Your Amazing Lisbon 4 Days Itinerary

I find a Lisbon 4 days itinerary to be just the right amount of time to explore the city’s best landmarks, enjoy some delicious food, and take some day trips out of the city center.

Having visited the capital city twice now, I’ve personally experienced 4 days in Lisbon on two separate occasions.

What’s there not to love about Lisbon? With its sun-kissed streets, pastel-coloured buildings, and iconic yellow trams rattling through the city. Yes, you’ve made a great choice!

Whether you’re a history buff and want to see the Castle, or a foodie and go to the Time-Out market, or simply in search of adventure, I will share my recommendations to suit every type of traveller.

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Lisbon 4 Days Overview

red rooftops, colourful buildings in 4 days in lisbon itinerary exploring the city

Lisbon Itinerary 4 Days: Quick View

Day 1: Exploring the Alfama and Baixa Neighbourhoods and a Fado Music experience

Day 2: Exploring the Belem Neighbourhood

Day 3: Exploring the Cais do Sodré, Bairro Alto and Chiado Neighbourhoods

Day 4: Day Trip to Sintra

4 Days in Lisbon Itinerary: Tips

tree with red rooftops in lisbon 4 day itinerary

Before we jump right into how to spend 4 fun-filled days in Lisbon let me explain how this itinerary has been designed with you and your experience in mind.

Lisbon on a map

Each of the four days in Lisbon is mapped out so that it makes sense geographically allowing you to make the most of your time in the city. That includes suggested nearby restaurants too.

Completely customizable

Depending on how many days in Lisbon you might have, pick any combination that suits you (Day 1-2, 1-3, or 1-4) which easily adjusts this itinerary for spending 2, 3 or 4 days in Lisbon.

But just in case you only have one day in Lisbon, I have an action-packed itinerary just for you!

I’ve included some additional activities that may suit your interests better. Feel free to swap out anything you like and replace it with suggested additional visits.

Time of Year

Keep in mind the time of year that you travel will impact how much time you will need at some of the key activities. Visiting Lisbon during its busiest time – May to October – will require additional sightseeing time at most of these stops.

I visited Lisbon in late February into early March and late November into early December for the Christmas Markets and experienced no tourists which allowed me to visit sites freely.

Where I stayed in Lisbon

On both my trips to Lisbon, I stayed at Baixa House – a boutique self-catering apartment in the heart of the Baixa neighbourhood. It’s got everything you need – central location, friendly and helpful staff, daily breakfast and cleaning and all within 13 individually styled 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartments.

Day 1 of Your Lisbon 4-Day Itinerary: Exploring the Alfama and Baixa Neighbourhoods

Start your day in the picturesque Lisbon neighbourhood of Alfama. A charming maze of winding streets, colourful buildings, and traditional Fado music. With its quaint alleyways and stunning views of the city, Alfama is a must-visit for anyone exploring Lisbon.

Stop 1: Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George Castle)

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Let’s begin your adventure at the hill’s peak with Castelo de Sao Jorge, an old castle. From there, you can see amazing sights of the Tagus River and the red rooftops of Alfama. That’s why St. George Castle is a favourite spot of mine in Lisbon.

  • 🕣Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm from November to February and 9 am to 9 pm from March to October
  • €10
  • Itinerary Tips:
    • if visiting during peak tourist season, pre-book your tickets in advance to save time with skip-the-line entrance ticket
    • satisfy your craving for Pastéis de Nata, the famous custard tarts, at Santo António cafe, found just outside the Arco do Castelo (Castle Archway)
    • option – take the iconic No. 28 Tram to stop #2

Stop 2: Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro Sta. Luzia

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Now, head down the hill towards two amazing spots in Lisbon – Miradouro Sta. Luzia and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. Both of these places give you amazing views of the Tagus River and the colourful buildings in Alfama.

At these viewpoints, there are pretty walls covered in special tiles called azulejos, fountains, and nice gardens. It’s like a peaceful oasis right in the middle of the city. Sit on one of the benches, enjoy the fantastic views and feel the vibe of this charming neighbourhood.

  • 🕣Open daily, 24 hours
  • Free to visit
  • Itinerary tips:
    • get lost in the maze of charming winding streets in Alfama near these viewpoints
    • thinking about lunch? Skip Bar Terraço de Santa Luzia, a touristy spot with mediocre pub food, instead, I recommend Audrey’s in Hotel Santiago de Alfama—it’s a hidden gem and serves up authentic Portuguese eats
    • option – take the No. 28 Tram to Stop #3 (after lunch)
    • if you want to return here for dinner, go to my favourite, Grenache

Stop 3: Se de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral)

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While walking or taking the tram through the narrow streets, don’t miss the Se Cathedral—a beautiful Romanesque church with Gothic touches. Surprisingly, this church, built in the 12th century, survived the 1755 earthquake that wrecked much of Lisbon.

Step inside, and you’ll feel like you’ve time-travelled to Portugal’s mighty kingdom days. The cathedral’s inside is as impressive as its outside, featuring tall columns, lofty ceilings, and stunning stained glass windows.

  • 🕣Open daily from 9 am to 7 pm
  • €5
  • Itinerary tips:
    • visit the nearby Igreja de Santo António, the 18th-century church is known for its Baroque architecture and there is also Igreja da Conceicao Velha – a 16th-century church known for its Manueline architecture

Stop 4: Praça do Comércio

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Now, let’s spend the afternoon in the Baixa neighbourhood, the heart of Lisbon’s old historic city center. This area is packed with top landmarks, lively streets, and a vibrant atmosphere, especially on the car-free streets full of restaurants.

As you walk through the Arco da Rua Augusta to Praça do Comércio, you’ll be amazed by the grandness of this historic square. The impressive arcades and buildings surrounding it, along with the wide open space, give off a feeling of sophistication.

Pause for a moment to enjoy the gorgeous views of the Tagus River and the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge. Don’t forget to admire the statue of King Jose I standing proudly in the center of the square.

  • Itinerary tips:
    • visit the Lisboa Story Centre, a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Lisbon
    • go to the top of the Arco da Rua Augusta by elevator and spiral staircase to take in the panoramic views
    • return here in the evening to watch the sunset over the Tagus River

Stop 5: Rossio Square

red roof tops, square with fountain when four days in lisbon

Leaving Praça do Comércio, stroll through Lisbon’s historic city center on Rua Augusta. It’s a bustling street with shops and restaurants. You will pass the famous Santa Justa Lift, where you can enjoy awesome views from above. But, head to lively Rossio Square, filled with street performers, shops, and cafes.

Sit down at Cafe Nicola, a famous spot in a cool Art Deco building, perfect for relaxing and people-watching.

The square is adorned with eye-catching black and white tiles in a wave pattern. In the center stands the Column of Pedro IV, also known as “the Soldier King.” You can’t miss the impressive National Theatre (D. Maria II National Theatre), built in 1842, dominating the top of the square.

  • Itinerary tips:
    • skip the long lineup at Santa Justa Lift -and the cost of €6.50 to go up the iconic landmark. Simply admire it from the street level. You would have gotten the same viewpoint from earlier in the day.
    • to the left of the National Theatre is the Rossio Railway Station, built in 1887. From its entrance, you’ll have a great city view, but more importantly, you will return here for Day 4 of the itinerary as the trains to Sintra depart from this train station.

Stop 6: Fado Performance

For the evening, I recommend dining at one of my favourite restaurants, Prado and then catching a Fado music performance in Alfama.

Try Mesa de Frades, a hidden gem with an authentic dining feel. Inside the converted chapel-turned-restaurant, the cozy traditional Portuguese decor welcomes you.

What makes Mesa de Frades special is its nightly Fado performances. The soulful music, combined with tasty food and a cozy vibe, promises an unforgettable evening.

📍R. dos Remedios 139 (Alfama neighbourhood)

Day 1: Optional Things to Do

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Sadly, you can’t cover everything! The 4-day Lisbon itinerary offers the best, but it means making tough choices about what’s included.

Here’s a list of things not in the plan (due to time and location). Spot something you’d like? Feel free to personalize your itinerary by adding or swapping activities. It’s all up to you!

  • Portas do Sol – a viewpoint with a lively atmosphere often with live musicians and a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal or drinks with a view (Alfama)
  • Sao Vicente de Fore Monastery – this St. Vincent monastery dates back to 1582 and holds the world’s most extensive collection of tiles (Alfama)
  • National Pantheon – visit here and be sure to go to the dome with a panoramic view (Alfama)
  • Fado Museum – featuring all of the history and culture of Fado music in Lisbon and the opportunity to catch a live performance (Alfama)
  • Museu Nacional do Azulejo – the National Tile Museum is in a 16th-century monastery with an impressive chapel (Alfama)
  • Igreja de Santa Maria Madalena – an attractive church that also makes a great spot for capturing Tram No. 28 coming around the bend (Baixa)

Day 2 of Your Lisbon 4-Day Itinerary: Exploring the Belem Neighbourhood

Day 2 of what to do in Lisbon for 4 days is dedicated to exploring the Belem neighbourhood, situated along the Tagus River. Get ready for a day filled with cultural treasures and breathtaking views.

Stop 1: Torre de Belém (Belem Tower)

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To reach Belem Tower from Lisbon city center, take the tram or train from Cais do Sodré station. Once you’re in Belem, head to the famous Belem Tower, a symbol of Portugal’s maritime history.

Approaching the tower, you’ll enjoy, as I did, the amazing views of the Tagus River and the lovely Jardim da Torre de Belém (Belem Gardens). This monument was built in the early 16th century, serving as a defence for Lisbon’s harbour.

For a great Instagram shot, beat the crowds by visiting early in the morning. Inside, there’s a small museum sharing the tower’s history and its role in protecting Lisbon. Climbing the narrow spiral staircase to the top promises even more incredible views of the city and the river.

  • 🕣Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 5:30 pm (October to April) and 10 am to 6:30 pm (May to September), Closed Mondays
  • €6, during peak tourist season, pre-book your entry ticket
  • 🚋From Praça do Comércio take the Tram line 15, or Bus lines 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51 and 112, or the Train the Cacáis line (exit Belem) and arrive in about 30-40 mins

Stop 2: Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)

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Next, stroll along the riverfront to the remarkable Monument to the Discoveries. This impressive structure honors Portugal’s Age of Discoveries and key explorers like Prince Henry the Navigator and 33 others. Standing tall at 52 meters, the monument’s grandeur is striking as you approach.

Climbing to the top rewards with breathtaking panoramic views of the Tagus River and the surrounding area.

  • 🕣From October to February open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, closed Mondays and from March to September open daily from 10 am to 7 pm
  • €6
  • Itinerary tips:
    • Praça do Império Garden is the green space that lies between the Monument to the Discoveries and the Jeronimous Monastery
    • Need a little sweet treat to curb your hunger? Head to Pastéis de Belém – home to the original Pasteis de Nata and the BEST in the city! How can you not resist the flaky pastry crust and creamy custard filling?
    • Another recommendation for a cute cafe serving a mouth-watering brunch nearby is Miolo

Stop 3: Jeronimos Monastery

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Visiting the Jeronimos Monastery is truly amazing! This stunning monument showcases Portuguese Gothic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach it the grandeur and intricate details left me in awe, and will likely for you too!

Inside, I loved exploring the ornate chapels, cloisters, and other architectural wonders at my own pace. Another highlight is the beautiful Igreja Santa Maria de Belém (St Mary church) with its soaring nave and intricate vaulted ceilings.

  • 🕣From October to April open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, closed Mondays and from May to September open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • €10 (+ Belém Tower €12, Belém Tower + The National Archaeological Museum €16), Entrance fee to St Mary Church is free. Don’t forget, if it’s peak tourist season, pre-book your tickets.
  • Itinerary tips:
    • stroll through the Tropical Botanical Garden as you eat your creamy custard treat
    • add the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeology Museum)
    • option to visit the Berardo Collection Museum featuring modern art and includes works by Picasso and Andy Warhol

Stop 4: MAAT

riverfront, red bridge, white curved building in 4 day lisbon itinerary

The MAAT, or Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, is a breathtaking masterpiece! It seamlessly combines modern design with the city’s rich cultural heritage. The exterior features a sleek, almost futuristic design that shimmers in the light, creating a stunning visual effect against the Tagus River backdrop.

A visit here is a must for those who appreciate art and architecture!

  • 🕣Wednesday to Monday 10 am to 7 pm, closed Tuesday
  • €9
  • Itinerary tips:
    • dine at the elegant Riverside Restaurant of MAAT and enjoy those riverfront views

Stop 5: Ler Devagar

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Ler Devagar is a unique bookstore you haven’t experienced before. This sprawling, two-story space used to be a printing press, celebrating the art of bookmaking and printing. It’s a top Instagrammable spot in Lisbon.

Inside, book lovers will be surrounded by thousands of books, from classic literature to contemporary bestsellers, and a great collection of art and design books. There’s also a cozy cafe, making it a popular nighttime activity in Lisbon, especially on weekends when it stays open into the early morning hours.

  • 🕣Monday 12 pm to 9 pm, Tuesday to Thursday 12 pm to 12 am, Friday to Saturday 12 pm to 2 am, Sunday 11 am to 9 pm
  • Free entry

Stop 6: LX Factory

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The last stop is the hipster hang-out spot LX Factory! This eclectic hub of creativity, culture, and commerce is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. What used to be an industrial complex is now a dynamic space housing some of the city’s most exciting artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.

As I explore the complex, I find over 50 shops, galleries, studios, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, each with its own unique character and style. From handmade crafts and vintage clothing to modern art and cutting-edge design, you’re bound to find something you can take home with you as a souvenir from Lisbon.

  • 🕣Open daily from 9 am to 10:30 pm
  • Free
  • Itinerary tips:
    • don’t underestimate how much time you’ll be here- there’s a lot to see and save your appetite as there are some great restaurants you’ll want to try
    • I recommend a fun evening abroad a boat tour to watch the sunset, check out this one I found

Day 3 of Your Lisbon 4-Day Itinerary: Exploring the Cais do Sodré, Bairro Alto and Chiado Neighbourhoods

On my third day in Lisbon, let’s visit three lively neighbourhoods – Cais do Sodré, Bairro Alto, and Chiado – each bursting with energy, culture, and history.

Cais do Sodré, a waterfront district, blends old and new architecture, offering a vibrant nightlife scene. Bairro Alto, a charming and bohemian neighbourhood, houses trendy bars, restaurants, and shops. Finally, my personal favourite, Chiado, is a chic and upscale area famous for its elegant boutiques, art galleries, and historic cafes.

Stop 1: Rua Nova do Carvalho or Pink Street

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The famous Pink Street in Lisbon is a must-visit. Walking on the road feels like stepping into a whimsical and playful world with its sea of pink. Starting my third day in Lisbon here means I might have this charming street all to myself!

Lined with trendy bars, restaurants, and clubs that come alive at night, it’s the perfect spot for a night out.

Afterward, head to A Brasileira (Rua Garrett, 122), a historic and iconic cafe in Lisbon. This gathering place for writers, artists, and intellectuals since the early 20th century boasts an ornate Art Nouveau interior exuding sophistication and glamour. Making this your first stop ensures no long lines later in the day.

Stop 2: Igreja do Carmo (Carmo Convent)

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Carmo Convent is a hauntingly beautiful site. The ruins of the Gothic church are a stark reminder of the devastating earthquake that rocked the city in 1755.

The serene atmosphere and stunning architecture of the arches make Carmo Convent a must-see on your 4 day Lisbon itinerary.

  • 🕣Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm (November to April) and 10 am to 7 pm (May to October)
  • €5
  • Itinerary tips:
    • Largo do Carmo is a pretty square lined with restaurants making this a great spot to return for lunch or dinner

Stop 3: Explore Chiado Neighbourhood

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Now, let’s wander around the Chiado neighbourhood. Begin by checking out Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, a delightful square with colourful buildings and charming cafés.

Then, enjoy a stroll down Rua Garrett, one of my favourite streets featuring upscale boutiques, restaurants, and bookstores. It’s a must to visit Bertrand Bookstore, the oldest continuously running bookstore in the world.

If you’re a fan of the arts, make a stop at the stunning Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, which has been delighting audiences with opera, ballet, and classical music since 1793.

Stop 4: Lunch at Time Out Market

When exploring Lisbon’s culinary scene, I can’t skip Time Out Market.

It’s a must-visit for food lovers like me, boasting a lively atmosphere! The food hall has diverse stalls, serving traditional Portuguese dishes to international delights. From fresh seafood to savoury sandwiches and sweet treats. I’ve enjoyed Aperol Spritz to delicious pizza here!

Stop 5: Elevador da Bica

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Now it’s time to burn off those calories you ate and drank at Time Out Market with a little leg work-out – the hills connecting Cais do Sodré and Bairro Alto neighbourhoods!

The Elevador da Bica is one of Lisbon’s iconic landmarks, known for its yellow funicular cars that slowly ascend the steep hill of Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. This charming lift, dating back to the late 19th century, offers a unique way to explore the historic city center and enjoy stunning views of the Tagus River.

As the ride takes you up, you’ll see the colourful street art and the buzzing atmosphere of the neighbourhood. Be sure to have your camera in hand this is a great spot for photography.

Stop 6: Explore the Bairro Alta Neighbourhood

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Let your feet be your guide and wander through the streets and alleys of the Bairro Alta neighbourhood admiring the traditional architecture and colourful tiles that adorn the buildings. Walk the notable street Rua da Rosa where there’s always something to discover.

Explore the Church of Sao Roque, a stunning example of Baroque architecture with intricate details and gold-leafed interiors.

Hop on the iconic Elevador da Gloria for a fun ride up the hill and take in the stunning views of the city from the top.

For a truly magical experience, head to the picturesque Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint at sunset to watch the sky turn shades of pink and orange over the city.

To cap off your third day here are all the restaurants that I ate at in Ciado and Cais do Sodre neighbourhoods that I recommend:

Day 4 of Your Lisbon 4-Day Itinerary: Day Trip to Sintra

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A day trip to Sintra from Lisbon is a must for first-timers!

If this is your second or third trip to Lisbon there are endless options for day trips! I recommend a day trip to Coimbra, Cascais, Obido or even Evora.

The charming town of Sintra, nestled among lush green hills, is home to one of the most magical places – Pena Palace! Located high atop a hill, the palace is a stunning example of Romanticism architecture, with its colourful turrets and ornate detailing.

Another one of my favourites is the must-visit site of Quinta da Regaleira. This estate is famous for its lush gardens, intricate architecture, and hidden tunnels. The Initiation Well stands out as one of my favourites.

You can lose yourself for hours in this UNESCO-listed location.

How to get from Lisbon to Sintra:

  • Train: take the 40-minute train from Lisbon Rossio Station to Sintra Station. From Sintra, take the 434 bus, which stops at the palace entrance.
  • Group tour: if you want a stress-free day, I recommend taking a tour from Lisbon to Sintra
  • Tips for visiting Sintra – arrive early in the day. This is one of the most popular sites to visit and no matter what time of year it is always busy.

FAQ: 4 Day Itinerary Lisbon

Is a 4 day Lisbon itinerary too much?

No, a Lisbon 4 day itinerary means being able to visit all the top historical and cultural landmarks, taste some delicious food and take a day trip.

When should I go to Lisbon?

The Summer (June to September) is the peak tourist season, bringing crowds and higher prices.

For a more enjoyable experience with moderate temperatures and fewer crowds, consider visiting in spring (March to May) or fall (late September to mid-November).

Winter (December to February) is the quietest and my favourite time to be in Lisbon.

Should I get a Lisboa Card?

A Lisboa Card provides free access or discounts to many top attractions and museums mentioned in this 4-day itinerary, and unlimited use of public transport.

As a Holidaymaker

Experiencing Lisbon in 4 days is enough time to explore the city’s best neighbourhoods and visit its iconic landmarks.

Lisbon is a destination that truly captures the heart of Portugal and the reason this is one of my return-to cities in Europe.

If your Portugal itinerary has you exploring Porto or maybe even the beautiful Alentejo region, or the sunny sandy beaches of the Algarve, you might be wondering if these destinations are worth visiting. Well, I can confidently say yes.

Visit my Portugal Travel Guide where you can see my full list of articles for all these amazing places.

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