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Travel Guide: 24h in Lisbon

Although Lisbon is one of the smallest European capitals, it is also one of the most energetic and captivating! There are many monuments to visit, delicious food to taste, activities to try and nooks and crannies full of history and culture.

Thus, spending just 24 hours in Lisbon may seem too little time to get to know the city. However, regardless the reason for your short stay in the city, be it a flight connection, an extension of your business trip or a last-minute visit to friends or family, with enough determination you can discover a significant part of Lisbon in only 24 hours.

We will show you an itinerary for your 24h in Lisbon that will help you a lot!

Starting the day well in downtown Lisbon

The downtown Lisbon, Chiado and Rossio areas are a must for any visit to the capital, even if you only stay 24h in Lisbon!

Walk down Augusta Street or Rossio Square where, in addition to various shops and important places such as Santa Justa Lift or Dona Maria II National Theater, you will also find various street artists and markets. Take the opportunity to visit Comércio Square and admire the beauty of the Tagus river and the 25th of April bridge.

In addition, downtown Lisbon is full of restaurants where you can lunch or have a delicious brunch!


An afternoon in the typical neighborhoods of the Portuguese capital

Lisbon has numerous typical neighborhoods that you can explore. If you don’t want to waste a lot of time on museums and make the most of city life, start by strolling between Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real, stopping at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint to enjoy the view of the Lisbon castle and typical rooftops.

During these 24h in Lisbon, you cannot miss Mouraria and Alfama neighborhood, two of the neighborhoods where you can listen to Fado. If you still have time, take the opportunity to go to St. Jorge Castle!


At the end of the day… a special sunset!

sunset cruse lisbonAt the end of your 24 hours in Lisbon, all roads will lead to Alcântara!

Visit LX Factory, an old industrial complex transformed into an urban art center with shops, coworking spaces, visual art producers, galleries, cafes and much more, and end the day by going on board on one of the boat trips departing from the Alcântara docks.

These tours are great for enjoying the sunset of Lisbon, and you can also choose a sailing route that goes through the sights of the city you have not visited. For example, you can sail to the Belém area and see the Belém Tower or the Monument to the Discoveries, or choose a route to Parque das Nações area.

As you sail along the Tagus River, you can also add to the sunset an amazing bar and catering service, with appetizers or even a full dinner, as well as music on board!


Although you do not discover all the key points of the Portuguese capital being only 24 hours in Lisbon, following this route will surely make you grasp the atmosphere of this city with so much to offer!

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