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Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary and Tour

One day is not enough time to discover Lisbon and generally most visitors spend 3 to 4 days in the capital. This Lisbon 1 day itinerary is designed for those visitors who are travelling through Lisbon and are short of time, either due to a long stop over (or delay) at Lisbon airport or as a cruise ship destination. The Lisbon 1 day itinerary takes about 6 hours and only visits the major tourist attractions of the capital.

Alfama district

The pretty and colourful Alfama district

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary - Morning

The first section of the Lisbon 1 day itinerary begins in the Baixa district and walks to the Alfama district. Baixa was completely re-built after the devastating 1755 earthquake and was the first example of a grid layout. Baixa has broad avenues connecting grand plazas.

Praca Comercio in Baixa

The magnificent Praça do Comércio in Baixa

Alfama is the oldest section of Lisbon, with narrow streets leading from the Rio Tejo up the hill to the castle. Alfama was traditional the poorest neighbourhood, home to sailors and dock workers and this poverty was the inspiration for Fado music, which is sung in many bars in the area. Sight of Baixa:

view over Lisbon

The view over Lisbon from the castle

Sights of Alfama include:

  • Lisbon castle has an important history for early Portugal and the battlements offer panoramic views over central Lisbon.

  • The Se Cathedral is the mighty and imposing cathedral of Lisbon.

  • Igreja Santo Antonio was constructed on the birth place of saint Anthony.

  • The delightful tram 28 that travels through Baixa and Alfama and is a pleasant way to view the districts.

  • Saint Luzia View point has great views over Alfama and is a good place to drink a coffee.



Afternoon of Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary and Tour

The afternoon of the Lisbon 1 day itinerary is spent in the Belem district, which is situated to the west of Lisbon. Belem is a pretty district of open grand monuments and carefully maintain parks that sits along the banks of the Rio Tejo.

Lisbon suspension bridge

Lisbon suspension bridge close to Belem

The region is historically important to Portugal as it was from the ancient harbours of Belem that the 14th century voyages of discovery departed from. Later, during the 15th and 16th century the taxes from colonial trade funded the construction of many of the extravagant buildings found in the district, which include the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

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The Padrão dos Descobrimentos in Belem

Visitors travel to Belem using the number 15 tram which departs from Praça do Comércio. Sights of Belem

  • The Torre de Belem is a little fort which once guarded the entrance to the Rio Tejo.

  • The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is a grand monastery that was funded by taxes levied on Portuguese trade.

  • The Padrão dos Descobrimentos was the centre piece for the 1940 world exposition.

  • The CCB house the best free museum in Lisbon, the Berardo Museum.

  • No visit to Belem is complete without eating a Pastel de Nata in the Casa Pasteis De Belem, the original home of the cake.

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Belem lies on the banks of the River Tagus

This 1 day holiday tour of Lisbon covers many of the major tourist sights and areas of the capital but there is much more to see. Lisbon has great nightlife which can not be experienced by such a short visit. It is our suggestion that most visits are 3 days and this can be easily expended to 5 days with day trips to Sintra and Cascais.

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The Best Guide to Lisbon