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Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

1. Lisbon: History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals on a guided walking tour. Built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots, explore the city with a local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Begin the tour in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass by the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy views of Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the San Roque Church built by the Jesuits. Admire its austere façade, and the gilding, tiles, and paintings inside that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque styles. Head down the hill to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. See a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol, see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Explore Alfama, one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. End the tour at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon: Secret Churches Private Tour

2. Lisbon: Secret Churches Private Tour

The churches represent the richest built heritage of this city. The best architects were chosen for their construction and the best painters and sculptors were chosen for their decorations. But some of them are hidden inside buildings or closed to the public… join this tour to discover these amazing secret places. The tour begins with one of the best views of Lisbon (the viewpoint from São Pedro de Alcantara). You will be introduced to the development of the Christian presence in Lisbon during the Roman period, after the conquest of the city during the Second Crusade, during the Inquisition period and after the earthquake. Cross the entire historical center, between the Chiado area and the castle, discovering all the secret churches, some of them located inside civil buildings which are now banks, offices and shopping malls.

Lisbon Historical City Tour

3. Lisbon Historical City Tour

Visit the historical sites in Lisbon on this tour. A local guide will pick you up at your hotel and your day will start with breakfast at Pastel de Belém. See majestic structures like the Jeronimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries and Belem Tower. Travel through the city's unique neighborhoods: Lisbon Baixa (a chic district with incredible architecture), Chiado, Alfama (the oldest district in Lisbon), Parque das Nações, or drive through the city center to behold. Parque Eduardo VII, the Lisbon Cathedral (Lisbon's oldest church), and São Jorge Castle make for lovely stops as well. With the option to customize your own itinerary this sightseeing adventure will be one to remember.

Lisbon: Baixa and Chiado Districts Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Lisbon: Baixa and Chiado Districts Self-Guided Walking Tour

Discover the Baixa and Chiado districts that have made the Portuguese capital famous for centuries. Even today, many Lisboetas (locals) and tourists come to enjoy the terraces of their century-old cafes. The only thing you need to explore for 1.5 hours? Your smartphone! The voice of a local guide will guide you throughout the visit and the stories will be start automatically as you walk along. Start your tour whenever you want, alone or with friends, far from tourist groups... During this audio-guided tour of about 1.5 hours, visit the famous Rossio Square, the central nerve of Lisbon. Discover its history and admire the magnificent pattern of its black and white paving stones. A little further on, you'll come across the retro façade of "A Ginga", where the favorite drink of the Lisbon people has been served for over 100 years: the ginginha! Right next door, the church of Saint Dominic will teach you the tragic history of the Jewish community in Lisbon...Then, prepare to find some tasty treats along the way! Discover the gastronomy of Lisbon. The many stalls you will come across will allow you to discover the basics of Portuguese food: codfish, marinated pork cutlets, king's cake,... it will be hard not to fall in love! A short stop at a terrace or a shop, a small craving? Resume the tour whenever you want, right where you paused it. It's impossible to get lost. The guide provides clear audio directions, and a map indicates the directions to follow in real time. And if you take a wrong turn, the integrated in-house location feature will get you back on track in no time! Customize your itinerary as you wish, relax and enjoy a fun and entertaining tour of the Castle district, at your own pace. Continue your journey through the chic streets of the Chiado district. Shopping streets and typical stores will be waiting for you. For instance, you will meet the oldest bookshop in the world! Between cafés, admire one of the most beautiful facades of the city of azulejo, these manifest Portuguese tiles. A little further on, go to Carmelite Square with its gothic church dating from the end of the 14th century. It is the witness of the terrible earthquake that the city experienced in 1755... It was the most devastating that the city has ever known. As all good things must come to an end, you will end your visit on the second floor of the Santa Justa elevator with an impressive and unobstructed view of both the old quarters of Lisbon, where a fortress stands, but also of the Tagus River and of the Baixa district.

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We had an absolutely fantastic tour in Lisbon with Sofia as our tour guide. She was so nice and a actually a living encyclopedia. So full of information, stories, skillful and helpful in all ways, making this tour definitely the best city tour we’ve ever experienced. We have now visited many of the hidden places she recommended and multiplied the value of our stay. The restaurants she recommended where also perfect. Very authentic and with excellent food. Tonight we have enjoyed the genuine Pastéis de Bacalhau and the special atmosphere at the tiny A Tendinha do Rossio. So many great experiences to absorb in this exciting city. This tour and Sofia is highly recommended for everyone who would like to to know and enjoy Lisbon! Muito obrigado, Sofia!

I can’t say enough good things about our guide, Andre. We learned so much about the history and the culture of Lisbon and Portugal. I only wish that we had planned time for a second tour tomorrow. Andre was extremely knowledgeable and allowed us to ask questions and enriched our experience of Lisbon immensely. Thank you again Andre for a wonderful tour.

The guide had excellent knowledge of Lisboa's and Portugal's history and an interesting way to tell the stories. We were able to get a really good overview of the city and a nice walk in the charming surroundings.

Our tour with Monika was really great. She reported passionately about Lisbon. Always my pleasure!

It was a very informative and great tour. Many thanks to Monica.