4 days in Lisbon
Lisbon has the sites, culture, nightlife and, the beach. A laid-back city with steep hills - so if walking isn't your thing, maybe consider somewhere else. Be sure to take the tram or funicular and snack on a Pastéis de Nata. Lisbon is unique for its abundance of street art and ceramic tiles lining their hilly streets.
Best time to go? I think Lisbon can make for a lovely summer and winter break, best time: March - October.
Day 1 in Lisbon
Start your day in the Alfama district, this area is known as the historical soul of Lisbon. Post-breakfast climb up some steep hills and discover St George's Castle. Get lost in the castle walls, and you can't miss the wonderful views of Lisbon (pictured above). Entrance cost: 8.50 euros, open 9am until 9pm, March-October.
Another spectacular view of Lisbon can be seen from the Santa Justa Lift (pictured below - 5 euros per person).
Other sites to see nearby include: Lisbon Cathedral, Rossio Square, Largo de Carmo Square and within this square you can check out the ruins of Carmo Covent (pictured above), partly destroyed by the 1755 earthquake (entrance fee = 4 euros pp). Alternatively you can check out another popular viewpoint of Lisbon: Miradouro Das Portas do Sol.
A hotspot for nightlife, don't miss: Pink Street. Located in the Alfama district, you can't miss it, the street is in-fact painted Pink. Previously known as the Red Light District, the Rua Cor-de-Rosa had a facelift in 2011. Pink Street is home to new and old bars and cozy cafes to be enjoyed in the day or at night. Music Box, located just under the bridge is known as one of the best clubs in Lisbon.
Day 2 in Lisbon
Spend your day wandering around the bohemian district of Bairro Alto. Have breakfast at one of the the oldest cafes in Lisbon, just by Camoes Square: A Brasileira (pictured below).
Make sure you travel the Tram 28 or ride one of the funiculars of Lisbon during your time here. If you're residing in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon, take the funicular (Elevador da Bica, pictured below) from the top, down-hill towards the riverfront.
Dine at the Time Out Market for quick but delicious food (pictured below). Find a seat if you can before you order! A 10 minute walk along the river will lead you to one of the grandest squares of Lisbon: Praca do Comercio. Have an afternoon coffee or Super Bock in one of the cafes located in the Plaza.
Start your evening with dinner at Casa da India (pictured below). Make sure you book, otherwise you'll be queueing a while. A hot favourite amongst the locals, cheap and huge portions of local delicacies (expect lots of sea-food).
Jump from bar to bar in the nightlife area of Bairro Alto, drink a 1 euro Sagres in the bustling streets with local Lisboetas.
Day 3 in Lisbon
Spend a day or half a day exploring the Belem district. Here you'll find the tower of Belem, the Monument of Discovery and the amazing Jeronimos Monastery (pictured below).
Church entrance is free but the Cloister costs 10 euros per adult. The queue to have a look inside will be long but the architecture of the exterior building is worth a look. You can also climb the tower of Belem & Monument of Discovery, check for opening times & prices online.
If you're wondering where the best Pastéis de nata are in Lisbon, queue up at the Pastéis de Belém (also known as Conantiga confeitaria de Belém).
What to do with the other half of your day? Ride a boat along the River Tagus & visit the Christ Statue of Lisbon. Alternatively, head to Other Suggestions.
Monument of Discovery
Day 4 in Lisbon
If you fancy a change from the city, head to Unesco World Heritage Site Sintra for some interesting historical architecture, mountainous views and exotic gardens.
How to get there? Catch a 45 minute train from Lisbon Rossio station to Sintra (4.50 euro return).
Grab some lunch in Sintra town before heading for the hills. Dona Maria: a reasonably priced restaurant with lovely views of Sintra town.
You could spend up to 3 days exploring the sites of Sintra, but most people don't have the time. Take the 434 tourist bus from Sintra station, jump off at either: Sintra Vila, Castelo dos Mouros and/or Palacio Nacional de Pena (pictured below). Other must-see spots around Sintra include: Sintra Palace & Quinta de Regaleira, find out more here.
If the beach is calling your name, go over to Cascais, a former fishing village and now a relaxing beach-side town (a 40 minute tram ride from outside Lisbon Rossio or take the suburban train from Cais do Sodré train station, which is connected to the metro (green line)).
Want another beach day? click here for more information on beaches in and around Lisbon.
On a rainy day, take shelter in the National Tile Museum of Lisbon (5 euros per adult).
Take a trip to the Botanical Gardens of Lisbon (pictured below). Find out more here.