Lisbon in One Day – What to Do and See and Where to Eat

Want to visit all the must-see Lisbon sights in one day? Here’s a step by step itinerary to help you see the most important attractions in Lisbon if you’re pressed for time.

If you can take more than a day, you should include a day trip to the beautiful village of Sintra.

This one day itinerary will help you see most attractions. Because you can’t leave Lisbon without enjoying an evening of fado, this itinerary will guide you to find a fado restaurant or bar to end the day.

Morning: The Medieval Lisbon

Tram 28

Tram 28

Go to the Martim Moniz Square early in the morning to guarantee a place on tram 28 on a journey that covers some of the most scenic corners of Lisbon, and gives you an idea of the historic neighbourhoods.

Get off at Basílica da Estrela and take the tram back. Hop off at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon. Admire the panoramic views.

Head to the ramparts of the Castelo de São Jorge to visit the medieval castle.

Stroll the picturesque narrow and maze-like streets of Alfama on your way down to the Baixa district. Here, window-shop on Rua Augusta and have a quick lunch (you won’t have time for a full restaurant meal) – perhaps a pie or sandwich at Fabrica Lisboa (Rua da Madalena, 121, closed on Monday).

Afternoon: On the Trail of the Portuguese Explorers

Padrão dos Descobrimentos - Belém

Padrão dos Descobrimentos – Belém

Head to the riverside Terreiro do Paço. Visit the square and take tram 15 to Belém.

Admire the caravel-shaped Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) on the natural route along the waterfront to visit the peculiar Torre de Belém (save time in the often long lines by booking your entry ahead).

Go back to the Belém gardens and admire the UNESCO-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. You’ll have time to visit the Church of Santa Maria and the Cloister.

After visiting the Monastery, enjoy a pastel de nata (custard tart) at Pastéis de Belém, before taking tram 15 back to the Terreiro do Paço.

Evening: Fado in Lisbon

Enjoy a fado night at one of the best fado restaurants in Bairro Alto. Then, bar crawl like a local (if you still have the energy!).