by, Luisa Gomes
If you are planning to visit Lisbon and you only have three days, there are things that you should not miss. Let us help you to organise your time in order to see as much as possible.
The first day of your stay we suggest you to spend it in the old districts and centre of the city. For this first day you need to have very good comfortable shoes. The best way to discover the old districts is to walk. But keep in mind that Lisbon is not a flat city and lots of the pavements are made with cobbled stones.
The old districts that we recommend are: Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, Chiado and Baixa. They are all next to each other. In here you will enjoy the more authentic Lisbon, understand the way the city grew, and the way people still live their neighbourhood.
The sites that you should not miss are: the St. George Castle, Saint Luzia Belvedere, Commerce Square, Rossio Square, S. Pedro de Alcântara belvedere, the Saint Rock Church and Rua Garrett where we still find some of the oldest stores of Lisbon.
The second day should be spent in Belém district, the district connected with the Golden period of the Portuguese history – the Maritime Discoveries. It is here that we find the Saint Jerome Monastery, the Monument of the Discoveries and the so famous Belém Tower. But if you enjoy museums there are great museums such as: Maritime Museum, the Coach Museum and the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology). Do not miss the famous custard tarts.
If you still have energy stop at LX factory to have a drink, to eat or just to admire local art.
For the third day we recommend you to visit the Parque das Nações. It is the most modern section of Lisbon with contemporary architecture and the Lisbon Oceanarium, considered to be one of the best in the world. This day can be more relaxing enjoying the open space and doing some shopping.
If you still have time and like art museums do not miss Gulbenkian Museum that holds one of the best private art collections in the world.
The best way to take advantage of your visits and not to lose time is to have a certified guide with you. You will have more time to look at the monuments, take pictures, enjoy the moment instead of keeping your nose on a guidebook or looking at your smart phone.
Enjoy Lisbon! If you need the help of a certified guide, get in touch with us, we would love to take you around our city!