Lisbon In A Day

Lisbon is a vibrant and beautiful city brimming with culture, wondrous sights and countless things to do. I only had one day to explore as much of Lisbon as I could, so here is my guide to the top sights and activities that you can fit into a day.

1. Monastery of Jeronimos

The 500-year-old monastery of Jeronimos is near the Tagus River in Belém. It is a grand, ornate and truly breathtaking structure that is a must see!

Monastery of Jeronimos

2. Praça do Império Garden

This beautiful garden is right by the monastery of Jeronimos. Enjoy a blissful stroll towards the river through the luscious greenery and past terrific fountains and statues.

Praça do Império Garden

3. Padrão dos Descobrimentos

This monument translating to ‘Monument to the Discoveries’ is right by the river. It’s intricate design is fascinating and you can even take an elevator up to the top!

(Can also be seen in the left of the previous photo)

4. Belém Tower

Belém Tower is a small fortress that sits in the Tagus River, only accessible via a stilted foot-bridge. There is something magical about this small but magnificent tower.

Belém Tower

5. Rossio Square

Rossio Square is located in the Pombaline Downtown of Lisbon. It is a lively area attracting Lisbonites and tourists alike, that features fountains and mosaic flooring.

6. Rua Augusta Arch

Walk under the 100-foot-tall Rua Augusta Arch and feel incredibly small!

Rua Augusta Arch

7. Santa Justa Elevator

Despite a very long queue, this elevator provides breathtaking and unforgettable views of the city.

8. Old fashioned Tram Ride

Sitting in the yellow trams, that wind through the narrow back streets of Lisbon, feel taken back to a different era.

Lisbon Old-Town

9. São Jorge Castle

The ruins of São Jorge Castle provide spectacular views of the city below. After a fair amount of walking this sight definitely does not disappoint!

View from São Jorge Castle

10. Try a Traditional Portuguese Custard Tart

If you don’t come across a Portuguese tart in Lisbon I will be gobsmacked. There are stalls, carts and shops selling these portuguese delicacies all over the city. The tarts were invented in Portuguese Monasteries and they are truly delicious. A must-have taste of Lisbon!

There is so much more that the city has to offer but this is definitely a good start! There are many ways to travel around the city, I used trams, taxis (pedal and car), but walked as much as I could so that I could take in as much of the city as possible.

I hope you love Lisbon as much as I did!


Emma xox

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