Lisbonis a fascinating city, vibrant, ancient, with thousands of history of background, back from the Roman period 2000 years ago, passing by the Moorish 1000 years ago, and with more than 800 years as an independent nation, one of the oldest in the world. It is also the capital of Portugal.
Year after year, more than 12 million visitors arrive to Portugal, eager to explore the city of Lisbon.
The best way to explore downtown area is walking, but never forget that the city is hilly (city of the 7 hills), and also you might need transportation for longer distances.
The best option is to hire a private guide, taking a private tour. Having a knowledgeable guide will help you exploring the best attractions, avoid the lines, and optimizing your time.
As being one of the most popular place in the whole country, it can be difficult to visit Lisbon smoothly, comfortably, and with quality, so make sure to hire someone who knows the city well.
If visiting Lisbon downtown area walking, without transportation, here are the places you should cover in one full-day:
- Rossio Square / National Theater / Rossio Station
- Jewish Memorial
- Sao Domingos Church
- Manteigaria Silva, one of the oldest grocery shops in Lisbon
- Rua Augusta, famous walking street
- Custard Tart (you can get some on Rua Augusta), or save your time for later in Belem or Chiado/Largo Camoes at original Manteigaria
- Santa Justa Elevator (exterior only, lines are big, dont take the elevator)
- Praça do Comercio / Commerce Square
- Alfama / Lisbon Cathedral
- Saint Antonio House and Birthplace (Saint Antony From Padua, Saint of Lost Things
- Viewpoints (several, such as Portas do Sol, Santa Luzia, etc)
- Old Jewish Quarter (Alfama)
- Chiado / Rua do Carmo
- Visit the oldest bookshop in the world, Bertrand, in Chiado
- Chiado / Rua do Carmo
- Carmo Convent Ruins
- Sao Roque Church
- Lisbon Tram (see only from the exterior, don’t take the tram, it’s often packed with lines of tourists)
- and Much More !
Some other places like the Belem, Parque das Nacoes (Expo), Lisbon Aqueduct, etc, will require transportation, and cannot be reached walking.
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