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Óbidos: Medieval Tales and Secrets Spots Walking Tour

1. Óbidos: Medieval Tales and Secrets Spots Walking Tour

Our tale will have two hours walking through the amazing medieval Óbidos village. We will start at the village main gate, and then we will discover amazing narrow streets outside of the beaten track. After we will share with you the morish & Jewish neighborhod and their white painted houses with some great spots to take some pictures. Then we will taste the amazing and local Ginjinha, a sour cherry liquor, but this one is full of flavours without any additions. We will visit and explore: - Obidos Village; - Mercado Biológico unique bookshop - Saint Mary Church; - Moorish and Jewish neighboorhood - Sao Tiago Church; - Ancient (8th century) Moorish castle,

University of Coimbra Walking Tour

2. University of Coimbra Walking Tour

Visit one of the oldest universities in the world (and the oldest university in Portugal). Founded originally in 1290, the University of Coimbra has occupied its spot in the city of Coimbra since 1537. Accompany your knowledgeable guide to the Royal Palace, Chapel of St. Michael, Joanina Library, Academic Prison, and other highlights. Go deeper than the average tourist with stops at the university.

Aveiro: Stories, Canals, and Azulejos Guided Walking Tour

3. Aveiro: Stories, Canals, and Azulejos Guided Walking Tour

Start at the Praça da Republica with the Town Hall and the Misericórdia church. We walk along Rua de Coimbra and talk about the black and white calçada à portuguesa. In the Marques de Pombal square we enter the Carmelite Convent Church - a small but impressive baroque jewel. Walking further we see the tile panels of Casa de Santa Zita and Sapataria Leão. We pass next to the Dominican Convent of Jesus where we evoke the history of the city's patron saint: Princess Santa Joana. After passing the cathedral we will go on to the Canal da Fonte Nova, where the building of one of the many ceramics factories that once existed there is still standing. Along the canals we will explain their genesis and utility, as well as those of the traditional boats of the Ria de Aveiro. We will pass through interesting places in the Beira Mar neighbourhood, always with the tiles filling our eyes. We will recognise the marks of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, of the iron architecture from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. We won't forget the two façades of the Museum of Art Nouveau. On the way to the saltpans we will talk about the power of Aveiro from the 11th to the 15th century, its crossing of the desert in the 17th and 18th centuries and its revival in the 19th century. On the way back we will make some references to the local gastronomy, such as eel stew and traditional sweets, namely the "ovos moles" of Aveiro. We will finish at the Church of São Gonçalinho referring to the traditional January festival, in which another traditional sweet - hard and heavy - is literally thrown over the heads of the faithful, in a ritual full of joy and tradition.

Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

4. Coimbra: University of Coimbra Guided Tour

Explore the University of Coimbra on a guided walking tour, including visits to the Biblioteca Joanina, São Miguel Chapel, and Royal Palace. Start your tour in Porta Férrea, where you can access the historic sections of the University of Coimbra. Visit the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of Saint Michael and the Joanine Library. Next, see how this area has transformed over time with a walk through the Upper Town. Stop near the New Cathedral and learn about the student traditions that take place there. Pass by the "Repúblicas", typical student houses in Coimbra. End our visit in front of the Cathedral of Santa Maria (Old Cathedral), site of the biggest student part in the country: the Queima das Fitas. Learn about the Monumental Serenade and other traditions.

Caldas da Rainha: Unseen with a Local Guide

5. Caldas da Rainha: Unseen with a Local Guide

We will take you to the most ancient Thermal Hospital in the world - continually operating for over five hundred years. Long before SPAs came along, Portuguese Queen D. Leonor had her own private “pool”, which you will be visiting. This came after she saw people bathing in natural hot springs looking for cures for their ailments. Impressed, the queen had a thermal hospital built on the site the very next year (1485). This tour will also take you to the nearby Church of Nossa Senhora do Pópulo (“Our Lady of the People”), a small yet artistically rich place of worship, which holds some of the earliest examples of the "Manueline Architecture”, a famously unique Portuguese architectural style. Afterward, we will take you to the beautiful and romantic D. Carlos I Park and share an overview of the city’s history highlighting its golden age in the 19th century, when it became an industrial and artistic hub and Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro and José Malhoa became household names.

From Lisbon: Best of Fátima Half-Day Tour

6. From Lisbon: Best of Fátima Half-Day Tour

Experience the rich heritage and stunning countryside of Portugal on this small-group guided trip to Fátima from Lisbon. After pickup at your hotel in Lisbon, you’ll head through scenic landscapes to arrive at Fátima, a city known throughout the world as the location of the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1917. This apparition has made Fátima one of the Christian religion’s most significant pilgrimage sites.   Learn about the 3 children who were witness to this apparition, and hear the story of what they saw and what happened to them afterwards. You’ll also explore the village where the children lived and explore their well-preserved homes. Experience the now-peaceful atmosphere of this place where the Virgin Mary appeared.

Leiria: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

7. Leiria: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Leiria Castle With our local guide you will explore this stunning medieval castle. Dated from 1130, this pearl was a defensive position for the Portuguese against the Moors. Misericórdia Church / Jewish Synagogue Jewish names like Abraão d'Ortas, Manuel de Leão e Francisco Rodrigues Lobo where very important in the city. Explore more about this history that goes to medieval times. Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Built in the 16th century this cathedral show us the importance of Leiria city. During our Leiria Walknig tour you will find more about the history behind this amazing monument. Leiria Walking Tour Our walking tour will give you the most important insights so you can have a clear idea about the place you are visiting. Along this two hours we will go to this places: Rodrigues Lobo Square; Painters House; Printers Crossing; Arch House.

Aveiro: All-in-One Guided Walking Tour

8. Aveiro: All-in-One Guided Walking Tour

Ready to have an amazing time? Let's embark on my "Aveiro All-in-One Walking Tour" to explore the unique, romantic, salty and sweet Aveiro city. Some call it the Venice of Portugal, the capital of Art Nouveau in Portugal, or probably the most romantic place in Portugal. Well, there is some truth to it but there is much more than that. What makes this tour unique is that it's a blend of history, art, devotion, passion, deceit, tragedy, salt, and sweet. After living my life here and spending several years deeply studying Aveiro and what makes it special, I want to share with you what I've found and what you can't easily see out there. Our tour takes place in downtown/old town city centre area where we will see the main places but we will also go a bit beyond that to uncover the non-obvious, thus this is just not a touristic tour. It's something that I hope you can learn more from. During our tour we will: • Find more about Princess Johanna and the São Gonçalinho worship and the popular tradition that brings thousands to Aveiro • Remember forgotten heroes of the past and how they serve as all for inspiration for the future • Learn about the tasty "ovos moles" dessert and why *everyone* loves them • See some impressive tiles • Learn more about some impressive stories • Play some "games" / answer some challenges • Find great places for amazing photos! At the end I will provide tailored recommendations for you, depending on your available time and goals, so you can explore, learn, and experience more by yourself! So, get ready to walk and don't miss the opportunity to know more beyond the obvious, in a fun, relaxed way! Note: our tour starts next to the José Estevão monument in the "Praça da República" (Republic Plaza). I will be wearing a blue and red sport jacket and a tour guide badge with my name.

Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

9. Castelo Branco: Culture and History Guided Tour with Museums

The tour lasts approximately 4 hours and starts with a pick-up at the meeting point, next to the Castelo Branco Tourist Office. There will be a walking tour through the historic area of the city, passing by various points of interest, such as Churches and Chapels, the Sixteenth Century Portals and the Clock Tower. Then there is a visit to the first two museums, the Cargaleiro Museum and the Castelo Branco Embroidery Interpretation Center. This is followed by a walk through the City Park and a visit to the Jardim do Paço Episcopal. Finally, it's time to go up to the highest point in the city where you can visit the Castle and marvel at a 360º view over the city of Castelo Branco. Return to the meeting point.

Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

10. Coimbra: Historic Center Guided Tour

Stroll the historic city center of Coimbra with a guide. Learn about the city as you visit its historic university, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the Church of Santa Cruz. Meet your guide in front of the Porto Ferrea to start your tour. Begin with a visit to the old University of Coimbra. Visit the historic buildings at the university with your guide. See the Royal Palace, the Royal Chapel of São Miguel, and the Joanina Library. Afterward, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, also known as the Old Cathedral. Admire the collection of Romanesque sculptures adorning the building. End our visit to the Church of Santa Cruz. Experience this old monastery where the first two kings of Portugal are buried.

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Antonio brought us to historical landmarks and his choices were exactly what we wanted. There is so much rich history and beautiful places in Aveiro. He is very professional with a good sense of humor, a retired teacher in fact! Highly recommend the walking tour!

The guide Antonio Salavessa, very knowledgeable about his city, enthusiastic and attentive. It made us delve into the beauty and the many stories that this city hides. It was a great experience having him as a guide. A great professional.

This tour really brought the city to life for me. Tony shared the history of Aveiro, and pointed out so many details I would have missed-- in the architecture, paintings, symbolism. Very interesting tour!!

We had a terrific tour with Antonio. Very interesting and chatty. We’d strongly recommend him.

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