If you’re planning a quick trip to Lisbon, the charming capital city of Portugal, you’re in for a treat. With its rich history, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine, and vibrant culture, Lisbon is a must-visit destination for any traveller. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a weekend getaway, we’ve got you covered with the best Lisbon 2 day itinerary.
In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know before heading to Lisbon for 48 hours. We’ll start with some basic need-to-know information such as where it is, how to get there and the best time to visit before jumping into the itinerary. Following that, you’ll find some additional information such as extra things to do, where to stay and how it compares to Porto.
Where is Lisbon
Lisbon is located on the western coast of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of the Tagus River. It’s the westernmost capital city in mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south, and the municipalities of Loures, Odivelas, Amadora, and Oeiras to the north and west.
How to get to Lisbon
Getting to Lisbon is relatively easy as it is a major European capital with excellent transportation connections. Below you’ll find some information about some of the most popular ways to reach Lisbon.
Getting to Lisbon by plane is a convenient and popular option as Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), also known as Humberto Delgado Airport, is a major international airport with excellent connections to various destinations around the world.
There are several convenient transportation options to get from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) to the city centre:
- Metro: The Lisbon Metro is a quick and affordable way to reach the city centre from the airport. The metro station is located right outside Terminal 1, and you can take the Red Line (Linha Vermelha) towards São Sebastião or Saldanha and get off at stations such as Alameda, Saldanha, or Baixa-Chiado, which are located in or near the city centre. The metro operates from around 6:30 am to 1:00 am, and travel time to the city centre is approximately 20-30 minutes.
- Aerobus: The Aerobus is a shuttle bus service that operates between Lisbon Airport and various central locations in the city. There are two routes: Aerobus 1 (Line 1) which goes to the city centre, including Cais do Sodré, Avenida da Liberdade, and Rossio, and Aerobus 2 (Line 2) which goes to the financial district. Buses run frequently, and the service operates from around 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The travel time to the city centre depends on the route and traffic conditions but generally takes around 30-45 minutes.
- Taxi/Uber: Taxis and Ubers are readily available at the airport, and you can find taxi ranks outside the terminals. If you’re taking a taxi, then these are usually cream-coloured and have a green light on the roof when they are available for service. The travel time to the city centre by taxi is around 15-25 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
- Private Transfers: If you prefer a more personalised and hassle-free option, you can book a private transfer in advance. Many companies offer private transfer services from Lisbon Airport to the city centre, providing a comfortable and convenient door-to-door service. Private transfers can be booked online ahead of time:
Check prices: private transfer
- Rental Car: Another option is to rent a car at the airport and drive to the city centre. Lisbon Airport has several car rental agencies with pick-up and drop-off facilities at the airport. However, keep in mind that driving and parking in the city centre can be challenging, and there are tolls on some highways in Portugal. You’ll definitely need to book this ahead of time to avoid extremely high on-the-spot fees.
Check prices: rentalcars.com
Getting to Lisbon by train is a scenic and comfortable option, especially if you are travelling from within Portugal or from nearby European countries.
The main railway station in Lisbon is Santa Apolónia Station, located in the Alfama district, but there are also other stations such as Oriente Station and Cais do Sodré Station that serve different train routes.
Travelling to Lisbon by bus is a cost-effective and convenient choice, particularly for those journeying within Portugal or from neighbouring European countries. Numerous bus operators provide routes to Lisbon from various cities and countries, however, Busbud is an excellent platform which collates them all so that you can see the best price and time available.
Check prices: Busbud
Getting to Lisbon by car can be an enjoyable and flexible way to travel, allowing you to explore the beautiful Portuguese countryside and make pit stops along the way.
The roads across Portugal are pretty good, however, you’ll need to be aware of how the tolls work.
You have two options: pay by cash/card at each toll station or ensure the car is equipped with the Via Verde pass.
The Via Verde is an electronic toll system that allows for automatic toll payments without stopping at toll booths. Via Verde transponders are installed in the vehicle, and tolls are automatically deducted from a pre-paid account. This system is ideal as it saves time queuing to get through the tolls.
You can rent a Via Verde transponder from a car rental agency or purchase one at Via Verde service points.
If you’re looking to rent a car, then you collect it from the airport. For the best deals, you’ll need to book this ahead of time to avoid ridiculously high fees. Seriously – fees are around 10x the price if you don’t book ahead.
Check prices: rentalcars.com
Best time to visit Lisbon
Lisbon is a vibrant city with a Mediterranean climate, which makes it enjoyable to visit year-round. However, the best time to visit Lisbon largely depends on your preferences and the type of activities you want to engage in. Here are some considerations for each season:
Spring (March to May) | Spring is a wonderful time to visit Lisbon as the weather starts to warm up, and the city’s gardens and parks come to life with colourful flowers. The temperatures are generally mild, ranging from 15-20°C (59-68°F), making it perfect for outdoor activities such as walking tours, exploring the city’s historic neighbourhoods, and visiting the famous cherry blossoms in Jardim do Príncipe Real.
Summer (June to August) | Summer is the peak tourist season in Lisbon, with warm temperatures ranging from 20-30°C (68-86°F) and plenty of sunshine. It’s the perfect time to hit the beaches along the Lisbon coast, enjoy outdoor festivals and events, and indulge in the vibrant nightlife. However, do keep in mind that it can get crowded and prices may be higher during this season.
Fall (September to November) | Fall is also a great time to visit Lisbon as the summer crowds start to thin out, and the weather remains pleasant with temperatures ranging from 15-25°C (59-77°F). It’s a great time to explore Lisbon’s museums, enjoy the city’s culinary scene, and witness the beautiful fall foliage.
Winter (December to February) | Lisbon’s winters are mild compared to many other European destinations, with temperatures ranging from 10-15°C (50-59°F). While it may be cooler and rainier during this season, Lisbon still has plenty to offer, including its festive holiday decorations, traditional Christmas markets, and warm Portuguese hospitality.
2 days in Lisbon overview
- Day 1
- Fauna and Flora
- LX Factory
- Quake Museum
- Nata’s at Pasteis de Belem
- Honest Greens
- Elevador da Bica
- Rue Augusta
- Old Red Light District
- Steet art in Graça
- Viewpoint Senhora do Monte
- Via Graça
- Day 2
- Heim Cafe
- 7 Hills Bike Tour
- Estufa Fria
- Capsule Gallery
- Immersive art experience
- Sunset cruise
- Pateo – Bairro do Avillez
Tip: screenshot the above to refer back to during your trip.
Lisbon 2 day itinerary
Lisbon itinerary day 1
Breakfast at Fauna and Flora
First up on your 2 day Lisbon itinerary is Fauna and Flora – a gorgeous café located in the heart of the city. It is known for its healthy yet delicious dishes and trendy and Instagram-worthy ambience.
On the menu here, there are healthy and wholesome options, with a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices available. The café is known for its fresh salads, colourful smoothie bowls, excellent avocado toasts, and speciality coffee options. The menu also includes a selection of homemade pastries, cakes, and desserts, perfect for indulging in a sweet treat.
The interior is super cute and is characterized by its modern and minimalist décor, with a combination of natural elements such as plants, wooden furnishings, and soft lighting that create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
Needless to say that Fauna and Flora is a popular spot among tourists and locals and so you’ll need to get there before the rush during peak meal times or book ahead to secure a table.
LX Factory is situated in the Alcântara neighbourhood of the city and is located beneath the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge.
It’s a former industrial complex that was originally built in the 19th century and was used for textile production. However, in the early 2000s, it was transformed into a dynamic and innovative space for arts, culture and entertainment.
With a wide range of creative and cultural activities, including art galleries, design studios, fashion boutiques, music venues, co-working spaces, restaurants, and bars, the LX Factory is an absolute must-visit spot during your 2 days in Lisbon if you’re into vibrant culture and creation.
Although visiting on any day of the week provides a vibrant atmosphere, if you happen to be visiting on a Sunday then you’ll get to enjoy one of Lisbons many flea markets.
Although there are many great things to see and do inside Lisbons LX Factory, below are some spots which should not be missed:
- Ler Devagar: This iconic bookstore is a must-visit spot in LX Factory. It’s not just a bookstore, but an immersive cultural experience. The space features an impressive collection of books, art exhibitions, a gallery, and a café. Plus, don’t miss the famous hanging bicycle installation!
- LX Factory Street Art: This area has a vibrant street art scene. Take a stroll around the complex and discover colourful murals and graffiti adorning the walls. Many internationally renowned street artists have left their mark on LX Factory, making it a visual treat for art enthusiasts.
- Rio Maravilha: This rooftop bar and restaurant offers stunning views of the Tagus River and the 25 de Abril Bridge. It’s a perfect spot to relax, enjoy a drink, and soak in the atmosphere. The menu offers a fusion of Portuguese and international cuisines, and the cocktails are a hit!
- LX Cheese & Wine: If you’re a foodie, don’t miss a visit to LX Cheese & Wine. This cosy eatery specialises in Portuguese cheeses and wines, offering a unique culinary experience. You can indulge in delicious cheese platters paired with local wines, and the knowledgeable staff will guide you through the flavours.
- Village Underground Lisboa: A unique and innovative space made from repurposed shipping containers and buses, Village Underground Lisboa is an artistic and cultural hub. It hosts concerts, workshops, exhibitions, and other events. You can enjoy live music, and art installations, and grab a drink at the on-site bar.
- Landeau Chocolate: If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to stop by Landeau Chocolate. This small café is famous for its decadent chocolate cake, which is considered one of the best in Lisbon. Treat yourself to a slice of rich, velvety chocolate cake and savour the indulgence.
- The Block: This multi-purpose space hosts a variety of events, including concerts, DJ sets, and parties. It has a unique industrial-chic vibe with its exposed brick walls and high ceilings. If you’re into nightlife and want to experience the local music scene, The Block is the place to be.
The Quake Museum is a reasonably new spot on the map as it only opened its doors in 2022.
You may or may not know that Lisbon was hit by one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history, estimated to have had a magnitude of 8.5-9.0. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and fires that resulted in widespread destruction and loss of life.
The earthquake had a profound impact on society and was a turning point in history. It led to changes in architecture, urban planning, and disaster response, and had significant cultural, social, and philosophical repercussions during the Enlightenment period.
The museum serves as a remembrance of this catastrophic event and aims to educate visitors about both the earthquake and its historical significance with a number of interactive and immersive experiences. They also put on a number of exciting events throughout the year which allow visitors to really step back in time and experience exactly what people residing in Lisbon at the time went through.
Although this museum undoubtedly touches on the loss of life in a respectful way, the focus is more on providing guests with a close-to-real-life experience of an earthquake in a fun and educational way and I highly recommend visiting this new location when you visit Lisbon for 2 days.
Tip: If you book in advance you can enjoy 10% off the entrance price
Try a traditional Portuguese tart from Pasteis de Belem
Before heading back into the centre of the city, you’ll want to walk for 10 minutes to one of the best places to get a nata, a traditional Portuguese pastry also known as pastel de nata or Portuguese custard tart, in Lisbon is Pasteis de Belem – a historic pastry shop in the Belem neighbourhood of Lisbon.
This authentic little pastry shop has been serving pastel de nata since 1837 and is famous for its original recipe which has been kept as a closely guarded secret for over a century and results in a crispy, flaky crust and rich, creamy custard filling.
You’ll find the shop at Rua de Belem 84-92 and it is a must-visit for anyone looking to taste an authentic and delicious nata in Lisbon.
Although Pasteis de Belem is considered the best spot for natas, whilst you’re exploring the city, be sure to look out for the below locations if you have a sweet tooth.
- Manteigaria: Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Chiado, Manteigaria is a popular spot for nata lovers. They are known for their freshly baked, warm pastel de nata with a crispy crust and creamy filling. Address: Rua do Loreto 2, Lisbon.
- Fabrica da Nata: This modern pastry shop in Lisbon is known for its high-quality nata. They offer different variations of nata, including traditional, chocolate, and even a vegan version. Address: Praça dos Restauradores 62-68, Lisbon.
- Confeitaria Nacional: This historic pastry shop in Rossio, Lisbon, has been around since 1829 and is known for its elegant and delicious pastel de nata. It’s a great place to experience the charm of old-world Lisbon while enjoying a tasty nata. Address: Praça da Figueira 18B, Lisbon.
- Nata Lisboa: With multiple locations in Lisbon, Nata Lisboa is a popular chain of pastry shops known for their tasty pastel de nata. They also offer other Portuguese pastries and snacks. Address: Multiple locations in Lisbon, including Rua Augusta 108, Baixa, Lisbon.
- Aloma: This small bakery in the Principe Real neighbourhood is known for its artisanal pastries, including a delicious pastel de nata. They also have a cosy outdoor seating area where you can enjoy your nata with a cup of coffee. Address: Rua Francisco Metrass 67B, Lisbon.
Lunch at Honest Greens
Honest Greens is one of the best spots in Lisbon for a healthy but undeniably fantastic lunch – possibly even THE best. That’s a bold statement, but it’s true.
It is known for its focus on healthy, fresh, and sustainably-sourced ingredients, offering a variety of dishes that cater to different dietary preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The restaurant has gained a reputation for its vibrant and delicious food, as well as its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.
The ambience at Honest Greens is casual and inviting, with a modern and minimalist interior design. The restaurant features an open kitchen, allowing diners to see the chefs in action as they prepare the meals.
One of the standout features of Honest Greens is its emphasis on using locally-sourced and organic ingredients. The restaurant prides itself on working with local farmers and suppliers to obtain the freshest produce and meats available. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly to reflect the availability of ingredients, ensuring that diners are treated to the best flavours of the season.
In addition to its focus on healthy and sustainable food, Honest Greens is also committed to reducing its environmental impact. The restaurant uses environmentally-friendly packaging, avoids single-use plastics, and strives to minimize food waste through efficient kitchen practices. It also promotes recycling and composting to minimize its carbon footprint.
Honestly, this restaurant is a true gem.
It gets super busy though – so be sure to head here just before the lunchtime rush to avoid long lines.
Alternatively, if you do find that there is a long line or healthy but delicious food isn’t what you’re after, then you can head across the road to the Timeout Market.
Although I had a tasty Pad Thai from here, I’m not putting this above Honest Greens as I didn’t really feel like it was worth the hype. It was super busy and very unclear what each stall sold in my opinion. However, I can’t deny the Pad Thai was very tasty.
Tip: Honest Greens also has a cafe attached to it called Honest Coffee which is a also great place to pick up a drink or a snack.
Get the classic shot of Elevador da Bica
The Elevador da Bica, also known as Ascensor da Bica, is a historic funicular railway located in the Bica neighbourhood of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the three funiculars in Lisbon, along with the Elevador da Glória and the Elevador do Lavra and is a popular tourist attraction and a unique mode of transportation in the city that most people like to include on their 2 day Lisbon itinerary.
The Elevador da Bica was inaugurated in 1892 and has since become an iconic symbol of Lisbon – hence why many people head here to take the classic ‘i’ve been to Lisbon’ photo.
And of course, you can also ride the Elevador da Bica. It’s a short but picturesque ride, offering panoramic views of the city as it ascends or descends the steep hill between Rua de São Paulo and Calçada do Combro. It is particularly known for its scenic route through the narrow streets of the Bica neighbourhood, with its colourful houses and historic buildings, providing a glimpse into Lisbon’s old-world charm.
Operating hours are:
- Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Sundays and holidays: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wander down Rue Augusta
Rue Augusta is a well-known street in Lisbon, Portugal, located in the historic Baixa district of the city. It is a pedestrian street that stretches from Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, to the bustling Rossio Square, and is a popular destination
The street is known for its distinctive black-and-white mosaic cobblestone pavement, which is a hallmark of Lisbon’s streetscape. Along the way, you’ll a plethora of well-known shops, restaurants, historic buildings adorned with ornate facades, intricate balconies, and beautiful architectural details, reflecting the city’s rich history and cultural heritage.
Some key things to see are:
- Arco da Rua Augusta: This iconic triumphal arch is one of the main landmarks of Rue Augusta. Located at the northern end of the street, the arch features intricate sculptures and bas-reliefs, and visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River.
- Praça do Comércio: Also known as Terreiro do Paço, this grand square is located at the southern end of Rue Augusta. It is one of the largest squares in Europe and is surrounded by impressive yellow-coloured buildings. The square offers stunning views of the Tagus River and is a great place to relax and take in the atmosphere.
- Santa Justa Lift: Located near the middle of Rue Augusta, this historic wrought-iron elevator is a unique attraction in Lisbon. Built-in the 19th century, it connects the lower streets of Baixa with the higher streets of Carmo Square and offers panoramic views of the city from the top.
- Carmo Convent: Situated near the top of Rue Augusta, Carmo Convent is a medieval Gothic church that was partially destroyed during the 1755 earthquake. Today, it stands as a picturesque ruin with open-air arches and houses an archaeological museum showcasing artefacts from Portugal’s history.
Stroll down the old Red Light District
Lisbon’s old Red Light District was once a place that the majority of tourists and locals avoided, however since undergoing a transformation in recent years, it’s now a hotspot.
It’s also known as The Lisbon Pink Street or Rua Nova do Carvalho and is located in the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood of Lisbon. The most striking feature of the street is its pink-coloured pavement and the hanging multicoloured umbrellas which create a ceiling of colour, giving it a unique and eye-catching appearance.
You’ll find that there is a lively and eclectic atmosphere, with a mix of modern and historic buildings, street art, and colourful lights adding to its unique charm. It has become a popular spot for young locals and tourists to enjoy a night out, with many bars offering live music, DJ sets, and a diverse range of cocktails and drinks.
Aside from its nightlife, the old Red Light District is a vibrant and photogenic location during the day. The pink-coloured pavement provides an interesting backdrop for photos, and the street is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, making it a fun place to explore and take some Instagram-worthy photos.
Some recommended places to visit whilst your there are:
- Restaurants and Eateries: The Pink Street is also home to several restaurants and eateries where you can enjoy a meal or a snack. From Portuguese cuisine to international flavours, there are plenty of options to choose from. A few recommendations include A Cevicheria, known for its delicious ceviche dishes, and Povo, a trendy restaurant and bar with a relaxed atmosphere and a menu featuring Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
- Live Music Venues: If you’re a music lover, the Pink Street has some cool venues where you can catch live music performances. For instance, MusicBox Lisbon is a popular club with a diverse range of music styles, from electronic to rock and indie. It’s known for its unique space and lively atmosphere.
- Bars and Clubs: The Pink Street is famous for its lively nightlife, with numerous bars and clubs lining the street. You can find a variety of venues offering different vibes, from trendy cocktail bars to energetic dance clubs. Some popular options include Pensão Amor, which is known for its quirky decor and burlesque-themed atmosphere, and Tokyo Lisboa, a popular nightclub with a hipster vibe.
Discover the street art in Graça
Graça is a trendy neighbourhood in Lisbon and is known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and stunning viewpoints. And, of course, it is also home to a vibrant street art scene that adds a unique charm to the area.
Graça is adorned with colourful murals and graffiti that can be found on the walls of buildings, staircases, and other public spaces. These artworks are created by local and international street artists, and they showcase a wide range of styles, from abstract to figurative, and often reflect social, cultural, and political issues. Many of the murals in Graça are large-scale, covering entire walls and creating a visually striking effect.
Street art in Graça goes beyond aesthetics; it is often intertwined with the local community. Many of the murals and graffiti in Graça are created in collaboration with local residents and businesses, reflecting the neighbourhood’s identity and history. Some artworks even incorporate elements of the local culture and traditions, making them a part of the fabric of the community.
Some prominent artists whose works can be found in Graça include Bordalo II, a Portuguese artist known for his large-scale animal sculptures made from recycled materials, and Vhils, a Portuguese artist known for his unique technique of carving portraits into urban walls.
Whilst Graça is a great neighbourhood to explore on foot, you may prefer to join a guided tour as part of your two day Lisbon itinerary. These tours provide insights into the stories, techniques, and meanings behind street art in Graça, which will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the artworks and the artists who created them.
Sunset at Viewpoint of Senhora do Monte
The viewpoint of Senhora do Monte, also known as Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, is a popular panoramic lookout point located in the Graça.
As a vantage point that offers sweeping views of the city, including the historic Alfama district, the Tagus River, and the distant hills, it provides a unique perspective of Lisbon’s urban landscape. On a clear day, you may even see the famous 25 de Abril Bridge and the Cristo Rei statue in the distance.
One of the most popular times to visit the Senhora do Monte viewpoint is at sunset. As the sun begins to set over the city, the viewpoint offers a spectacular platform to witness the changing colours of the sky, the lights twinkling on in the city, and the sun dipping below the horizon.
The views from here are considered some of the most breathtaking in Lisbon and it’s a super romantic and picturesque spot for couples, photographers, and sunset enthusiasts alike.
No matter what day of the week it is, if the weather is good, then this will location will be busy. I’d recommend arriving in good time to secure a spot that allows you to see clearly, rather than just the tops of people’s heads!
I’d also recommend that you take a warm jumper as the viewpoint in very exposed and the wind seems to blow particularly hard up here.
Dinner and drinks at Via Graça
Via Graça is an exquisite fine-dining restaurant and one of the best in Lisbon.
The restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of the city, providing a breathtaking backdrop for your dining experience. As you settle into your seat, you can take in the stunning vistas of Lisbon’s red-tiled rooftops, the meandering streets of Alfama, and the glistening Tagus River, creating a truly remarkable dining atmosphere.
The menu at Via Graça is a culinary masterpiece, crafted by a team of skilled chefs who are passionate about using the freshest local ingredients to create innovative and flavoursome dishes. Every plate is a work of art, meticulously presented with attention to detail. From delicate seafood dishes to succulent meat cuts, each bite is a symphony of flavours that delights the senses.
Complementing the culinary delights is an extensive wine list that showcases a carefully curated selection of Portuguese and international wines. The knowledgeable sommeliers are on hand to guide you through the wine list, expertly pairing each dish with the perfect wine to enhance your dining experience.
Although this night will be quite expensive, it’s the perfect place to treat yourselves after completing day 1 of your Lisbon two day itinerary.
Tip: if Via Graça is out of your budget, then a cheaper alternative is Cafeh Tehran.
Lisbon itinerary day 2
Breakfast at Heim Cafe
Heim Cafe is a cosy and trendy cafe located in Lisbon, known for its inviting atmosphere and unique offerings. The cafe features a charming interior with stylish decor and comfortable seating, creating a welcoming space for locals and tourists alike.
The menu at Heim Cafe includes a variety of coffee-based drinks, including espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, and other speciality coffee beverages, as well as a selection of teas, fresh juices, and other non-alcoholic beverages.
As for food, you’ll find a range of breakfast and brunch options, such as eggs benedict, pancakes and pastries. Since the next activity of this itinerary is going to require some energy, it’s worth having something filling for breakfast here.
Although it’s an excellent breakfast spot, it’s not very big but is very popular, so you’ll want to arrive early to avoid having to wait for a table.
7 Hills Bike Tour
The 7 Hills Bike Tour in Lisbon is a guided bike tour that takes you on a thrilling adventure through the hills of Lisbon. As the name suggests, the tour covers the seven hills that make up the city’s landscape, providing a unique and active way to explore Lisbon’s neighbourhoods, history, and culture.
During the 7 Hills Bike Tour, you will start at a designated meeting point and be provided with a quality bike and safety equipment. An experienced local guide will lead the tour, taking you on a carefully designed route that typically lasts around 2.5 to 3 hours.
Throughout the tour, you’ll pedal through narrow alleys, charming streets, and up some steep slopes, as you navigate the city’s hilly terrain. But, don’t worry as the bikes are often electric.
As you embark on the tour, you’ll pass by iconic landmarks such as Castelo de São Jorge, Alfama, Graça, and other neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character and charm.
Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into Lisbon’s history, culture, and local traditions, sharing interesting anecdotes and stories about the city’s past and present. You will also have opportunities to take breaks at scenic viewpoints, allowing you to soak in breathtaking panoramic views of the city and capture memorable photos.
Lunch at Comadre
Comadre is a restaurant that offers a one-of-a-kind experience with its hipster 70’s vibe and open kitchen concept – and of course, delicious food.
The restaurant’s decor and vibe are the perfect blend of retro and modern, with funky colours, vintage-inspired furnishings, and a laid-back atmosphere that will make you feel like you have stepped into a time warp.
Every dish here is a culinary masterpiece that will no doubt delight your taste buds. The melted cheese with truffle is a sensory delight, with its rich, gooey texture and exquisite truffle aroma. The fish tartare is a symphony of flavours, perfectly balanced and bursting with freshness. And, perhaps one of the underdogs on the menu here, is the cauliflower risotto – a heavenly creation with a delicate texture that will feel like a cloud melting in your mouth.
Aside from the outstanding food, the staff here are super friendly and attentive and will go above and beyond to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.
Estufa Fria, also known as the “Cold Greenhouse,” is a famous botanical garden in Parque Eduardo VII, one of the largest parks in Lisbon. It’s a unique and picturesque destination that offers a diverse collection of exotic plants, flowers, and trees in a lush green environment and is a popular destination for nature lovers, botany enthusiasts, and tourists seeking a tranquil oasis within the bustling city.
Although there are three interconnected areas: the cold greenhouse, the sweet greenhouse, and the central greenhouse, the cold greenhouse is the main attraction of Estufa Fria and is home to a variety of plants that thrive in cooler temperatures, such as ferns, cycads, and palms.
Visitors to Estufa Fria can enjoy leisurely walks along the winding paths, marvel at the diverse plant species from around the world, and relax amidst the serene atmosphere.
- Mondays: Closed
- Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Capsule Gallery is home to the Banksy Exhibition.
Banksy is a pseudonymous British street artist, political activist, and social commentator known for his distinctive stencilled graffiti artworks.
As you wander through the Capsule Gallery, you’ll delve into the captivating ‘World of Banksy Exhibition’ with over 100 iconic pieces of work on display, including video installations, graffiti, canvases, projections, and murals, which provide a mesmerizing glimpse into the enigmatic artist’s thought-provoking creations.
From the bustling streets of the United States to the romantic alleyways of Paris, from the gritty urban landscapes of the United Kingdom to the sun-soaked walls of Italy, and even the politically charged regions of Israel and Palestine, Banksy’s work transcends borders and cultures, making a powerful statement on universal issues.
As you wander through the collection, you’ll be confronted with Banksy’s distinctive style, witty commentary, and bold social critique that have earned him a renowned reputation in many social circles. Each piece tells a story, challenges conventions, and sparks conversations, encouraging you to see the world in a whole new light.
“The World of Banksy” exhibition is not just a display of art, but a thought-provoking experience that will leave you pondering on the complex and interconnected issues of our time. Whether you’re a Banksy enthusiast or a curious art lover, this exhibition in Lisbon is a must-visit for an immersive and eye-opening exploration of the world of Banksy.
- Monday to Friday: 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
- Bank Holidays: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Immersive Art Gallery
The Mãe D’Água das Amoreiras Reservoir, also known as the Amoreiras Water Reservoir, is a historic water storage facility and is an important architectural and engineering landmark known for its unique design and historical significance. And, as it stands, has been transformed into an immersive art gallery.
Imagine stepping into a world where the works of famous artists come alive in a mesmerizing audiovisual experience. As you enter the immersive gallery, you are greeted by a symphony of visual effects, music, and 360º projections that transport you into the imagination of these renowned artists.
There are a number of exhibitions which are on rotation throughout the year, including shows featuring Monet, Klimt and Frida Kahlo.
If you choose to see the ‘Impressive Monet and Brilliant Klimt’ show is what you can expect:
In “Impressive Monet,” you are taken on a captivating journey through Monet’s impressionist masterpieces. The gallery is transformed into a canvas of swirling colours, where you can witness the evolution of Monet’s iconic artworks and his tireless pursuit of capturing the elusive play of light. You feel as if you are walking through Monet’s own world, witnessing his brushstrokes and techniques come to life before your eyes.
As you move on to “Brilliant Klimt,” you are immersed in the biographical aspects and artistic legacy of Gustav Klimt, known for his opulent and symbolic paintings. The gallery transforms into a realm of gold and lush imagery, with Klimt’s iconic painting “The Kiss” taking centre stage. You are drawn into Klimt’s world, experiencing his artistic inspirations, influences, and emotions that are woven into his artwork.
Next up on this Lisbon 2 day itinerary is a sunset cruise.
You’ll embark on an unforgettable sunset journey along Lisbon’s majestic Tagus River, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of iconic landmarks such as the towering Christ the King statue and the awe-inspiring 25th of April Bridge. Marvel at the elegant Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, as they come to life in the warm glow of the setting sun.
You’ll get a complimentary drink included in your ticket price, as you relax to the rhythm of onboard music. Unwind on the catamaran’s two spacious nets, feeling the gentle breeze against your skin, or dance the night away on the onboard dance floor, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
This will no doubt be a highlight of your two days in Lisbon and you’ll want to capture some Instagram-worthy photos as the water shimmers in the evening light.
Dinner at Pateo – Bairro do Avillez
Pateo – Bairro do Avillez is a renowned culinary restaurant that promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience. It’s owned by Portuguese chef José Avillez who brings together various culinary concepts under one roof to offer a diverse and exciting gastronomic experience.
The menu showcases a wide variety, ranging from traditional Portuguese cuisine to innovative fusion dishes, all crafted with meticulous attention to detail and using only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients. From seafood delights to succulent meats and indulgent desserts, there is something to satisfy every palate.
The attention to detail extends beyond the food, as Pateo – Bairro do Avillez also boasts an extensive selection of fine wines and cocktails, carefully curated to complement the flavours of the dishes.
Other things to add to your Lisbon itinerary
A walking tour in Lisbon involves exploring the city on foot with a knowledgeable local guide who will provide excellent insights into the historical sites of the city with interesting anecdotes about each spot that you visit.
Walking tours are a great way to start your trip as they allow you to get your bearings and gain a deeper understanding of the city in which you have just arrived in. The guide usually shares so local tips and recommendations of the best places to eat, drink and visit whilst you’re there too.
Many walking tours are advertised as free but expect guests to give a contribution at the end of the tour. Personally, I think it’s better to book online ahead of time with a paid tour so that you know exactly what you’re expected to pay and you can read the reviews beforehand.
If you choose to add a dolphin cruise to your 2 day itinerary for Lisbon then you’ll be embarking on an exhilarating adventure from the picturesque Sesimbra Harbor, guided by a knowledgeable marine biologist, as you set out to search for dolphins in their natural habitat.
If you’re lucky, you’ll experience an unforgettable encounter with the majestic Bottlenose Dolphins and the playful Short Beaked Common Dolphins as they frolic and swim in the crystal-clear blue waters of the park.
Sintra and Cascais
One of the most popular day trips from Lisbon is to Sintra and Cascais. They are two of the most stunning towns on the edge of Lisbon and are well worth the day trip if you have some extra time.
To start with, you’ll be taken on a journey through Sintra’s enchanting streets, where you’ll find historic estates and lavish gardens. You’ll be able to immerse yourself into the rich history and cultural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage site as your expert guide reveals its secrets and stories. For many, the highlight of Sintra is the world-renowned Pena Palace – a true architectural marvel that will leave you in awe!
You’ll then head to the charming seaside resort town of Cascais, known for its posh marina, charming beaches, and chic atmosphere. You’ll be able to wander along the picturesque promenade, soak in the coastal vibes, and indulge in the luxurious ambience of this little gem.
Many of the tours here also include stops at other locations such as Cabo da Roca – a viewpoint across the ocean with interesting rock formations.
Tuk Tuk Tour
If you’re looking for a unique and exciting way to see the city, then a Tuk Tuk is epic. These three-wheeled vehicles are not only an iconic mode of transportation in many parts of the world, but they also offer a fun and eco-friendly way to navigate Lisbon’s narrow streets and steep hills.
Jumping in a Tuk Tuk is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and culture, and admire the street art and stunning views. These small, colourful vehicles are perfect for weaving through Lisbon’s narrow alleys and winding streets, taking you to places that are difficult to access by larger vehicles. Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or just looking for a unique adventure, a Tuk Tuk tour in Lisbon is pretty awesome.
As you embark on your Segway tour, you’ll quickly realize the advantages of this mode of transportation. With a Segway, you can cover more ground than on foot, making it easy to visit multiple attractions in a shorter amount of time. You’ll have the flexibility to explore Lisbon’s iconic landmarks, historic neighbourhoods, beautiful parks, and bustling streets with ease.
You’ll glide effortlessly through the narrow streets of Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon, and marvel at its ancient buildings, colourful tiles, and intricate alleyways. You’ll be able to listen to the stories of Lisbon’s past from your knowledgeable guide as you effortlessly cruise along on your Segway. Depending on which tour you select, you’ll also visit other historic areas such as Baixa, Rossio, and Mouraria, and witness the fascinating blend of Moorish, Roman, and medieval influences in the city’s architecture.
Hop on a sidecar or motorbike for an unforgettable adventure through the city’s top attractions and experience Lisbon in style, with a small-group tour that lets you choose your own itinerary and explore the city at your own pace.
Typically, tours start at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM and you’ll be picked up from your hotel before heading to meet your knowledgeable guide.
You’ll be able to discuss with your guide what you would like to see if you have specific attractions that you want to tick off your list, or you can take the recommendations from the guide who will know all of the best locations across the city.
How to travel around
Lisbon offers several options for getting around and exploring its many attractions. Here are some common methods of transportation:
- Metro: Lisbon has a reliable and efficient metro system with four lines (blue, yellow, red, and green) that cover various parts of the city and connect to the suburbs. The metro is a convenient and fast way to get around Lisbon.
- Trams: Lisbon is famous for its iconic yellow trams, also known as “elétricos”. These historic trams operate on several routes in the city, including the popular Tram 28 which takes you through many of Lisbon’s historic neighbourhoods. Trams are a charming and nostalgic way to explore the city’s narrow streets and hilly neighbourhoods, but they are very slow.
- Buses: Lisbon has an extensive bus network that covers the entire city and surrounding areas. Buses are a good option for reaching destinations that are not covered by the metro.
- Taxis/Uber: Taxis are widely available in Lisbon and can be a convenient option for getting around the city, especially if you’re travelling in a group or with heavy luggage. Taxis are metered, and fares are generally reasonable, although they may vary depending on the time of day and the distance travelled.
- Walking: Lisbon is a compact city with many narrow streets and alleys that are best explored on foot. Walking can be a pleasant and convenient way to get around, especially in the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, and Baixa.
Is 2 days in Lisbon enough?
Two days in Lisbon can provide you with a good introduction to the city and allow you to see some of its highlights, but if you have any extra time available then I’d recommend spending at least 4 days here and adding some of the other recommended things to do to your Lisbon itinerary.
Which is better, Porto or Lisbon?
The question of whether Porto or Lisbon is “better” really depends on what you love to do when you travel and the vibe that you enjoy the most.
Lisbon offers a larger, cosmopolitan city experience with a diverse range of attractions. You’ll find everything from luxury high streets to quirky hipster neighbourhoods and a lively atmosphere at almost any time of the day.
On the other hand, Porto has a smaller, intimate feel with a focus on its historic district, wine culture, and local cuisine. There are more hipster neighbourhoods in Porto and has a more relaxed vibe.
Both cities have their own unique charm and offer plenty of things to see and do but from a personal point of view, I would say Lisbon is better.
How many days to spend in Porto versus Lisbon?
Since Lisbon is a larger city than Porto, you’ll need to factor in more time here than Porto – particularly if you’re wanting to add some of the popular day trips such as Sintra and Cascais into your itinerary.
An excellent trip would be 3, 4 or 5 days in Lisbon and 2 or 3 days in Porto.
Where to stay in Lisbon for 2 days
Lisbon offers a variety of neighbourhoods with different vibes and characteristics, each with its own charm and appeal. The best area to stay in Lisbon depends on your what kind of vibe you enjoy the most and how flexible your budget is.
Best neighbourhoods and hotels
This area is known for its central location, with easy access to major attractions, shopping, and dining options. It’s a bustling neighbourhood with a mix of historic and modern architecture and offers a great base for exploring Lisbon’s city centre.
- Budget: We Love F Tourists
- Mid-range: The Central House Lisbon Baixa
- Luxury: The Ivens Autograph Collection
If you’re looking for a more traditional and historic experience, Alfama is Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood and is known for its narrow winding streets, historic buildings, and picturesque alleys. It’s a great area for those who enjoy a bohemian atmosphere and want to immerse themselves in Lisbon’s rich history and culture.
This vibrant and lively neighbourhood is known for its nightlife, with numerous bars, restaurants, and music venues. Bairro Alto is a great choice if you enjoy a good atmosphere and want to be in the heart of Lisbon’s entertainment scene.
This upscale neighbourhood is known for its elegant architecture, high-end shops, and cultural attractions. It’s a great area for those who appreciate a more refined atmosphere and want to be close to museums, theatres, and historic landmarks.
This trendy and hip neighbourhood is known for its boutiques, art galleries, and unique shops. It’s a great area for those who are looking for a bohemian and artistic vibe and want to experience Lisbon’s contemporary culture.
Avenida da Liberdade
This boulevard is known for its luxury hotels, high-end shops, and wide tree-lined streets. It’s a great area for those who appreciate a more high-end and sophisticated atmosphere and want to be close to designer boutiques and elegant hotels.
Explore Portugal further
If you enjoyed this Lisbon 2 day itinerary and you’re looking to explore Portugal further then I’ll be posting more guides like this Porto 2 day itinerary in the near future. In the meantime, you may enjoy reading about the neighbouring island of Madeira.
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