Lisbon in One Day: A Photographic Journey (Part 1)

Can you see Lisbon in one day?

It depends of your travel style and if you travel alone or in a group. My travel philosophy consists in not relying entirely on maps, but rather getting lost  – and using a combination of transportation vehicles and walking – a lot of walking, on average 40 km per day.

Spending my first afternoon in Lisbon, the time came for a full day of sightseeing. “Lisbon in one day” is a two part series photographic journey starting with Alfama and ending with Chiado and Bairro Alto neighborhoods of Lisbon.

“Get lost for a while, and find your target later”


Start with the century old Tram 28…

… and discover the Lisbon’s most interesting historical sites.

Get early to Martin Monez Square – there is a long line of tourists waiting for Tram 28!

The tram will take you through narrow streets and up and down the hills to Alfama and Chiado.

Tram 28

Alfama – The Lisbon of Bygone Days

Once you arrive at the top of the first hill, you will know it. Walk to Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol for a view of Alfama district and Tejo River.


Miradouro Das Portas Do Sol, Lisbon

Tejo River

Alfama roofs, Lisbon

Old tree roots

Explore the medieval Castelo de São Jorge castle

Climb up and up through Alfama’s winding streets to São Jorge castle – one of the most iconic symbols of the city.

Lisbon uphill house

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

View from Sao Jorge castle

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

Lisbon aerial view

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon

Pastel de Nata and Ginjinha

Try Portugal’s most famous dessert, pastel de nata (custard tarts) at the Pastelaria Santo Antoniό.

Pastel de nata

Get a shot of “ginjinha” (cherry liqueur).

Ginjinha (cherry liqueur)

On the way to Praça do Comércio (Baixa)

Lisbon narrow street

Clothes hanging outside

Carreira No. 12


Sardines and Mateus rose wine

Lisbon Praça do Comércio

Lisbon Praça do Comércio

Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta

Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta


When I heard the sounds of Fado, I felt in love with this beautiful, melancholic Portuguese traditional music.

“The only thing that matters is to feel the fado. The fado is not meant to be sung; it simply happens. You feel it, you don’t understand it and you don’t explain it.” – fado singer Amália Rodrigues


  • Olá Lisbon!
  • Lisbon in One Day: A Photographic Journey (Part 2) – coming soon