Portugal is a country which is drenched with history of seafaring and constant discovery. What makes it stand out from rest of Europe are the quaint, old fashioned little villages and delicious yet affordable seafood. You can easily spend four days here, not only relaxing and taking time out from everyday life, but also explore and eat without spending too much. Your budget should depend on how much you want to see and what you want to do. Do you only want to see the main sights? Where do you want to eat? These are all things you need to consider before mapping out your budget. We spent three full days here, but we recommend that you break our activities into four day instead. It’ll give you more than enough time to fully engross yourself in to Portugal’s magic.
Day 1- Lisbon
We were so thankful when we discovered that Lisbon’s central area was easy to get around by foot. We saved a lot on the first day. When our feet started getting tired we caught a tram which was also a fairly budget friendly option. Some call Lisbon a cultural fiesta because it has more than thirty museums and a nightlife that can rival any major city in the world. Captivating districts of Alfama and Bairro Alto spur in to life after sunset with buzzing restaurants, fado houses. The district also has the hottest night clubs in the city where you can party all night long.
Things You Should Do:
1. If you’re in search of good cafes you should walk around Rossio
2. Life Santa Justa
3. Barrio de Alfama
4. Ruins of Convento do Carmo
5. The views from the Castle of St. George.
Day 2 and 3- Belem
Lisbon’s old port area is one of the most significant parts of the city. If you’re heading to the suburb of Belem from Praca de Comrcio you should use tram #15, because it’ll take you straight to your destination.
Things To Do
1. The 16th century creamy Tower of Belem should be on top of your list because this extravagant building is the Hieronymite Monastery.
2. Visit the following historical buildings: Jeronimos Monastery and Tower of Belem , Monument to the Discoveries.
3. Take a stroll around the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
4. Belém Gardens
The poet Byron called Sintra “the most beautiful village in the world”. Has the beauty of the village managed to survive till this day? The answer is yes, because the small town is full of 19th century Romantic architecture.
Sintra was also once the hub of the Portuguese Royal Family and the heritage sites in the city are nothing short of extraordinary. The Royal Family’s Pena Palace, is the highest point of Sintra and provides stunning views of the entire city. You can easily spend a day exploring the palace and Sintra itself, because the little town is that beautiful.