You will not get a chance to know Lisbon in one day. But you will truly know something about this city if you even arrive only for 1 day.
As for me I have chosen for the visit of Lisbon 3 days. One day is for the trip to Christ the King (Santuário de Cristo Rei). The second day is for the walk in the city. The third day is for the visit of Cape Roca (Cabo da Roca) .
Best things to do in Lisbon
I suggest you to begin with the Martim Moniz square (Praça Martim Moniz). It is enough nice in the morning here. It is possible to have breakfast and to take some coffee in any coffee bar at the square. And later you may have a ride by tram № 28. It has more 100 years and it is a real chance to touch the history! The itinerary passes through the main streets of the city.
And then you may visit the viewing point of St. George.
Besides the viewing point, you may find here the peacocks. And over the weekend the different events take place here, for example, the crossbow shooting and archery.
Further, let's go to the Triumphal arch (Arco do Triunfo) at Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) where there is a monument to the king Joseph I.
The embankment is opposite to the Commerce square. It is not very picturesque but it is ideally to watch the sunset or to see the sunrise, enjoying the view at the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) and Christ the King statue where I suggest you to leave further.
5 minutes along the beach promenade to the ferry terminal Cais do Sodre, 10 minutes aboard a ferry on other shore front of Tagus, 15 minutes by bus № 101. And here you are - Cristo Rei.
Precisely because of this statue I have decided to visit Portugal.
The statue was constructed as a prayer to the Creator to save Portugal from the involving in the Second World War. At that, generally, it was constructed thanks to the money of women who wanted to save their own husbands and sons from death.
Compared to the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), Cristo Rei is faced to the city and looks at Lisbon from the south shore front of Tagus.
It is possible to lift the statue at the price of 5 EUR.
Here there is the Tejo park (Parque do Tejo) where from the perfect view is opened at the 25th of April Bridge, which is compared to the Bridge Golden Gate in San Francisco because of the colour and form.
Specifically, at the south coast of Tagus there is a perfect place for the photo against the background of the Bridge.
It will be necessary 3 hours for the trip from the centre of Lisbon including the passage boat, bus and walking.
Having returned back in the centre, I recommend to visit the Cafe Martinho Da Arcada (Praça do Comércio 3) for lunch. This storefront is a sort of legend. It takes in guests since 1782.
After the lunch we will go through the Triumphal arch at the main pedestrianized street of the city Rua Augusta.
Here in any candy store you may taste the traditional Pastel de nata. You will not find this patisserie nowhere besides Macao and Brazilia.
By the way there is an interesting construction - the Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa). It connects the districts Baixa and Chiado. Let's take the lift and we are at the square Largo do Carmo where the ruins of the destroyed after earthquake church Igreja do Carmo are reserved.
The lift drives to the first viewing point. And for 1.5 EUR you may rise by the top viewing point using the spiral staircase where the view is much better.
It is worth obligatory to get a ride in one of the ancient funiculars - Bica, Gloria or Lavra.
The ticket by card "Viva" costs 2.60 EUR and if you buy the ticket at the driver - 3.70 EUR.
Another unusual place of Lisbon is the shop "Mundo Fantastico da Sardinha Portuguesa". It is situated next to the Rossio Railway Station (Estação de Caminhos de Ferro do Rossio), which also impresses by its design.
The shop "Mundo Fantastico da Sardinha Portuguesa" is the real Kingdom of the preserved sardines!
The tin of sardines is a perfect and absolutely not trite present from Portugal.
I suggest to finish the knowledge with Lisbon in the intimate restaurant of the original cuisine «FREI CONTENTE» (R. São Marçal 94).
It is better to reserve your table on the weekend in advance.
It is a perfect place - Portuguese food, nice waiting, calm atmosphere, perfect choice of wines and nice compliment from the restaurant!
I have ordered the codfish with the grilled onion and herbs, and the glass of Portuguese wine. This is the ideal finish of my walking through Lisbon.