One Day in Lisbon Itinerary With Map 2023

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Efficient Lisbon itinerary if you have 24 hours in Lisbon or less!

We visited Lisbon to compile an efficient Lisbon one day itinerary for you. We show you how to see the best of what the Portuguese capital has to offer – even if you only have 24 hours in Lisbon or less.

Lisbon in a Day Quick Guide

One Day in Lisbon Map

All stops for your Lisbon itinerary:

How Long to Spend in Lisbon?

How many days in Lisbon is enough? Like always, we like to be efficient. Even if you’re only in Lisbon for one day, you can see all of the major sights and get a taste of the vibe of the Portuguese capital.

If you have more time, you can use the same itinerary at a more relaxed pace. Additionally, you need to go on some day trips – Sintra and the Portuguese beaches should not be missed!

Best Districts For a Day in Lisbon

If you only have 1 day in Lisbon, it’s best to stick to the central areas:

  • Alfama
  • Baixa
  • Chiado
  • Barrio Alto
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Map from

Is Lisbon Walkable?

Depending on your stamina, the central areas are walkable.

Be aware that Lisbon is dubbed the City of the Seven Hills. If you’re tired of walking uphill, ascensores and elevadores (loosely translated to lift or elevator) provide a fun way to cover the vertical distance.

If you want to travel outside of the centre, e.g. to Belem, you should take public transport in the form of a tram to save time and energy, especially if you only have 1 day in Lisbon.

Speaking of trams, riding the historic tram 28 is another fun way to move around the city.

What to Do in Lisbon For a Day

The 10 best things to do if you only have one day in Lisbon:

  • Tram 28
  • Alfama & Miradouros
  • Castelo de Sao Jorge
  • Lisbon Cathedral
  • Praca do Comercio
  • Lisbon Pink Street
  • Carmo & Chiado Square
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Bairro Alto & Fado
  • Time Out Market
Picture of Alfama Mirador
Alfama Mirador

What to See in Lisbon in 1 Day

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Morning – Alfama

Tram 28 and Miradouros

Grab a quick breakfast at your hotel or on the go and start your day by hopping on the historic tram 28 towards Alfama. Hop off at Miradouro de Santa Luzia and enjoy the view. If you’re looking for another angle, you can also check out Miradouro das Portas do Sol.

Castelo de São Jorge

Make your way to Castelo de São Jorge. The castle was built by the Moors and later used as a royal castle for centuries. The complex includes several towers, sentries, a moat, excavations from Phoenician, Roman and Moorish times and two large squares that invite you to linger. The viewing platform of the fortress allows a wide view of the entire city and the Tagus.

The site extends to around 6,000 m² so plan some time if you want to enter. It opens at 9:00 am.


Stroll through the lovely alleyways of Alfama. If you’re interested, you can visit the Fado Museum.

Lisbon Cathedral

On your way back to the city centre, stop at Lisbon Cathedral and Saint Anthony’s Church right opposite it.

Picture of Castelo de São Jorge
Castelo de São Jorge

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Lunchtime – Baixa and Chiado

Comercio Square or Praça do Comércio

Comercio Square is the heart of the city. It faces the Targus River. We loved this area to relax and people-watch for a while. When the weather is nice, you’ll find loads of street music along the riverfront promenade.

Rua Augusta

Through the Rua Augusta Arch, the Rua Augusta brings you deeper into Baixa or downtown Lisbon.

Santa Justa Lift and Carmo Square

The Elevador Santa Justa is one of the main sights of Lisbon. It brings you up to Carmo Square where you’ll find the stunning Carmo Convent.

If you don’t want to pay for the elevador ride, you can walk up the stairs behind the elevator towards Convento do Carmo. From here, you can access the viewing platform for free.

Chiado Square and Luís de Camoes Square

Praca de Chiado and Praca de Luís de Camoes are two landmarks you shouldn’t miss on your way to lunch.

Elevador da Bica and Pink Street

You’ve seen an ascensor, now it’s time to check out an elevador: Elevador da Bica will bring you back down the hill to your last stop before lunch: The Instagram-famous pink street.

Time Out Market

Let’s hope you made it all the way to Time Out Market for lunch. You’ll find everything your heart desires from Portuguese to international cuisine at more than 40 stalls. If you only have a limited amount of time, this is the best place to sample different dishes!

Picture of Rua Augusta
Rua Augusta

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Afternoon – Belem

Tram to Belem

Time Out Market is directly next to Cais do Sodre Station. Here, you can hop on a tram to Belem. Make sure to check out Ponte 25 de Abril, also known as the Lisbon Golden Gate Bridge, on the way.

Pasteis de Belem

No visit to Belem would be complete without sampling the famous Pasteis de Nata or Pasteis de Belem where they originate from.

Belem Tower and Monument to the Discoveries

Head to the riverside to check out the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belem Tower.

Our advice: If you’re short on time (which we assume you are if you read this one day in Lisbon itinerary) there is no need to visit the inside of the tower. Instead, head to the Jerónimos Monastery.

Jeronimos Monastery

Like the Belem Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Erected in the early 1500s, it is one of the most prominent examples of the late Portuguese Gothic Manueline style of architecture.

In our opinion, it’s very much worth a visit if you can spare the time and energy.

Picture of Belem Tower
Belem Tower

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Evening – Barrio Alto

Fado Dinner

In Barrio Alto, you’ll find more than 100 bars and restaurants. While this might not be the most authentic way to enjoy Fado, there are plenty of restaurants which offer a free Fado show with your dinner. If you ask us this is an excellent option for the time-efficient traveller and we can recommend it by experience.

Picture of Lisbon elevador
Lisbon elevador

Lisbon 1 Day Itinerary Nightlife

PARK Rooftop Bar

We love a good drink with a good view. Of course, we have to recommend the PARK rooftop bar.

Riverside Clubs

If you still have some energy left in you (kudos!), how about visiting a nightclub along the banks of the Targus River like Urban Beach?

Picture of PARK Rooftop Bar
PARK Rooftop Bar

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