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The Perfect One Day in Lisbon Itinerary

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Welcome to Portugal’s coastal capital of Lisbon. Today, we are going to guide you through the ultimate one day in Lisbon itinerary, showing you the best this city has to offer in just one day.

If you’re staying in Lisbon longer, you will want to check out our other blog posts, 48 Hours in Lisbon, Where to Stay in Lisbon, and Best Day Trips from Lisbon. But for now, let’s get started with 1 day in Lisbon.

One Day in Lisbon Itinerary

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The first burning question that needs to be answered is, can you see Lisbon in just one day? While it is much more difficult to see everything in Lisbon than, say, Porto, it is possible to enjoy its highlights and top attractions in one very jam-packed 24 hours. So, we are going to show you the route that we think you should take.


Belem Tower

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Start your one-day trip to Lisbon in the Belem district with an early morning sunrise at Belem Tower. You can go inside Belem Tower, but it doesn’t open until 10 a.m., and the crowds are fierce. This attraction can be enjoyed from the outside, and you will feel fulfilled. If you go for sunrise, it will just be you and a few photographers capturing this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of Portugal’s seven wonders.

It’s located directly on the Tagus River. This beautiful tower was built in 1515 to defend Lisbon from invaders coming in along the Tagus River.

Monument of Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)

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Leaving Belem Tower, it is just a short walk along the waterfront promenade to the Monument of Discoveries. Portugal was a land of explorers; the Padrão dos Descobrimentos is a tribute to Portugal’s legendary explorers. You can’t miss this monument as it towers over the Tagus River.

Standing 52 meters high, it is an impressive sight. It was built in the 20th century, but it is no less impressive. For a small fee, you can take an elevator up for views over the Tagus River, or you can walk up the stairs. It doesn’t open until 10 a.m., so we say to simply enjoy the views.

Make sure to stop and take a look at the Compass Rose adorning the square in front of the Monument of Discoveries. It was a gift from South Africa and pays tribute to Portugal’s journies in the 15th and 16th centuries. Within the design, look for a mermaid, Neptune, fave compass roses, and blowing faces.

If you really want to see the views of the Tagus, you can return and take the elevator directly after your stop at our next Lisbon attraction.

Jerónimos Monastery

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