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Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

1. Lisbon Essential Tour: History, Stories & Lifestyle

Discover one of Europe's most captivating and picturesque capitals, built on a series of hills and offering panoramic views from countless spots. You’ll explore the city for with a knowledgeable local guide who will make sure that you have an interesting and fun experience. Your tour begins in the 5-centuries-old Bairro Alto, where you’ll learn about the evolution of the city. After the earthquake of 1755 this space attracted families from the Baixa and Bairro districts, who began the process of renewal. Pass through the garden of São Pedro de Alcântara and enjoy stunning views of the Baixa and the south bank of the Tagus River. Visit the church and museum of San Roque, built by the Jesuits. San Roque was one of the first Jesuit churches in Portugal and in fact, one of the first worldwide. The church has an austere façade, but an interior that features gilding, tiles, and paintings that make it a wonderful museum of Mannerist and Baroque style. Heading down the hill, you’ll come to the Carmo convent and church, fine examples of the city’s Gothic architecture. This is a site of historical importance as it was here that the Carnation Revolution began in 1974, putting an end to nearly 5 decades of dictatorship. A little further on, you’ll arrive at the Santa Justa elevator, an imposing monument built in the Gothic Revival style, that provides one of the best viewpoints in the city. You’ll see a number of attractions in Baixa, in the heart of the city. After a short break, you’ll take a ride on the tram, going up from the castle to the Portas do Sol. At the Portas do Sol you’ll see the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, the National Pantheon, and the Alfama district that spans several narrow streets to the River Tagus. Alfama is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon, known for its fado houses, and the popular festivals of saints, particularly St. Anthony. The tour ends at Lisbon Cathedral, built in 1150, 3 years after the city was taken back from the Moors. Over time it has been subject to various architectural changes, becoming a mixture of different styles.

Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Experience the sights and sounds of Lisbon on a unique 3-hour guided tuk tuk tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. Feel the pulse of the cosmopolitan city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts to take in the traditional atmosphere of the old quarters.  From a tuk tuk you’ll have the opportunity to get up close for an insight into local life. Highlights of the tour: • Downtown Lisbon • Rossio Square • Santa Justa elevator • Lisbon Cathedral • Saint Anthony Church • Portas do Sol viewpoint • Graça neighborhood • Castle neighborhood • Senhora do Monte viewpoint • Mouraria • Saint Vincent Monastery • Flea market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) • National Pantheon • Alfama neighborhood 

Lisbon 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

3. Lisbon 72-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram and Boat Ticket

Discover all areas of Lisbon with a combined bus, boat and tram ticket, and get access to the public transport system along the way. Explore the city’s monuments and museums in myriad neighborhoods on 2 different double-decker bus tours, a Yellow Boat tour, and a tour by historical tram. Marvel at the Manueline architecture of Lisbon's squares and avenues on the Belém Lisbon tour, and discover slick, modern buildings on the modern Lisbon bus tour. Travel back to the “Age of Discoveries” in Belém and Ajuda, and meander around the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria, Baixa, Chiado, Estrela, and Lapa. Take a ride on Lisbon’s oldest mode of transport and climb aboard a tram to the Castelo São Jorge. Travel through historic areas such as Mouraria and Graça. Pass under the 25 de Abril Bridge and on to Belém aboard the Yellow Boat. See monuments such as the Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos from a different perspective. Head back to Terreiro do Paço for stunning views of Lisbon, and hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish.

Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

4. Lisbon: Best of City Private Walking Tour

Get an intimate tour of Lisbon with your own personal walking guide, and enjoy an insight into the city’s history and traditions. View amazing sites, including Rossio Square, Restauradores Square, Lisbon Cathedral, and more. Your guide will explain how, in the 18th century, the city was destroyed by an earthquake and completely rebuilt. Along the way, you will stroll through Rossio Square, at the heart of both old and new Lisbon. Look at the Obelisk in the center of Restauradores Square, commemorating the Restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain in 1640. Learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974, at beautiful Carmo Square, where Portugal's dictatorial regime fell after 48 years. Walk through the elegant Chiado neighborhood, and see old cafés, boutiques, theaters, and bookstores. Taste a typical Portuguese pastry (the famous Pastel de Nata) and then enjoy a short trip on one of Lisbon's vintage trams. Wander through the old maze of small squares and narrow alleyways of the Moorish Alfama neighborhood, where time seems to have stopped 1,000 years ago. Learn about Fado, Lisbon's own musical genre, as you walk past the Fado Museum, and some of Alfama's hidden Fado restaurants. Stop for wine and a tasting at a wine bar and restaurant located in a medieval palace. Next, visit the 12th-century Cathedral, Lisbon’s oldest church, and end at Praça do Comércio, the former entrance hall of the city and one of Europe's largest and most beautiful squares. End your tour in Praça do Comércio, formerly the entrance hall of the city, one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful squares.

Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

5. Lisbon: Old Town Tuk Tuk Tour

This was where it all started. Meet in the heart of the city nestled on the oldest hill in Lisbon. It is the hill of fado and of the typical taverns that preserve their genius and traditional roots. From the quarters of Graça and Alfama, through Mouraria up to the São Jorge Castle, you may be lucky enough to come across a sardine barbecue on the streets. Hop out into Alfama, take a walk through this music quarter and listen to its cries. You will be able to see Roman remains, medieval houses that survived the 1755 earthquake, the magnificent Lisbon Cathedral, squares livened up by outdoor cafés and nooks and alleys reminiscent of Arab cities – Lisbon’s multicultural history has also left its mark here. In addition, enjoy incredible views of the city from the many natural windows that it offers.

Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon

6. Segway Tour of Alfama: Lisbon

Glide back in time and discover the medieval sights of Lisbon's Alfama district on a Segway tour. Discover in Alfama the sounds, smells and sights of Old Lisbon. Alfama still retains features from its medieval Moorish past, with narrow maze-like streets, steps and arcades. Navigate your way through a steep labyrinth of winding alleyways. At the core of Alfama, a vibrant community remains in touch with the lifestyle of Old Lisbon. Many poets and Fado songs were inspired by the liveliness and constant energy of this district. To keep you in the medieval spirit, you'll be treated to a drink at Trobadores, a medieval-themed bar. Segways are safe to use, easy to learn, and fun to ride. We offer a thorough training session from our certified guides before we begin the tour.

Lisbon 2-Hour Tuk-Tuk Tour

7. Lisbon 2-Hour Tuk-Tuk Tour

See the highlights of Lisbon in a fun and novel way, cruising around the city's streets by tuk-tuk. Your guide knows where to find the best views, the photo opportunities and the most interesting places, and will drive you from one to the next on a 2-hour tour. Stops include Lisbon Cathedral, the Church of Saint Anthony, the Castle district, the Monastery of Saint Vincent and others. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, there’s also a flea market to visit. These are just a few of the many exciting things in store for you on your tuk-tuk tour. Don't miss this opportunity to explore beautiful Lisbon in a truly unique way.

Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

Discover the monuments of Alfama, one of the oldest and most atmospheric districts of Lisbon, and the only part of the city to survive the Great Earthquake of 1755. The neighborhood is a silent witness to the past glories and tragedy of Portugal, from the fall of empires to the birth of the new nation. Wander the narrow streets and ornate squares that echoed to the sounds of Phoenician traders, calls to prayer, and the rattle of historic trams. Here you will find the heart of fado music, a sound of longing and loss that gives voice to the languages, cultures, and religions that have all contributed to the district’s rich sense of community. Walk down Moorish streets and see some of the Roman foundations of Lisbon. Follow the silvery banks of the River Tagus, and marvel at the sun-bleached sandstone walls of the Castle of St George. Make your ascent to the city summit gently to let your breath be taken away by the amazing views.

Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

9. Lisbon: 7 Hills Half-Day Electric Bike Tour

Climb aboard an electric e-bike to make light work of the 7 hills of Lisbon. Considered by many to be too hard for cycling - thanks to its constant ascents and descents - you can contradict that theory, even reaching the highest points of the city. Departing from Rua Cais de Santarém, close to the harbor, head off to sites such as the famous flea market of Feira da Ladra, the monumental church of Panteão Nacional, and the Mannerist Monastery of São Vicente de Fora. Get panoramic views from the terrace of Chão do Loureiro, the Miradouro da Graça viewpoint, and the mirador of Monte Agudo in Penha de França. Your electric motor buzzing, pass the 15th-century Palácio Belmonte and the quaint neighborhood of Vila Berta. Chill out in the Campos Mártires da Pátria and the Jardim do Torel park. And see some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Sé de Lisboa cathedral, and the Ascensor da Lavra funicular, one of the first vehicles to conquer Lisbon’s hills back in 1884.

Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

10. Lisbon Tram No. 28 Ride & Walking Tour

Jump on board the most famous tram in Lisbon for an adventure through the narrow streets of the Old Town. Prepare to be wowed with panoramic views of the city and river as the tram climbs one of Lisbon’s many hills. Back on foot, go beyond the tram route to explore the most interesting places of the hill where the city was born. On Tuesdays and Saturdays you will enjoy the vibrancy of Lisbon’s oldest flea market, the famous Feira da Ladra. Get a closer look at some of the historical buildings, such as Sé de Lisboa, the medieval cathedral where the walls conceal and reveal almost 1,000 years of history. You will also see the impressive Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora (Saint Vincent Monastery), and discover the legend behind the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), home to the most iconic dome on Lisbon´s enchanting skyline. Stroll through the maze of streets and alleys in the traditional neighborhood of Alfama, walking along narrow and steep streets that lead to beautiful small squares. Witness the authentic way of life of the inhabitants, and learn more about the traditional Portuguese Fado in tiny bars and cafés.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Cathedral

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The tour was amazing, you really get the chance to see the most beautiful parts and highlights of the city. The guide was very kind and knowledgeable. This tour is a must if you ever visit Lisbon!

I justed LOVED it! The experience and Lisbon. We had a great time, it was a small group and Flavio, the guide, entertained us for the whole experience. I really recommend it!!

This tour is a really good and fun way to get to know Lisbon! All the perspectives, great explanation, very kind guide and a small group. It was the highlight of my trip!

Our guide, Stephano (I think), was a wealth of knowledge. We saw a lot of the city and learned so much. It was a lot of fun and very thorough.

Do check the weather forecast before booking, it makes a difference!