The Perfect 2 Days in Lisbon Itinerary 

Lisbon stands out as one of Europe’s most unexpectedly enchanting capital cities, making it an ideal destination for a delightful two-day getaway or an extended weekend.

The Perfect 2 Days in Lisbon Itinerary 

Lisbon stands out as one of Europe’s most unexpectedly enchanting capital cities, making it an ideal destination for a delightful two-day getaway or an extended weekend.

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Lisbon buildings

Although it may not boast the iconic landmarks of cities like Paris or Rome, Lisbon captivates visitors with its distinct charm.

The city’s cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured neighbourhoods, and rich historical landmarks create an atmosphere that makes Lisbon a place you will fall in love with. 

The first time I visited the city, I spent 2 days in Lisbon and saw all the main sights.

The second time around, I added a day trip to Sintra, but I also saw the city with a local friend, focusing on some great food places and some viewpoints of the city.

This two-day Lisbon itinerary aims to capture the essence of Lisbon, guiding you through the must-visit destinations and providing insights to make the most of your time in this captivating city.

So let’s get started.

The Perfect 2 Days in Lisbon Itinerary

Day 1

Morning – Exploring Alfama, the Oldest District

Start your first morning and day in Alfama. This is the oldest part of Lisbon and a neighbourhood with narrow, cobbled stone streets and traditional houses.

It is also home to two significant sights: Sao Jorge Castle, which offers panoramic city views, and Se Cathedral.

The small streets and houses sprang up around the castle and originally this was the poorest part of Lisbon.

As the city grew further, this area was resettled, and it is now a vibrant neighbourhood for many artists, cosy cafes and independent shops. 

Very hungry Nomads - 2 days in Lisbon castle

Sao Jorge Castle has a long history. It’s believed a castle stood as early as the second century during the Roman time. Today’s castle is the result of some serious reconstructions in the 40s.

It was the seat of the Kings of Portugal, and when you visit, you’ll see the bronze monument to Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first King. 

The entrance is 15 euros, and I’d recommend starting here early when it opens; you will probably spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

If you decide not to go inside, don’t miss the Arco do Castelo or the fantastic viewpoint of Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

It’s important to note that Alfama is also home to Fado music. Fado music was born in the brothels and taverns of Lisbon in the 19th century filled with drunk sailors.

But over time, fado was embraced by the wider society and became a source of Portuguese National Pride. If you can catch a performance in the evening, I highly recommend it. Alternatively, you could also visit the Fado Museum.

Then, continue across the Alfama charming streets and make your way to the Rossio Square in the heart of Baixa District.

Afternoon – Baixa and Chiado Districts

An easy walk across the hills of Alfama district will lead you to Baixa district, known as the bustling heart of Lisbon.

The main shopping street Rua Agusta runs between Rossio Square (which also has a metro station) and the Rua Augusta Arch that leads into an open main square Praça do Comércio (Commercial Square).

Rossio Square in Lisbon in 2 days

Rossio Square is a bustling hub surrounded by ornate buildings and cafes. The square’s centrepiece is the Pedro IV statue.

I once started a day at the square with a local breakfast at Confeitaria Nacional with a simple toast and coffee with a local friend.

This place has been here since 1829 and has a beautiful decor. But save yourself for sweets later (we have the famous pastel de nata and stop at the market for lunch), but maybe a quick coffee to admire the cafe might be a good idea.

From here, walk down Rua Augusta, a grand pedestrian street adorned with mosaic cobblestone pavement and lined with shops and eateries. 

The bustling energy of Rua Augusta leads you towards the iconic Rua Augusta Arch, a triumphal arch that stands proudly at the end of the street.

The arch’s detailed sculptures and reliefs narrate Portugal’s history, so snap a selfie.

Lisbon arch

As you walk underneath the arch, you’ll arrive at Lisbon Grand Main Square Praça do Comércio.

Adore this grand plaza surrounded by unique yellow buildings on three sides, with the southern side facing out over the Tejo River.

From here, continue along towards the famous Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market)

This market is a perfect place to taste Portuguese food and wine. There are over 40 restaurants here, and the ambience is electric. 

So have a late lunch here. Explore and taste. Yes, it can be touristy, but the food is still great.

Now, you can not come to Lisbon and not try the famous Pastel del Nata.

One of the best places to get them is at Manteigaria on the corner of Largo de Camões, in Chiado. But they also have a branch at the market so you can try them here. 

2 days in Lisbon Itinerary pastel de Nata

What is Pastel de Nata?

Pastel de nata, or Portuguese custard tart, is a delicious and iconic pastry originating in Portugal. It consists of a flaky and buttery puff pastry shell filled with a creamy custard-like mixture. 

The custard is made from simple ingredients like eggs, sugar, milk, and sometimes a touch of flour. The tarts are typically baked until the pastry is golden brown, and the custard has a slightly caramelised top.

chiada in Lisbon

Next up you can explore the beautiful fashion mecca of Chiado district.

Here, I recommend visiting São Roque Church, one of the few buildings in Lisbon that survived the earthquake in 1755 practically without a scratch.

The other option is to get a dose of charm and history and see the oldest bookstore still in operation, Livraria Bertrand. It was first opened in 1732, and while there are now more than 50 other bookstores around Portugal, this is the original one. 

Evening – Fado Music or Sunset Cruise

As the early evening comes, you might choose to head to your hotel to change and freshen up for a night in the bars of Lisbon or perhaps see a Fado music performance.

Or stay in town and finish your day with a special cruise.

Option A – Sunset Cruise in Lisbon

Embarking on a Sunset Cruise in Lisbon is a fantastic way to see the city’s beauty from the water as the colours of the buildings change with the sun setting. 

Embark on a captivating two-hour sunset cruise in Lisbon. Treat yourself to a unique vantage point of the city’s monuments while indulging in a delightful Portuguese wine. 

Step aboard a sailboat at the harbour, where you can unwind and enjoy the breathtaking views of Lisbon’s landmarks from the water. 

Lisbon bridge at sunset

Marvel at the iconic Belém Tower, the neoclassical Ajuda National Palace, and the impressive Ponte 25 de Abril (25th of April Bridge), all accompanied by insightful commentary from the knowledgeable skipper. 

Read more about the 2-Hour Lisbon Sunset and Wine Sailing Tour

Option B – Fado Music Night

Enjoy an intimate and authentic Fado experience with a small, respectful audience in a cosy venue.

Let skilled local Fado artists serenade you with emotive performances accompanied by the enchanting sounds of traditional Portuguese guitars. 

Fado music in Lisbon

Fado music is filled with emotions and is integral to Portuguese identity.

The evening includes a complimentary glass of port wine, a great way to finish the first day of your 2 days in Lisbon and create unforgettable memories.

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And if you are looking for the best bars in Lisbon, you will find them in the trendy Bairro Alto neighbourhood, or more specifically, head to the Pink Street.

And for the best views of Lisbon at night, check out Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

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Day 2

Morning – Jerónimos Monastery and Belem Tower

You could dedicate your second day in Lisbon to a day trip to Sintra, which is a fantastic option, too. This Sintra day trip is my recommendation.

Start your day in Lisbon by heading out towards the Belem Tower. 

Begin with a scenic hop-on-hop-off bus tour or use public transport to reach the captivating Jerónimos Monastery. 

Jerónimos Monastery

This UNESCO World Heritage site showcases impressive Manueline architecture and rich historical significance. 

Originally built by monks to assist Portuguese sailors and for ships leaving for long journeys. Sailors would spend the last night here at the monastery confessing their sins in case they didn’t return to land.

2 days in Lisbon Jerónimos Monastery

One of the most famous Portuguese explorers who spent his last night before his epic voyage was Vasco de Game, the first European to reach the Far East by sea. 

Take your time wandering through the intricate details of the monastery and soaking in the serene atmosphere. 

Pastéis de Belém:

Take a short stroll to Pastéis de Belém, the iconic bakery renowned for its delicious custard tarts.

Indulge in these sweet treats, freshly baked and with a dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. Let’s see how you compare them to the Pasteis de Nata you tried during the first day of your 2 days in Lisbon. 

2 days in Lisbon Pastéis de Belém

Belém Tower

Head to Belém Tower, a fortress by the river. it’s a short walk from the Pasteis de Belem, about 20 minutes. 

Explore this historic monument with its captivating views of the Tagus River. You can view the tower from the outside and simply take some photos or choose to buy a ticket to enter.

Alternatively, this Belém and Jerónimos Monastery Guided Walking Tour is very popular.

Learn about its maritime history and strategic importance and enjoy the views.

Monument to the Discoveries

Afterwards, take a short stroll to discover the Monument to the Discoveries. 

The monument was built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940, and its current incarnation was completed in 1960.

The monument’s design is a massive stone caravel—a type of ship used during the Age of Discovery—with figures of important historical personalities standing on both sides. 

Lisbon Itinerary monument

At the forefront of the monument is Prince Henry the Navigator, a key figure in Portugal’s maritime expansion. Behind him are other prominent explorers, navigators, cartographers, and monarchs who played vital roles in the Age of Discovery, including Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartolomeu Dias, and King Manuel I.

Afternoon: Oceanário de Lisboa

Oceanário de Lisboa

Wrap up your day by heading to the Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe’s largest indoor aquarium. Use the hop-on-hop-off bus or public transport to reach this aquatic wonderland. 

It’s worth a visit for adults and children. I loved visiting the Oceanario de Lisboa! 

2 days in Lisbon Oceanário de Lisboa

The aquarium has a huge variety of marine life, and the exhibits are well-designed and informative. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon learning about the creatures that live in the ocean.

Explore the diverse marine ecosystems, marvel at fascinating sea creatures, and enjoy the tranquillity of the oceanic environment.

The adult ticket is 25 euros, but kids and seniors pay less.

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Evening – Food Tour of Lisbon

End your day in Lisbon with a tasty adventure on an evening Food Tour

As the sun goes down, stroll through the charming streets to find local spots serving yummy Portuguese dishes. Many of these are likely to feature in our post on the top 20 foods in Portugal you need to try!

Learn from friendly local guides who share stories about the food and culture.

This food tour isn’t just about eating; it’s a fun way to experience the delicious side of Lisbon while enjoying the city’s evening vibes and meeting other travellers.

Lisbon arch and main square


Practical Tips for Your 2 days in Lisbon Adventure

The best time to visit Lisbon depends on your preferences and the type of experience you seek. Here are the different temperatures across the seasons. 

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring is generally considered an excellent time to visit Lisbon. The weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).
  • The city is adorned with blooming flowers, making it visually appealing.
  • It’s a great time for outdoor activities and exploring without the intense heat of summer.

Summer (June to August):

  • Summer is the peak tourist season, and Lisbon experiences higher temperatures, ranging from 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F).
  • The city is vibrant with festivals, events, and a lively atmosphere.
  • If you enjoy the beach and outdoor activities, summer can be an ideal time.

Autumn (September to November):

  • Early autumn is still warm, with temperatures ranging from 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F).
  • It’s a less crowded time compared to summer, and you can still enjoy pleasant weather for sightseeing.
  • Autumn is also the harvest season, offering a chance to experience local markets with fresh produce.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winter is the off-peak season, with cooler temperatures ranging from 8°C to 16°C (46°F to 61°F).
  • While it may be too cold for beach activities, winter in Lisbon is relatively mild compared to many other European cities.
  • You can experience the city without the crowds and enjoy cultural events and indoor attractions.

Keep in mind that Lisbon has a Mediterranean climate, making it a year-round destination with a different charm in each season.

How to get around Lisbon during your 2 days?

Getting around Lisbon during your two-day stay is convenient and efficient, thanks to the various transportation options available:

Walking: Lisbon’s city centre is pedestrian-friendly, with many attractions within walking distance of each other. Stroll through charming neighbourhoods like Alfama and Baixa to explore historic landmarks, colourful streets, and vibrant markets.

Public Transport: Lisbon has an extensive public transportation network, including buses, trams, and the metro. Purchase a Lisboa Card here or a rechargeable Viva Viagem card for easy access to all modes of public transport. The metro is particularly useful for covering longer distances quickly, while trams offer a scenic ride through narrow streets and hilly terrain.

Tram 28: Hop on Tram 28, a famous vintage tram that winds through Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods, including Alfama, Baixa, and Graça. If you can catch just one tram, take this one.

Tuk-Tuk: For a fun and unique way to explore Lisbon’s narrow streets and alleys, consider booking a tuk-tuk tour. These small electric vehicles offer guided tours of the city’s highlights, providing a personalized experience with the flexibility to stop at points of interest.

Taxi or Ride-Sharing: Taxi and ride-sharing services like Uber are readily available in Lisbon and can be a convenient option for reaching destinations not easily accessible by public transport or for travelling late at night.

Ferry: Experience Lisbon from the water and take a ferry across the Tagus River to Cacilhas or Trafaria. It offers panoramic views of the city skyline and is a refreshing way to travel to the southern bank, where you can enjoy scenic walks and seafood restaurants.

Lisbon metro

With these transportation options, navigating around the city during your two days in Lisbon will be a breeze, allowing you to make the most of your time exploring the city’s diverse attractions and neighbourhoods.

How many days should I spend in Lisbon?

The ideal duration for your stay in Lisbon depends on your travel preferences and the depth of exploration you desire; however, I believe 2 days in Lisbon is the perfect amount to see the main sights and enjoy the food and what the city offers.

If you have 3 days for Lisbon, I suggest following this itinerary and adding a day tour to Sintra.

What are the must-try dishes in Lisbon?

Here are five must-try dishes in Lisbon:

  1. Pastéis de Nata: Lisbon’s iconic custard tarts, featuring flaky crusts and creamy custard filling, topped with cinnamon or powdered sugar.
  2. Bacalhau à Brás: A classic Portuguese dish with salted cod (fish), mixed with onions, potatoes, and eggs for a flavourful combination.
  3. Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato: Seafood lovers should try this dish of tender clams cooked with garlic, coriander, and white wine, showcasing the freshness of the ocean.
  4. Caldo Verde: A comforting green soup with kale, potatoes, chorizo, and onions, perfect for a hearty and flavourful experience.
  5. Francesinha: A hearty sandwich filled with cured meats, topped with a rich tomato & beer sauce and melted cheese—a Portuguese take on the classic croque-monsieur.
Lisbon streets yellow Lisbon flag

What are the best neighbourhoods for accommodation in Lisbon?

Lisbon offers diverse neighbourhoods, each with its unique charm and atmosphere.

The best neighbourhood for accommodation depends on your preferences, interests, and the type of experience you seek.

Here are some of the top neighbourhoods for accommodation for your 2 days in Lisbon:

Baixa: The city’s downtown area, Baixa, is known for its grand squares, historic architecture, and central location. It’s a great choice for those who want easy access to major attractions, shopping, and dining.

We recommend staying at Dare Lisbon House or the Cais Urban Lodge.

Alfama: Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood, Alfama, is a maze of narrow streets, historic buildings, and Fado music-filled taverns. Staying here provides an authentic and charming experience, with stunning river views and easy access to São Jorge Castle.

We recommend staying at Sao Vicente Alfama Hotel or Hotel Convento do Salvador.

Chiado: Chiado is a trendy and upscale neighbourhood known for its elegant shops, theatres, and vibrant nightlife. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a lively atmosphere, cultural attractions, and proximity to Bairro Alto.

Chiado 44 Hotel is an excellent option if you stay in this area.

Bairro Alto: Famous for its nightlife, Bairro Alto is a bohemian neighbourhood filled with narrow streets, eclectic shops, and various bars and restaurants. It’s ideal for those who want to experience Lisbon’s vibrant evening scene.

We recommend staying at Boemio FLH Hotel or Browns Central Hotel.

Príncipe Real: A trendy and upscale area, Príncipe Real is known for its chic boutiques, stylish restaurants, and beautiful gardens. It’s quieter than Bairro Alto but still offers a sophisticated atmosphere.

Casa do Principe is our recommendation for an affordable and comfortable hotel in this area.

Final thoughts on this 2 days in Lisbon Itinerary

This comprehensive guide aims to ensure you make the most of your two days in Lisbon, immersing yourself in its rich history, culinary delights, and unique blend of tradition and modernity.

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