Praça do Comércio
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. 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.
Next, you’ll visit the beautiful Carmo Square, the spot where Portugal’s old dictatorial regime fell in 1974 after ruling for 48 years. From revolution and religion, you turn to the very chic Chiado neighbourhood, with its old cafés, boutiques, theatres and bookstores. Try a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata) here.
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 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. 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.
About the Supplier: Inside Lisbon are city experts and for more than 15 years have been offering unique experiences in Lisbon. All their tours and activities are led by expert local guides, showing you the best of the city, taking you to offbeat and historic corners of Lisbon.
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Group Size: Maximum 14 people
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tour guide Joanna was delightful informative and provided many insights into the history and culture of Lisbon and Portugal....
A highly suggested tour to learn about Lisbon and to get to know where to go, and what to do for people who have never travelled to Lisbon before.....
We were only in Lisbon for a couple of days and need to find out as much as we could about the city in that time. The tour was well planned and we were a small group from around...
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