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Lonely Planet Experiences: Bohemian Lisbon Neighborhood Tour

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Explore four of Lisbon's most trendy and atmospheric historic neighborhoods. Explore the city through the eyes of a local and acquaint yourself with its history, architecture, best views, and a few favorite local snacks.
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Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 3:30 PM
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  • Experience bohemian Lisbon with an expert local guide by your side
  • Explore four unique Lisbon neighborhoods and learn about their fascinating histories
  • Snap photos of eclectic architecture and colorful facades
  • Enjoy a traditional custard tart, Lisbon’s best-loved pastry
  • Stroll down one of Lisbon’s most photographed streets
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Meet your expert local guide and start your authentic Lisbon neighborhood tour in the colorful Principe Real area, originally developed to host the wealthy bourgeoisie of the nineteenth century. Be amazed by the eclectic architecture and vibrant facades of the buildings, with restaurants, cafes, tiny antique shops, and relaxed squares tucked around every corner. You’ll have the chance to visit unique concept stores, local taverns, and indulge in the pre-evening snack locals love in an art nouveau bakery.

From there, continue on to the viewpoint of San Pedro de Alcantara and enjoy the fantastic view over Baixa Pombalina, Castelo de São Jorge, and the Tagus River. Snap some photos before heading to Bairro Alto, the heart of Lisbon's 19th-century bohemian scene where you’ll learn how journalists, intellectuals, prostitutes, and sailors gathered in the dark streets for nights of fado and vice, creating the free-spirited vibe the area is still known for today. See where old seamlessly blends with new as you walk by traditional grocery stores, drugstores, butchers, and carpenters that sit alongside newer stores selling art, designer furniture, hats, and vintage clothes. Peek inside the area's many trendy bars where fado is still sung today.

From here, make your way to the Bica district and explore what is possibly the most photographed street in Lisbon, thanks in part to the iconic yellow funicular traversing the steep, narrow street. Take in beautiful views of the river and the area's colorful 17th- and 18th-century buildings, many of which have open doors, flower-filled balconies, and laundry hanging out to dry. Take a break from sightseeing to partake in a favorite local activity: soaking up the district’s postcard-like views with a cold drink in hand.

Make a last stop in a formerly rundown area that has since become a mandatory stop for enjoying some of Lisbon’s best nightclubs. Have a delicious custard tart (Lisbon's most beloved pastry) and get tips from your local guide on the best way back to your accommodation or other places to continue your tour of bohemian Lisbon on your own.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Pre-evening snack
  • Cold drink with a view
  • Custard tart
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks

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Meeting point

Embaixada Concept Store, at Principe Real Square

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• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

From US$ 41.70 per person

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Product ID: 264307