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Itinerary order help??

My husband and I will be in Lisbon end of March for 4 1/2 days before taking the train to Sintra for a few days. I would like to get some help with arranging the sites in Lisbon that we have listed to visit in some logical order.. We don't want to be going in several different directions each day! Our Air BnB is in Alfama and we arrive on Wednesday at 10:30 am. Here's what is currently listed for each day....
Wednesday.... Tile Museum, Sao Vicente de Fora Monastery

Thursday....Brasileira Cafe, Livraria Bernard Chiado, Sao Rogue Church, Convento do Carmo, Lisboa Food Tour (departs near Rossio station at 3pm)

Friday...Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries/Navy Museum, Jeronimos Monastery, National Coach Museum

Saturday...Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon Cathedral, Santa Engraci, Praca do Comercio & Lisboa Story Centre, Museum of Decorative Arts

Sunday....Time Out Market, Basilica de Estrela & Gardens

Any suggestions or advice on streamlining/eliminating/additions/changes will be deeply appreciated!!!!! Thank you!

Posted by
767 posts

I haven't seen all of those sights, but your Friday makes a lot of sense, since the Tower, the Colonizers' monument, and the Monastery (loved, loved, loved) are very near one another.

The cathedral is on the way up the hill to the castelo, so that makes sense, too. the Pantheo is not too far from the castelo, also, so that's another sight to consider.

In the castelo district, I always recommend the restaurant Chapitô à Mesa. It's a combination restaurant/circus school, and the views, food, and service are all exceptional.

Posted by
1165 posts

You have done a good job of arranging sites in the different areas. Your sites on Sunday aren’t that close but with only two, it shouldn’t be that big a deal. FYI- if you are going to the Time Out Market, don’t wait until 1:00 pm to go. It is very crowded (or was pre-Covid). Arrive no later than noon and you will have better luck being able to find seats.
The only other comment is that you have a very crowded itinerary. Lisbon and Portugal as a whole is about slowing down, enjoying long lunches and savoring your time. And, even though your flight arrives mid morning, you will likely not be to your accommodations until after noon. You might consider finding a nice restaurant for lunch then doing only the tile museum that first day. Or, spending the afternoon exploring the area around your Airbnb. Alfama is charming and very fun to just wander.

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Thank you both! BB...We are always looking for restaurant recommendations and that one sounds interesting! .. Kathrynnj...I laughed when I read your post about doing a bit too much on Wednesday!! I had already moved Sao Vicente de Fora Monastery to Sunday, thinking we just would want time to wander Alfama!! But I'm also thinking we might have too much on ALL the days!! Just don't know what to eliminate!! Any thoughts on which could go??