Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities and is one of Europe's must-see destinations. In addition to its typical gastronomy, friendly people and good weather, you can visit one of its 25 free museums and monuments. You will discover its traditional and welcoming side during your visit.
By Alexandra Bousse
This is where our route planner on Divento.com comes in handy; you can create an itinerary to discover what the city of Lisbon has to offer. You can modify your itinerary by adding or deleting places. The planner will suggest the best day and time to visit the places you have added, and it will recalculate the best times for your visits if you delete places. You can do all this on the move.
Start your day off right with a hearty, inexpensive and above all delicious breakfast at the Alfama Dolce, located in the city's oldest district. Don't hesitate to order their specialties, we strongly recommend the alfamas with almonds and lemon, available from 8:00am. Once you've had your fill of pastries and coffee, Divento suggests you start your visit at the historical Casa-Museu Dr. Anastácio Gonçalves. Here you can admire Portuguese painting and architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries.
After a cultural visit, less than 15 minutes walk away, you can go for a walk in the Marquês de Pombal district, which is a very popular area for tourists. Look for small, typical restaurants—there is no shortage of them—and order a soup and a bifana which is a simple, excellent and cheap lunch. After your meal, head to Mundo Fantastico da Sardinha Portuguesa a must-see souvenir shop located in the heart of Rossio, and don't hesitate to buy a can of sardines which is one of the specialties of the city and the shop too. If you feel like it, you can travel around the city by tram, which is typical of Portugal and on which you can extend your tour if you get tired.
Don't miss the panoramic views of the city! Take the Santa Justa lift (the old lift takes you to the top of the 45-meter tower) all the way up to the observation platform which offers a 360-degree view of Lisbon. After enjoying the view and snapping some shots, you can walk to the bohemian and trendy areas of Chiado and Bairro Alto, where you will find many good restaurants, charming cafés and street art.
Next, hop on the tram and head to the Belém district, one of Lisbon's most famous areas. You can visit the Belem Tower, which is the most important place in the city and a beautiful example of Portuguese Manueline architecture. During the day and in the early evening, it is a porch of the sea and therefore you can admire the sunset at the beach next to the monument.
Feeling peckish? Right next to the tower is the famous Pastéis de Belém pastry shop. This bakery/pastry shop is the place to buy pastéis de nata, the signature Portuguese pastry that is a must-try in your visit to Portugal.
To end your itinerary, only a 7-minute walk away from the Belém district, you can visit the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery and admire its markedly Portuguese Manueline architecture as well as its cloisters and sculpted columns. The Monastery is the perfect ending to this more than eventful day in Lisbon.