Lisbon Travel Guide: Things to do in Lisbon

2 days in Lisbon

Lisbon Travel; Important Term | Best Time To Visit | Getting Around In Lisbon | Where to Stay | What To Eat | 2 Day Itinerary

Lisbon easily is one of my favorites among all the places I have been to and I am sure after reading this travel guide on the best things to do in Lisbon, it will be yours too. The bustling capital of Portugal, with warm Mediterranean climate, bleached limestone buildings and intimate alleyways will take your heart away. But for me, the real highlight of my trip was the genuine, authentic and welcoming hospitality of its people. Although, in recent years tourism has been on the rise, unlike the rest of the world Lisbon hasn’t gone global completely and maintains that rustic charms and identity are intact.

Before we jump into our detailed 48 hours itinerary and top things to do in Lisbon, I want to leave you with few pointers which will help you in planning your Lisbon Travel more successfully.

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Things To do in Lisbon
Lisbon

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Some Fun Facts & Practical Info

  • Country: Portugal (largest and the capital city)
  • Currency: Euro (โ‚ฌ)
  • Moneywise: Quite Affordable
  • Safety: Very safe, especially for solo female travelers
  • Language: Portuguese ( English is widely spoken among people in touristy areas)
  • Fun Fact: Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina, and Estrela. It also has the mildest temperature in Europe.

Best Time To Vist

Lisbon is a fun city all year round. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic, weather in Lisbon is milder throughput the year. The cool breeze from the ocean tempers the hot long summer. In winter, average day time temperature hovers around 15C and can drop up to 3-4C at night. Still not as cold as western and northern Europe.

I am a big fan of the shoulder season when fewer people visit the city. You can get discounted prices on accommodation, flights, restaurants, and other spots. Here these are from March, April, and May. Or September and October.

Another fun month to visit Lisbon is during the time of Festas Santos Populares (festival of Saints). It happens everywhere for 2 weeks in June. The entire city is decorated with tinsel and streamers. People celebrate with street parties, crazy dancing, and traditional music.


How To Reach Lisbon

  • Fly โœˆ๏ธ: Lisbon’s airport is called Humberto Delgado Airport, located only 7 KM from the city centre. A taxi from here to the main city will cost around 20โ‚ฌย (Uber is also available). Alternatively, you can get a public bus for 4โ‚ฌย  or metro for 1.5โ‚ฌ.

  • Train๐Ÿš†: The main train station in Lisbon is Estacao da Santa Apolonia. It is located in the Alfama District, very close to the Tagus river. If you are coming for surrounding cities or any other European destination, most likely your train will terminate here. Another major train station is Gare de Oriente. This is very well connected to other metro stations.
  • Road: Lisbon is a coastal city and the only country you could come via road to Lisbon is Spain. If you are coming by bus, it will stop at Rodoviaria da Sete Rios. All buses from all over Portugal comes to this main bus stop.

How Many Days Do You Need In Lisbon?

I will recommend anywhere between 2-4 days. If you are short on time, all major attractions could be easily covered in 2 full days. But again, it will only give an idea about the city but will not really let you soak in the beauty of this fantastic city.

Moreover, there are many gorgeous day trips around Lisbon like Sintra, Cabo Da Roca, Cascais, Evora and more. I do feel you must include at least one in your itinerary.


Getting Around In Lisbon

Being a capital Lisbon is a big city but once you are in the city centre (main attractions) it’s pretty much walkable. Public transport is excellent and the entire city is well connected with Trams, Buses, Metros, and 2 Funiculars (we will get into that later).

One way ticket for metros is โ‚ฌ1.50, โ‚ฌ2 for buses and โ‚ฌ3 for trams (plus a Viva Viagem/7 Colinas cards which will cost you โ‚ฌ0.5) Or you can buy a day pass from any metro station for โ‚ฌ6.40 which allows you 24-hour unlimited travel, including all buses, metros, and trams.

Pro Tip: Get a Lisboa Card. With this, you can enjoy free admission to top attractions and discounts at various landmarks plus unlimited free access to the public transport system. Buy Here.


Get Insure Before Traveling To Lisbon

I never ever travel abroad without travel insurance. Really! In case something goes wrong, you must have travel insurance. Frankly speaking, it will be stupid to head off to a new destination without one.

I will recommendย World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travelers from over 140 countries.

Even if you donโ€™t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.


Important Terms

Well in the city center you will find people speaking English but the language still is a barrier and locals don’t usually communicate well in English. A few terms you should familiarize with and trust me, this will help you in navigating more smoothly.

  • “Entrada” – Entrance
  • “Saida ” – Exit
  • “Olรก” – Hello
  • “Tchau”– Bye
  • Miradouro” – Viewpoint

Miradouro probably is the most important one and I will tell you why โ€ฆ. Lisbon is full of breathtaking city views and while walking around especially the old district ( Alfama) and Baixa you will encounter plenty of these. Just keep an eye on this. And yes we will visit my favorites in our 48 hours itinerary ( you are welcome ).


What To Eat In Lisbon? ( Vegan/Vegetarian Guide)



Yaaaassss !!!!! This is my favorite part of traveling and I am sure yours too. Situated at the mouth of the River Tagus where it meets the Ocean, Lisbon is a city with a strong connection to the sea and its food speaks so. Lisbon offers incredible seafood for culinarily curious visitors and some mouthwatering desserts which are an absolute must for foodies like me.

If you are a vegetarian or vegan like me, well don’t worry there are plenty of things for you to try. Here are a few of my favorites;

  • Pastel de Nata (Custard Tart); A Lisbon classic! It is a small cream cake, with a base of crisp phyllo dough, usually served with a little powdered sugar and cinnamon on top. Though you will find this deliciousness at almost all bakeries in Lisbon, Pastรฉis de Belรฉm is the original one. Located in the Belem area (Duh!), just 3 minutes walk from Jerรณnimos Monastery, it is a must in Lisbon. And yes we will be going there in our 48 days itinerary. Another bakery I will suggest is Manteigaria (located in Rua do Loreto 2).
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
  • O Melhor do Mundo Bolo Chocolate: This is a delicious chocolate cake with meringue parts in the middle that make it crispy. You can try this at MBCM, Rua Tenente Ferreira Durรฃo or MBCM Kiosk, Avenida da Liberdade.
  • Good Vegan And Vegetarian Restaurants
vegan in Lisbon

Ao 26 โ€“ Vegan Food Project is a small, hip and busy cafe located in the center. They serve vegan versions of typical Portugees dishes. Quintal d’Santo Amaro is another good vegan restaurant serving awesome vegan dishes at a very reasonable price. It is situated in the backyard of Santo Amaro. I hadย the โ‚ฌ 8 lunch box. It was quite filling and delicious.

Organi Chiado was my favorite on the whole trip. From excellent food to great service, there ain’t anything I didn’t like about this place. I had veggie lasagna, probably the best I had in a long time.

For my desi readers who are always looking for some spicy Indian food just like me, go to Veganapati and Taj Mahal (trust me you won’t be disappointed). Closest to a good Indian meal you can get in Lisbon.


Where To Stay In Lisbon?

If you are visiting Lisbon for the first time, the best places to stay will be Chiado, Baixa, Bairro Alto, Avenida da Liberdade, and Alfama. Each of these areas is centrally located, thus are walking distance from all the main attractions, restaurants, cafes, bars, and public transport.

Each of these neighborhoods is unique in their own ways. With different vibe, environments, and monuments, it is better to read a little about each before making any reservation.

Chiado is a neighborhood in the historic center of Lisbon. It is mainly known for luxury shopping, historic landmarks like Sรฃo Roque Church, Largo do Chiado and many museums like Filigree Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Chiado is an excellent location as it is most centrally located, and other cool neighborhoods like Bairro alto are literally walking distance from here.

Lisboa Pessoa Hotel, lisbon
Lisboa Pessoa Hotel


Baixa is an adjacent neighborhood to Chiado. In fact, they even share a metro station. Here you will find some of Lisbon’s most popular attractions like Praรงa do Comรฉrcio, Rossio Square and Santa Justa elevator. As one would expect, this neighborhood gets extremely crowded with tourists and has a fair share of noise from all the traffic around. But at the same time, geographically it is extremely convenient as many tourist sights are just walking distance from here.


Avenida da Liberdade (Marquรชs do Pombal), is an avenue connecting the city center with Parque Eduardo VII. On top of Avenida da Liberdade is the statue of Marquรชs do Pombal. The area around the statue has tons of international hotels, banks, companies. It is more like a business district of Lisbon. If you are looking to stay away from the hustle-bustle of the main center but still be close to everything, Avenida da Liberdade is a good choice. (Baixa is an only 5-minute metro ride from here).

Smart Suites & Apartments , lisbon
Smart Suites & Apartments

Bairro Alto is the liveliest and most vibrant neighborhood of Lisbon. During the day it lies quite low but comes alive at night. As the sun goes down, the streets of Bairro alto buzzes with hip, quirky bars filled with crowds, looking to have an awesome time. You can also hear Fado music from more traditional restaurants. It is a great neighborhood if you are interested in Lisbon’s nightlife.

Palรกcio das Especiarias , lisbon
Palรกcio das Especiariasย 

Alfama is one of the oldest districts in Lisbon. Though in recent years, it has become very popular among tourists, many local communities still live here. With tiny houses tightly packed next to each other, gorgeous cobblestone streets, and street decorations, it is liking a small village within a big city.

It is where Fado was created. Around every corner or a steep climb, you will find a delightful plaza, a trendy cafรฉ, an independent shop or a panoramic viewpoint. Just get lost within the labyrinth of alleys and side streets.

This is Lisbon Hostel
This is Lisbon Hostel

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Top Things To Do In Lisbon (Day 1)

So now our food, travel, and accommodation are sorted, let’s get to the fun part: best things to do in Lisbon. Frankly, it can be a little daunting to actually plan an itinerary but worry not as I got it covered for you.

I tried to make it as simple as possible with few recommendations and a route I followed while my travel and hopefully this will help in you in planning your trip more successfully.

2 days might seem not a lot but they are enough if you know exactly what to do and how to visit. And here is when this itinerary will come handy.

Day 1 (top things to do in Lisbon)

Lisbon tourist map
Lisbon route for our day 1

We will start our first day with few of Lisbonโ€™s most iconic attractions and explore two really cool neighborhoods Baixa and Alfama while covering a little of Barrio alto.

Praรงa do Comรฉrcio

After grabbing a quick breakfast at your hostel or any cafe nearby (wonโ€™t be difficult to find, they are located at every corner of this city) head toย Praรงa do Comรฉrcioย (point A on the map).

Praรงa do Comรฉrcio
Praรงa do Comรฉrcioย 

It is the grandest of Lisbonโ€™s plazas overlooking the Tagus river. Get your cameras out and just walk around the area. After you have gotten some cool shots lets head to our second stopย Lisbon Cathedral.ย Before we go, a small suggestion; There are tons of beautiful restaurants and bars in the plaza but I wouldnโ€™t recommend eating here, they are super pricey and really not worth the money. Instead, just walk a few hundred meters out of the square and you will find better and cheaper places to eat).

There are two ways you can go to the cathedral, take a tramp or just walk. I prefer the second option, as you can explore the neighborhood and experience the real charm of this medieval city. But riding a tram is a fun experience too. The admission to the cathedral is free but remember to dress suitably ( its a church after all ).

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, libon
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

From the cathedral, we will head towardย Miradouro da Senhora do Monte. Located in a churchyard, this highest point in the neighborhood offers panoramic views of the city. While walking around you will find some beautiful artists playing music, plenty of street vendors, small shops, tons of restaurants ( many reasonably priced ). Take a break from all the walking we did, maybe grab a drink and just soak in the beauty of this city.



Santa Justa Lift

Okay so now your legs are probably rested, let’s continue towards another iconic attraction,ย Santa Justa Liftย (D). Situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa, it connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo giving one of the best views of the city. Well, the cost to ride the elevator and get to the top is โ‚ฌ5 and the line is usually very long.

Pro Tip: There is another way, right behind Santa Justa there is a small hidden elevator that takes you to the top for free and you only have to pay an admission fee to the viewpoint which is โ‚ฌ1.5. I just saved you โ‚ฌ3.5.

Santa Justa , lisbon
Santa Justa Lift

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

After two stunning views of the city, there is another place I am excited to take you to. Yes another miradouro ( well I told you this city is full of them, and thank God for thatโ€ฆ)ย Miradouro de Sao Alcantara. This one is located on the landscaped terrace with a fountain, offering panoramic views of the city.

But there is a surprise for youโ€™ll. Remember the funicular we talked about earlier? well we are going to take one to reach the terrace from Praรงa dos Restauradores ( square ) take the funicular to Miradouro de Sao Alcantara ( should cost around โ‚ฌ3.5) or just walk the hill ( 5 minutes roughly). But funiculars are more fun!

Miradouro de Sao Alcantara, lisbon
Miradouro de Sao Alcantara

Mercado Reberia (Timeout Market)

After all the walking, I know you must be starved โ€ฆ.So let’s go to our final stop for the dayย Mercado Reberia food courtย also known as Timeout Market. Itโ€™s loud, itโ€™s chaotic, and thatโ€™s all part of the fun. It’s open till midnight so you can just take your time and enjoy a plethora of food (it is never enough) !!

To all my vegetarian/vegan readers, though maximum food options are heavy on meat and seafood, there are still some deserts like pasties de Natas you can try. But donโ€™t skip the market. Walking around these counters was actually more fun then I thought.

Timeout Market, lisbon
Timeout Market

National Tile Museum

Optional; National Museum of the Azulejo or famously known asย national tile museum(orange mark on the map). The cost is 5 โ‚ฌ. Though it’s beautiful, I am keeping this as optional, depending on how exhausted you are and how much of time you have left. If you can do include this in your itinerary.


Day 2 (top things to do in Lisbon)

It’s our second and last day in Lisbon. Let’s make the best of it. Today we will explore Belรฉm, a laid-back area on the Tagus River known for its green lawns, houses decorated with colorful tiles and some of Lisbonโ€™s most historic landmarks.

Map of lisbon

Pastรฉis de Belรฉm

Itโ€™s a great day as I am taking you to an exciting place for breakfastย Pastรฉis de Belรฉm. Its the most famous bakery cafe in Lisbon (it’s good to be here as early as possible as it gets flooded with tourists after 10-11 am) offering original Pastel de nata ( I am literally drooling typing this haha). Get like 6 of them ( 1= 1.05 โ‚ฌ & 6= 4.3 โ‚ฌ ) or even more, you are on a vacation after all.

Pro tip: donโ€™t eat them yet. I know its super tempting but hold on. There is this beautiful, chill park right across the road. Start your day with these natas, overlooking the Tagus river on one side and typical Belรฉm houses on the other.

Pastรฉis de Belรฉm
Pastรฉis de Belรฉm

Jerรณnimos Monastery

Now lets head towards our first destinationย Jerรณnimos Monasteryย (A). It constitutes the Church of Santa Maria (entry to which is free) and two-story cloister which basically is a Cathedralโ€™s nunnery, also the main tourist attraction, cost: โ‚ฌ10. The building is predominantly Manueline style architecture and its stunning.

Though I skipped the cloister, if you plan on visiting, I recommend buying the tickets in advance as the queue can be really long. You can buy them here.

 Jerรณnimos Monastery
ย Jerรณnimos Monastery

Right behind the monastery isย Museum de Marinaย (B). The entrance to this is free and worth stepping in.

Tower of Belรฉm

Now let’s go across the road toward Tagus river, Tower of Belรฉmย (C). Tough going to the tower is free but if you want to go inside and climb the tower you will need a ticket. You can buy skip the line ticket here.

This is one of the most popular attractions and gets really crowded after 10-11 am. So if you want some cool pictures, I will advise going early in the morning before hoards of tourists start crowding the tower.

Tower of Belรฉm
Tower of Belรฉmย 

Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos

Walking along the riverside from Belem tower, you will reach our second last stop (D) Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos.



Entrance ticket 6,00โ‚ฌ which includes an exhibition, viewpoint, and film. Donโ€™t miss the Mappa Mundi ( in front of the structure) that is 14 meters wide, showing the routes of Portuguese carracks and caravels during the Age of Discovery. It’s pretty interesting.

Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos
Padrรฃo dos Descobrimentos

As you keep walking along the riverside you will reach our final stop for this 48-hour itinerary. Theย Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technologyย is a museum in Lisbon, (MAAT). The museum closes at 7 pm and the entrance is 5โ‚ฌ. If you still have the energy, I will recommend going to one of the Miradouro for sunset and dinner somewhere in Baixa.


Got More Than 2 Days In Lisbon?

Lisbon is surrounded by many historic towns, rich in natural beauty and some superb sandy beaches. Thanks to its geographic location and excellent public transportation, exploring the surrounding wonderful region is quite accessible. With so much variety across the region, each of these towns is unique and offers different advantages. My favorite among all is Sintra and Cabo Do Roca.

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“Things to do in Porto”

PORTO GUIDE

TRAVEL TO PORTO ; A COMPLETE GUIDE

Situated in northwest of Portugal, famous for its Medieval Reberia , cobbled streets, wine production, cafes and golden rooftops, this coastal town will take any visitors breath away. There are plenty of things to do in Porto. Tourism has been rapidly growing in the past few years making it one of the most visited destination in western Europe, but fortunately this city still maintains its rustic charm. If I have to describe porto in two words, I would say; Traditional & Mystical.

Traditional because you can feel Portuguese essence in everything, from how people live, what they eat or how they behave. Its so authentic and probably the reason why some visitors prefer Porto over Lisbon. Personally, though I absolutely loved my time in here, I still prefer Lisbon, mainly because its a capital, has more things to do and I think its more lively than Porto.

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Mystical because of plethora of hidden gems. NO SERIOUSLY, no matter where you are, you will find something unexpected. I remember walking in downtown Porto where I encountered a store dedicated completely to yarns and knitting accessories. How cool is that? (the store is called Ovelha Negra if you are wondering). Another interesting thing was Vandoma Flea Market. Its a market for second hand goods. Whatever you could possibly imagine, you will find it here. If you are a sucker for cheap buys (but good quality) like me lol you must visit Vandoma. But it opens only on Saturdays and luckily I was there for a weekend. So plan your trip accordingly๐Ÿ˜‰

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Alright lets understand few basics before you actually start exploring Porto ;

How to reach Porto ?

FLY ; There is one international airport located 11kms from the city centre. From the airport you could either take a taxi (should cost around โ‚ฌ23) or Uber which off-course is much cheaper. There are also buses & a metro which will only cost โ‚ฌ2.60 to the centre.

COMING FROM LISBON; You can either take a train which takes around 2.5 hours to reach Porto or a bus which takes little longer but is relatively cheaper. Both operates frequently throughout the day so you can book them a day in advance or the same day.

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Even if you donโ€™t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

Where to stay in Porto?

Porto is a small town, most of the major attractions are located in downtown (city centre) making it very much walkable. I will suggest staying in Aliados, Trindade or Bolhรฃo (where I stayed), mainly because they are less touristy compared to Riberia and Rua Das Flores, which off-course are prettier due to riverfront but still these areas have tons of shops, restaurants and relatively cheaper. They are very well connected by public transport (metros) or you could just walk to the city centre which is roughly 20 minutes away.

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I will avoid Heroรญsmo and Fontainhas as historically they are little problematic neighbourhoods. Although things have changed in recent past but if you are traveling by yourself in a new country, you don’t want to take any chances right?

Neighboorhoods of porto

Getting around in Porto

There are few ways you can get around this city. Metro connection is excellent and is quite cheap. A single ticket will cost โ‚ฌ1.2 but you can get a whole day pass for โ‚ฌ4.15 . The same card will give you unlimited access to buses. Other option is trams. One way ticket is โ‚ฌ3 or 48 hours ticket for โ‚ฌ10.

My preferable way is on foot. As I mentioned earlier, its a small town and once you are in the city centre, all the attractions are 10-15 minutes walk away. Also this city is filled with hidden spots like random river-views, tiny hole in the wall arts, shops and so much more which could only be explored while walking. (Tip; its small geographically but town is hilly which could be little exhausting at times. Take things at your own pace)

What to eat in Porto ? ( Specially for my Vegetarian/Vegan readers)

Northern Portugal cuisine is dominated with meat and Porto is no different. You can find wide range of options with some good quality seafood, quite reasonably priced. Having said that, there are some good eats for vegetarians/vegans (not so much in local cuisine though). I assure you, you won’t have to starve in Porto haha๐Ÿ˜‹. Here are few of my favorites;

  • Black Mamba โ€“ Burgers & Records A local friend suggested this place and I absolutely loved it (I have a thing for juicy burgers ๐Ÿ˜†). I went there twice in 2 days( guilty as charged ). Its entirely vegan and have gluten free deserts. Also don’t forget to try there fries, probably one of the best I had in Porto.
  • Em Carne Viva This one is little high end but they offer vegetarian versions of local Portuguese dishes. If that itself is not enticing enough go for the location. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
  • A Loja dos Pasteis de Chaves Just like Pastรฉis de Belรฉm in Lisbon, this is a classic you can not miss in Porto. Most of them have meat filling but you can try the chocolate ones. DELICIOUS !!!
  • There are plenty of other Indian and asian restaurants too for you to explore.

Best time to visit Porto

I will suggest going late spring (May/June) or early autumn (September) as weather is still warm and nice plus less tourist.

How many days do you need to visit Porto?

Ideally I would suggest two full days and one night but if you are short of time, you could still cover most of the tourist attractions in one day. But again you will not be able to soak in the real charm of this city. Because Porto is laid back and has plenty to do apart from usual touristy stuff, I will highly recommend spending 2-3 days in Porto.

Now let’s dive into the fun part ….

“THINGS TO DO IN PORTO” ?

  • CITY HALL ( Avenida dos Aliados )

Located at the city centre (known as avenidas dos aliados) is a Porto’s city hall. Its flamboyant architecture flourishing through unique faรงades and roofs is hard not to be impressed by. Regardless of your itinerary you will most likely cross this as it lies right above the busy square of Praรงa da Liberdade in avenidas. Don’t miss the famous ‘old cafe imperial (another stunning building in the centre) which now has a small mcdonald’s inside.

city hall porto
TIP; Its a good starting point for your walking tour of Porto.
  • LIVRARIA LELLO

For all you harry porter’s fan, this place for sure should be on your bucket list, as apparently J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for the series from the neo-gothic and art nouveau interiors of Livraria Lello, during her stay in Porto. This is touted to be one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world and I do agree but flocks of tourists, waiting to get a perfect picture could be little annoying. If you are going in off seasons you should be fine.

Admission fee is โ‚ฌ3 but you don’t have to pay if you buy a bookโœŒ๏ธ

Livraria lello porto
  • MONUMENT OF CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS

Also known as Igreja de Sรฃo Francisco, this church is one of the most prominent monument of Porto. The entrance fee is โ‚ฌ3 and architecture is stunning. Although I didn’t go inside the church but its premise offers a breathtaking view of the city. Its definitely worth visiting even if you don’t want to go inside the church.

 Igreja de Sรฃo Francisco porto
  • CHURCH OF SAINT LLDEFONSO

Another church, I know, well this city is full of them and each is unique in its architecture. This one is built in proto-baroque style with azulejo tiles on the faรงade, making it a perfect spot for your instagram pictures. (try going early in the morning when there are less tourists so you can get some great shots)

 Church of Saint Ildefonso
  • Chapel of Souls

When you google Porto, the image which usually pop up is of a person standing infront of beautiful azulejo tiles wall. Well this is that spot for you. Built in 18th century, this chapel has exterior of blue & white tiles painted with scenes from the lives of saints, making it a must visit if you ask me (or at least for some memorable travel photos๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Ž ).

Chapel of Souls
  • SAO BENTO TRAIN STATION;

While there are two main train station in Porto, Sรฃo Bento and Campanhรฃ, the former is a standout. Inaugurated in 1916, sao bento features views of Portuguese history, landscapes and people, making a remarkable interior ambience.

Sao Bento Train Station

Even if you don’t plan on using a metro, go for the interior architecture, get some amazing pictures. Its worth the hype.

  • Luรญs I Bridge

River Douro flows through the city, dividing Porto on one side and vila nova de gaia on the other (where most of porto wineries are located but we will get into that later). There are 6 bridges connecting both the sides, the most standout is Luรญs I Bridge. Top deck is reserved for pedestrians and city’s metro lines while lower deck is for regular traffic and has narrow walkaways for those on foot.

Luรญs I Bridge  porto

Take a stroll through the bridge, the view of old town and the douro river is stunning๐Ÿ˜.

Across the bridge towards vila nova de gaia is Santa mainha, best spot for enjoying sunset in my opinion (and I will tell you later why..)

  • RIBEIRA

In my opinion this is the soul and essence of Porto. Its an oldest district often symbolized by slender colorful houses descending to the banks of river douro. The waterfront has long strip of cafes, restaurants, shops overlooking the river and villa nova de gaia on the other side. Its has something for every type of travelers. If you fancy a high end meal with the best views, you can choose any restaurants on the riverfront. Want a quick bite on budget? don’t worry, just walk around this picturesque neighborhood filled with bustling bars, restaurants, small shops where both locals and tourist come to eat.

rebiera porto

Even better, do what locals do and what I did lol ๐Ÿ˜‹get a gelato/beer, walk around, listen to street music, window shop and enjoy the scenery ( trust me nothing could have been better)

  • MIRADOURO DA SERRA DO PILAR

Looking for the best place to watch sunset in Porto? Well there are quite a few but this is my favorite and here is why; Magnificent view of ribeira and luรญs I bridge, second for the atmosphere. As you cross Louis bridge towards vila nova de gaia, you will reach santa marina district. There is a small park on the hill where usually locals come to watch the sunset. You can buy a chill cocktail, find a good spot, listen to street musicians and might just fall in love with Porto ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š

MIRADOURO DA SERRA DO PILAR

OTHER THINGS TO DO IN PORTO

  • PORTO WINES;

All the wine cellars are located across the bridge from old town in vila nova de gaia area. There are dozens to choose from and could be overwhelming.The biggest one is Caves Ferreira and Caves Cรกlem. You can also visit multiple port wine production on a 3-hour walking tour with tasting.

  • CRUISE;

Usually most of the boat cruise last for an hour or so and will take you across all the six bridges. For the best experience I will suggest taking it later in the evening for the sunset. You can book one here.

More Fun Things To Do In Porto…..

Popular Day Trips From Porto….

  • Braga ( ancient and the third largest city of Portugal ) & Guimarรฃes ( city where the first king of Portugal and a nation were born ). Details here.

SO NOW YOU ARE ALL SET TO GO AND FALL IN LOVE WITH PORTO๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š HAVE AN AMAZING TRIP !!!

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Sintra day trip from Lisbon

A day trip from Lisbon- Sintra and Cabo do roca

Sintra : day trip from Lisbon

Portugal’s fairytale town “Sintra ” is located northwest of Lisbon, on the western edge of Portugal. In my opinion its the most beautiful place in the country.

Take a quick glance at these photos and you will know why. I feel any trip to Portugal is incomplete without a visit to Sintra. So if you are planning a trip to Portugal consider: Sintra day trip from Lisbon and also include Cabo do roca (if you can squeeze an extra day, I will highly recommend staying at least a night in Sintra). Both places are very well connected by public transport and could be done and can be covered in a small budget.

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How to reach Sintra from Lisbon ?

There are two ways, either bus or rail . I recommend the latter as its faster and is more comfortable.

You can either take a train from Rossio train station (station at the historic centre of Lisbon & most probably you will be taking a train from here) or Orient train station (if you are coming from Lisbon airport). The journey is roughly around 40-50 minutes, and will cost you around โ‚ฌ4.5. A train departs every 30 minutes, so you don’t have to book online. There is only one main train station in Sintra which also is a final stop for both the trains.

Once you reach the train station , there are two options. Either walk to the historic centre (around 1.5km) or take a bus . I took a bus cause you have a lot to cover on foot later.

WORD OF ADVICE ; Please carry your best walking shoes.I cannot stress this enough. Even if you take a bus to all the attractions, you will be walking A LOT. Sintra is an uphill town, though extremely picturesque, but it will take a toll on your feet. But at the end its gonna be worth it. I promise you ๐Ÿ˜‰Sintra day trip from Lisbon

Get Insured Before Traveling To Sintra

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I will recommend World Nomads. Simply because they are backed by reputable insurers, 24-hour assistance providers and offer travel insurance to travellers from over 140 countries.

Even if you donโ€™t get one from World Nomads, make sure to get your travel insurance sorted before you actually start traveling.

What to do in Sintra ?

  • Pena Palace and Park

Have you ever wondered what would it be like living in a disney castle? Being a princess for day, waiting for your prince whisk you away on a white horse?

Now I can’t promise you prince charming but a visit to Pena palace will sure make your disney dreams come true. Get lost exploring the eccentric Moorish-Manueline designed interiors, its elaborate tile work and colorful history where each room dazzles brighter than the last. Though this Palace oozes romance but it’s a beauty that you will enjoy by yourself no less โ˜บ๏ธ.

Consider buying Skip the line tickets in advance. You will thank me later haha.

Pena palace Sintra
  • Quinta da Regaleira

Regalaria in english translates to “royalty” and this place reflects that in every way. It has a palace and a four hectares of land (yesss it’s that huge). The park itself has dense trees, tunnels, wells, lakes, fountains and the aquarium, but I was most excited to see the famous initiation well (picture on the right) which is sort of inverted tower that plunges deep into the earth. Its pretty cool . If you are interested in photography, you can’t get a better landscape then Regaleria.

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Quinta Regalia Sintra
  • Monserrate Palace

Although many tourist skip this, I absolutely loved it. Its mogul style architecture is something unique to the country. Although the palace itself is quite small but the work is simply stunning. For me the main highlights were the huge lush green lawns in its premise. I will suggest going in the afternoon to give yourself a break from all the walking you must have done, stretch your legs, take a quick nap if you like haha (I literally slept for 30 minutes because I was that exhausted ๐Ÿ™ˆ)

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Word of advice; Carry a water bottle and some snacks. Its important to keep yourself hydrated. You still got lot of Sintra to see๐Ÿ˜‹

Monserrate palace sintra

Cost ; โ‚ฌ7

  •  National Palace of Sintra (optional)

This palace is in the historic centre and if you are coming from the train station you will most likely cross this. If you are a fan of castles-Go for it. I skipped this because I had my fill of disneyland. If you are buying the ticket to Pena then I really don’t advice you to buy the ticket here but it all depends on your personal interest.

National Palace sintra

Cost ; โ‚ฌ10 Official Website

Other Attractions ;

  • Moorish Castle ; Cost is โ‚ฌ8. Although I did plan on visiting the castle but due to limited time I had to skip this. Its old, really old, built in 11th century .This medieval castle is located on one of the hilltops of Sintra and thus you can imagine how incredible the view must be from here.
  • Palace of Seteais ; Well initially I didn’t plan on visiting this palace but I stumbled upon this on my way from Regaleira to Monserrate palace. I am so glad I did. The view of Sintra from here is mesmerising and the entrance is absolutely free. Its just a win-win. Squeeze this in if you can.

how to get around in Sintra ?

Sintra is a small town thus traveling options are limited which makes it simpler to understand. There are mainly two bus routes 435 & 434. Both are hop on and hop off which means you only buy ticket once for each. 435 is around โ‚ฌ5 and 434 is โ‚ฌ6.5. They both run on a circular route.

435 starts from the Train Station-> Historic Center-> Regaleira Estate-> Seteais Palace-> Monserrate Palace-> Seteais Palace-> Regaleira Estate-> Historic Center->Train Station

434 also starts from the Train Station-> Historic Center-> Moorish Castle-> Pena Palace and Park->Historic Center->Train Station

Have I convinced you enough to take a day trip from Lisbon to Sintra ? No ??? Well this will……

What to Eat in Sintra ?

Like any other region in Portugal Sintra is also famous for its sweets and special pasties. Queijada is like a cheesecake with caramelized top (its my favorite). Another famous desert is Travesserio which is doughy pasty with almond filling. Have them with some warm coffee. You can try them at Fabrica das Verdadeiras Queijadas da Sapa (its a small family owned shop conveniently located at the historic centre).

Cabo Do Roca : Western Most point of Europe

cabo do roca

Cabo Do Roca ” where land ends and sea begins “. I can’t begin to explain how much I love this place. No words can do justice to how scenic and untouched this place is. Located just 30 minutes away from Sintra, making it very convenient to include in your; Sintra day trip from Lisbon .How many people in the world can say they been to the most western point of Europe? Exactly. There ain’t much to do here though, there is one small coffee shop near the lighthouse . You can take the bus 403 towards Cascais from Sintra train station which stops at Cabo do roca and the same bus for coming back to Sintra (other option is staying a night at Cascais).

Return ticket to Cabo do roca from Sintra is around โ‚ฌ8.5. Better option is to get an all inclusive bus pass for โ‚ฌ12 i.e for 403, 435 & 434 (valid for one day)

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