber and Bolt stand out as the top rideshare apps in Portugal. Before your travel, download either Bolt or Uber on your mobile device. These convenient services provide comfortable and reliable transportation from the airport to your destination.

Public Transportation: Lisbon’s metro system offers a direct route from the airport to the city. This cost-effective and efficient mode of transportation allows you to reach your hotel conveniently. Familiarize yourself with the metro map and schedules for a smooth transit experience.

Hot Tip🔥: Remember to invest in a Lisbon or Navegante Card

Private Transfer Services: Consider utilizing personal transfer services for a more personalized and hassle-free transfer. These services ensure a comfortable and direct journey from the airport to your hotel, offering convenience and peace of mind.

Essential Portuguese Phrases

Enhance your experience navigating Lisbon with these essential phrases:

  • Bom dia (good morning), boa trade (good afternoon), and boa noite (good evening). Incorporate these greetings into your interactions.
  • Obrigada/Obrigado – Express gratitude with “Thank you.” Use “obrigada” if you are female and “obrigado” if you are male.
  • Fala inglês? – Inquire if someone speaks English. This phrase can be helpful in communication.
  • Se faz favor/Por favor – Politely request or say “please.” Both phrases can be used interchangeably in various situations.
  • Queria um pastel de nata, se faz favor – Master this crucial phrase: “I would like one pastel de nata, please!” This is especially important for savoring the delicious local pastry.

Feel confident using these phrases, and you’ll find yourself seamlessly communicating and enjoying your time in Lisbon. 

Enjoy 6 Fun Days in Lisbon

Are you prepared for an extraordinary journey to Lisbon?

I’ve curated a comprehensive Lisbon travel guide showcasing all my favorite aspects of this city.

Ensure you’ve had a restful flight because we’re diving headfirst into the excitement from the moment you touch down!

Note of Warning❗: The ground in Lisbon is a captivating mosaic of limestone cobblestones, but it can be slippery. Also, while here, if you have not decided where to stay, check out the best districts in Lisbon to find a suitable place.

Now that the cautionary note is addressed let the adventure begin!

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Day 1: A Day For The Artistas

Bairro Alto District

Attention, art enthusiasts! Embrace today as a whimsical day filled with vibrant azulejo tiles. Don a colorful outfit where shades of yellow and pink beautifully contrast with the blue tiles for the ladies. Lace up your comfortable shoes and go to Alfama for a delightful brunch experience.

Brunch at Dear Breakfast Alfama

Start your day with a dreamy brunch at Dear Breakfast Alfama. With its vibrant azulejo tile-filled ambiance, this Lisbon-based breakfast chain offers delightful options like eggs benedict and avocado toast with beet hummus.

Foodie Stop at Cantinho da Sé

After brunch, head across the street to Cantinho da Sé for a pastry break. Indulge in their flower-shaped pastry with a souffle-like texture and a generous dollop of doce de leite.

Azulejo Painting Class with Art of Azulejo

Participate in an azulejo painting class hosted by Art of Azulejo every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am. Learn the history of azulejo tiles and create your masterpiece.

Interesting fact: Were you aware that the tiles undergo a unique painting process? Rather than traditional paint, finely ground glass is employed, solidifying into heat-resistant tiles.

After being fired in the kiln, your azulejos can serve as practical hot plates, stylish coasters, or decorative wall art.

Visit Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Explore the Museu Nacional do Azulejo to see tiles crafted by artists from the mid-15th century to the present day. The former Convent of Madre Deus museum offers a stunning glimpse into Portuguese history.

Street Art Tour in Mouraria

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Discover the ever-changing street art scene with a guided tour. Experience works by artists like Bordalo II, who creates art from trash, and Vhils, known for detailed faces in concrete using a chisel or explosives.

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Lunch at Fábrica da Nata or As Bifanas do Afonso

Bifana Sandwich Lisbon

Enjoy a light lunch at Fábrica da Nata or savor the famous pork steak sandwich at As Bifanas do Afonso. Save room for a hearty dinner later.

Mini Bar Experience by José Avillez

Indulge in a unique culinary experience at Mini Bar by José Avillez. For €75, embark on a 12-course journey where each dish is a delightful surprise.

Nightcap at Foxtrot Speakeasy

End the day with a visit to Foxtrot, a speakeasy with an Art Nouveau-style bar. Enjoy a nightcap, play billiards or snooker, and soak in the cozy ambiance.

Note: Mini Bar requires reservations, so book in advance.

Day 2 – Capturing Lisbon

Pack your camera and wear your best comfortable clothes– today is all Instagrammable!

LX Factory Stop

LX Factory Lisbon

Head to LX Factory for hot cocoa, depending on the weather, at Ler Devagar, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Enjoy the industrial complex’s unique charm, shop for souvenirs, and discover street art, including a piece by Bordalo II.

Rui dos Pregos in Belém

After all that exploring, head to Rui dos Pregos in Belém for a satisfying prego no pão (thin beef steak sandwich). Then, indulge in the history and aroma of Pasteis de Belém, the birthplace of the famous pastel de nata.

Jerónimos Monastery

Visit the iconic Jerónimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site with historic tombs. Explore the church for free, or purchase fast-track tickets to access the abbey.

Belém Tower by the River

Belem Tower

Stroll along the Tagus to reach Belém Tower, a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. Consider a guided 2.5-hour tour for a comprehensive experience. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site worth visiting. 

Sunset Cruise on the Tagus

Experience the magic of Lisbon with a sunset cruise on the Tagus River. Choose from morning, sunset, afternoon, or night tours for a memorable adventure.

A Cevicheria Dinner

Head to town for dinner at A Cevicheria, Chef Kiko’s renowned restaurant. No reservations, but the Ceviche de Salmão e Ananás and Taco de Tártaro de Atum e Tobiko are must-tries.

Pavilhão Chinês Nightcap

Cerveteca Lisboa

Conclude the day at Pavilhão Chinês, a unique bar filled with vintage collectibles. Explore an extensive cocktail menu and try “The Godfather” for a unique flavor experience.

Day 3: Sintra a Majestic Trip For Royalty

Sintra

Prepare to embark on a regal journey as you venture into the enchanting realm of Sintra. It is the most magical place on earth, fit for royalty!

Pena Palace: A Dream Come True

  • Marvel at Palacio Nacional da Pena’s vibrant red and yellow hues adorned with stunning blue azulejos.
  • Blending 19th-century Romanticism, Manueline, and Moorish architecture, it’s a real-life Disney castle.

Secure your tickets to Pena Park and Palace here.

Quinta da Regaleira: A Cinematic Wonderland

  • Enter the setting of a Nicolas Cage movie created by a Knights Templar-obsessed Brazilian mining mogul.
  • Gargoyles adorn the Gothic pinnacles of the main house, and secret Masonic symbolism fills the extensive gardens.
  • Descend the winding steps of the Initiation Well, evoking Dante’s Inferno.
  • Uncover mysteries surrounding António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro’s connection to the Knights Templar.

Another must-visit is the Moorish Castle Castelo dos Mouros, which offers panoramic views from the castle walls. 

Wine Tasting at Bar do Binho: A Toast to Portuguese Flavors

  • Ascend into the tasting room at Bar do Binho, adorned with photos of Johnny Depp.
  • Indulge in the Premium Table Wines Tasting Set with a delightful cheese and meat platter.
  • Despite the price, unique wines and captivating storytelling make it an unparalleled experience. Carlos, the storyteller, leaves you feeling like an old friend.

Travesseiros at Casa Piriquita: A Culinary Heritage

  • Savor renowned travesseiros at Casa Piriquita, a bakery founded in 1862 and now in its fifth generation.
  • Indulge in fluffy pastries filled with egg and almond custard, a closely guarded family recipe.

Fado Performance: A Soulful Soiree

  • Experience saudade, an untranslatable Portuguese emotion, through a fado performance.
  • Trovas Antigas in Bairro Alto offers an intimate setting with a peek into an ancient well.
  • Enjoy a traditional spread, and don’t miss the black pork cheeks in red wine for an affordable culinary delight.

Portuguese Connection at Pub Português

Cap off your day with a Portuguese Connection cocktail at Pub Português, featuring ginjinha and garnished with sour cherries. Say hi to Nuno and Eduardo, and relish in a Lisbon-ified libation to conclude your royal adventure.

Day 4: Step Back into History

Good morning! I hope the indulgence in sour cherries last night didn’t deter you, as today promises an exploration of two of Lisbon’s most traditional neighborhoods. Be prepared to set new records for your step count, so wear comfortable shoes.

Try Another Pastel de Nata in Lisbon

Vegan Pastel de Nata Lisbon

Every day should commence with something sweet, and delightful pastries abound in Lisbon, a city with a sweet tooth. For those who believe desserts should strictly follow a meal, we might respectfully disagree.

Pastries, on the other hand, are fair game anytime! Begin your sweetest day with a pastel de nata from Pastelaria Santo António. Infused with a touch of magic, this pastel de nata, coupled with a wish, pays homage to St. Anthony, the matchmaker saint born in Alfama.

Whether you seek true love or not, indulge in this delicious treat and let Santo António weave his magic. Or visit my favorite place for these delicious egg tarts at Manteigaria, which are found in four different locations.

Food Tour – Taste of Lisbon

Are you feeling hungry? Prepare for a culinary treat. Taste of Lisboa introduced me to my favorite cheese and spun tales, eventually leading to my love affair with Lisbon. While I can’t guarantee you’ll be ready to move here after a Lisbon Roots, Food, and Cultural Walk, I can’t rule it out either! Book your tour here.

Secret Garden: Watch The Sunset

Do you deserve a break? Find respite at the Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and discover the Secret Garden LX behind unassuming gates. This hidden oasis offers picturesque views, delectable cocktails, meal specials, and occasional live music and poetry soirées. Take a moment to absorb the views, witness the sunset, and decompress from the information acquired.

Taberna Sal Grosso

For authentic, affordable Portuguese cuisine in a warm and welcoming ambiance, make a reservation at Taberna Sal Grosso.

Specials are presented on a chalkboard mounted on the wall, and choosing anything from the menu is a safe bet.

The experience concludes with a delightful touch as the waiter brings around bottles of alcohol, allowing you to pour your own drink – a fun and flavorful end to a delicious meal!

Day 5: A Journey to Cascais

Cascais Beach

Cascais, a charming coastal town situated a brief distance west of Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, beckons with its allure.

Renowned for its sandy beaches, picturesque oceanfront promenade, rich historical architecture, and vibrant cultural scene.

Cascais has emerged as a favored day trip getaway for those exploring the Lisbon region. Here is what you can expect to do in this beautiful place:

Morning: Explore the Cascais Old Town

  • Wander through the charming streets of Cascais Old Town.
  • Visit historic landmarks such as Cascais Citadel and the Church of the Assumption.

Late Morning: Relax at Praia da Rainha

  • Enjoy some beach time at Praia da Rainha, a picturesque beach in the heart of Cascais.
  • Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or relax on the sandy shores.

Lunch: Seafood Delights

  • Indulge in fresh seafood at one of Cascais’ seafood restaurants.
  • Try local specialties like grilled sardines or seafood rice.

Afternoon: Cascais Marina and Boca do Inferno

  • Stroll around Cascais Marina, admiring the yachts and coastal scenery.
  • Visit Boca do Inferno, a unique cliff formation where the sea crashes into rocky cliffs.

Late Afternoon: Cultural Visit to Casa das Histórias Paula Rego

Explore Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, a museum dedicated to the works of renowned Portuguese artist Paula Rego.

Evening: Sunset at Praia do Guincho

  • Head to Praia do Guincho to witness a beautiful sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Capture stunning views of the coastline and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Dinner in Cascais Center

  • Choose from various restaurants in the town center for a delightful dinner.
  • Experience Portuguese cuisine and perhaps try a traditional dessert like Pastel de Nata.

Nightlife (Optional): Bar Hopping or Live Music

  • If you’re in the mood for nightlife, explore the bars and pubs in Cascais.
  • Check for live music events or enjoy a leisurely evening in the vibrant atmosphere.

Hot Tip🔥: For more details on how to get to Cascais from Lisbon, be sure to check my detailed guide

Day 6: Visit Coimbra, Peniche, or Nazare

Depending on your departure, I recommend you spend your last day in Lisbon at a beautiful beach, visiting any of these great places for a day trip. 

Coimbra: Immerse yourself in the intellectual ambiance of Coimbra, home to one of the world’s oldest universities. Wander through the historic university campus, explore the Joanina Library with its resident bats, and stroll the charming streets of the old town.

Peniche: For a coastal escape, head to Peniche, a beach town renowned for its stunning beaches and rugged cliffs. Explore the dramatic landscape of Cabo Carvoeiro, visit the iconic Peniche Fortress, and perhaps indulge in some fresh seafood at the local eateries.

Nazaré: Experience the coastal magic of Nazaré, known for its enormous waves and traditional charm. Take panoramic views from the Sitio viewpoint, visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazaré, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere along the seaside promenade.

Or you can always stay a day longer for the best week in Lisbon.

Wrap-Up: 6 Days in Lisbon

Lisbon is a fantastic city that exceeds all your expectations. From stunning architecture to mouth-watering cuisine, You can explore every inch of this vibrant city in six days. The city has something to offer everyone, from foodies to art enthusiasts. I highly recommend Lisbon to anyone seeking an adventure-filled getaway.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many things to do in Lisbon for six days, including visiting historic landmarks such as the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery, exploring neighborhoods like Alfama and Bairro Alto, enjoying the local cuisine, and taking a day trip to nearby attractions such as Cascais and Sintra.

There are many great hotels in Lisbon, but some recommended options for a 6-day stay include the Corpo Santo Lisbon Historic Hotel and the Hotel Avenida Palace. Both hotels offer convenient locations, comfortable accommodations, and excellent amenities.

Several transportation options are available, including rideshare apps like Uber and Bolt, public transportation via the metro system, and private transfer services. It is recommended to familiarize yourself with the available options and choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

Some essential Portuguese phrases to know include “Bom dia” (good morning), “Obrigada/Obrigado” (thank you), and “Fala inglês?” (Do you speak English?), and “Queria um pastel de nata, se faz favor” (I would like one pastel de nata, please).

Yes, Lisbon is generally a safe city for tourists. Yet, taking basic safety precautions, such as being aware of your surroundings and keeping valuables secure, is always a good idea.

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