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Original Lisbon Walking Tour

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Highlights

  • See Lisbon′s remarkable history written in its many fine buildings
  • Wander winding lanes in the old city where time stands still
  • Visit the birthplace of traditional Fado music
  • View magnificent monuments including a 12th century church
  • Experience a vintage tram ride
  • Learn about Lisbon′s lifestyle, history and culture from an expert local guide

Overview

This walking tour is the perfect introduction to the compelling mix of religion, politics and culture that have shaped modern day Lisbon.

Explore the city’s lovely squares such as Rossio – the heart of both old and new Lisbon. In Restauradores Square and Carmo Square, you’ll see monuments to Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640 and the demise of the old regime in 1974. Also on view are the Liberdade Avenue; the Éden Theatre, one of the best examples of Portuguese Art Deco; and the Foz Palace, dating from the 18th Century.

Explore the elegant Chiado neighborhood, complete with old cafés, boutiques, theatres and bookstores. Compare this with the Moorish Alfama district, Lisbon’s oldest quarter, with its small squares, twisting streets and blind alleys.

You’ll also see Lisbon’s magnificent Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, and enjoy a ride on a vintage tram.

Itinerary

For the enchanting Original Lisbon Walking Tour you should make your way to Rossio Square to meet your English-speaking guide. The heart of both old and new Lisbon, Rossio was paved with typical Portuguese cobblestones (Calçada Portuguesa) in the shape of waves (the Mar Largo pattern) in the 19th century.

Learn how the old city of Lisbon was destroyed in the 18th century by an earthquake at 8.7 on the Richter scale – one of the largest ever recorded in Europe. Many important structures were lost and then totally rebuilt to become the city of today.

In the middle of Restauradores Square, view the Obelisk that commemorates Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640, after 60 years of Spanish rule. From here, also admire the Liberdade Avenue; the Éden Theatre, one of the best examples of Portuguese Art Deco; and the Foz Palace, from the 18th Century.

You’ll marvel at the intricate Neo-Manueline architecture of the Rossio Central Station. The station was commissioned by the Portuguese Royal Railway Company and connects the city to the region of Sintra through a tunnel which is more than 8500 feet long. Dating from the 19th century, this is considered one of the most important engineering achievements in Portugal.

Next you’ll visit the beautiful Carmo Square, the spot where Portugal’s old dictatorial regime fell in 1974 after ruling for 48 years. You’ll also see the Carmo Convent, founded in 1389 by the Portuguese knight Nuno Álvares Pereira. This convent was for the Carmelite Order.

From revolution and religion, you turn to the very chic Chiado neighborhood, with its old cafés, boutiques, theatres and bookstores. Chiado is an aristocratic and elegant quarter, one of the most interesting pedestrian areas in Lisbon.

Try a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata). You’ll next enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon’s vintage trams.

In contrast to Chiado, the Moorish Alfama area offers you the chance to wander through a maze of small squares, twisting streets and blind alleys where the roofs almost touch each other to afford protection from the hot sun. This neighborhood, where time seems to have stopped 1000 years ago, is the oldest quarter of Lisbon and its name comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning fountains or baths. This is the birthplace of Fado, the haunting and mysterious musical genre that celebrates love, desire and loss.

After this secular interlude, you can visit Lisbon’s Cathedral, Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa (or Sé de Lisboa) the city’s oldest church. It was built in 1147, on the site of the main mosque of Lisbon.

End your tour in Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). For centuries the Praça do Comércio was the great reception hall for visitors arriving by sea and was one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful squares. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements for getting back to your accommodation.

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Yes I must say that we have great time in Lisboa together with our really nice guide Inéz. She really was engaged and showed us more than she need to do. We got a very good first... Mino Corsale

Loved the Ginjka (more time needed here) Traditions, history, wonderfully experienced.... Gaynor Schols

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

Start time

Start time: 1000h (10:00am)
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Meeting point

Please make your way to Rossio Square at the statue of D. Pedro IV
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.

Ending point

Praça do Comércio

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Inclusions

  • Walking tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Vintage tram ride
  • One Tapa & Wine tasting
  • Pastel de Nata (custard tart pastry)

Exclusions

  • Meals and beverages
  • Guided tours inside monuments

Do/Dont's

Wear comfortable shoes for walking

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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