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Whether you’re young or just young at heart, there for a week or just 24 hours, Lisbon has plenty to offer all kinds of visitors. This vibrant city and the surrounding areas are well known for their food, safe atmosphere, and warm temperatures, so it’s no wonder they’ve been winning plenty of travel awards in recent years.
If you’ve only got 24 hours, make sure you squeeze the most out of your Lisbon experience by making a plan. The difficult part is deciding what makes the cut, and what goes on the list for your next visit because you’re certain to want to come back to this sunny city. We look at some of the top things you won’t want to miss.
Even if your regular breakfast choice isn’t sweet, you’re sure to find yourself breaking the rules in Lisbon. Portugal is famous for its pastéis de nata, a puff pastry tart that is filled with egg custard, a dusting of powdered sugar, and cinnamon. If you’re looking for a more savoury option, try a cheese and ham toastie, or one of the many types of bread available. In true Lisbon style, you’ll also need to grab yourself a coffee.
If you’ve only got 24 hours, go all in and eat a full meal both at lunch and at dinner time, because Lisbon has an ever-growing culinary reputation that you won’t want to miss out on. Local favourites include salt cod, grilled sardines, cheese, Portuguese sausage, and varying delicious stews.
One of the best ways to see any city is on foot with an experienced guide. Walking tours allow you to see all the main attractions of a city, as well as give you the opportunity to quiz a local and hear some interesting facts. There are several excellent free tours available in Lisbon, as well as paid ones, some of which come with tasting experiences.
Next up is a trip outside the main city to the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower. You can catch a classic Lisbon tram (line 15) to both spots, so they’re easily accessible. Both sites offer a stunning display of architecture, which is fitting as Lisbon is one of the world’s oldest cities.
If you’re looking for a quick stop, pop into Livraria Simão, one of the smallest bookshops in the world. It measures less than 4sqm but is stuffed with 4000 books, making it quite a sight to behold.
In the evening in Lisbon, there is no better activity than listening to traditional Fado music. Whether you prefer your Fado served with a glass of port wine or a full meal, you’ll be sure to find a venue that suits you in Lisbon. The genre developed from maritime heritage and is characterized by a deep sense of romance, storytelling, and longing.
If you want to make the most of your time in Lisbon with a late-night dance session, the Bairro Alto neighborhood is known for its nightlife, and there are plenty of bars, cocktail lounges, and nightclubs to help you experience your 24 hours to the maximum.