Due to the traces of history there are lots of places in Lisbon which are directly associated with the presence of Moors in the city and in Portugal as a whole. This private tour through Lisbon is focused Lisbon's Moorish legacy.
What to Expect
Portuguese civilization was deeply influenced by Moorish invaders with the traces of the Arab people still found in aspects of Portugese culture such as crafts, arts, architecture, language and so on. The Moors invaded Portugal and partially Spain at the beginning of the 8th century and stayed there up till the 12th century.
During the tour, you will visit Lisbon City Museum which is located in an 18th century palace.
Your next destination will be the National Archaeological Museum of Lisbon, which is considered to be one of the most important museums. It was founded at the end of the 19th century and since that time it occupies the western part of the Jeronimos Monastery.
The edifice of the museum once was the monk’s dormitory, but in the second half of the 19th century it was redecorated in sublime neo-Manueline style. After a thorough exploration of the archaeological museum, you will proceed to the Cloister of the Lisbon Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Mary Major). It is worth noting that it is the oldest church in the city and has survived numerous earthquakes. Nowadays, it represents a mix of various architectural styles.
This tour can include a lunch at a typical restaurant in the old town and a visit to St. Jorge Castle (Castle of Sao Jorge), site of the Medina and Alcaçova (Palace of Sheik), the first Arab settlement and the Moorish quarter walls in the oldest Arab district in Lisbon – Alfama (Hot Baths in Arabic).