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Good Ol’ Lisbon: Guided Walking Tour

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    3 hours approx.

  • Start time

    9:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 5pm (take your pick)

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Rossio Square (next to the central statue), Praça Dom Pedro IV, 1100-200 Lisboa, Portugal.

  • Ending Point

Key Highlights

  • Set off from the old heart of Lisbon and explore the historic side of the city
  • Make your way through the cobbled lanes steeped with oodles of fascinating history
  • Visit old castles, churches, neighbourhood where Fado music originated
  • Sip a local favourite cherry liqueur and bite into a delish custard tart
  • Your friendly guide knows the city best - ask him anything

Overview

The ‘City of Seven Hills’ has a perfect balance of history and modernity which makes it one of the most visited European destinations. Much of Lisbon’s authenticity is retained in the cobbled alleyways of its historic quarters where you will find those guidebook illustrations of Lisbon - flowered balconies, narrow streets, local folks carrying on with their daily chores, historical sites springing up here and there and hear the real Lisbon fado. Join your guide as he takes you on a walk around the part of Lisbon that holds a fascinating history of merchants, natural disasters and rulers.

The walk begins from Rossio Square from where you will climb the medieval hill of Lisbon through the iconic Mouraria neighbourhood, which came up as a Moorish ghetto in 1147 and is the most culturally diverse areas in Lisbon. It is here that the fado music originated and spread to Portuguese aristocracy via a love affair. We will take a sweet break here and taste a juicy custard tart and cherry liqueur.

With more history on your way when you visit St George’s Castle and the nearby medieval quarter of Santa Cruz. Plunge into the labyrinthine ancient streets of Alfama neighbourhood, Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhood and the only one that survived the effects of the devastating earthquake of 1755. Get wonderfully lost in the cobblestoned lanes lined with tiled buildings with wrought iron balconies, the walk will finally conclude at the old Cathedral, much older than it looks, and constructed on the site of an important Moorish mosque. Listen to your guide closely, it has an interesting story.

Know your guide

Lisbon is best explored on foot and a group of professional guides have come together to form Lisbon Steps showing tourists the best of this Portuguese city. The walking tours are crafted to show you that gorgeous building round the corner, a colourful street or a pleasant square, a quaint café that offers the best coffee and breathtaking views of the many belvederes of Lisbon.

Inclusions

  • Entrances to St George’s Castle and Cathedral
  • Tastings of Ginjinha Cherry liqueur and Pastel de Nata custard tart
  • Guide

Exclusions

  • Lunch (we still have food for your soul)
  • Gratuities (if you feel generous)
  • Hotel Transfers

Please note

Voucher Information : Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator's contact details. They're a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

You will be a part of a small group of maximum 12 people that allows for more interaction with your guide and group members. Nobody wants a crowd, you know!

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