"One day in Lisbon" Portugal Things to Do Tip by SOLODANCER

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  An eyeful in Lisbon
by SOLODANCER
 
 

Only one day for and in Lisbon? This is criminal.

Thus, no matter how much you'd try it would be hard for you in this case to get a reasonable appreciation of this great and beautiful city.

Also, you're staying in the suburb of Queluz which is a good distance away from the center of the old city.

Be that as it may, get up and start really early to get as much you can possibly absorb of old Lisbon. Since as you mentioned you love to walk, you can consider the following options:

- From Queluz take the train all the way to the Rossio Station, its last stop;
this puts you right into the center of the old city. You can start walking
from here and simply wander around.

- From the Rossio train stop, you can also walk up or take the Elevador da
Gloria right next to the main Tourism Office upwards to the bohemian
neighborhood of Bairro Alto. A highly interesting neighborhood with tons of
great attractions, cafes, restaurants, etc. A day wouldn't be even enough for
this neighborhood.

- Or you can combine your Bairro Alto stroll alongside with Lisbon's other great
and historic neighborhood - the more ancient Alfama - on the opposite hill across
the Baixa, the lower part of town. Here you can wander around in its narrow
and tight snaking-around streets and end up at the Castelo de Sao Jorge where
the ultimate magnificent view over the old city and beyond can be had.

- Go to the Belem district where you'd find and discover the unmatched Mosteiro
dos Jeronimos complex, afterwards walk towards the sprawling gardens and a
visit to the nearby Padrao dos Discobrimentos monument, stroll by the river
promenade to the direction of the Belem Tower which is another fantastic
monument encompassing the great history of Portugal's empire of discoveries.

- If you're not so fond of those bulky open-top tourist sightseeing buses, you
can hop on any of the old clanky but infinitely charming 1920's trams. Good
atmospheric rides are the Number 28 Prazeres tram covering the main artery
of old Lisbon, the Number 15 towards Belem or Number 18 which clamber up to
other remote neighborhoods of Lisbon passing by the Palacio Ajuda. Both Trams
15 and 18 you can catch from in front of the Praca do Comercio downtown by
the riverfront at the end of the pedestrianized Rua Augusta in the Baixa.

- or Simply wander aimlessly in any neighborhood of old Lisbon, sit in the cafe
to people watch, sample great Portuguese food in any of its family-type
restaurants, take endless fotos and be forever seduced by this startling city.

I'd also advise you to stop by at the main Tourist Office at the Palacio da Foz at Praca dos Restauradores by the Avenida da Liberdade to obtain a free map and surely a well-suggested day-itenerary for you. They're quite helpful at the tourism offices.

Hope this helps. Have fun in Lisbon.

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