4 Days in Lisbon: The Ultimate Itinerary

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Spending 4 days in Lisbon, Portugal? Steal my itinerary for a dreamy trip to the city of 7 hills.

Lisbon is one of the most charming cities I’ve visited! Four days filled with pretty pastel colors and melancholic music made for an unforgettable adventure. If you’re looking to spend a few days getting to know Lisbon, you’ve come to the right place!

This itinerary is perfect for first time visitors looking to enjoy an easy, stress-free vacation. It outlines exactly how and when to book your flight, hotel, and tours, and how to get around the gorgeous Portuguese city.

Last minute packer? Not a problem here. Every detail will already be accounted for. And if you’re a picky traveler? Not to worry. This 4 day itinerary is entirely customizable.

After planning dozens of Portugal solo travel trips, putting together this itinerary was a piece of cake. So sit back and relax. You’re about to spend four dreamy days falling in love with Lisbon, Portugal!

What you’ll see in this itinerary…

  • Baixa-Chiado
  • Alfama
  • Rossio Train Station
  • Bairro Alto
  • Tram 28 Ride
  • Timeout Market
  • Pink Street
  • Sao Jorge Castle
  • Fado Museum & Show
  • Feira da Ladra
  • LX Factory
  • Belem
  • Jeronimos Monastery
  • Tower of Belem
  • Miradouros
  • Bica Elevator
  • Pena Palace & Sintra
  • Quinta da Regaleria
  • Lisbon Cathedral
  • Casa do Alentejo

Itinerary Overview

Day 1

Morning: Walking or TukTuk Tour
Afternoon: Timeout Market
Evening: Sightseeing & Dinner

Day 2

Morning: Food Tour
Afternoon: Belem Sightseeing
Evening: Miradouro Sunset

Day 3

Morning: Breakfast
Afternoon: Sintra Day Trip
Evening: Rooftop Bar

Day 4

Morning: Bica Elevator
Afternoon: Alfama
Evening: Fado Dinner Show

Wondering where else to visit on your trip to Portugal? Here are my top recommendations!

cod, pastel de nata and wine on lisbon food tour


One of the best things you can do in Lisbon is a food tour! Not only do you get to taste the best products curated by knowledgeable locals, it’s also a fun way to learn about Lisbon’s history and meet fellow travelers.

After all, could there be a better way to bond than over wine or mouthwatering petiscos?!

This is my favorite food tour, because you get to try everything from traditional Portuguese cuisine to inventive modern dishes. I highly recommend the drinks upgrade if you want to try the country’s famous port wine!

rua augusta arch

How to Spend Four Days in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city of vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and delicious cuisine. With its charming historic neighborhoods, picturesque views, and lively nightlife, Lisbon is the perfect destination for a four-day trip.

Let’s dive in to your Lisbon itinerary!

Day 1: Get lost in Lisbon

Today, you’ll get to know the city, sample its best cuisine and see some of its most incredible sights. Don’t forget your camera; you’re headed to some of the top photo spots in Lisbon!

Introductory Tour

Hit the ground running on your first morning in Lisbon with an introductory tour where you’ll learn about the city’s history and check out some of its most iconic landmarks off your bucket list.

There are plenty of different tour styles to choose from in case you want to save your strength for another 3 days in the city of 7 hills.

Walking Tour

Taking a walking tour in Lisbon is a fantastic way to discover the city’s hidden gems and learn about its fascinating history and culture.

A knowledgeable guide will take you through the winding alleys and narrow streets of Lisbon’s historic neighborhoods like Alfama and Bairro Alto, pointing out landmarks, maybe snapping a photo or two for you, and sharing stories about the city’s past and present.

You can book a free tour like this one, just know you’ll be expected to tip. The free tours tend to cover less ground but dive deeper into the history of specific areas. These are best if you want to take multiple tours throughout your trip and learn as much as possible.

If you’re seeking more of an overview and advice on things to do in Lisbon, check out the affordable tours below:

  • This 3-hour tour hits Baixa-Chiado, Alfama, Rossio train station, and includes Lisbon’s most famous pastry!
  • This tour packs in a lot of Portuguese history and includes plenty of viewpoints you might not find on your own.
  • This tour combines walking and a ride on Lisbon’s iconic Tram 28 before exploring the Alfama and talking all things fado.
TukTuk Tour

Another great option to minimize time on your feet is a Tuk Tuk Tour of Lisbon. It might seem touristy and cliche, but I found myself jealous of the comfortably seated passengers enjoying a gentle breeze while I chugged water and wiped the sweat from my brow.

After the first long trek up one of Lisbon’s particularly grueling hills, touristy and cliche was fine by me! This is the best-rated tour and comes at the most affordable price. They even offer hotel pick-up! I’m not trying to push you in this particular direction or anything, but I’m also not not trying.

Timeout Market

The entrance to Lisbon's Timeout Market with signage hanging from the cieling.

After your tour, head over to the original Timeout Market in Cais do Sodré.

Timeout Market is a must-visit destination for any foodies visiting Lisbon. Located in the historic Mercado da Ribeira, the market features over 40 vendors selling a wide variety of delicious food and drink, from traditional Portuguese dishes to international cuisine.

Timeout Market was opened with the help of celebrity chef Henrique Sá Pessoa whose work has put Portugal on the international foodie map. 

Be sure to check out the chef’s wing where you can grab affordably priced meals from Michelin-starred chefs like Jose Avillez and Henrique Sá Pessoa. For lunch, try a Portuguese staple like bacalhau a bras and wash it down with the national Super Bock beer or a glass of vinho verde.

TIP: Squeeze in a visit to Pink Street while you’re here. This former Red Light district of Rua Nova do Carvalho has been transformed into an Instagram-worthy street just a few minutes from Timeout Market.

Sightseeing & Dinner

Head back to your hotel to freshen up and take a breather. After a little break, get ready for a fabulous first night in Lisbon.

Work up an appetite by wandering through the cobblestones streets of any of the areas you want to explore more of or didn’t get to see during your morning tour. You’ll want to pick a dinner spot in the area, but make sure to book reservations in advance of your trip if it’s somewhere you’re determined to eat.

These are the areas I recommend spending more time in:


After being ravaged by an 18th-century hurricane that destroyed its original residences, the area now known as Baixa was completely rebuilt. Today, it boasts wide avenues lined with tiled buildings that are characteristic of Lisbon’s Pombaline architecture.

Explore iconic landmarks, like the Rua Augusta arch, while taking in the trendy hotels, cafes, and seaside views that surround them.

Dinner: Taberna da Rua das Flores
Taberna da Rua das Flores, is the perfect place for an authentic local meal, with a unique dining experience where traditional Portuguese cuisine is presented on a chalkboard menu. With its cozy ambiance reminiscent of an old-world Portuguese tavern, visitors can enjoy daily-changing selections of delicious snacks made for sharing.

LX Factory
Graffiti art in LX Factory warehouse. Two spray painted female faces with text.

Head over to Alcantara to explore Lisbon’s LX Factory. This small area, once a collection of factories and warehouses, has been transformed into one of the hippest spots in Lisbon. Its renovated buildings now house bars, restaurants, art studios, and quirky shops.

Every Sunday visitors can explore a flea market that sells everything from vintage typewriters to locally-designed clothes. While there, be sure to visit the famed bookstore, Livraria Ler Devagar, to purchase a book or snap a photo.

Dinner: Loco
Headed by Chef Alexandre Silva, Loco is a contemporary restaurant in Lisbon’s trendy Alcântara neighborhood.

With a two Michelin star rating, the restaurant offers an innovative tasting menu that showcases modern twists on traditional Portuguese cuisine, making it a must-visit destination for foodies seeking a sophisticated and adventurous dining experience.


colorful buildings in lisbon
Patel de nata, creamy custard tart at Mantegeira. Workers behind prep more pastries.
Pastel de nata from Mantegeira.

DAY 2: Food Tour & Maritime Discovery

Rise and shine, weary- and hopefully hungry- traveler! Day 2 of your 4 day Lisbon itinerary is about to begin and it’s packed with more yummy food, seaside exploration and the prettiest darn sunset you’ll ever see.

Lisbon Food Tour

Exploring a new destination through its cuisine is an excellent way to learn about its history and culture. That’s why a Lisbon Food Tour is an absolute must when visiting Portugal’s capital.

Indulge in signature seafood dishes, pastries, and amazing Portuguese wine while making new friends. On the tour, you’ll also discover Portugal’s fascinating link to Goa, India, and even try an Indian dish with Portuguese influences.

Discover Belém

belem tower
Tower of Belem

I first visited Portugal’s capital as a solo traveler and quickly realized that many of the best things to do alone in Lisbon can be found in Belem!

Belém, a neighborhood just west of Lisbon’s city center, is known for its rich history and stunning architecture. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Belém was the departure point for many Portuguese explorers during the Age of Discovery.

Come here to discover the Belem Tower which protected the city from seaward invasions, and Jerónimos Monastery, a famous monument and fine example of Manueline architecture. Foodies will also be thrilled to visit the famous pastry shop Pastéis de Belém! 

If you’re interested in digging into more of Belém’s history, there are plenty of free walking tours you can sign up for.

What to do in Belém

Make sure to check out these iconic sights while you’re in the area.

Belém Tower
This historic 16th-century monument on the shore of the Tagus River was once a point of disembarkation for Portuguese explorers. While it remains an iconic symbol of Portugal’s Age of Discovery, it’s also become a popular spot for tourists to capture Instagram-worthy photos.

Jeronimos Monastery
This 16th-century monastery took over a century to complete and deserves at least an hour of your time when in Lisbon. Jeronimos Monastery is an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site with elegant arches and delicate stonework depicting sculpted sea creatures and scenes of early Portuguese explorers.

A definite must for Harry Potter fans, the intricate vaulted ceilings, and stained glass windows are totally reminiscent of Hogwarts.

Pasteis de Belém
This famous pastry shop, which often has a long line out the door, has been serving its signature custard tarts, pastel de nata, since 1837. The shop boasts a historic location that was once a sugar refinery used to supply Jeronimos Monastery.

The original recipe is a secret that few people know. Believed to have originated from the monastery in the 18th century, it’s said to be kept under lock and key to this day!

Miradouro Sunset

the perfect sunset at lisbon miradouro

A miradouro sunset in Lisbon is a mandatory experience for anyone visiting the city. From high up on a hill, this viewing platform is the best place to watch as the sun sets over the stunning red-tiled roofs and the shimmering Tagus River.

The vibrant hues of the sky mixed with the warm city colors make for a truly magical and unforgettable moment.

My top recommendation is Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. This stunning observation deck is a short uphill walk from Praça Luís de Camões, one of the city’s main historic squares where plenty of trams stop.

Arrive an hour or so before sunset to grab food from some of the vendors set up in the area and listen to the street performers play. Just don’t forget your camera because this is one of the best photo opps on your 4-day Lisbon itinerary.

Where to go next?

Trying to figure out where to go next? I took a solo trip to the Algarve, and it was perfection! I thoroughly enjoyed a few days of rest and relaxation before the long transatlantic flight home.

Make sure to check out all the best day trips from Faro if you’re looking for the easiest way to see the entire coast.

But maybe you’re dying to get off the beaten path a little. If so, Azores solo travel may be just what you need! This archipelago 1000 miles off the mainland is a totally unique destination that’s still under the radar.

See Pena Palace on a day trip from Lisbon
Pena Palace in Sintra

DAY 3: Sintra Day Trip

Welcome to day 3 of your fabulous stay in Lisbon! Today, you’ll be heading to nearby Sintra where you’ll be exploring an unforgettable, fairy-tale-like palace. If you’re having a hard time believing it can get any more Cinderella than Lisbon, just wait until you see these castles.

Sintra Day Trip

Grab a quick breakfast near your hotel. You’ll want to get an early start so you have plenty of time in Sintra. About 30 minutes from Lisbon, you can choose between an organized tour, a train ride, or a $30 Uber.

I recommend going on your own via rideshare so you can explore the locations that interest you most on your own time.

What to see in Sintra

This enchanting Portuguese town is known for its colorful palaces, lush gardens, and breathtaking views. One of the best things to see in Sintra is the vibrant Pena Palace, a whimsical castle perched atop a hill with stunning views of the surrounding area. The Moorish Castle, with its historic fortifications, is another must-see attraction. 

These unique Portuguese castles reminded me of the extravagant palaces in Spain‘s Andulsian region as well as the surreally beautiful fortresses I visited on a 2 day trip to Marrakech. If you’re a fan of Moorish architecture, you should definitely check out all the fascinating sites in Seville, Cordoba, and Morocco.

The well-manicured gardens of the Quinta da Regaleira estate, with its underground tunnels and hidden grottos, are another popular spot for visitors. Sintra is a treasure trove of historical and natural wonders that is well worth a visit during your 4 day trip to Lisbon.

If castles aren’t your thing, Sintra-Cascais National Park makes an excellent day trip for any outdoor enthusiast. This stunning coastal park features beautiful Cascais beaches, hiking trails, and the westernmost point of mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca.

Praia da Adraga is one of the park’s most beautiful beaches, known for its crystal-clear waters and dramatic cliffs. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports while exploring the park’s natural beauty.


Prefer to skip Sintra? No problem! Lisbon is surrounded by tons of incredible places worth the trip.

  • Ericeira: A laidback coastal town with epic seafood, don’t miss all the incredible things to do in Ericeira!
  • Cascais: Head to this gorgeous spot near Lisbon to experience one of the absolute best beach towns in Portugal. 
  • Obidos: I can’t mention castles and not bring up this stunningly beautiful medieval town! A trip to its ancient fortress is just one of the many enchanting things to do in Obidos.

Relax on a Lisbon Rooftop

stay at a hostel with a rooftop bar

One of the best ways to experience Lisbon is by enjoying a drink or two at one of the city’s many rooftop bars. With panoramic views of the city’s colorful buildings and the Tagus River, it’s the perfect way to take in the sights while sipping on a cocktail or enjoying a meal. Some of the most popular rooftop bars include Park Bar, Sky Bar, and Topo Chiado, each offering their own unique atmosphere and stunning views.

I highly recommend Park Bar, a trendy rooftop bar in Bairro Alto. Tucked away on the 6th floor of a parking garage in Lisbon’s Barrio Alto district, it may require a bit of exploration to find, but the effort is well worth the payoff.

After that, the rest of the night is yours to do as you wish! Bar hop in Baixa or bond with your bed. The choice is all yours.

Bica elevator heading downhill. Tourists are on board, taking photos and selfies.
Bica elevator

DAY 4: A Fado Farewell

It’s the final day of your 4-day trip to Lisbon! Get up and at ‘em this morning so you can make the most out of your last day. Get ready for some epic views, yummy food, and a sweet, sorrowful goodbye with a farewell Fado dinner show.

Bica Breakfast & Elevator

This morning, make your way to the chic Bica neighborhood to indulge in some of Lisbon’s best breakfast offerings. Make sure you book a reservation for Dear Breakfast so you can skip the line to enter this visually stunning restaurant. The bright white interior with deep blue velvet accents is v Instagrammable. And so is the food! 

If you’re in a hurry, grab a quick coffee and a pastry from Hello Kristoff. Part coffee shop, part Indie magazine shop, it’s a cozy, inspiring place to spend your morning. The shop was founded by Ricardo Galésio, a former graphic designer, it’s easy to see why the aesthetics here are on point.
After breakfast, make your way over to the famous Elevator de Bica!

The Bica Elevator is a historic funicular (and my favorite thing about Lisbon!) that’s been operating since 1892. A now iconic symbol of Lisbon, this is a great place to take some memorable photos to show your friends back home.

If you want to take a short trip down to Cais do Sodre, you can buy a ticket for 3 euros. The funicular runs every 15 minutes, but the line can get lengthy during peak season.


Now it’s time to head to Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods. This area is renowned for its narrow winding streets and traditional Portuguese architecture. The district exudes a nostalgic atmosphere with its colorful houses, hanging laundry, and lively local cafes.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the places below:

São Jorge Castle

São Jorge Castle is a historic fortress that sits atop a hill in Alfama. Dating back to the 11th century, the castle offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River. Explore its ancient walls, visit the archaeological site, and learn about Lisbon’s rich history through various exhibits and displays.

Fado Museum

Alfama is the birthplace of Fado, Portugal’s soulful music genre. Visit the Fado Museum to learn about its origins, listen to iconic Fado songs, and gain insight into the cultural significance of this art form.

Miradouro da Portas do Sol

More epic views? You know it. This scenic viewpoint provides a stunning panoramic vista of Alfama, with its winding streets, terracotta rooftops, and the Tagus River. It’s an ideal spot to capture memorable photos and appreciate the neighborhood’s unique charm on your last day in the Portuguese capital.

Sé de Lisboa

Located in the heart of Alfama, the Lisbon Cathedral is the oldest church and most important religious landmark. Admire its impressive Romanesque architecture, intricate stained glass windows, and peaceful interior.

Feira da Ladra

If you happen to be in Alfama on a Tuesday or Saturday morning, don’t miss the Feira da Ladra flea market. Stroll through the stalls, browse antiques, vintage items, and unique treasures, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of this traditional market.

Most importantly, make time to just wander! One of the best ways to truly experience Alfama is by getting lost in its labyrinthine streets. Wander through the maze-like alleys, adorned with colorful houses, charming tiles, and laundry hanging overhead. Discover hidden squares, local cafes, and immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of this historic neighborhood.

Lunch Recommendations

For lunch, head to Casa do Alentejo, a stunning cultural center housed in a former Moorish palace in the heart of Lisbon. With its intricate Moorish-inspired architecture, beautiful tiles, and lush interior courtyard, you can explore a little bit of Portuguese history before or after your meal. There are two options to choose from here: the main restaurant, housed in a stunning section of the palace, or the more casual taverna in the outdoor courtyard. Both serve traditional Portuguese cuisine.

If you’re looking for an all-out gastronomic affair, Boi-Cavalo receives rave reviews for its bold, frequently shifting menu. For something more casual, As Bifanas do Afonso is a great choice where you can try Portugal’s famed pork sandwich.

Fado Show

Your evening Fado experience will begin around 8 pm so if you want to go back to your hotel before then, plan accordingly.

Otherwise, make sure you get to your appointed spot on time. This evening of traditional Portuguese music is something you’ll remember forever!

A fado house is an intimate venue where you’ll enjoy powerful performances over a dark, candlelit dinner of Portuguese classics like grilled sardines or a thick, hearty bowl of Caldo Verde.

Be sure to make reservations at a place like Alfama’s Clube de Fado, one of the most iconic fado restaurants in Lisbon. With heartfelt lyrics and passionate performances, you’ll love the talented performances of both modern and traditional fado songs.

fado singers in lisbon


The top can’t-miss activity in Lisbon (aside from a food tour, of course!) is a Fado & Food Experience. This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to make the most of their time in Lisbon since it combines a delicious dinner (I highly recommend trying bacalhau a bras) and one of Lisbon’s most famous traditions: fado music.

While you may pay a bit more compared to going to a fado show on your own, I found that this tour was better for me as a solo traveler, since you get to enjoy a staple cultural activity without having to worry about dining alone.

pink building exterior

When to Visit Lisbon

What’s the best time to visit Portugal? Luckily, Lisbon is a great year-round destination. Summer weather is warm and the city sees less rain between May and September. Personally, I think the best time to visit is the end of September.

I took a solo trip to Lisbon at this time and it was perfect! It was warm, but not too hot. It was lively, but not too crowded. If you’re looking for the perfect time to visit, ladies and gentlemen, this is it.

The spring and fall also offer more affordable rates and are free of the summer heat.

For a special celebration, head to Lisbon in June, particularly during the week of June 13th. This is when Lisbon’s Alfama district comes alive with parties and parades for the feast of Saint Anthony.

READ NEXT: A Guide to Lisbon, Portugal in Winter

Historic tram in Lisbon

Lisbon Transportation

Lisbon is a walkable city with good public transportation. Let’s take a look at all the ways to get around.

How to get to Lisbon

Bem-vinda! After touching down in Lisbon, it’s time to head to your lodging. Taxis and Ubers from the airport to the city center cost around $15-$20. You can take the Aeroporto-Saldanha metro line directly to downtown in just 20 minutes.

If you’re coming from a nearby European destination and are looking for a budget-friendly option, consider Flixbus, an affordable bus company with tons of direct connections. For those arriving by train at Oriente station, trams, rideshares, and taxis can be used to reach the city center.

How to get around Lisbon

There are plenty of ways to get around Lisbon during your 4 day visit. This includes walking, possibly the easiest way to get around Lisbon, but be mindful of the steep hills in some neighborhoods.

There are four different funiculars and elevators available to help you conquer the steepest of climbs, including the famous Santa Justa Lift. Just be aware they can also have long wait times due to their popularity.

Trams are the best (and cutest!) option for exploring the city center, while the metro (subway) is ideal for traveling beyond downtown.

You can also grab a viva viagem card at any metro station to save money on public transportation during your visit.

Transportation Tip: When using public transportation in Lisbon, consider adding extra time to your schedule. Trams and bus schedules can be unreliable due to the narrow, easily congested streets. Your ride will eventually show up, you just don’t know exactly, um, when.


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Where to Stay in Lisbon

Lisbon is full of great accommodations that will make any four day trip here all the better. Below are some of my top picks. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, check out the hostel selections in my guide to the best places to stay in Lisbon for solo travelers.

Moxy Lisbon City

Average Price: $$

A cute hotel with a great restaurant, bar and rooftop pool, Moxy is a great choice for travelers looking for a well-balanced option for their 4-day Lisbon itinerary. This is a great social hotel if you’re keen on meeting other travelers.

H10 Duque de Loulé

Average Price: $$$

Looking for a beautifully designed boutique hotel with a killer rooftop for mixing and mingling? H10 Duque is your spot. The rooms are bright and beautiful with traditional Portuguese tiles hand painted just for the hotel.

Santiago de Alfama

Average Price: $$$

Who doesn’t love a 5-star boutique hotel? Santiago de Alfama is a beautiful space in the historic city center, just a 10-minute walk away from everything.

photo-worthy umbrellas on pink street
Pink Street

How to Prepare for a Trip to Lisbon

Before your 4 day trip, decide on your favorite Lisbon activities and where to stay. Here’s a checklist to complete as your trip gets closer.

3-12 months
  • Book your flight
  • Check your passport
  • Look into visa (n/a for Americans)
1-3 months
  • Book your accommodation
  • Book tours
  • Request currency exchange from bank
1 month
  • Enroll in STEP
  • Make restaurant reservations
  • Book transport

Lisbon Travel Tips

There are always unexpected hurdles when traveling abroad. Here are some useful tips to help your trip to Lisbon go as smoothly as possible!

  1. Remember to pack comfortable walking shoes: Lisbon is designated the City of Seven Hills for good reason. Protect your feet during longer trips to prevent slowing down on steep inclines.
  2. Make reservations: Plan ahead and secure reservations at your top-choice restaurants. Make sure to check the hours as well. Some restaurants may be closed at unexpected times.
  3. Euros and change: Make sure to bring a blend of bills and coins when using public transportation from the airport or train station since certain ticket machines and buses necessitate exact change.
  4. Be mindful of pickpockets: Lisbon is generally a super safe place, but you’ll want to keep your belongings close to avoid any pickpocketing. Watch your belongings closely, especially in crowded areas, and consider using a money belt or a secure bag to keep your valuables safe.
  5. Learn a few Portuguese phrases: While many locals in Lisbon speak English, making an effort to learn a few basic Portuguese phrases can go a long way in terms of communication and showing respect for the local culture.

Basic Portuguese Phrases

  • Olá: Hello
  • Adeus: Goodbye
  • Por favor: Please
  • Obrigado (males)/Obrigada (female): Thank you
  • Sim: Yes
  • Não: No
  • Desculpe: Sorry
  • Fala inglês? – Do you speak English?
  • Eu não falo português: I don’t speak Portuguese
  • Quanto custa: How much does it cost?
  • Onde fica: Where is…?
  • Banheiro: Bathroom
Polvo a Lagareiro, Portuguese dish with octopus, potatoes, garlic, and olive oil
Polvo a Lagareiro (octopus, olive oil, garlic, potatoes, and tomato)

Lisbon FAQs

Is 4 days in Lisbon too much?

Four days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Lisbon. This dreamy, pastel city is best discovered at a leisurely pace. Four days in Lisbon will give you enough time to cover some solid ground without wearing yourself out, which will be especially important when you’re trudging up and down the city’s steep hills all day.

Is 4 days in Lisbon enough?

Four days in Lisbon is plenty of time to explore the city’s main attractions and immerse yourself in its unique culture. During this time, you can visit landmarks in the historic Alfama and enjoy the views from places like Miradouro de Santa Luzia. While you may not be able to see everything, 4 days is enough to cover the highlights.

What are the best days to visit Lisbon?

For a crowd-free experience, the best days of the week to visit Lisbon are weekdays, specifically from Monday to Thursday. The city is generally less crowded compared to the weekends. This allows for more relaxed exploration and shorter lines. Though nightlife is generally better on the weekends, there’s still plenty to do throughout the week in Lisbon.

Can you do Lisbon and Porto together?

Visiting Lisbon and Porto on the same trip is the ideal way to visit Portugal’s largest cities. These cities both have unique attractions and features that make it worth your while to see each. Plan to spend slightly more time in Lisbon as this city is larger and offers a more diverse selection of attractions.





Sydney is a solo travel expert who’s extensively explored Spain, Portugal, Morocco, California, and more! She creates travel guides and itineraries to share everything she's learned about the Iberian peninsula through personal experience and exploration.

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