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.
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.
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.
Pastel de Nata and Ginjinha
Try Portugal’s most famous dessert, pastel de nata (custard tarts) at the Pastelaria Santo Antoniό.
Get a shot of “ginjinha” (cherry liqueur).
On the way to Praça do Comércio (Baixa)
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