Leave Seville for Lisbon and depending on your choice of transportation, the earliest you will reach Lisbon is in the afternoon. Reach Lisbon and check in into your hotel.
For travel within Lisbon, you can buy a Viva Viagem card for €0.50 and then top it up with whatever type of ticket you’re interested in. You can buy a €6 ticket that let’s you use the Metro, Bus and Tram for a period of 24 hours.
Cover as much as you can of the plan below and you finish the balance on your last day in Lisbon.
Spend the afternoon exploring Alfama – Lisbon’s oldest and most interesting district. Take a ride on the vintage (and wood paneled on the inside) tram number 28. The Alfama portion of the tram ride stops at important sites such as the Castle of St. George, The Cathedral, and Church of St. Antonio as well as viewpoints such as Miraduoro das Portas do Sol and Miraduoro de Santa Luiza. Take a ride to St. George Castle from either Rua do CONCEIÇÃO or from Graca and get off either at Portas Sol or Santa Luiza stop and then walk up to the castle.
Please note - Prepaid tickets or the Lisboa Card is the cheapest and most convenient way to travel on Tram 28, especially if you plan to get on and off to see various other sites. Do remember to validate and scan the card on the machine behind the driver each time you get on the tram.
Aimlessly walk around and enjoy the narrow streets and the local late medieval architecture of the buildings. And whenever you need a break stop by in one of many cafes in the neighborhood.
Walk to the Castelo de Sao George (St. George Castle). This is one of oldest and most towering structures of Lisbon. It is situated at the very top of Lisbon's highest hill and most famous for its stunning views of Lisbon and surrounding areas (from its ramparts of the inner courtyard). It had been built or reinforced by the Moors around the 11th century over structures/artifacts built by the Phoenicians and the Romans. The castle served as the Royal Palace after it was wrested from the Moors in 1142. The Castle Museum Center serves as a permanent exhibit and displays objects and findings unearthed at the site from various cultural periods. An archaeological area displays structural objects from the 7th century B.C., the Islamic period and the earthquake ravaged Condes de Santiago Palace, originally constructed by the Moors. The Tower of Ulysses houses a Camera Obscura Periscope offers a sweeping 360 degree view of Lisbon in real time.
Walk up the hill from Alfama or take bus 737, ☎ +351 218 800 620, Timings -Nov-Feb daily 09:00-18:00.
If you have some time then do visit the monastery of São Vicente de Fora and the National Pantheon, both very close to the Castle. The Sao Vicente monastery has the world's largest collection of baroque tiles; the Pantheon is the masoluem of famous Portugese icons including famed Fadista Amalia Rodrigues.
There is a coffee shop/restaurant on the premise if you need to have a drink or a break.
Then walk to the Miradouro de Santa Luzia and Miradouro das portas do sol, both in close proximity to each other. The terrace by the Church of Santa Luzia offers a stunning view of the Tagus River and house and church rooftops along with important landmarks such as the Church of Santo Estavao (St. Stephen) and the dome of the National Pantheon. Two historic tile panels grace the east wall of the church facing the terrace. One of the panels depicts the siege and re-conquest of St. George Castle from the Moors in 1147; the other depicts Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square) before it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1755. After Miraduoro de Santa Luzia, stroll to Miradouro das portas do sol which also offers an equally stunning view of the panorama. A statue of Lisbon's patron saint St. Vincent is at the center of the plaza and the nearby Cafe Portas do sol is an excellent spot to relax over a drink or cup of coffee while enjoying the sight. From Portas do Sol viewpoint you could also walk over to the nearby Decorative Arts Museum to get a glimpse of 18th-19th century tapestries, porcelain and furniture of the Portuguese nobility.
Follow landmarks such Beco de Cruzes, Largo De Santo Estevao (St. Stephen's Church), Casa dos Bicos, Rua dos Bacalhoeiros and Escadinhas dos Remédios to reach Lisbon Cathedral.
Se de Lisboa or the Lisbon Cathedral was built in 1150 after Christian crusaders led by King Afonso Henriques had captured the city from the Moors and is one of the oldest structures in Lisbon. It was built on the site of an Arab mosque and an English crusader named Gilbert of Hastings was placed as the first bishop due to his assistance in fighting the Moors during the crusades. Because of major earthquakes in 1344 and 1755, the successive reconstruction of the cathedral led to an eclectic mix of Roman, Gothic and Neoclassical styles. Romanesque columns coexist with Gothic tombs and Rococo styles in the main chapel. In the Baroque sacristy, built during the 1600s, you can visit the cathedral's treasures of numerous sacred objects and the St. Vicent (São Vicente) relics, Lisbon's patron saint. A neoclassical chapel contains King Afonso’s tomb. One can also locate the spot where St. Anthony was baptized as Fernando Martins de Bulhoes in the Se in 1195. A recently excavated courtyard reveals the site’s Roman and Visigoth remains, as well as a portion of the former mosque wall.
Check out each ornate circular window over the twin arches in the Gothic cloister has a different pattern.
The Cathedral is free to visit, but there is a combined ticket to see the cloisters and church treasures, including the St. Vicent relics.
Then walk up to the Santo Antonio de Lisboa. This church is built on the site where Saint Anthony (later canonized as St. Anthony of Padua) was born. A statute of the Saint stands in front of the Church. Inside, a tile panel commemorates the visit of Pope Jon Paul in 1982 when he came to inaugurate the statue of Saint Anthony and prayed at the spot where the saint was born. A small underground chapel marks the exact location where Saint Anthony was born in 1195. A small museum displays images and manuscripts about his life. Also visit the small Roman Theatre for a display of the actual ruins of a theatre from first century in its original site.
If music is of interest then do visit the Fado museum. The Museum traces the evolution of Fado – designated by UNESCO as world’s intangible cultural heritage in 2011 - with various combinations of audiovisual presentations, multilingual information panels, and musical archives. There is also a café and restaurant that often host live performances. Digital albums of various Fado artists are available for purchase at the museum shop.
Adjacent to the terrace at Portas Dol sol is a flight of steps on Rua Norberto de Araújo that will lead you down to Alfama's winding streets. Look for sign of Rua de San Miguel and for the restaurant Santo Antonio de Alfama for dinner. This restaurant is set back from the street and hence not very easy to locate. Look for grape vines serving as a canopy over a of the front section of this restaurant. It offers non-veg food but has veg options and do try fried potato skins with mayo. As you go down the hill you will see Rua da Judiaria which used to be the center of the old Jewish quarter. Nearby on Campo das Cebolas is the famous archway Arco de Jesus.
Please note – do make a reservation in advance.
Then end the trip with a visit to one of the Fado houses. Fado, Portugal's most unique music genre of mournful songs, was added to UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritages in 2011. Clube do Fado is one of the most professional and internationally known fado clubs in Lisbon. You could combine your visit with both dinner and fado performance or you could decide to opt for a drink and show and forego the dinner, especially if you show up after having dinner at Bico do Sopato or elsewhere.
You need to make a reservation in advance as most shows tend to sell out and you cannot expect to just show up.
Many Lisboetas recommend places such as Guitarras of Lisboa, Mesa de Frades and A Baiuca for more authentic experience.
If you don’t want to have dinner at Alfama then take a cab / bus and visit the Restaurante Vegetariano Bio - opens for lunch and dinner, closes on Mondays; small place with 5 different main courses, you can ask for the 'Mini prato misto' which lets you mix two of these, plus rice and salad.
Address - R. Francisco Sanches 39
1170-141 São Jorge de Arroios, Lisboa
I am also including a detailed list of other vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon that you can choose from - http://www.centrovegetariano.org/Restaurantes-Lisboa.html
Please note about restaurants in Lisbon –
* Almost all restaurants will bring you a plate of olives and bread without you asking for it and add it to the bill in the end. If you don’t want it, you can ask them to take it back or just leave it untouched.
* Sunday is a bad restaurant day. Everything is closed so make sure to plan accordingly.