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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 3 hours 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.

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Lisbon: Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner

2. Lisbon: Live Fado & Alfama Tour with Traditional Dinner

Start your Fado tour of Lisbon with a typical Portuguese dinner in the Alfama district. Get to know about the local habits and cuisine in the city's oldest district, where Fado was born in the early 19th century. Then, wander down the alleys of the old part of town on a short walking tour of Alfama. End at a traditional Fado house and listen to the mournful melodies of Fado. Lose yourself in the atmosphere and mood of the music. The quintessentially Portuguese genre is produced with a Portuguese guitar and characterized by heartfelt lyrics. Fado was inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2011.

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Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour

3. Lisbon: Belém Guided Tour

Travel back in time on a guided tour of the historic Belém district in Lisbon and learn why it is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and delicious custard tarts! Follow the banks of the River Tagus to see the oldest parts of Lisbon, and hear how it survived a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 1755. Learn how Belém was at the center of humanity’s great drive for exploration as you delve into the rich history of Portugal's "Age of Discoveries." See the 25th of April suspension bridge and hear about the important date it commemorates. Marvel at the Monument of Discoveries that stands on the banks where the great voyages began. Look at the Wind Rose marble map that shows the most famous routes of the great explorers. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Belém Tower and the gardens that surround it. Visit Empire Square Gardens built for the Portuguese World Exhibition in 1940. See the impressive Jeronimos Monastery which is the final resting place for some of the great Portuguese explorers

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Lisbon: Alfama District 2.5-Hour Walking Tour

4. 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.

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Lisbon: City Highlights Minivan Tour

5. Lisbon: City Highlights Minivan Tour

Start your tour from the Marques de Pombal and head towards the baixa (downtown) passing by Ginjinha, a traditional café named after a typical drink of the capital. Climb to the top of the highest hill of Lisbon to visit the Castle of São Jorge. Along the way, pass the Se Cathedral, St. Anthony's Church, not forgetting to stop at the various viewpoints that Lisbon has to offer to contemplate the superb views of the city. Visit the old Moorish quarter of Alfama, the neighborhood where Fado was born, to see how modern life has moved through the narrow stone streets and the old picturesque houses.  After taking the chance to buy some lunch, head down to New Lisbon and Nations Park on the riverside where the Expo '98 took place, and admire the bold and futuristic architecture. Following the river, move on to Belém to see several monuments and parks dedicated to Portuguese discoverers. Visit the grand Jeronimos Monastery, home to the best Manueline architecture monument of the 16th century, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the 16th century Tower of Belém. Finish your tour in the factory of Pasteis de Bélem, also known as Pasteis de Nata. Enjoy this fabulous treat created before the 18th century by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery, attracting millions every year. A guide will accompany you along the way, sharing stories and curiosities about the places visited.

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From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cascais and Wine Tasting

6. From Lisbon: Sintra, Pena Palace, Cascais and Wine Tasting

The tour begins with a visit to the romantic Sintra Mountains. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the mountain range is full of palaces, mansions, cottages, convents, churches, chapels and shrines set amidst lush vegetation. It has been the inspiration for great authors of European literature, abundant in archaeological remains that show that it has been occupied over numerous millennia. You can stroll through charming streets in the historic center of Sintra. The tour will then climb the beautiful mountain roads to the most extravagant Portuguese palace, Pena Palace, a fascinating fairytale castle built in the romantic Portuguese style. Continuing the tour, visit the cellars of Adega Regional de Colares that have two centuries of prestigious history. Here you can enjoy the history of the winery, visit the cellar and taste its unique wines. Cabo Roca, the most western point of continental Europe, is the next stop. This is a stunning place of infinite blue that offers a superb view of the Atlantic Ocean at its most wild. Afterward, the tour will pass by the Guincho beach area and travel along the coast road until you arrive in Cascais, a sophisticated and charming village with a lovely bay. Marvel at the largest casino in Europe as you pass the Casino Estoril before heading back to Lisbon. Your guide will accompany you along the way, sharing stories and curiosities about the places visited. 

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Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

7. Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

Experience the latest craze in water sports activities and discover what it feels like to stand on water! Take advantage of the Mediterranean climate of the Estoril Coast and get a full workout during an amazing standup paddleboarding session in Oeiras. Bring the family or your friends for a day of fun on the water. Oeiras Marina is the perfect location to learn the basics of standup paddleboarding or develop your endurance for longer paddles with the help of experienced guides. Master fundamental skills such as how to balance on your board, paddle across the sea and steer in the water. Learn how to respond when you fall, and the best recovery techniques!

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Lisbon: Street Art Tour

8. Lisbon: Street Art Tour

With Lisbon street art culture now supported by the municipality through its Crono Project, the city is slowly becoming the urban art capital of Europe. As you’ll see on this 4-hour tour, the city’s streets are home to an impressive display of international works of art, with artists from far and wide gracing the back passages and river docks of suburban Lisbon with their unsung masterpieces. In the past you’d see rather boring all-white buildings, but now there is color bursting in almost every corner of the city. The street paintings you’ll come across during the tour are mostly a result of the Crono Project, which is a scheme that encourages artists to transform neglected buildings into true urban galleries.  Your guide will take you on a drive through Lisbon and the surrounding area, on a tour that’s well off the beaten track.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Fado tour with dinner is highly recommended when you are in lisbon. You really get in touch with the culture. We had Regaldo as a guide, he is very enthusiastic, speaks all languages fluently and with a good sense of humor.

Nadia was an excellent guide in every way. Loved my time with her.

The guide on our tour was phenomenal and the food was excellent

It was a relaxed walking tour. Noemi was a great guide.

Learned a lot about Lisbon and visited many landmarks.