With its festivities and attractions, Lisbon can easily fill up your chart for a 1-week holiday. Day trips, city sightseeing, and nearby beaches are all in reach. Do not forget the vibrant nightlife, high-quality food, and the generally mild climate that allows increased action.

Day 1 – Alfama, Baixa, Cais do Sodre and Bairro Alto

This busy first day visits the Alfama, Baixa, Cais do Sodre and Bairro Alto districts. These four regions provide you with an appetizing introduction since they host many important and

Alfama Highlights
• The ancient Lisbon castle
• Tram 28
• The Se Cathedral
• The Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint
• The exterior of the Casa dos Bicos

Baixa Highlights
• The magnificent Praça do Comércio
• Arco da Rua Augusta’s views over the city
• The Elevador de Santa Justa
• The Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon
• A glass of Ginja – a sweet cherry liquor

Cais do Sodre Highlights
• The Timeout food market
• The Ribeira das Naus water front
• A ferry ride from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas
• A ride on the Bica Funicular

Bairro Alto Highlights
• The bustling Praça Luís de Camões
• The view from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
• The Largo do Carmo and ruins of the Convento do Carmo
• The Igreja de São Roque

Day 2 – Belem, Alcântara and Estrela districts

You may visit as much as three districts but you should prioritize Belem since it’s the scenic western part of Lisbon that hosts lots of parks and gardens embraced by the Tejo River. The district contains the extravagant Jeronimos Monastery, the charming Torre de Belem and Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and is reached by riding the E15 tram.

Highlights of Alcântara
• LX factory’s chic charts
• Museu da Carris
• Doca de Recreio de Santo Amaro

Highlights of Estrela
• The Basílica da Estrela
• The Palácio de São Bento
• Tram 28’s quiet route

Highlights of Belem
• The Torre de Belem
• The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
• The Padrão dos Descobrimentos
• The pleasant stroll along the estuary
• Pasteis de Belem, a delicious custard tart
• The Berardo art museum
• The Museu Nacional dos Coches
• The MAAT museum

Day 3 – Parque das Nações – North Central Lisbon Area

The Parque das Nações has actively become the contemporary and corporate attraction site of the city since its first opening for the Expo 1998. Located in the eastern section at the banks of the Tejo Estuary, it accomodates bold architecture, modern designs and aqua-gardens.

The second activity for the day should be treading the enjoyable pathway from the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum to the Praça dos Restauradores. This 3.5km downhill route passes through the Parque Eduardo, Praça do Marquês de Pombal square, the tree-lined avenue of the Avenida da Liberdade before ending at the Praça dos Restauradores.

Highlights of Parque das Nações
• Lisbon Oceanarium (great for families)
• The cable car along the waterfront
• The Torre Vasco da Gama, the tallest building in Lisbon
• The modern Vasco da Gama shopping center
• The Casino Lisboa
• The striking modern architecture

Afternoon highlights
• Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon’s finest museum
• The Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII viewpoint
• Praça do Marquês de Pombal
• A ride on the Ascensor da Glória Garden
• Jardim Botânico

Day 4 – Day trip to Sintra

Sintra lies within the Serra de Sintra, and these pine-covered hills conceal extravagant palaces, magnificent mansions, and ancient castle ruins. Climbing trails and hiking paths with enjoyable panoramic views accompany historical heritage. There is a direct train from Lisbon to Sintra, and a bus service (route 434) connects the station to the main tourist sights. Since Sintra gets easily crowded during the day, start early.  It’s worth to spare a couple of days to Sintra since the sightseeing opportunities are many:

• The Palácio Nacional de Sintra
• Remains of Castelo dos Mouros
• The Palácio Nacional da Pena (highlight of the day)
• The Parque e Palácio da Pena• Quinta da Regaleira and gardens (highlight)
• Exploring the historic center
• Palácio de Seteais
• Palácio de Monserrate
• Vila Sassetti with nearby hill hiking paths

Day 5 – Cascais day trip

Portuguese fishing tradition goes hand in hand with some grand examples of the 19th-century architecture in this hub. Originally Cascais was a minor fishing harbor but was transformed when king Luís I (1861-1889) decided it would become his royal courts summer retreat. Today, Cascais is a multifaceted holiday spot that offers scenic beaches, magnificent historical sites, and a charming authenticity in the town center. Cascais is connected to Lisbon by easily accessible, regular and affordable train service. A day trip should include:

• The Condes de Castro Guimarães villa and museum
• The pretty Praia da Rainha beach
• The Boca do Inferno cliff formation
• The Parque Marechal Carmona
• The Cidadela de Cascais

Day 6 – Day on the beach or a day trip to Obidos

The vast number of nearby beaches well connected to the city center glamorizes the tourists. West of Lisbon is home to the popular beaches of the Oeiras-Estoril-Cascais line, all equipped with a sandy coasts and cozy resort towns well-suited to families. South of Lisbon, there are the virgin beaches of Costa da Caparica coast which extends almost over 25km along the western side of the Setubal Peninsula. The water is ideal for surfing.

The Praia de Carcavelos is a vast sandy beach, with clean sea waters and excellent tourist facilities, and is only a short train ride from central Lisbon. Also, Obidos is the classic Portuguese walled town and is one of the most picturesque towns close to Lisbon. If you are not interested in enjoying the beach or the weather gets worse, Obidos should be the alternative end of the spectrum.

Day 7 – Day trip to Setubal or Sesimbra

For the final day, it is suggested to visit Setubal or Sesimbra. Setubal is a busy port city with an impenetrable fort, a lively daily market, and a characterful historic center. Departing from Setubal’s harbor are ferries to the paradise beaches of the Troia Peninsula. Sesimbra is a traditional beach resort which is a favorite with Portuguese holidaymakers. The town has a glorious sandy beach, is famed for its seafood restaurants, and has a distinctly Portuguese atmosphere. Situated between Setubal and Sesimbra are the jagged hills of the Serra da Arrabida and the beautiful Portinho da Arrábida coastline. Setubal is connected to Lisbon by train and bus services while there are regular buses to Sesimbra.


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