Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Arco da Rua Augusta
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Lisbon bucket list: 22 top things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

Check out this Lisbon bucket list and discover the ultimate best things to do in Lisbon! This list is perfect for you if you have 3 days to spend in Lisbon and an extra day to spare for a day trip! Here are all the must-see places in the iconic capital of Portugal!

We stayed in Lisbon for a couple of weeks exploring this quintessential European city to the fullest. And if I could, I would go back there any day! Lisbon proudly boasts a rich history, tons of picturesque viewpoints, beautiful art, and colorful tiles called ‘azulejos’!

In this blog post, you will find all the best things to do in Lisbon with my original photos, descriptions, and locations where you can find them on the map. I have also added many tips with alternative cool spots to visit in Lisbon. Happy exploring!

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1. Watch the sunrise from Miradouro de Santa Luzia (day 1)!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Morning glow at Miradouro de Santa Luzia – the most famous viewpoint in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal is often regarded as the City of the Seven Hills and you will probably notice the uneven street levels right away! It is impossible to visit Lisbon without gasping for air while hiking up one of those notorious inclines!

However, the best view comes after the hardest climb, right? Lisbon is abundantly blessed with some of the most incredible viewpoints overlooking the typical red terracotta rooftops of Lisbon’s downtown as well as the scenic Tagus River!

The most beautiful places in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint
Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Miradouro de Santa Luzia

When we stayed in Lisbon, we woke up early to watch the golden sunrise from the most famous viewpoint in Lisbon – Miradouro de Santa Luzia. It was one of my favorite things to do in Lisbon and an unforgettable memory from this trip!

The viewpoint is especially beautiful because it has a charming pergola roof covered with vines and blooming flower bushes and it has walls decorated with the famous Portuguese ceramic tiles – azulejos. So scenic! Best way to start the day!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Miradouro das Portas do Sol
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - tunnel of Lisbon history
Tunnel of the History of Lisbon

Tip! Just a few meters away from the Miradouro de Santa Luzia viewpoint you will find a hidden gem in Lisbon – the Tunnel of the History of Lisbon. The tunnel features comic-style illustrations created by the artist Nuno Saraiva that depict the story of Lisbon.

Right next to the tunnel, you will find the second most famous viewpoint in Lisbon – Miradouro das Portas do Sol. It offers panoramic views over the popular Alfama district with the distinct towers of the National Pantheon and the São Vicente de Fora Church.

Location: Miradouro de Santa LuziaTunnel of the History of LisbonMiradouro das Portas do Sol

2. See the glorious Arco da Rua Augusta at Praça do Comércio!

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Arco da Rua Augusta
Arco da Rua Augusta is one of the symbols of Lisbon

Arco da Rua Augusta arch is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Lisbon! Just like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome, this arch is one of the symbols of Portugal’s capital and the whole country!

This glorious structure is a triumphal arch that was built to commemorate the reconstruction of Lisbon after the devastating 1755 earthquake (it also caused a tsunami and a firestorm) that destroyed about 85% of all the buildings in Lisbon.

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Praça do Comércio
Praça do Comércio

The arch is more than 30 meters/100 ft high and you can actually visit the inside of the arch and climb up to the roof! Entrance tickets cost 3.50 EUR per person. This is definitely one of the must-see places in Lisbon!

Arco da Rua Augusta is located in the city center next to Praça do Comércio or the Commerce Square – a massive public plaza facing the Tagus River and lined with restaurants and shops and features the statue of King José I of Portugal in the middle.

Location: Arco da Rua AugustaPraça do Comércio

3. Walk Rua Augusta and grab yourself a pastel de nata!

Best pastel de nata in Lisbon, Portugal - Manteigaria
My pastel de nata posing with the yellow Tram 28 on Rua Augusta Street in Lisbon

Now, this is one of those unskippable things to do in Lisbon! You must try the world-famous Portuguese egg tart or ‘pastel de nata’ as they say in Portuguese!

We spent a few weeks exploring Lisbon so we managed to try a dozen places where they serve the best pastel de nata in Lisbon. Luckily, some of the top-rated ones are right on Rua Augusta – the main pedestrian street in Lisbon!

Best pastel de nata in Lisbon, Portugal - Manteigaria
You can buy pastel de nata for takeaway
Best pastel de nata in Lisbon - Fábrica da Nata
Portuguese egg tarts – pastel de nata

After eating many egg tarts, we came to the conclusion that the best pastel de nata in Lisbon you can get at Manteigaria and at Castro – Atelier de Pastéis de Nata. Just pick the one that is the closest to you!

Both places specialize in baking the most perfect pastel de nata and you won’t be disappointed. Grab a coffee and a pastel de nata and enjoy a small breakfast the Portuguese way!

Tip! You can eat pastel de nata during the day as well. We often bought some for takeaway (they pack them in cute boxes) and went to one of Lisbon’s viewpoints to enjoy them with a view!

Location: ManteigariaCastro – Atelier de Pastéis de Nata

4. Take a photo on the world-famous Pink Street!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Pink Street

Pink Street is one of the most famous Instagram photo spots in Lisbon! It is also a bit of a controversial place because your experience will wholly depend on the time you visit the Pink Street!

Want to know my opinion? The best time to visit this place is between 8 AM and 9 AM! It is after the street has been cleaned of trash from the party the night before and it is right before the street gets overrun with tourists and stuffed full with chairs and tables!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Pink Street

We made the mistake of arriving too early (at 7:30-ish AM) and the whole street was full of trash, plastic cups, and bottles and it was sticky because of the spilled sugary drinks. Luckily a small patch was already washed so I got to take a nice photo after all, haha!

Because this street is such a ‘chameleon’ many tourists visiting Lisbon don’t get a nice experience when visiting Pink Street. But if you know the situation and the facts, you can make a much better decision when to visit it!

Best hidden gems in Lisbon - Green Street
Green Street in Lisbon. We arrived too early for lunch

Tip! Did you know that Lisbon also has ‘Green Street’? It is a simple street decorated with plants and greenery (hence the name!), lanterns as well as colorful Christmas tree tinsels. It hosts numerous trendy cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops.

Green Street is the perfect place to go to escape crowds and find a trendy spot to enjoy lunch. It features different cuisines from all over the world so this is definitely a cool spot to check out if you are looking for off-the-beaten-path places in Lisbon!

Location: Lisbon Pink StreetLisbon Green Street

5. Catch the yellow Tram 28 or stop by Elevador da Bica!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Elevador da Bica
Elevador da Bica is a simpler and quieter alternative to the yellow Tram 28

One of the most popular things to do in Lisbon is catching a ride with the famous yellow Tram 28. It is a wooden tram that dates back to the 1930s. The tram travels from one end of Lisbon to the other along a very long route.

You can jump in the tram at any stop however be ready for some challenges. You might not get any seats unless you board it at destination points. During the day it is packed full as locals also still use it for commuting!

Another thing to know is that the trams are rarely yellow. Nowadays they are used for ad placements and are often almost completely covered with advertisements. Which is sad because that iconic yellow color looks so cool!

So here’s my tip! You can skip the yellow tram and head to one of the historic funiculars – Bica Elevator. It is a similar-looking tram that connects two streets on different levels transporting people along a railway with a sharp incline.

The elevator began functioning in the 19th century and has been redesigned over time. Now it features the famous yellow color and looks similar to Lisbon’s famous yellow Tram 28 which makes it a popular tourist attraction.

Bica elevator operates along a short route and stops for a longer while at the top where you can very easily take a photo. You can check the Bica Elevator timetable here. It should run every 10 to 15 minutes but that is not guaranteed from what I saw.

Location: Elevador da BicaPhoto location

6. Admire the iron masterpiece – Elevador de Santa Justa!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa
Elevador de Santa Justa

Moving around the city has always caused problems because of the hills. So different solutions to that problem have been introduced in Lisbon over time like the yellow Tram 28 or Bica Elevator. Another one of them is Elevador de Santa Justa.

Santa Justa lift was built in 1902 to connect different levels of the city. It is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Lisbon! The iron elevator is 45 meters high and was built in a Neo-Gothic architectural style.

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa
You can access the top of the elevator for free
Best viewpoints and rooftops to see Lisbon from above - Elevador de Santa Justa
View from Santa Justa elevator

Taking the famous elevator and driving up to the observation deck on top of it is amongst the best things to do in Lisbon. You can normally see long lines of people waiting for their turn to go up with the iconic lift.

I have to say that the view is not the best and you can get much better views from different viewpoints around Lisbon for free! However, if you want the experience, then go for it! I’d still skip it if the line was too long!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Elevador de Santa Justa
Santa Justa Elevator is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lisbon

Tip! You can actually visit the upper level of the elevator for free if you climb there on foot. Navigate to the Carmo Convent building behind the elevator and just climb the stairs to the upper floor! It is located next to a bar and is open to everyone.

Those who buy tickets and drive up with the Santa Justa elevator are allowed to climb up a few meters higher and see a rooftop view but it doesn’t differ too much from the one you get for free. Elevator tickets cost about 5 EUR per person.

Location: Elevador de Santa Justa

7. Stop by the roofless Carmo Convent!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent
Carmo Convent with the collapsed roof

There is one event in Lisbon’s history that shaped Lisbon as we see it today and that is the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The earthquake and the following tsunami as well as the firestorm destroyed about 85% of all buildings in Lisbon and changed the city forever.

Only a couple of places in Lisbon remind us of the past horrific events and Carmo Convent is one of them. It is a 14th-century convent that suffered damage in the earthquake – the roof collapsed and part of the building complex was destroyed.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent
Museum inside Carmo Convent
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Carmo Convent
Entrance to the Carmo Convent

Today you can visit the ruins and see what is left of the Gothic church – it is completely roofless with high arches crossing the sky. The visit also includes a museum behind the church with artifacts and two mummies.

This place is not large so it won’t be a long visit. I think we managed to explore everything in 30 to 45 minutes. It was absolutely unique and beautiful but also quite sad because of its tragic past.

Location: Carmo Convent

8. Have lunch at the buzzing Time Out Market Lisboa!

Time Out Market Lisboa - food court style indoor market in Lisbon, Portugal
Time Out Market Lisboa from above

One of my favorite things to do in Lisbon was visiting the famous Time Out market! I’m a fan of markets, especially this one! If you recognize the brand, you’ll know there are a couple of Time Out Markets around the world and one of them is in Lisbon!

The Time Out Market is an indoor food court with numerous vendors and restaurants around the perimeter and a common dining area in the middle with seats and tables. This place is full of buzz and is great for socializing while eating and drinking!

Time Out Market Lisboa - food court style indoor market in Lisbon, Portugal
The dining area of Time Out Market Lisboa
Time Out Market Lisboa - food court style indoor market in Lisbon, Portugal
Time Out Market is a great place for lunch

Time Out Market is one of the best spots for having lunch. As you enter the market, I recommend walking around and exploring all possible options for meals and desserts. They truly have many options!

My husband is a fan of burgers so we went to Ground Burger serving American-style burgers. Check out all their restaurants and bars online if you are not sure if they truly have something for you!

Tip! There is another iconic market in Lisbon – Feira da Ladra or the Flea Market! The market is held every Tuesday and Saturday in a square next to the National Pantheon and right behind the São Vicente de Fora church! A paradise for thrifters!

Location: Time Out Market LisboaFeira da Ladra

9. Admire the iconic Portuguese tiles at São Vicente de Fora monastery!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
São Vicente de Fora monastery features some of the most beautiful tile illustrations in Lisbon

When in Lisbon, visiting Igreja de São Vicente de Fora church and the monastery right next to it is a must! It is an absolutely massive complex that consists of a large church, a monastery that features the royal pantheon, and a courtyard.

The most important thing about this place is that they have a large collection of the iconic Portuguese tiles ‘azulejos’. Azulejos are painted ceramic tiles often used to decorate the interior and exterior of the buildings in Portugal.

Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Roof of São Vicente de Fora church
Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Hallways at São Vicente de Fora monastery

São Vicente de Fora church is one of the most beautiful places in Lisbon! The monastery and church complex was built in the 17th century in the Mannerist style. An unforgettable place for sure!

One of the best things about it is that you can climb up to the roof of it and see Lisbon and the nearby National Pantheon from above. We happened to be there right before it closed so we got to enjoy the roof all for ourselves!

Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
São Vicente de Fora church
Best viewpoints in Lisbon - Igreja de São Vicente de Fora
Sacristy at São Vicente de Fora monastery

The inside of the monastery features a famous sacristy covered by different types of marble. There are courtyards lined with arches and walls decorated with illustrations on painted tiles. The church hall ceiling is covered by beautiful barrel vaulting.

The whole building is a piece of art and is one of the most important monasteries in the country as it hosts the royal pantheon of tombs from the Portuguese monarchs from the Braganza dynasty.

Entrance to the monastery and church complex costs 8 EUR per person. Definitely take your time to explore it all! We arrived one hour before it closed and barely got through – you will need more than 1 hour to see everything!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Roof of Convento da Graça
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Convento da Graça
Tiles at Convento da Graça

Tip! There is another cool place where you can see Portuguese azulejos tiles (for free!) – Convento da Graça located next to the Miradouro da Graça viewpoint. Although it is much smaller, you can walk around the ground floor of the convent and church for free.

To visit the upper floors, see the exhibitions, and climb up to the roof to see Lisbon from above, you have to pay a 5 EUR entrance fee. But it comes with a drink of choice – a glass of wine or a glass of orange juice to enjoy on the roof. It was fun!

Location: Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora

10. Enjoy a mesmerizing sunset from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is one of the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte is among the most popular viewpoints in Lisbon. If you are looking for the perfect place to watch the sunset in Lisbon, this is probably one of the most well-known spots of all! The views are fantastic!

This viewpoint is located in a churchyard on the highest point on one of the hills in Lisbon. It will definitely be a decent hike up to the viewpoint however you can always rent a tuk-tuk to get around Lisbon without constantly battling the hills, haha!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte offers panoramic views over Lisbon

We visited this viewpoint in the morning and during the day. It offers sweeping views over the whole city. It will definitely be full of buzz during the day and evening, but the views are worth it!

Grab some snacks and drinks and head up there! What better way to end the Lisbon trip than by watching the sunset from one of the highest Lisbon hills? Seems like a perfect ending to a perfect day to me!

Location: Miradouro da Senhora do Monte

11. Stop for breakfast in one of the oldest cafés in Lisbon – A Brasileira (day 2)!

Hidden gems and secret spots in Lisbon - A Brasileira
A Brasileira is one of the oldest cafés in Lisbon

A Brasileira is a place of history – being opened in 1905 it is one of the oldest cafés in Lisbon! Back in the day, it became a popular meeting place for such intellectuals as lawyers, doctors, teachers, writers, and artists.

The fame of the café continues today – although it is a bit more pricey, this place is a popular breakfast stop for locals and tourists alike. We also stopped by for some breakfast toasts, orange juice, coffee, and, of course, a pastel de nata!

Hidden gems and secret spots in Lisbon - A Brasileira
A Brasileira is a popular breakfast spot
Hidden gems and secret spots in Lisbon - A Brasileira
The beautiful interior of A Brasileira

Right outside of the establishment, you will notice a bronze statue of a well-known Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. It was put there to commemorate the artist who paid regular visits to the café.

The architecture of the café is luxurious, especially the Parisian-style facade. If possible I highly recommend coming here for breakfast! Even if you only take one of their exquisite cakes and enjoy it with a cup of coffee.

Hidden gems and secret spots in Lisbon - A Brasileira
Statue of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa
Hidden gems and secret spots in Lisbon - A Brasileira
A Brasileira offers some beautiful cakes

We had breakfast outside on the street but we did go inside to buy some extra cakes and to visit the bathroom. Once I entered the cafe, I immediately regretted our decision to have a meal outside. The interior is so stunning!

Tip! Just a few steps away from A Brasileira you will find Livraria Bertrand. It is the oldest operating bookstore in the world according to the Guinness World Records (more than 300 years!). They also have a café however it is very small.

Location: A Brasileira

12. Take a trip to the iconic Jerónimos Monastery!

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery is a prominent example of the Portuguese late Gothic style – Manueline

Located in the Belém district in Lisbon, the iconic Jerónimos Monastery deservedly fits among the must-see places in Lisbon and, it comes as no surprise, has been voted by the Portuguese as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, as they say in Portuguese, is also a prominent example of the Portuguese late Gothic architectural style – Manueline. It was, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to visit in Lisbon and Portugal.

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Courtyard of the Jerónimos Monastery
Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Second floor of the Jerónimos Monastery

The monastery is a 16th-century masterpiece listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is definitely a must-see place in Lisbon! Although the only place you will see during your visit is the big courtyard and some rooms connected to it, it is still well worth it!

Once you get to the courtyard you can walk around the ground floor and admire the architecture as well as some of the rooms that are connected to it and house tombs of some important figures in Portugal’s history.

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Jerónimos Monastery
Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
Exterior of the Jerónimos Monastery

Once you finish circling around, you can then climb up to the upper floor. The upper floor of the courtyard was my favorite. You get a nice overview of the whole area from above and the intricate architectural details up close.

Imagining all the work that was put into creating this masterpiece is mindboggling. In terms of architecture, it will be hard to find a more beautiful place in Lisbon than Jerónimos Monastery! One of the most incredible historical monuments for sure!

Most beautiful places in Lisbon - Jerónimos Monastery
The architecture of the Jerónimos Monastery is just one-of-a-kind

Interestingly, Jerónimos Monastery is the former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome whose monks were the ones who created the recipe for the world-famous Portuguese egg tart – pastel de nata – right here in this place.

The monastery is connected to a church (the entrance to the church is next to the monastery, and has its own opening hours) which is the final resting place for King Manuel I, King John III, and the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

Location: Jerónimos MonasteryEntrance to the monastery

13. Try Pastéis de Belém – pastel de nata made by the original monk recipe!

Best pastel de nata in Lisbon - Pastéis de Belém

Located just a few meters away from Jerónimos Monastery is Pastéis de Belém. This pastel de nata pastry fabric is the only place you can buy pastel de nata baked according to the original recipe.

The recipe was bought back in the 19th century from the monks of the Order of Saint Jerome who lived in the nearby Jerónimos Monastery. And the family who owns Pastéis de Belém fabric still have the original recipe and keep it a secret!

Best pastel de nata in Lisbon - Pastéis de Belém
Best pastel de nata in Lisbon - Pastéis de Belém

The pastry shop is super popular. You will probably have to stand in long lines to either get a table or simply buy them for takeaway. We bought a box of six to take them with us and finished them by the riverside and I recommend you to do the same!

Although it is the original recipe, they were NOT my favorite egg tarts we tasted in Lisbon. They were very quite tasty but the puff pastry was super flaky with layers falling off before I even touched them. But they are a must-try anyway!

Location: Pastéis de Belém

14. Hang out by the glorious Belém Tower!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Belém Tower
Belém Tower is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal

Now head to the riverside and hang out by the glorious Belém Tower! It is one of the most famous landmarks in Lisbon and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal – a special list of cultural monuments voted by people as the most important sights in Portugal.

The unique Torre de Belém is a 16th-century fortification that served as the launching point for the many sea voyages of the Portuguese explorers so it is often considered as the symbol of Europe’s Age of Discoveries.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon - Belém Tower
Belém Tower is often considered the symbol of Europe’s Age of Discoveries

The tower is one of the most prominent examples of the Manueline architectural style in Portugal – also called the Portuguese late Gothic that incorporated marine symbols and elements as well as representations of the discoveries during sea voyages.

The tower is open to visitors and for an entrance fee, you can explore the inside of it and climb up to the upper level of the tower. If you have time, then go for it! However, it is quite narrow so you should arm yourself with patience!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Monument of the Discoveries and Compass Rose
Monument of the Discoveries
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Monument of the Discoveries and Compass Rose
Compass Rose was a gift from South Africa

Only a short walk along the riverside from the Belém Tower you will find a very unique place – the Monument of the Discoveries. This massive formation was constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

The monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. It is a massive 52 meters high with 33 statues of historic figures of the Age of Discovery including monarchs, explorers, scientists, and more.

Check out the compass rose right next to the monument – it covers the square next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument and was gifted by the South African government. These two amazing spots are worth a visit!

Location: Belém TowerMonument of the DiscoveriesCompass Rose

15. Stop by for lunch or drinks at the trendy LX Factory!

Hidden gems in Lisbon, Portugal - Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory
Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory

LX Factory complex located right under the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge near Belém district was once an industrial textile complex but now it is turned into a creative hub hosting unique restaurants, artsy shops, and trendy cafés.

If you are looking for a cool spot to explore and sit down for lunch then definitely check out this area! It is the new trendy place in Lisbon open to everyone! For lunch or simply drinks, I recommend stopping by Ni Michi Cocina Latina located inside the LX Factory.

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ler Devagar bookstore in LX Factory
Entrance gate to the LX Factory
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Street Art by Bordalo II - Bumblebee
Art by Bordalo II inside the LX Factory

There are other cool places to explore in this former industrial complex like the famous Ler Devagar bookstore! It is a one-of-a-kind two-story bookstore with walls lined with bookshelves. It even has a coffee shop on the second level of the bookstore.

If you climb up to the upper level and then walk around the perimeter you can get this cool view of the book-filled shelves and the cyclist on the bike attached to the stairs. Exploring the bookstore brought back memories of Harry Potter movies! So cool!

Location: LX FactoryLer Devagar

16. Check out MAAT on the riverside or go on a sunset cruise!

Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Ponte 25 de Abril
Portuguese pastel de nata with Ponte 25 de Abril bridge in the background

Riverside in Lisbon was one of my favorite places to be. The scenic Tagus River and the iconic Ponte 25 de Abril bridge are a beautiful combination. There is one extra famous spot on the riverside where people love gathering and waiting for the sunset – MAAT.

MAAT is short for the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Although I can’t say a single word about the museum itself because I did not visit the inside, I can say that the MAAT building is one of the most futuristic, alien-like buildings in Lisbon!

BMost beautiful places in Lisbon - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
MAAT – the most futuristic building in Lisbon
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
MAAT is a popular sunset-watching spot

MAAT building is located on the riverside in the district of Belém. You can not only admire the building from the outside or explore the events and exhibitions on the inside, but you can also climb up to the viewing platform on the roof (for free).

Tip! An alternative to hanging out by the riverside is going on a sunset cruise along the Tagus River! Hop on a luxurious yacht right next to the Belém Tower and head for an unforgettable 2-hour sunset adventure! Great way to end the day!

Location: MAATLisbon Sunset Cruise

17. Explore Alfama – the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon (day 3)!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Miradouro de Santo Estêvão
Alfama – the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon built during the Moorish rule

Discover the secrets of Lisbon and how it came to be from a local guide by joining an in-depth walking tour that will take you through the most iconic Lisbon districts along the most iconic sights – some of them already seen, some – not yet.

The 3-hour tour will introduce you to Bairro Alto, the Baixa district in the heart of the city, and guide you through the narrow streets and stairs of the popular Alfama neighborhood passing by all the must-see Lisbon attractions.

Alfama with its narrow cobblestone streets is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and hosts many popular historic sites so visiting this district is a must! It was built during the Moorish rule and mostly survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Hidden gems in Lisbon - the most charming Casa São Miguel
Casa São Miguel serves amazing pastel de nata
Best Instagram photo spots in Lisbon, Portugal - Casa São Miguel café
Casa São Miguel – one of the cutest cafés in Lisbon

If you feel like you’ve seen enough of Lisbon and there’s no need for a walking tour, head straight to Casa São Miguel café – the most cutest and picturesque café in Lisbon hidden deep inside the narrow streets of the Alfama district.

The super charming café offers very nice pastry options as well as tea, coffee, and other drinks. We came here specifically for the pastel de nata and it did not disappoint. grab an energizing piece of pastry before embarking on a journey through the Alfama district.

Location: Morning Walking TourCasa São Miguel

18. Visit Lisbon’s oldest church – Lisbon Cathedral!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Lisbon Cathedral with the iconic not-so-yellow Tram 28

One of the most famous sights in the Alfama district is the Lisbon Cathedral – the oldest church in Lisbon. It was built in 1147 and so far has survived multiple earthquakes and has been rebuilt and redesigned multiple times over the centuries.

This means that the Lisbon Cathedral features many different architectural styles – including Gothic, Baroque, Neoclassical, and Rococo styles. You can observe the big hall from the back for free but there is an entrance fee to see the rest of the building.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Window view from the Lisbon Cathedral
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - Lisbon Cathedral
Big hall of the Lisbon Cathedral

Tickets cost 5 EUR per person when we visited. There are two floors to explore. The ground floor features the main hall with multiple chambers where you can walk around and see everything.

The upper floor features rooms with exhibitions of artifacts and balconies where you can see Lisbon from above. My favorite place in the cathedral was the front facade balcony where you can walk on and see the square below – I felt like the Pope!

Location: Lisbon CathedralLisbon Cathedral Entry Ticket

19. Climb up to the roof of the National Pantheon!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
The National Pantheon hosts burial sites of important Portuguese personalities

One of the best viewpoints in Lisbon you will find on the roof of the National Pantheon – a beautiful 17th-century monument that is among the most popular places to visit in Lisbon. The National Pantheon was initially built as a church but was later redesigned.

The National Pantheon is located in the heart of the Alfama district and it is a convenient place to include in your route through the iconic neighborhood. Entrance to the pantheon costs 8 EUR and includes a visit to the roof!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon- National Pantheon
The roof of the National Pantheon
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
View from the balcony inside the National Pantheon

Today the National Pantheon hosts multiple burial sites of some of the most important Portuguese personalities like presidents, generals, and also artists. You will also notice the tomb of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

However, the tomb is empty. Vasco da Gama is actually buried in the church next to the famous Jerónimos Monastery in the Belém district which sits close to the place where he embarked on his first sea voyage to discover a sea trading route with India.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
Views from the roof of the Pantheon
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon - National Pantheon
Dome of the Pantheon from the inside

The most impressive part of the Pantheon is the dome. It was only finished in the 20th century. If you climb up to the roof of the Pantheon, you can walk around the circular shape of the dome from the inside – there is a pathway with railings (see photos).

From the rooftop of the Pantheon, you can get 360-degree views over Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the port. This was definitely one of my favorite viewpoints over Lisbon! Pantheon itself is located on a hill so the views were great!

Location: National Pantheon

20. Buy the famous Portuguese canned fish as souvenirs!

Portuguese canned fish store in Lisbon, Portugal
Portuguese canned fish store in Lisbon
Portuguese canned fish store in Lisbon, Portugal
Shelves full of Portuguese canned fish

Canned fish is a part of the Portuguese identity. This industry was born in the middle of the 19th century and since then has been an integral part of the Portuguese culinary heritage. Canned fish is one of the top souvenirs to take home from Portugal!

There are two well-known cannery shops to stop by in Lisbon. Conserveira de Lisboa is one of the most iconic family-owned stores selling canned fish since the 1930s. They have plenty of different fish in beautiful packaging. Great value for money!

Portuguese canned fish store in Lisbon, Portugal
Canned fish – best gift to take home from Lisbon
Portuguese canned fish store in Lisbon, Portugal
Shelves full of Portuguese canned fish

Just a few meters from them you will find the ‘Silva e Feijoo’ cannery shop that belongs to the Comur brand. They have the most attractive-looking stores ever and their packaging is the best. However, the prices are significantly higher than in other shops.

Tip! Before buying, ask the salesperson about restrictions on planes and explain how you are planning to fly back home. They will tell you all about it so you can be sure you’ll be able to take these gifts back home with you!

Location: Conserveira de LisboaSilva e Feijoo

21. Watch the sunset at Castelo de São Jorge!

Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Castelo de São Jorge
View over Lisbon from São Jorge Castle

When in Lisbon it is impossible to miss the majestic São Jorge Castle sitting atop a hill in the heart of the city. It is one of my favorite places to see the city from above and also one of the best places to watch the sunset in Lisbon!

St. George’s Castle sits on the second-highest hill in Lisbon and offers some of the most incredible views over the Portuguese capital. When heading to the entrance of the castle walls, pay attention to the trees above – they are full of peacocks!

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge
São Jorge Castle
Best Instagram spots in Lisbon - Castelo de São Jorge
Sunset over Lisbon from São Jorge Castle

The fortifications of a castle that we see today date back a thousand years when they were built by the Moorish forces that had occupied the territory of Lisbon. However, there is evidence that humans lived on the castle hill as far back as the 8th century BC.

São Jorge Castle is one of the bucket list places to visit in Lisbon. During the Middle Ages, this site had a royal palace that was the residence of the kings of Portugal. As of today not much is left of the castle except the impressive defensive towers and walls.

Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge
Sunset over Lisbon from São Jorge Castle
Best viewpoints and rooftops in Lisbon to see the city from above - Castelo de São Jorge
São Jorge Castle

Visit to the castle cost us 11 EUR per person which is a bit pricey to see the walls of a castle from the Middle Ages, but if you time it around sunset then you can get some magical golden views over the whole city. Plus there are smaller crowds in the evening!

Tip! If you are not into castles but want to watch the sunset, I recommend hiking up to the highest hill in Lisbon and enjoying the sunset from Miradouro da Graça! It is a fantastic viewpoint with panoramic views over Lisbon!

Location: Castelo de São JorgeMiradouro da Graça

22. Go on a day trip to famous destinations near Lisbon (day 4)!

Things to do in Sintra, Portugal - Pena Palace Instagram spots in Sintra
The National Palace of Pena in Sintra town is one of the most beautiful castles near Lisbon

There are many options for fantastic day trips from Lisbon thanks to its almost-central location on the map of Portugal! Charming villages, fairytale castles, and breathtaking nature – it is all just a stone’s throw away from Lisbon!

The most famous Lisbon day trip destination is Sintra – one of the most magical places on Earth that hosts some of the most beautiful castles near Lisbon. You can get to Sintra by train from Lisbon or join a guided tour with transportation included.

Sintra, Portugal-Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira
Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra
Sintra, Portugal-Park and Palace of Monserrate - rooms and hallways
Palace of Monserrate in Sintra

The most famous places to visit in Sintra include the fairytale Pena Palace, the medieval fortress – Moorish Castle, the romanticist Palace of Monserrate, and the majestic Quinta da Regaleira with the Initiation Well – an inverted tower with a spiral staircase.

How to visit Sintra on a guided tour? If you want to experience Sintra as much as possible, I recommend the Sintra highlights tour that will take you to three of my favorite palaces – Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, and the Palace of Monserrate.

Azenhas do Mar fishing village in Portugal
Azenhas do Mar coastal village
Praia da Ursa - Ursa beach in Portugal
Praia da Ursa iconic beach

If you are looking for a Sintra plus coastal adventure tour, I recommend a full-day Sintra and coastal adventure tour to the Pena Palace in Sintra, Cabo da Roca cape (Westernmost point of Europe), Cascais, and one of the best views in Portugal – Azenhas do Mar.

Do check out my blog post about the best day trip destinations from Lisbon if you are looking for something more! We spent a couple of months exploring Portugal and visited all the best places near and far from Lisbon!

Happy exploring!

Lisbon is a city like no other – rich in history, full of picturesque viewpoints, beautiful art, and colorful tiles! It is the perfect city to go to for a fun-filled weekend getaway and the best place to go to embark on a road trip around Portugal.

We enjoyed our time in Lisbon and Portugal very much, and I hope you do too. Lisbon also happens to be one of my favorite cities in Europe! Those steep hills, pastéis de natas, cobblestone streets, and laid-back coffee shops just stole my heart!

Hopefully, this blog post will give you some travel inspiration to make your trip to Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, even more fun and exciting! And I hope you can manage to squeeze in some fun day trips from Lisbon as well! Happy travels!

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Lisbon bucket list - best things to do in Lisbon, Portugal 3-day itinerary
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