What to see in Lisbon and surroundings in 7 days

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Martí Micolau

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Lisbon is a city that develops along the banks of the Tagus river and is a place where the sun beats all year round; this always makes it pleasant and very popular. A week's stay allows you to comfortably explore all the neighborhoods, to appreciate the alleys and colors, but also to indulge in some excursions outside the city to immerse yourself in the beauty of the city surroundings. Here is a 7 days itinerary, to discover Lisbon and its surroundings!


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  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Lisbon
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

We start from Baixa neighborhood, very modern and characterized by majestic squares and long avenues. We cross the first Commerce Square (free and always accessible) and, after, with a walk of only 600 meters we arrive at theElevator of Santa Justa, (07: 00-22: 45, € 2,80) an elevator that allows you to have a 360 ° overview of the city. Once we get off, we head towards Rossio Square, the real heart of Lisbon.

We have lunch from Sacramento do Chiado and move towards the Bairro Alto neighborhood, to Praça Luis de Camones, characterized by a hectic appearance.
For a relaxing stop, let's go to Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, (free and always accessible) to admire the view. With a walk of 600 meters we visit the ruins of convent do Carmo, (10: 00-18: 00, free) a gothic style building, completely open to the sky.
In the immediate vicinity there is also the Church of San Rocco, (14: 00-18: 00, free) one of the most important monuments since it is among the few not to be destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.
We have dinner from Tabuaria do Paco, at Bairro Alto, an area suitable for nightlife.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,7 km / 49 min
  • Places visited: Praça do Comércio (free), Santa Justa Elevador (€ 2,80), Rossio Square (free), Praça Luìs de Camones (free), Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara (free), Convento do Carmo (free), church of San Rocco (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 42,00
  • Tour through history, stories and everyday life Hop-on hop-off tour
  • Lunch at Sacramento do Chiado (Get directions), Dinner at Tabuaria do Paco (Get directions)

2 day

Visit of the oldest district of Lisbon, namely that ofAlfama, which looks like a maze of narrow streets that rise towards the São Jorge castle, (09: 00-21: 00, € 10,00) one of the most evocative viewpoints of the city.
We walk the famous ride on Tram 28 (€ 3,00) which takes us for a walk and we go down near the cathedral and the cloister (09: 00-19: 00, € 2,50). At the exit, we pass in front of the Casa dos Bicos and with tram 728 we reach the district of Cais do Sodre, which overlooks the banks of the Tagus estuary. We can choose to have lunch inside the Timeout Market, a large market that contains the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Just 400 meters away, we find the Bica funicular, (07: 00-21: 00, € 3,80) also known as the artistic funicular, thanks to its decorations, which allows us to admire the old houses and shops of the city. Once we get off, we relax with a long walk along the seafront Ribeira das Naus. We have dinner at Casa de Pasto, we stay in the Cais do Sodre neighborhood, which has become one of the trendiest and most popular neighborhoods in the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,4 km / 1 h 11 min
  • Places visited: St. George's Castle (€ 10,00), Tram 28 (€ 3,00), Lisbon Cathedral (€ 2,50), Casa dos Bicos (free), Timeout Market (free), Bica Funicular (€ 3,80, ), Ribeira das Naus (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 59,00
  • Alfama Segway Tour Priority entrance to the castle of San Giorgio
  • Lunch at the Timeout Market (Get directions), Dinner at Casa de Pasto (Get directions)

3 day

We spend the third day in Belem, a neighborhood that runs along the Tagus and is full of parks and museums. From the historic center, we take the E15 tram and reach Belem, thus also passing in front of the Bridge 25 April.
We visit the Belem Tower (10: 00-18: 30, € 6,00), one of the icons of the city.
Walking about 15 minutes, or always with the E15 tram, we reach the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (10: 00-18: 30, free), where Vasco de Gama and Fernando Pessoa rest.

We have lunch at the Planetarium and then, just 600 meters away on foot, we reach the Monument to the Discoveries (10: 00-19: 00, € 6,00), a sculptural group in the shape of a caravel that pays homage to a series of protagonists of the great discoveries of Portugal. Then we take a nice walk (about 1 km) along the estuary and we reach the Carriage Museum (10: 00-18: 00, € 8,00), which is one of the most visited museums. Inside we find several carriages, including the one that belonged to Philip III of Spain or the three carriages of the Italian Baroque that belonged to Pope Clement XI.
We take the E15 tram back to the Alfama district, full of clubs.
We have dinner at the Lisboa Tu & Eu.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 20,0 km / 50 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Belem Tower (€ 6,00), Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (free), Monument to the Discoveries (€ 6,00), Carriage Museum (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 59,00
  • Belém and City Highlights complete tour with guide
  • Lunch at Planetarium (Get directions), Dinner at Lisboa Tu & Eu (Get directions)

4 day

Let's start with the visit of the Marques de Pombal Square which is also called Rotunda. We continue towards the Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII viewpoint with a short walk of about ten minutes. After admiring the view, we head towards the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, (10: 00-18: 00, € 10,00) where you can find collections of art from ancient Egypt to the present day. Although it is 1 km away, it is best to reach the museum on foot.

Let's stop for lunch at Luzboa and then enjoy a well-deserved relaxation among the plants and trees of the Botanical Garden (09: 00-20: 00, € 2,00). We reach it with the AZ metro line. In Estrela neighborhood we first visit the basilica, an example of Gothic architecture, and then the Palacio of Sao Bento (09: 00-19: 00, free), seat of the Portuguese Parliament, which instead is located in the historic district of Madragoa.
For an alternative evening, characterized by burlesque shows and very hectic clubs, we can head to Rua Nova do Carvalho, an asphalted street with a pink color, which crosses a whole series of rooms. Let's stop for dinner at Restaurante Meson Andaluz.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,3 km / 1 h 50 min
  • Places visited: Praça Marques de Pombal (free), Miradouro do Parque Eduardo VII (free), Calouste Gulbenkian Museum (€ 10,00), botanical garden (€ 2,00), Estrela Cathedral, Palacio de Sao Bento (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Luzboa (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurante Meson Andaluz (Get directions)

5 day

Let's start the day from Parque das Nacoes (free and always accessible), the modern district of Libona built on the occasion of the 1998 Expo. We admire the ultramodern buildings and stroll through the numerous gardens enriched by wonderful water features. After that, we spend the morning atAquarium (10: 00-19: 00, € 19,00), located just 400 meters from the park. In this two-story building, more than 15.000 living beings, belonging to 450 different species, coexist. It is the second largest aquarium in Europe, after the one in Valencia.

We have lunch from Agua and Sal and then we begin an afternoon of leisure and relaxation. First of all, we walk along the banks of the promenade, which we walk through in about twenty minutes, until we reach the Vasco de Gama Tower, (free and always accessible) a modern and luxurious building that houses important hotels and restaurants. Let's enjoy some shopping, in the immediate vicinity we find a shopping center, also called Vasco de Gama.
In the evening, we stay in the area and let's have dinner from Butchers, for the after dinner we move to the Lisbon Casino.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,0 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Parque das Nacoes (free), Oceanarium (€ 19,00), Torre Vasco de Gama (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Modern City Tour and Oceanarium
  • Lunch at Agua and Sal (Get directions), Dinner at Butchers (Get directions)

6 day

Sixth day a Sintra, about 30 km from Lisbon. It can be reached by train from Rossio station (40 min, approx € 2,00) or with a comfortable tour organized from Lisbon that also includes Cascais.
Once we arrive, we begin to visit the Vacation Specials (09: 30-17: 00, € 6,00), an immense estate characterized by the presence of caves, gardens and a large palace. We admire the exterior of the Palace de Setais, this wonderful building which now houses an elegant five-star hotel.

We head to the center for pranzare from Bacalhau Na Vila and then we continue to the Palacio Nacional de Sintra (09: 30-18: 00, € 10,00), to get to know an important piece of the history of Portugal and the azulejo. After visiting its rooms, we move towards the Castelo dos Mouros (10: 00-18: 00, € 8,00), with a walk of only 800 meters. This is an ancient ruined castle, built to protect the population, located in the green area of ​​the city. Just 200 meters away, there is also the entrance to the Pena Palace (10: 00-18: 00, € 14,00), which completes our visit to the heart of Sintra.

We return to the district of Cais do Sodré, for the price from Alcantar 50, located in the heart of Lisbon.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 76,6 km / 2 h 8 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Quinta da Regaleira (€ 6,00), Palazzo de Setais (external), historic center (free), Palacio Nacional de Sintra (€ 10,00), castelo dos Mouros (€ 8,00), Pena Palace (€ 14,00 .)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Palácio da Pena and park Skip-the-line entrance to the Castle of the Moors Sintra National Palace: Fast Track Ticket From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Group Tour
  • Lunch at Bacalhau Na Vila (Get directions), Dinner at Alcantara 50 (Get directions)

7 day

Last day a Cascais, a well-known seaside and holiday resort. Accessible by direct train from Cais do Sodré station (40 min, approx € 2,00) or with a convenient organized tour from Lisbon that also includes Sintra.
We start with a walk through the Citadela de Cascais, an old town full of shops and activities, and then we relax in the wonderful gardens of the Parque Marechal Carmona (09: 30-19: 45, free).
We have lunch da Tasca da Linha, and then we dedicate ourselves to the most important visit of the day, namely the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum (10: 00-17: 00, € 5,00): it is a majestic palace composed of halls with important furnishings and painted ceilings, which belong to the Portuguese naturalistic school.
With a walk of just 900 meters, we reach a landscape point of remarkable beauty: the Boca do Inferno, (free and always accessible) a rift that has formed over the centuries due to the impetuous force of the ocean waves.

We return to the heart of the capital, to enjoy the last evening. Two-hour sunset cruises on the Tagus River depart from plaza de Comercio.
Let's finish the day with one price from Populi.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 73,5 km / 1 h 30 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Parque Marechal Carmona (free), Museum of Condes de Castro Guimarães (€ 5,00), Boca do Inferno (free), cruise (€ 31,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 45,00
  • 1 or 2-Hour Tagus River Cruise From Lisbon: Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Group Tour
  • Lunch at Tasca da Linha (Get directions), Dinner at Populi (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Lisbon

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Lisbon is not an overly expensive city either prices are within the average of Southern Europe, requiring a budget that is not too high.

  • starting from € 20,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Food walking tour with tastings Alfama Segway tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 665,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Lisbon: thanks to its geographical location it can be visited all year round but it is advisable to avoid August and July as they are too hot - find out more
  • the main airport is served by the major Italian and European cities (flights from € 20,00 -). From the airport you can reach the center in 25 minutes with the red line of the metro (€ 1,45)
  • The best areas are Baixa, the beating heart of the city; the bohemian Bairro Alto, the elegant Chiado, and the Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon (Hotels and b & b from € 32,00 per room -)
  • Getting around: the attractions of the various districts are very close to each other, so it is possible to reach them on foot. However, there is an efficient tram network. Transport day pass € 6,40 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: the Lisbon Card offers free rides on public transport, free admission to 35 museums and discounts at participating businesses. It can be from 24, 48, 72 hours with prices starting from € 20,00

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