Short of time? This is the ultimate 10-hour itinerary in Lisbon, with the main attractions and views for those in a hurry. Disclaimer: one day is too short to know a city with so much history and sights, so you will have to organize yourself well so that you do not miss unmissable places. Make sure you carry a tourist map of Lisbon. Despite the language, it is super easy to identify signs and bus lines. Have a look at what you can do in a day!
Lisbon in the Morning
Take a tram straight to one of the most unmissable places in Lisbon, one of its postcards, the Jerónimos Monastery. It was built in the 16th century and it is located in the neighbourhood of Belém, very close to the River Tagus. The Monastery is one of the most visited tourist spots in Portugal, being both a reference of Portuguese Manueline architecture and a main symbol of the Portuguese discoveries in past centuries and its brave seafarers. Leaving the monastery, head over to the river and climb to the top of the Torre de Belém to enjoy incredible views over the river.
Stroll back along the river and admire the Monument to the Discoveries, which depicts the Age of Navigation with several sculpted historical Portuguese figures who were part of it, such as writers, poets and the famous navigators themselves, such as Brazil-discoverer Pedro Álvares Cabral, among many others. Have lunch in the neighbourhood and go to the Old Confectionery of Belém, where you can taste one of the best Portuguese relics and delights, the famous Pastel de Belém (natas, or custard tarts).
Lisbon in the Afternoon
After savouring the famous Natas, take the tram back into the centre of Lisbon, jump on the metro and get off at the Oriente station, admire its brilliant architecture and head to Parque das Nações, built for the great World Expo in 1998, which left a beautiful, modern legacy to Lisbon. In Parque das Nações, take a ride in the cable car, the Teleférico de Lisboa, and enjoy the unique view of the city and river from above.
Take the metro back to old town Lisbon, or Baixa, where you will find some other must-see historical places. Stroll through Praça Pedro IV or Rossio, walk through the pedestrian and narrow streets and finally ride
to the top of Elevador Santa Justa, where you will find one of the most beautiful panoramic views of old Lisbon. As it connects downtown to the upper district of central Lisbon, proceed directly to the bohemian neighbourhoods of Chiado and Bairro Alto, some of the coolest in the city, with lots of shopping, restaurants and cafes, and finish your day with a drink over the Lisbon rooftops. Now that you have had a taste of Lisbon, make sure you prepare a longer, more thorough visit of one of Europe's trendiest capitals. Enjoy...