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Top 5 things to do on a Lisbon walking tour

Lisbon's colorful history is still evident in its grand monuments and maze of streets that veer between the quaint and rustic. Here are the best places to go on any city walking tour.

  • Bairro Alto

    1. Bairro Alto

    The "Upper Neighborhood" was formed in the 16th century and, with its picturesque streets and elegant houses overlooking the rest of the city, remains its most charming district.

  • Belém Tower

    2. Belém Tower

    An icon of Portugal's "Age of Discovery," this 16th century coastal tower formed both the keystone of Lisbon's maritime defense system and a ceremonial gateway for important visitors.

  • Lisbon Cathedral

    3. Lisbon Cathedral

    Construction on Lisbon's oldest church began in 1147, but once they got started they found it hard to stop! Today the cathedral is a mix of architectural styles added through ages.

  • Alfama

    4. Alfama

    Lisbon's oldest district survived the great earthquake of 1755, and so retains much of its Moorish fishing-village charm. Come back at night to enjoy the city's best bars!

  • Rossio Square

    5. Rossio Square

    Lisbon's historic main square has long been the center of public life, hosting everything from celebrations to executions. It's also home to the D. Maria II National Theater.

Planning Your Visit

  • How do the free tours work?

    Free walking tours are a great way to see Lisbon on a tight budget, and are often surprisingly good! Don't forget, however, that your guide is still trying to make a living. Bring some cash with you in case they deserve a good tip.

  • What about food tours?

    Seen Lisbon's sights and ready to taste its delights? Food tours provide a popular way of seeing the city from a local's perspective, taking in a choice of favorite restaurants, food markets, and top-notch wine stores. Or if you're not done with the sightseeing yet, you can even choose a tour that offers both!

Other Sightseeing Options in Lisbon

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What people are saying about Lisbon

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,850 reviews

My husband and I recommend this trip and here is why. The guide (ask for Gonzalo) knows the best places to eat lunch, cakes and ice cream. We followed his advice and it was amazing. The guide was attentive to our wellbeing. Two times he walked ahead to get the van and pick us up after a walk up or down the hill. The time management was perfect. The guide was also open to answer any question. The guide was very knowledgeable and not at all pretentious, allowing for interesting conversations in the group. Last but not least, the trip was quite early but there is a good reason for tho because you get to the castle before any other tour guides and groups of tourists do. Seeing the castle so early in the morning made our overall experience unforgettable. Gratitude to our Top-Guide, Gonzalo, all the best to your sir.

Mario was an amazing guide — truly one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. He’s also a chef, so definitely ask for restaurant recommendations. The Peña was really beautiful, as well as Sintra and the other stops Mario took us to.

Great day at the beautiful pena palace and also sightseeing in the magical Sintta town. An unforgettable trip with an amazing, expert and knowledgeable host. Highly recommended

We loved it. Nuno was a terrific guide, and his English was fine. Not too much walking, which I quite liked.

We had an amazing day - we really enjoyed the tour through the castle! It was perfect.