A Guide to the Ultimate 48 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

Sometimes all you have is 2 full days in a city, and you have to make the most of it! That’s how much time I had in Lisbon, Portugal, but I was determined as ever to see as much of what the city had to offer as I could!

After my boyfriend and I debarked from a 7 hour red eye that we hadn’t slept a wink on, we arrived at our hotel at 7 in the morning (2 a.m. to us) to find we could not check-in until 2 p.m.

So, in a deliriously euphoric manner we hit the streets of Lisbon. Thankfully I knew enough Portuguese to get us around, but we did find that a lot of the locals were fluent in English!

There is so much to see and do in Lisbon that we had to pick and choose what to leave out, but we felt that we had such an amazing time and can’t wait to go back! Here is how to get the most out of Lisbon in 24 hours:

Day One


Lisbon has many neighborhoods, streets, and squares to explore which all bustling with culture and history. Start at the Praca de Figueira and enjoy a coffee with a famous Pastel de Nata, which is a Portuguese egg tart pastry! You will notice many antique trams riding around the city, and you can hop on one to your next stop if you want to get the full experience.

Lisbon waterfront! Just landed in Portugal

After breakfast, follow the busy streets down toward the waterfront. Feel free to pop in any store or restaurant that catches your eye. Once you get to the waterfront you will see beautiful statues, and lots and lots of tourists getting ready for tours.


Take a historical walking tour of the city. My boyfriend and I were pleasantly shocked by how much history Lisbon has… it’s the second oldest city in all of Europe! This walking tour allowed statues, churches, and streets to come to life with a detailed count of what happened many years ago. Lisbon is a very easy city to walk in, even with all of its hills, there’s always something different to see down a new street.

Beautiful view over Lisbon! Mira duro


If you have read my posts before, you know I love rooftop bars. Have dinner with a view during sunset. Lisbon is known for its hills that offer great views over the city, especially during sunset. We went to Lost in Esplanada which offered us blankets on a chilly night, and had great food and drink specials! As tired as we were we enjoyed relaxing and taking in the city view.

Lost in Esplanada in Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon has some of the best nightlife scenes in Europe! Head over to Barrio Alto for bars, fado (traditional Portuguese music), and a great party scene. My boyfriend and I chose to do a bar crawl which was a fantastic deal, and we met many other travelers. Try the famous cherry liqueur: Ginjinha.

Day Two

Morning and Afternoon:

Take a day trip to Sintra, Portugal! Sintra is about 30 minutes from Lisbon by train, and tickets are very reasonable (less than $10). I cannot recommend Sintra enough. There are gorgeous medieval castles, winding roads, excellent seafood, and fantastic views.

You can also buy a day excursion, but we decided to explore ourselves. After leaving the train station, we took a cab up to the colorful Pena Castle. It was truly magnificent and picturesque, we had lunch over the balcony with an amazing view.

Another sight you can’t miss in Sintra is The Quinta da Regaleira. This is a beautiful gothic mansion surrounded by elaborate gardens, underground tunnels, and hills. There is even a beautiful spiraling well and waterfalls you can climb under.

Sintra, Portugal Pena Castle Beautiful Views and Colors

After exploring Sintra you can grab some delicious seafood before heading back to Lisbon.


Take a stroll around Alfama, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon. Here you will find delightful cobble-stoned walls and colorful buildings. There are many historical buildings here. If you make it back in time, catch the The Portas do Sol viewpoint for a look over the sunset.


If you have the energy for it, enjoy one last night out in Lisbon on Pink Street. A literal pink street lined with bars and music. If you are too tired, then head back to your hotel, look at pictures, and get ready for your travels elsewhere!

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15 thoughts on “A Guide to the Ultimate 48 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal

  1. I love the fact that at night you did the bar crawl. What a great way to meet other people! Looks like a great 48 hours in Lisbon. I have never been but hope to visit one day!


  2. Wow, Lisbon is surprisingly picturesque! 48 hours is so short but well done you – you really did make the most of it. I’ve never been but all my friends who have been to Portugal absolutely love it. I can see why now! I wonder if the Portugese egg tarts are in any way similar to the kind they sell in Macau (seeing as it was a Portugese colony first). If so, I know exactly how delicious those are!


  3. I can get over those chair and table on your second photo. I wan tot dine or have a coffee there! I have wanted to visit Portugal forever. I would not mind if it is for a short period of time. I just want to experience the country.

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  4. What a colourful city and photographers paradise! I think you need way more than 48 hours to walk around those streets and experience everything. I love portugese food so i can just imagin how nice all the food was, looks like you had a great time nice pics!


  5. I am obsessed with Portugal – and I’ve never been! Haha. I seriously can’t wait to go, and your post made me long for it so much. Ive heard wonderful things about Sinatra prior to your post as well. So lovely, and a really beautiful post. Your website is lovely all around, and I’ll be following you in Bloglovin. Cheers!

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    1. Wow thank you for the kind words! I hope you get an opportunity to go out and visit Portugal soon because it is so beautiful! I will be checking out your site and following as well 🙂


  6. Hey! We are a portuguese couple traveling around the world – check us out in visitingtheworld.com. We are from Lisbon and as we are missing home, we totally loved your post! Great itinerary! If a may suggest: going to carcavelos (lisbon beach area) in your next trip! Its also beautiful scenery and you will see more of the coast! Good luck and return to Lisbon, I promise there is so much more for you to see!


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