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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

1. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for 3 hours with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins 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 through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come 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, you’ll 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. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends 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.

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Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

2. Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your Lisbon hotel in an eco-friendly tuk tuk that fits up to 6 people. Hop onboard and head off into this charming and colorful city for an epic four hour sightseeing adventure. Tuk tuks are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the city’s narrow streets, allowing you to access places you might have otherwise missed. Ride through some of Lisbon’s most emblematic districts, from Alfama to Mouraria, the Old Town to Chiado, the charming Belem, and the bohemian Bairro Alto. Along the way, soak up the differences between each of the districts and get a sense of local life and culture. Highlights of the tour include the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower. There’s also time to enjoy a traditional Pasteis de Belém, the famous custard tart of which only the monks know the recipe. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of Lisbon, its landmarks, locals, and culture.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Belvederes Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

3. Lisbon: 2-Hour Belvederes Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

Your driver will turn on the roller coaster mode and take you up and down the hills to visit some of the magnificent belvederes in town. Usually, there is time to visit 3 or 4 of the 5 potential viewpoints. Discover Lisbon from another perspective and on your way, visit the Alfama, Graça, and Chiado neighborhoods. First is the Senhora do Monte Belvedere in Graça. The name of this viewpoint has takes its origin from the Chapel of Our Lady of the Hill. This is the perfect spot for sunset lovers, photographers, and pregnant women as the chapel is reputed to protect women during childbirth.  Next, from São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere is an excellent view over the Baixa district, the area around Avenida da Liberdade, and the Tagus River. This garden with panoramic views is next to the Gloria Elevator, a funicular that has been taking passengers up and down the hill between the Restauradores Square and Bairro Alto since 1885. Edward VII Park is a central park famous for the two greenhouses. It has a huge green area where some great events take place including the Lisbon Book Fair, one of the oldest cultural festivals, and music festivals such as Lisb-On. This is a great place for nature lovers since you can visit the hothouse with the most exotic plants and the greenhouse, which is filled with tropical plants, ponds, and endless varieties of palms and cactus. Portas do Sol Belvedere, or the gateway of the sun, has a glamorous view overlooking the Alfama rooftops and the Tagus River, at a short distance from Saint Jorge Castle. Here, you have the best sunrise views in town and blue is the predominant color in here. In the movie Lisbon Story by Wim Wenders, this place is well featured. Discover one of the best hideaways in the city. Torel Belvedere was renovated in 2009 with a cafe on the lower terrace. Its ex libris is an 18th-century mermaid statue, which turns into a pool every August known as the beach of Torel. Here, you find the oldest funicular of Lisbon, the Elevador do Lavra. 

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

4. 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: Alternative Walking Tour

5. Lisbon: Alternative Walking Tour

This alternative tour of Lisbon takes you under the skin of the city to discover the culture and creativity of one of Europe's coolest capitals. This walk around alleyways and secret passages will reveal the best of the street art in Lisbon, which is constantly changing. You will see the works of local and international artists, from tiny sculptures to large-scale murals. From the graffiti to the master pieces, from the paste-up posters to public mural projects. The walk starts in the city center, before winding away off the beaten track to Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa, Alfama, and Graça. You will get to see all of the leading different areas of the city, consisting both of the old and modern neighborhoods, seeing how the gentrification process is changing these local areas. You will learn about the social history of Portugal and how it has influenced its arts and architecture, and will also get to know the poets who inhabited this town and how their literature and poetry contributes to Lisbon's charm and grace. You will later take a break in a local ice-cream shop, and can try Portuguese empanadas, paired with a fresh lemonade. This is a good chance to meet the other travelers or enjoy the opportunity to get some extra tips from your expert local guides whilst relaxing a bit before the last part of your tour. Following the break, you will make your way to the most astonishing viewpoint over the city of Lisbon, tracking your way back and getting a better understanding of the geography of this beautiful town.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

6. Lisbon: Full-Day Private Walking Sightseeing Tour

See the sights of Lisbon that interest you most on a full-day private tour with an itinerary that’s designed just for you! There’s no need to rush around on this special tour, as you’ll have time to take in the top artistic and historical attractions of the city. Marvel at historical landmarks such as São Jorge Castle and Lisbon´s Cathedral. Travel from the Phoenician civilization, up to the Roman city of Olissippo. Visit Alfama, the city’s oldest sector, and see Moorish influences everywhere. Take a stroll off the typical tourist route, through the city’s traditional neighborhoods and get a real feeling of what Alfacinhas (Lisbon natives) do and where they go in their lovely city. During the day you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some of Portugal's traditional pastries. Although the tour is meant to cover a full day the duration can be shorter to suit your schedule.

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Lisbon: Private Walking Tour

7. Lisbon: Private Walking Tour

Explore the various old quarters of the city, learning about the history of Portugal, notably its capital, Lisbon. Begin your tour at the Largo Luís de Camões and Chiado Square, tasting Portugal's most popular sweet and savoury delicacies. Before visiting the The Bertrand Chiado, the oldest bookstore in the world.  Then, you will cross the Largo do Carmo square and the impressive Carmelite Monastery, climbing onto the famous platform of the Santa Justa Lift, taking in the panoramic view. The Santa Justa Lift connects the two districts Chiado and Baixa and offers you a fantastic overview of the old town. When you arrive in Baixa, your guide will take you to Rossio and Restauradores. There, you will learn all about the importance of the square's monuments and discover the area. Later, you will be able to experience culinary and cultural highlights of this city and stroll along the historic streets, allowing yourself be led through the enchanting historical part of Lisbon. Finally, travel to Praça do Comércio and visiting its famous triumphal arch, the equestrian statue of King José I and the palatial buildings with stunning views of the Tagus River.

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Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: 2 or 3-Hour Historical Vintage Tuk Tuk Tour

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

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Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

9. Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

Enjoy a private city tour and experience as much of Lisbon as possible within a short time. Explore the various old town districts and learn more about the history of Portugal and its capital Lisbon. Start your tour at Largo Luís de Camões, and head to Chiado Square. On the way, your guide will introduce you to Portugal's most popular sweet and savory delicacies. Your next destination is the oldest bookstore in the world. Pass Largo do Carmo square with the impressive Carmelite monastery and take the famous Santa Justa elevator to the observation platform. This Elevador connects the two districts of Chiado and Baixa and offers a fantastic view over the city. Once in Baixa, head to the squares of Rossio and Restauradores. Learn all about the importance of the monuments in the squares and discover the curiosities of the surroundings. Stroll along the historic streets and through the enchanting old town. Finally, your guide takes you to the Praça do Comércio with its famous triumphal arch, the equestrian statue of King José I and the impressive palatial buildings with magnificent views of the Tagus.

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Private Tour - Lisbon in One Day

10. Private Tour - Lisbon in One Day

The tour will begin with a visit to the castle, where is possible to see the oldest archaeological vestiges of Lisbon and enjoy the medieval environment. Inside the Castle, the city reveals itself in 360 degrees. Then, get into the sounds, smells and beauty of ancient alleyways full of memories. You guide will take you to experience a city that has undergone centuries of multiple influences. Walk through the old neighborhoods and enjoy the beauty of the ancient alleyways, full of memories.  The morning comes to an end at Comércio Square, one of the world’s most beautiful square, touched by the Tagus River and shining throughout the year. After lunch you are taken to discover the Art of Ceramic Tiles, a museum with a great collection of Portuguese tiles panels. Then, tour the city’s streets comfortably in one of the vehicles. You will visit the iconic Baixa, Príncipe Real and Bairro Alto, and will stop to enjoy the views in some of Lisbon belvederes. Then you will visit S. Roque Church and its Museum, where some of Europe’s greatest treasures are kept.   After it, you will go down the hill and be charmed by Chiado, where shops have absorbed the glamour of multiple decades. Then, visit Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Lisbon’s ex-libris and the maximum exponent of Europe’s last Gothic style. Finish your tour at Tagus River mouth, next to the Torre de Belém, the symbol of the city and of Portuguese nationality. During the day you enjoy a sweet lemonade and have the opportunity to buy handcraft and to taste a delicious “pastel de Belem”!

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What people are saying about Chiado

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This tour was the perfect way to kick off a visit in Lisbon. The guide I was with, Nadia, was incredible and had so much local knowledge to share -- history of Portugal and Lisbon, and many local recommendations for my trip. The pastel de nata with espresso and tram ride were perfect additions. Highly recommend this tour!

Knowledgeable and accommodating guide to make adjustments during the tour that best fits the group.

Nadia was an excellent guide in every way. Loved my time with her.

It was a relaxed walking tour. Noemi was a great guide.

Learned a lot about Lisbon and visited many landmarks.