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Lisbon Travel Guide: 24 Hours in Lisbon, Portugal - A Complete 1 Day Itinerary🇵🇹

Lisbon is Portugal's coastal capital city, it is honestly one of my favourite cities to visit. Lisbon became very popular in recent years, and the reason for that are its authentic trams, its beautiful architecture, and its charming streets. A 3 days trip to Lisbon would be good enough to explore the city. I visited the city twice and I enjoyed it both times and would visit again. There is a lot of things to see/visit in Lisbon that I would recommend at least three days, but if you only have 24 hours to stay in Lisbon, then this is the perfect itinerary for you.

Check Why You Should Visit Portugal: 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Portugal


How to Get Your Visa for Portugal

You can get the visa by going to the embassy, or visiting the official website, or getting it with an agency like iVisa. iVisa provides 100% online travel documents such as: Visas, health declaration forms, embassy registrations, passport photos, passport renewals, tourist cards, and other travel documents. It is the simplest solution to process your travel visa.

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How to Get to Lisbon

Direct flights to Lisbon are available from all over Europe, Lisbon’s International Airport is easy to reach from all over the world, so you won’t struggle to find flights.

If you are looking for an easy, quick, and reliable way to reach Lisbon by plane, train, or bus, then Omio is your best option! Omio are my favourite app/website to move around Europe, and they have been changing the world of travel by empowering customers to go on journeys that move them. Their pioneering and practical platform helps travellers worldwide explore Europe, the United States and Canada via train, bus, flight and ferry. Choosing them means saving time and money while loving the journey you’re on.

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If you are looking for an easy, quick and reliable way to get from the airport to your accommodation, then Welcome Pickups are the best way to arrive in Lisbon! Welcome Pickups are the safest way to travel as they provide airport and port transfer, sightseeing rides, and in-city rides. Welcome Pickups are one of the best, most trustworthy and convenient 5-star airport taxi companies for your airport transfer based on user reviews across various platforms such as Google, Tripadvisor and Trustpilot.

Welcome Pickups offers a great experience and safety to its travellers such as:

  • Local english-speaking drivers

  • Flat, pre-paid fee

  • Flight monitoring for delays

  • 24/7 customer support

Here’s why you should choose Welcome Pickups:

  • 20 minute gap between transfers - After each ride, their drivers have 20 minutes to clean the car and ventilate the cabin.

  • Contactless ride - You can request to have zero contact with the driver during the transfer with just one click.

  • Regular Car Sanitisation - They provide hand sanitisers and hand wipes for all their travellers and drivers.


9 Things to do in 24 Hours in Lisbon

1. Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Lift)

The Santa Justa Lift which is also called Carmo Lift, is a lift in the historic center of Lisbon that is located at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. This lift connects the lower streets of the Baixa neighbourhood and the higher Largo do Carmo. It was built back in 1902 and it has saved the residents of Lisbon a hard climb uphill, and its design was inspired by the Eiffel Tower. It is a must see when in Lisbon and it open at 7:00 am. This should take you about 30 minutes, depending on how busy it is.

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2. Praça do Comércio (Comércio Square) & Arco da Rua Augusta (Rua Augusta Arch)

Praça do Comércio is Lisbon's harbour-facing and main square, it is also the largest square in Lisbon. Arco da Rua Augusta is the "Door to Lisbon" which is opposite to the river, this arc leads to the center of Lisbon as well as the shopping boulevard. It takes 5 minute to walk from Santa Justa Lift to Praça do Comércio. This should take you less than 30 minutes to explore.

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3. Rua Nova do Carvalho (Pink Street)

The famous Pink Street is located in Rua Nova do Carvalho in the neighbourhood of Cais do Sodre, this used to be Lisbon's Red Light District. The colours as well the new cafes and bars were introduced back in 2011 to give it a new life. It is a very crowded area since it is famous and a lot of people want to take pictures there, so getting early there would be great to avoid the crowd. This should take you about 15 minutes.

Check Why You Should Visit Lisbon: 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Lisbon, Portugal

4. Tram 28

You can easily walk from the Pink Street to the tram 28 stop, this iconic yellow tram dates back to 1930. A single ticket to the tram costs 3€. This should take you between 15 and 30 minutes.

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5. Distrito de Alfama (Alfama District)

Alfama is one of Lisbon's oldest areas, in this area you can find a lot of colourful houses, cobblestone streets, and beautiful architecture. You would probably find that this is the most beautiful part of the city where the old trams are rolling through the narrow streets. This should take between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on how much time you have and how long you want to explore.

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6. Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral)

This is the oldest and most important church in Lisbon, it can be found in Alfama. This should be a must when visiting Lisbon, especially when wandering around the Alfama area. This should take you about 15 minutes.

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7. Castelo de S. Jorge (Saint George’s Castle)

The Castle of S. Jorge is located in the Alfama area as well, and it offers a 360 view of Lisbon as it is located on the highest hill. This should take you about 2 hours.

8. Miradouros (Sunset from a Viewpoint)

Miradouros in Portuguese means Viewpoints, the Alfama area has a lot of viewpoints but the two most famous ones are Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia, and they are really close to each other. This should take you between 30 minutes and 1 hour.

9. Mercado da Ribeira (Time Out Market)

For dinner you can come to Time Out Market which is a food hall located in the Mercado da Ribeira at Cais do Sodré. This should take you between 1-2 hours, depending how much time you have and how long you want to stay to enjoy your food.

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