Weekend in Lisbon: visit Lisbon in 2, 3 or 4 days

Weekend à Lisbonne

Want to visit Europe’s westernmost capital? Here’s how to spend a weekend in Lisbon!

Whether you’re planning a weekend in Lisbon for two, three or four days, you’re sure to be seduced by the Portuguese capital and its many intriguing charms. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon has many assets to offer its visitors.

A true multicultural crossroads, Lisbon is bathed in the colors of its alleyways, the artistic tags of its working-class neighborhoods, the tramways and boutiques of its upscale districts, and the famous Vasco da Gama bridge. So for those of you who can’t wait to discover the Portuguese capital, we give you all our tips for spending a weekend in Lisbon!

Book flights and accommodation for your weekend in Lisbon


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The first step is to compare the prices of return flights to Lisbon. To find the most attractive offers, we recommend you use a flight comparison service.

It’s quite possible to find affordable flights, even in the middle of June. Once you’ve arrived, it’s time to look for a place to stay for the weekend. Among Lisbon’s many districts, we recommend Baixa, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Bélem. When it comes to accommodation, there’s a wide range to choose from. We advise you to try homestays and youth hostels, which are not only the cheapest but also the most rewarding solutions. Failing that, the capital has plenty of hotels.

What to do when you arrive in Lisbon


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How to start your weekend in Lisbon from the airport? The cheapest way to transfer from the airport to the city center is to buy a magnetic pass (Viva Viagem, €0.50) and take the metro’s red line (€1.45). We advise you to buy a Lisboa Card (24h, 48h or 72h) for unlimited access to transport without paying for each journey.

Alternatively, take the Aerobus Express 91 or Lisbon bus line 1 (City Center) to your accommodation and drop off your luggage. You can also rent a car to get around at your convenience. Another alternative for getting to and around Lisbon’s city center is a cab.

Day 1: Visit Lisbon


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Once you’ve settled into your accommodation and equipped yourself with a map of the city, set off to visit Lisbon’s must-see sights. Wander through the Baixa and Rossio districts, where you’ll come across the famous Praça do Comércio with its arcades and Baroque-style buildings, then head up to the Praça do Marquês de Pombal, the Parc Edouard VII or the Botanical Gardens. You’ll undoubtedly pass by Praça da Figueira, one of the busiest. There are plenty of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants to keep you happy: don’t miss the Pasteis de nata, the local delicacy.

Take the Elevador deSanta Justa (Santa Justa elevator ) for a breathtaking view of the Tagus and the April 25th Bridge. Then punctuate your first day with a visit to the Fado Museum and the Castelo de São Jorge, a castle built by the Visigoths in the 5th century: one of Lisbon’s most beautiful sights. In the evening, immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city center’s social life and take a seat on one of the terraces in the narrow, colorful streets of the Alfama district.

Day 2: Continuation of your visit to Lisbon


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Beam into the city’s western districts for your second day of the weekend in Lisbon. Here, the Bélem Tower, the Hieronymites Monastery and the Bélem Gardens are just waiting for you.

Then stroll through the famous Bairro Alto district, one of the city’s most charming. If you like to party, Bairro Alto is one of the best: hip and festive, with bars, restaurants, discos, bookshops, tea rooms and art studios. Climb up to the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara for a panoramic view of Lisbon.

Day 3: Lisbon and Sintra beaches


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If you’re staying a third day during a weekend in Lisbon, a must-see monument is the Pena National Palace in Sintra. This colorful, castle-like palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On site, take the opportunity to visit the Moorish Castle, the Regaleira Palace and the Capuchin Convent.

If you still have some time to spare before setting off again, you’ll be pleased to know that Lisbon’s surrounding area boasts some of the finest beaches in Europe. Cascais and Estoril are the most famous – departing from Cais do Sodré station – but those further north, in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, will appeal to nature lovers. The south coast, between Lisbon and Setúbal, also offers superb beaches for a relaxing weekend in Lisbon.

Day 4: Lisbon’s unusual corners


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If you’re planning an extended 4-day weekend in Lisbon, you can take the opportunity to relax after 3 days of intense sightseeing. Rent a bike and explore the 7 hills, take a cruise on the Tagus River, or wander through the alleys of the different parts of the city you haven’t visited yet (think of all the monuments, museums and attractions you still have to see if you’ve taken the Lisboa Card). For soccer fans, if the Benfica team is playing at home during your stay, try to catch a match or visit the Stade de Luz!

So what are you waiting for to spend a wonderful weekend in Lisbon?