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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!