Visiting Lisbon in one day is a very frequent option for those tourists who visit Portugal. Although a priori it is not an option that we recommend because the Portuguese capital deserves more time, it will allow you to see the essentials of the city. In this post we mark you a visit itinerary so you can visit Lisbon in a day without going crazy. Put on some comfortable shoes because most streets in Lisbon have many ramps and are paved.
Start the day at Praça do Comércio
To start the day with energy visit the main square of Lisbon. The Praça do Comércio is huge, surrounded by yellow buildings with typical arcades. It was the gateway to the city for visitors and merchants arriving by boat. In addition, there was located the majestic Royal Palace until the terrible earthquake of 1755 ended with him. Nowadays it is still the nerve center of the city, it hosts demonstrations and street shows.
Do not forget to admire the Arco da Rua Augusta, which commemorates the reconstruction of Lisbon after the earthquake. You can go up to your viewpoint for € 2.50. Go under the arch and you will enter Rua Augusta, the most commercial street in the city. There are many cafes where you can try a good Portuguese sweet. We recommend Berlím balls, some creamy buns filled with cream that made us gain a few kilos during our visit to Lisbon
Strolling through the Baixa
It is the only flat part of the city and also the most majestic. The streets are wide, full of shops and restaurants. The entire neighborhood was devastated by the earthquake of the eighteenth century, so it had to be restored. Do not miss the squares of the Restauradores, Rossio and Figueira. If you are a book lover, you will surely like to see the smallest bookstore in the world. It’s called Livraria Simao and it has 4,000 books in less than 4 square meters!
Contemplate the views from the Santa Justa elevator
One of the most peculiar constructions of Lisbon is the Santa Justa elevator. Formerly it was very useful to reach the Chiado neighborhood, but nowadays it has a purely tourist function, as a viewpoint of the city. Up costs € 2.90, although it is better to get a Viva Viagem card because you will need it later. It will also be cheaper to get on the elevator.
Climb Alfama and fall in love with the viewpoints
The soul of Lisbon is in the neighborhood of Alfama. It is the oldest district of the city and still maintains the structure of disorderly and steep alleyways. On the way to the Alfama you will find the Cathedral of Lisbon, the oldest religious building in the city, built in 1147. Once there, let yourself be carried away by the striking colors of the facades and lose yourself aimlessly.
At the top of the neighborhood is the Castle of San Jorge. It is a recommended visit, but if you visit Lisbon in a day you will not have time to enter. There are usually long queues to buy tickets and access, in addition the site is large and requires time. Still, do not worry, there are lookouts just as great if you have to make queues
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