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.
All stops for your Lisbon itinerary:
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!
If you only have 1 day in Lisbon, it’s best to stick to the central areas:
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.
The 10 best things to do if you only have one day in Lisbon:
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.
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.
Stroll through the lovely alleyways of Alfama. If you’re interested, you can visit the Fado Museum.
On your way back to the city centre, stop at Lisbon Cathedral and Saint Anthony’s Church right opposite it.
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.
Through the Rua Augusta Arch, the Rua Augusta brings you deeper into Baixa or downtown Lisbon.
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.
Praca de Chiado and Praca de Luís de Camoes are two landmarks you shouldn’t miss on your way to lunch.
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.
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!
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.
No visit to Belem would be complete without sampling the famous Pasteis de Nata or Pasteis de Belem where they originate from.
Head to the riverside to check out the Monument to the Discoveries and the Belem Tower.
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.
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.
We love a good drink with a good view. Of course, we have to recommend the PARK rooftop bar.
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?