A Week in Lisbon 7 Day Itinerary

Wow, imagine spending a week in Lisbon! Well, it is possible, as I have done it more than once. As the saying goes, yes, life is good in Lisbon.

As a first-time traveler to Lisbon, you will enjoy the charming cobbled streets and the breathtaking views from the hilltops.

7 Days in Lisbon gives you enough time to explore all that this captivating city has to offer.

Join me as I share my ultimate 7 days in Lisbon guide, filled with unforgettable experiences and hidden gems to make your trip to Lisbon one for the books!

A Week in Lisbon: A Detailed Itinerary 7 Days in Lisbon

Hey there! You are planning to spend a week in Lisbon but where do you start as you heard there is so much to see.

Well, I have you covered with my detailed 7-day Lisbon plan covering all the must-visit spots in the vibrant city. So, let’s get moving before you get on that airplane.

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Day 1 in Lisbon

7 Days in Lisbon

You have landed what now! Well, it is your first day of a week in Lisbon. Firstly, my best advice is to grant yourself the time to acclimate depending on where you are arriving.

My journey commenced with an early morning flight, culminating in a midday arrival in this lively metropolis. Lisbon unfolds before you, a city pulsating with vibrancy and a kaleidoscope of colors.

Narrow streets wind through captivating tilework, creating a visual feast. The lively Pink Street adds a dash of excitement, while the alluring melody of the Portuguese language immediately enchants.

Upon landing, I highly recommend prearranging an airport pickup. This not only spares you from unnecessary hassle but also ensures a seamless transition to your hotel, free from language barriers or navigation concerns.

Check into Your Hotel

The second step of your 7-day Lisbon itinerary is to check into your hotel. With a range of options for every budget, you can easily find a hotel that suits your needs.

Whether you prefer a traditional beach resort or a luxurious hotel, Lisbon covers you.

During my stay in Lisbon, I opted for a downtown boutique hotel. Its central location made it easy for me to navigate the city. Yet, choosing a hotel that matches your style and preferences is essential.

While spending all day inside your hotel is tempting, exploring the city’s charming ambiance is necessary. If you’re looking for hotel recommendations, check out this list of the best Lisbon hotels.

Freshen Up With a Rest

It’s always a good idea to take some time to freshen up and rest when traveling, especially when visiting a city as beautiful and bustling as Lisbon.

You might want to take a quick nap, shower, or unpack and relax before diving into all the city excitement.

Don’t forget to remember any time zone changes, as they can be quite draining on your energy levels!

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Visit Rossio Square For an Evening Walk

Rossio Square

Now that you are rested, why not take a leisurely evening walk at the Rossio Square to start your vacation in Lisbon.?The square is known for its bustling energy and beautiful evening lighting. It’s a popular spot for locals and tourists, with plenty of street performers and people-watching opportunities.

You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Lisbon by taking a stroll around Rossio Square.

End The Day With Authentic Flavors

After visiting Rossio Square, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. I chose a charming spot in the Alfama district for my first night.

Savor iconic Portuguese dishes like “Bacalhau a Bras” (traditional codfish) and “Arroz de Pato” (duck rice) from a menu brimming with classics.

Portuguese cuisine is as enchanting as the city, making this dinner a delightful introduction.

Don’t miss the chance to complement your meal with a glass of Vinho Verde, a cherished Portuguese wine.

Hot Tip🔥: Trust the locals’ recommendations on food—they’re in the know, and you’ll thank yourself for heeding their advice.

Day 2: Historical Sightseeing

Great, now that you have rested, it is time to start day 2 of your week in Lisbon. So, let’s continue with the 7 days in Lisbon itinerary.

Start The Day With A Delicious Hotel Breakfast in Lisbon

Nothing sets the tone for the second day in Lisbon like indulging in a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

On my visit, I carefully curated a mix of international and local favorites – relishing fresh fruits and wholesome cereals and savoring the delightful flavors of traditional Portuguese pastries such as Pastel de Nata and Pão de Deus.

A robust cup of coffee was my go-to choice to kick-start the day. Beyond the culinary delights, this breakfast ritual will become a cherished time to plan your day.

It offers a peaceful moment to contemplate and check the weather, allowing for any necessary last-minute adjustments to my itinerary. The morning routine fuels your body and sets the stage for a day filled with exploration and the promise of exciting discoveries in Lisbon.

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Exploring Belém Tower

Belem Tower

As I progress through the Lisbon 7-day itinerary, the next captivating destination is the iconic Belém Tower.

This UNESCO World Heritage site, gracefully positioned on the Tagus River’s edge, is a profound testament to Portugal’s Age of Discoveries.

The intricate architectural details, seamlessly intertwining Moorish and Venetian elements, are sure to fascinate you.

Taking the time to ascend to the terrace is a must, providing a splendid firsthand view of the river and the enchanting surrounding area.

Discovering the Monument to the Discoveries

Embark on a brief stroll from the BelĂ©m Tower, and you’ll encounter the awe-inspiring Monument to the Discoveries.

This monument pays homage to the Portuguese figures who played essential roles in the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.

The structure is impressive, adorned with sculpted figures representing explorers, monarchs, poets, and priests.

I cherished the breathtaking view from the top, unveiling a panorama of the Belém district and the majestic Tagus River.

Indulging at Pasteis de Belem

Manteigaria pasteis de nata

After building an appetite, it is time for a satisfying lunch at Pasteis de Belem. Renowned for its famous Pastel de Nata, a divine Portuguese egg tart, this establishment offers a culinary experience.

Hot Tip🔥: I have been to Lisbon often, and over the years, I have tried different egg tarts and found the best pastel de nata at Mantegaria, but there are other places you can try as well.

Pairing these delectable tarts with a light sandwich and a refreshing drink creates a perfect lunch. Visiting Pasteis de Belem is an absolute must for anyone spending a week in Lisbon!

Exploring the Famous Monastery

Following a delightful lunch, your next destination is the Jeronimos Monastery, another esteemed World Heritage site. This monument stands out as an exemplary showcase of the exclusive Manueline style of architecture found in Portugal.

The cloister, adorned with ornate columns and arches, was particularly captivating. The monastery’s serene atmosphere provides a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle outside.

Immersing in Art at the Berardo Collection Museum

For art enthusiasts, visiting the Berardo Collection Museum is a must. This museum boasts an impressive modern and contemporary art collection featuring works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Pollock. While I am not a huge art buff, I found the experience both enlightening and enjoyable.

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Chasing Sunsets at Cais das Colunas

25 de Abril Bridge

To conclude the day, I highly recommend visiting Cais das Colunas to witness the breathtaking sunset.

This historic quay provides stunning views of the Tagus River and the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge.

As the sun dips below the horizon and the city lights begin to twinkle, you will cherish a moment of peace amid a busy itinerary.

Savoring Seafood Delights for Dinner

Finally, indulge in a sumptuous seafood dinner at a local restaurant. Blessed with its coastal location, Lisbon offers some of the freshest seafood.

I chose a plate of Arroz de Marisco (seafood rice) at a quaint eatery, concluding another thrilling day of my week-long adventure in Lisbon.

Day 3: Sintra Trip

On the third day of your week-long Lisbon adventure, set out for a morning trip to the picturesque town of Sintra, a captivating village nestled in the foothills of the Sintra Mountains.

A mere 40-minute train ride from Lisbon, Sintra welcomes you with lush forests, charming villas, and majestic palaces.

Comfortable shoes are a must, as the town’s hilly terrain requires a bit of walking.

Exploring Pena Palace

Pena Palace

Upon arrival in Sintra, your first destination is the Pena Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The vibrant castle, adorned with bright red and yellow facades, intricate details, and stunning gardens, will feel like a storybook.

The view from the terrace, overlooking the Sintra Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, is breathtaking—a must-see when visiting Lisbon for seven days.

Quinta da Regaleira’s Mystical Gardens

Next on the agenda is Quinta da Regaleira, a gothic-style mansion surrounded by enchanting gardens. The big highlight is the initiation well, an inverted tower descending like a spiral staircase into the earth. The estate, filled with hidden tunnels, mystical symbols, and enchanting spots, transports you to a magical realm.

Lunch Delights in Sintra Town

After exploring Quinta da Regaleira, I enjoyed a delightful lunch in Sintra town, and you must also give it a try. A charming café served a local pastry, Travesseiros de Sintra, filled with almond cream and a warm soup—a perfect midday treat.

Venturing to Moorish Castle

Post-lunch, I made my way to the Moorish Castle, an ancient fortress boasting panoramic views of Sintra. Walking along the castle walls, surrounded by pine-covered hills, felt like a journey through time.

Here, you can explore the Portuguese history displayed in front of you. You will love the view from the castle walls when looking towards Pena Palace. If time allows, a visit to Cabo da Roca is recommended.

Return to Lisbon and a Quiet Dinner

After a day of exploration and returning to Lisbon, I opted for a quiet dinner at the hotel. I relished a traditional Portuguese meal, “Feijoada” (a bean stew with beef and pork), a fitting end to an adventure-filled day.

Hot Tip🔥: If you prefer not to enjoy a quiet meal, there are many other options to enjoy traditional Portuguese food.

Day 4: Immerse in Alfama’s Charm

The fourth day of your Lisbon 7-day itinerary unfolds with a delightful breakfast at a local cafĂ©. If you are eager to embrace the local culture, you can opt to sample a Portuguese breakfast – a “Bica” (espresso) and a “tornado” (toasted bread with butter). The vibrant and energizing atmosphere will set the perfect tone for the day.

Exploring the Alfama District

Alfama Lisbon Guide

Post-breakfast, your journey will lead you to the historic Alfama district. As one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, Alfama’s narrow, winding streets, rustic houses, and inviting cafĂ©s offer a captivating labyrinth to explore. Renowned for its Fado music, the sad tunes add a charming allure to the area, creating a unique ambiance.

SĂŁo Jorge Castle and Alfama’s Peacocks

Perched atop a hill in the Alfama district, the SĂŁo Jorge Castle awaits exploration. The historical castle provides panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. Strolling through the castle’s gardens and ramparts, you can relish the fantastic views. The freely roaming peacocks add a delightful surprise to the castle grounds.

Lunch with Fado at a Traditional Restaurant

I chose a traditional Fado restaurant in Alfama for lunch, which you can also do. While savoring delicious Portuguese cuisine, the highlight was the live Fado music. The soulful melodies add an unforgettable dimension to the hearty meal, creating a truly immersive experience.

National Tile Museum and Tram 28 Ride

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Post-lunch, a visit to the National Tile Museum awaits. Showcasing the art and history of Portuguese ceramic tiles, or “azulejos,” the museum features a diverse collection spanning medieval to modern designs. The craftsmanship and detail in each piece are awe-inspiring.

The next adventure involved a ride on Tram 28, a vintage yellow tram that doubled as transportation, and a fun city exploration experience. Passing through key attractions, including Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela, the tram offers a nostalgic journey with stunning views.

Church of SĂŁo Vicente of Fora

When I visited, my exploration of Alfama continued with a visit to the Church of SĂŁo Vicente of Fora. The church houses the royal pantheon of the Braganza monarchs of Portugal. The grandeur of the church’s interior and the intricate tiled scenes depicting the fables of La Fontaine left a lasting impression.

Dining in Alfama’s Rustic Charm

You can enjoy a lovely dinner back in Alfama as the day ends. “Polvo Ă  lagareiro” (roasted octopus with potatoes) is a delightful recommendation for seafood lovers. Combined with Alfama’s rustic charm and the lively atmosphere, it makes for a perfect conclusion to the day.

Day 5: Lisbon’s Creative Hub – LX Factory Exploration

Yes, spending a week in Lisbon offers you loads of adventure. On day 5 in Lisbon, your adventure begins at the LX Factory, a dynamic complex in a repurposed industrial area.

Bursting with eclectic boutiques, artist studios, funky restaurants, and street art, this trendy spot will captivate you. Browsing through unique stores, you discover locally made souvenirs, immersing yourself in the city’s contemporary culture.

Breakfast in LX Factory Café

Among the many eateries in the LX Factory, I chose a cozy café for breakfast. The menu offered various healthy options, from fresh juices to granola bowls and toasts.

Enjoying my meal, I soaked in the lively atmosphere, embracing the creative vibe of the complex. So I recommend you choose one to explore what they have on the menu. 

Exploring Village Underground and Lunch at a Food Truck

Bifana Sandwich Lisbon

A short walk will lead you to the Village Underground, a unique coworking space crafted from repurposed shipping containers and double-decker buses. Witnessing this creative use of space reflects Lisbon’s spirit of innovation. For lunch, you can sample traditional Portuguese pork sandwiches (“Bifanas”) from one of the food trucks—a simple, delicious fuel for the day.

MAAT Museum and Riverside Walk

Post-lunch, continue to the MAAT Museum, a contemporary art haven along the Tagus River. Beyond its impressive art collection, the museum’s sleek design and riverside location add to its allure. Then, take a leisurely walk along the Tagus River, offering vibrant street performances, stunning views of the 25 de Abril Bridge, and a tranquil atmosphere.

Time Out Market Culinary Delights

Conclude your day at the Time Out Market, a food hall showcasing Lisbon’s culinary excellence. Spoiled for choice, you can embark on a mini food tour, savoring traditional Portuguese and international dishes. 

Day 6: Coastal Escape to Cascais

With one day more left to visit Lisbon for seven days, you can take a day trip to Cascais, a charming coastal town a short train ride from Lisbon. Boasting beautiful beaches, a vibrant marina, and historic sites, Cascais promises a day of exploration.

Cascais Citadel and Town Center Stroll

Upon arriving, you can explore Cascais Citadel, a fortress turned cultural space. Vibrant art galleries and boutiques within its walls offer a cultural feast. A stroll around the town center’s narrow cobblestone streets reveals traditional Portuguese houses, chic boutiques, and inviting cafĂ©s—a perfect blend of history and charm.

Seafood Lunch and Boca do Inferno Visit

Fresh Fish Lisbon

Lunch unfolds at a local seafood restaurant featuring a delightful platter of clams, prawns, and fish—a coastal culinary delight. Post-lunch, you can head to the Boca do Inferno, a dramatic cliff formation near Cascais. The raw power of crashing waves provided a mesmerizing spectacle.

Cascais Beach Relaxation and Return to Lisbon

To unwind,  you can spend time on one of Cascais’s sandy beaches, relishing sea views. The day concludes with a return to Lisbon and a quiet dinner at the hotel, offering moments of reflection after a day of exploration.

Hot Tip🔥: Alternatively, you can swap out Cascais for other day trips to places like Coimbra, Peniche, Nazare, and so much more.  

Day 7: Lisbon’s Farewell Highlights

On the final day of my Lisbon journey:

Mercado da Ribeira Morning

The day begins at the Mercado da Ribeira, the Time Out Market. A traditional Portuguese breakfast at one of the stalls immersed me in the market’s vibrant atmosphere.

Tagus River Boat Ride and Vasco da Gama Bridge Visit

A serene boat ride on the Tagus River can follow your last day in Lisbon. It provides some unique perspectives of Lisbon’s cityscape. The iconic Vasco da Gama Bridge and adjacent park showcases impressive architecture and serene surroundings.

Riverside Lunch and Lisbon Oceanarium Visit

Lunch at a riverside restaurant near the Vasco da Gama Park features delicious seafood with picturesque river views. The afternoon leads you to the Lisbon Oceanarium, home to a diverse marine life collection.

Casino Lisboa and Farewell Dinner

As evening arrives, you can explore Casino Lisboa, entertaining gambling. The day concludes with a farewell dinner at a charming city center restaurant, a perfect way to savor Lisbon’s cuisine one last time.

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Wrap-Up: Spending a Week in Lisbon

Reflecting on my 7 days in Lisbon encompasses historical landmarks, modern creativity, coastal beauty, and culinary delights, creating lasting memories of this vibrant city.

So, why not book your ticket and a hotel to explore this wonderful place yourself? Still, if you are wondering when to book a trip, consider why May is such a great time to visit Lisbon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The best time to visit Lisbon is from March to May or September to November when the temperatures are moderate, and the crowds are smaller.

You can take a taxi or Uber or prearrange an airport pickup with your hotel. There are also public transportation options like the metro or bus.

Lisbon is generally a safe city, but taking precautions when walking around at night is still advisable. Stick to well-lit areas and avoid poorly lit or deserted streets.

Packing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing for warm weather, a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings, and sunscreen is advisable. Don’t forget to bring a power adapter if needed.

It depends on your nationality. Citizens of the EU and many other countries do not need a visa to visit Lisbon for up to 90 days. Check with your embassy or consulate for more information.

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