Day 1 in Lisbon
Start your first day at the Praça Espanha. It’s a square in Lisbon from which vehicles can travel to the South bank of the Rio Tejo. It is also where the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation art collection is housed in two buildings—The Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Center of Modern Art. As you pass through the beautiful gardens, you will enter the home of an art collection that is touted as one of the most prestigious and diverse in the world. A “Lisbon Card” will get you a 20% discount on your entrance fee. There are also discounts for tickets that allow you to visit both the museum and the Center of Modern Art.
Nearby this tourist attraction are others that include the Lisbon Zoo and the Jardim Guerra Junqueiro, one of Lisbon’s largest and best parks. The park covers 11.4 acres in Lisbon’s city center and is home to exotic plant life, regal peacocks and even some parakeets. History surrounds it because overlooking its acreage is the Basílica da Estrela. A leisurely stroll will take you to the park café where either local fare or more familiar samplings are available.
Basílica da Estrela, Lisbon
Speaking of food, the best way to know where to eat is to start with your hotel concierge desk. The concierge generally knows where the best restaurants are and for any price range. They can also book your table at restaurants requiring advanced reservations, saving you lots of hassle. If your hotel does not have concierge, the front desk can also be helpful. Be prepared to offer a tip for this service, which is customary.