Three days Lisbon travel tips
A three-day city break vacation in Lisbon offers enough time to visit most of the major sights. This article contains travel tips for sights and landmarks during a three-day trip.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the least published cities in Europe. But despite this apparent lack of tourism marketing, Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and has a unique, exotic quality that evokes impressions of distant places from Portugal’s colonial past. A three-day city break vacation in Lisbon offers enough time to visit most of the major sights. Every day had blue skies and sunshine with a pleasant breeze preventing it from getting too hot. Even so, the evenings were still warm enough to eat outside. However, the weather in Lisbon at the end of October is not always that good, and it could be safer to schedule a visit earlier than we are. We spent our first afternoon exploring St. George’s Castle in the heart of Lisbon’s Alfama district, the oldest and most picturesque part of the city. It sits on one of Lisbon’s highest hilly hills, which form its switchback-like topography.
Lisbon: Travel Guide
When we finally left the castle, we climbed through the narrow streets and alleys of the Alfama district, where the pointed roofs of the houses almost touched and the sloping buildings seemed to defy the laws of gravity. The sudden appearance and noise of a tram coming into view from a curve told us that we were back in the 21st century. But there was much more to enjoy on our walk through the city and back to our hotel. We spent our second day visiting Sintra.
Although Sintra is part of the Lisbon district, it is a city in itself and takes around thirty minutes by local train to get from Lisbon. It is simply one of the most beautiful places in Europe and has a World Heritage status. Our day there was packed with activities and sights. It is as if the landscape of the place has been transformed into art. Here is the former summer palace of the Portuguese monarchs. It was built in the 14th century and later expanded. Many of its rooms are very outstanding and the palace constantly evokes memories of the splendor and opulence of Portugal’s imperial past. There is another palace in Sintra that absolutely demands the attention of tourists and its camera. It’s called Pena Palace and to see it you either have to give up part of your day to do a demanding hike or get a taxi to get you there.
A Perfect Lisbon itinerary
Either way, the trip is worth it. At a height of 1500 meters, this 19th-century building with its pink and yellow towers, domes and drawbridges is the stuff of fairy tales, Disney and fantasy fiction. Also high up in the hills, but much less a hike to get to, are the remains of a Moorish castle that dates back to the 8th century. The walk around the top of the extensive walls offers a wonderful view of the surrounding district. Facing west, the magnificent panorama spans the Atlantic coast and it is easy to make the many beautiful beaches that are a short drive from Sintra.
Before you leave Sintra, make sure you have time for a stroll through the medieval streets, enjoy the many small tourist shops with a stop in one of the cafes for a refreshment. Our last day was more of an unplanned, chill-out, kind of a day. The highlight and the area where we spent most of our time was Lisbon’s lower urban area, the Baixa.