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Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

1. Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

Starting in Chiado, get ready to feel the 19th century Lisbon and it's classic cafés. Try the original Bica, Lisbon's local espresso. After this, don't miss the opportunity to delight your tastebuds with a delicious Portuguese Pastel de Nata — a custard tart to die. Going towards the riverfront you'll get to know the biggest market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira. It's one of the trendiest spots in the city, with some of the best Portuguese restaurants. On the way, you'll see the great contrast between the traditional tascas and the posh modern restaurants of Lisbon. You will wander around downtown to see some of the most iconic buildings and locations, but don’t worry you will continue to stop often to eat. Of course, you can’t miss a Ginjinha (liqueur) but you have many other surprises in store for you on this unforgettable tour around the heart of Lisbon. Last but not least, you'll finish with a traditional Bifana (pork sandwich) or an alternative option.

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Lisbon: Old Town Sitway Tour

2. Lisbon: Old Town Sitway Tour

Starting from the Cais do Sodré area and crossing the majestic Praça do Comercio in a Sitways (seated segways), you will visit the Old Town district of Alfama, Lisbon's oldest quarter. This is spread over the southeastern slope of the hill and crowned by Castelo de São Jorge. The picturesque neighborhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps. Its Kasbah-like layout is deliberate — this is the city's ancient Arab district. The name "Alfama" derives from the Arabic word Al-Hama which means "source of warm water, good water". The tightly-packed lanes, small archways, and stone-paved terraces are full of atmosphere and great fun to explore. Alfama was one of the few areas of Lisbon which wasn't destroyed by the big 1775 earthquake. Lisbon's old quarter offers many things to see. Besides the castle, there are several historic 17th-century churches in the vicinity, as well as the city's impressive cathedral.  Alfama also wakes up at night, when some of the city's most authentic cafés and restaurants open their doors to serve delicious traditional cuisine with plenty of bonhomie. The neighborhood is also home to traditional fado houses, where this unique Portuguese musical expression can be appreciated in rustic and romantic surroundings.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Belém and the Golden Era Tour by Eco-Tuk

3. Lisbon: 2-Hour Belém and the Golden Era Tour by Eco-Tuk

The first highlights will be Chiado and Cais do Sodré. Chiado was once the center of intellectual life and today is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in the city. You can see some of the most fascinating historical sites including the Convent and Church of Carmo, emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, and major international brands.  Cais do Sodré was once a sordid quarter where brothels sidled up to sweaty clubs but suddenly it became the most vibrant neighborhood in town. It is now home to live music, burlesque shows, and great tapas bars and restaurants. Climb the hill to reach Príncipe Real, which is an area known for its antique style, glamour, and its beautiful Garden.   Arrive at Belém and discover the Golden Area. Here everything is magnanimous, historical, and sacred. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their dangerous and ambitious voyages. Here, you may get off the eco tuk-tuk to visit the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Monument to the Discoveries.

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Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

4. Lisbon: Segway Super Tour

Meet at Rua da Boavista, 168 (metro - Cais do Sodré, bus - 714 or tram - 25) bus stop Conde Barão. The adventure starts as you head to Alfama, the old town area, passing by the river side where you can see the huge commercial plaza. In Alfama you can see traces of the Arab occupation and the Roman presence in the architecture, the food, and the language as well. Watch traditional music fado, go to St George Castle and see some beautiful landscapes. The city center is also very interesting. It is super fun to drive Segways and easier than Alfama. See the oldest cafe in Lisbon and the shopping areas that are full of history. This area was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. You can also see the best restaurants to eat, the night life area, important churches ,and so on. Take amazing pictures on the Segway and all the monuments and landscapes as well. 

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Lisbon: Old Town Segway Tour

5. Lisbon: Old Town Segway Tour

Receive full instruction and training on riding the segway if it is your first time using the vehicle. Start in the Cais do Sodré area and cross the majestic Praça do Comercio, where you will visit the Old Town district of Alfama. Alfama is Lisbon's oldest quarter. Spread over the south-eastern slope of one of the hills of Lisbon, the picturesque neighbourhood is composed of a maze of narrow streets, winding alleyways, and steep flights of steps.  One of the few areas of Lisbon, which wasn't destroyed by the massive 1775 earthquake, Lisbon's old quarter offers many things to see. Explore tightly-packed lanes, small archways, and stone-paved terraces which are full of character and great fun to explore. See several historic 17th-century churches in the vicinity, the city's impressive cathedral, and São Jorge Castle.

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Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

6. Lisbon Riverside by Sitway Tour

This is the perfect tour to discover the importance of the Tagus river in Portuguese history. It is the longest river on the Iberian Peninsula, flowing 626 miles long (1,007 km) between Spain and the Atlantic at Lisbon. The biggest sailors started their adventures across unknown seas hear, such as Vasco da Gama, in the 15th century.  Start your tour at Cais do Sodré near Praça do Comércio (City Historical Center), an important bohemian neighborhood that connects everyone with the city. Always riding along the river, you'll pass trough Lisbon and explore it, feeling like a local. This tour is a balance between historic places and the new ones across the old Lisbon industry zone. Historically the most important points of this tour are Cais das Colunas and Terreiro do Paço. Cais das Colunas is an old shipping dock where people and spices entered Lisbon at the Era of Discoveries. In Terreiro do Paço it is possible to see where the last Portuguese king made his last steps before being assassinated. Before Parque das Nações (futuristic district) you will pass through the most industrial Lisbon area, which is developing into a cultural hub of the city today.  At last pass through Parque das Nações, which used to be an ugly industrial area until it was chosen as the site to host the last world fair of the 20th century, Expo 98'. It has since been reborn into a futuristic glass-and-steel district, home to some wonderful examples of modern architecture. Explore Lisbon on a Sitway, an electronic bike-like vehicle, which lets you discover the city effortlessly and in a relaxed way.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour in Tesla

7. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Tour in Tesla

Discover Lisbon at your own pace with a luxury 8-hour tour in a private Tesla vehicle. Start your tour with hotel pickup, then head to one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city to admire the views and be introduced to Lisbon’s history.  Drive downtown to explore some of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods. Visit the famous Belém area and see the Jerónimos Monastery, Belem Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, and taste delicious Portugese custard tarts.   The tour is completely customizable — just let your driver know what you want to see and they will take you anywhere you want to go. Tour the city in comfort and style in an eco-friendly Tesla vehicle. Explore Lisbon in the most luxurious way with a private sightseeing experience.

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Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

8. Total Lisbon Experience Walking Tour

Taste your way through the city, see historical highlights and interact with locals on this adventure-packed Lisbon tour. Meet your informative local guide at the historic neighborhood of Mouraria, a melting pot of cultures from far and wide, and one you won’t see on other Lisbon tours. Pass small churches, mosques, and shops selling goods from far-flung places. Stop at a small, hidden bakery where traditional pastries and espresso coffee will provide a tasty pick-me-up. After more sightseeing highlights, taste some authentic Portuguese cheese, locally-made marmalade, and port wine. Walk through Lisbon’s main square and learn how much the city has changed since the devastating earthquake of 1755. Explore Bairro Alto and Chiado, stop at one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Lisbon, and end your adventure with a short ferry ride along the Tagus River, the subject of many Portuguese songs and poems. Journey to the picturesque Cacilhas, where Portuguese green wine and freshly caught seafood await.

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Lisbon: Tasty Tapas Tour by Segway

9. Lisbon: Tasty Tapas Tour by Segway

Roll around the Old Town of Lisbon on a futuristic Segway, tasting typical Portuguese delicacies along the way. Despite looking hard to control, Segways are actually surprisingly easy and fun to ride. Your guide will give you a short instructional session and then you’ll head off to Portugal’s oldest district, Alfama.   Your tour starts at Ribeira de Naus, where many old Portuguese ships were built. See the old shipping dock where people and goods entered and left Lisbon during the Age of Discovery. You’ll also explore this district’s most authentic cafés and restaurants, which serve traditional cuisine and plenty of hospitality. Here, taste some of the most famous Portuguese tapas, like a codfish pastry, a roasted Portuguese sausage (chorizo), and cheese and honey with bread and sardines. All of this will be accompanied by a local red or white wine.   To finish your experience, taste a famous pastel de nata (custard tart), and try Ginginha, a traditional sour cherry liquor. Continue to discover more of Alfama’s hidden corners and streets before returning to the meeting point.

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Lisbon: Private Half-Day Tour in a Tesla

10. Lisbon: Private Half-Day Tour in a Tesla

Begin your tour with one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city - the perfect place for your tour guide to provide you with an introduction of the history of Lisbon. On your way back to downtown Lisbon, pass by some of its oldest neighborhoods and visit the best spots. Following the city center, visit the famous neighborhood of Belém where you can visit the church of the Jerónimos Monastery, see the Tower of Belém and the Monument of the Discoveries, and taste the famous custard tart of Portugal: "Pastel de Belém". Throughout your 4-hour city tour of Lisbon your independence is guaranteed. If you wish to change your route and take an alternative road, your tour is completely customizable. Your tour is conducted on board of a fantastic Tesla, allowing you to save tons of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.

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What people are saying about Cais do Sodré

We chose the old town tour for 90 mins. It was fascinating from start to finish and our guide was excellent providing a running commentary along with many historical facts. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Lisbon.

Great, wonderful

Baltazar drove us through the history of Lisbon and took individual wishes into account. Highly recommended. Baltazar has driven us through the history of Lisbon and taken into account individual wishes. Highly recommended.

Excellent, informative fun

Really enjoyed the experience, would highly recommend. Great way to learn about Lisbon with the kids. They really enjoyed it and found it very interesting. Our guide was great, friendly and very knowledgable

It was a fantastic experience. The tour was extremely professional and brought us closer to Lisbon in a new, different way. We can only recommend it ;-)

Just being yourself and your camera. Awesome way to see the City.