Terreiro do Paço

Terreiro do Paço: Our most recommended tours and activities

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

1. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise by Vintage Sailboat

Climb aboard a vintage sailing boat and get panoramic views of Lisbon as you enjoy a plate of petiscos (small snacks with a glass of white or rosé wine. Admire the monuments of the Belém district, such as the amazing Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Pass the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) at the site where ships would depart to explore and trade with India and the Orient. See the statue of Jesus Christ at the Sanctuary of Christ the King and marvel at the 25 de Abril Bridge. Get panoramic views of São Jorge Castle and Praça do Comércio from the river and take great photos from a different perspective along the way.

Lisbon by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

2. Lisbon by Tuk Tuk Guided Tour: City of Neighborhoods

Discover Lisbon and its most enchanting neighborhoods on a 1-hour tuk tuk tour. See some of the best-known monuments in the city center, and discover the “City of 7 Hills.” Following a pick-up from your hotel, explore the city’s most historic areas. Drivers who can converse in different languages, and have an in-depth knowledge of Lisbon’s history, culture, art, and architecture, operate the 100% electric and eco-friendly vehicles. Drive to some of the most stunning lookout points, such as the Miradouro de Santa Luzia, Miradouro Portas do Sol, and Miradouro Nossa Senhora do Monte, and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s oldest and most typical sites. Along the way, marvel at ornate squares, such as the Praça da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree) and Praça do Comércio, built after the devastating 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. Admire the typical black and white paving stones of Praca Dom Pedro IV, more commonly known as Rossio. See the façades of significant cathedrals and churches, such as the Igreja de Santo António and Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon Cathedral). Marvel at the Moorish fortifications of the Castelo de S. Jorge. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Feira da Ladra flea market, see the former 17th-century Church of Santa Engracia Panteão, now known as the Panteão Nacional (National Pantheon), and travel the narrow streets of Alfama, the heart of Lisbon’s traditional Fado bars and restaurants.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Sailboat Cruise

3. Lisbon: 2-Hour Sailboat Cruise

See Lisbon from the water and take in the city's unique sights as you sit back and relax on a boat cruise. See St. Jorge Castel, Belém, and other iconic buildings while sipping on a refreshing drink. Visit Lisbon in a different way, be amazed by its colors, the way they spread over the hills and touch the Tagus River. Sail from the Doca de Santo Amaro, underneath the main bridge of Lisbon to the Praça do Comércio, one of the most beautiful plazas in the world and the heart of Lisbon during the 15th century. From there, see the old neighborhoods of Lisbon, Chiado, Baixa, Castelo and Alfama. Then, cross to Cacilhas on the other side of the river to get the widest possible view of the city. Sail close to the Cristo Rei on the south bank, cross under the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge towards Belém to see its tower, which is part of the defensive fortifications of Lisbon. On the way back, see how the people of Lisbon love to walk, sit and chat by the side of the river; usually, the banks are full of people enjoying the sun, the river and boats passing by. During your tour, benefit from a complimentary drink accompanied by some traditional cheese and ham. If sailing on the evening tour, have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable sunset. Take plenty of time to take amazing pictures of the city and of this incredible experience on the Tagus River.

Lisbon 2-Hour Private Tour by Power Catamaran 18 people

4. Lisbon 2-Hour Private Tour by Power Catamaran 18 people

Climb aboard a luxury power catamaran and sail the calm waters of the Tagus River to experience Lisbon from a new perspective. You will be welcomed aboard the private boat at the Doca do Bom Sucesso Marina with easy access from almost anywhere in the city. Suitable for couples, families or small groups, the tour sails along the River Tagus passing some of Lisbon's main monuments and hidden attractions. Navigate from close to Belém Tower, one of the most beautiful attractions in the city center. Relax on-board the catamaran as you pass sights such as the large Terreiro do Paço, also known as the Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square), remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline downtown after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed much of the city. Enthusiastic and experienced skippers will be happy to share their knowledge of Lisbon, as well as their passion for sailing as you cruise from, and back to, Doca do Bom Sucesso.

Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

5. Lisbon: Tagus River Express Cruise in a Traditional Vessel

Enjoy a guided boat trip in the historical heart of Lisbon, along the River Tagus. Discover Portugal's 18th century history as your guide and sailor shares informative commentary as your cruise down the beautiful river.  The 45 minute cruise begins from the Terreiro do Paço River Station. You will see from the river the wonderful landscape of the historical city center, passing by Commerce Square, Sao Jorge Castle, Alfama, National Pantheon and Santa Apolonia Station. On the return, sail through the middle of the river to observe the enchanting hills of Lisbon and from a distance, the grandeur of the 25 de Abril Bridge and Christ the King. The tour is in a traditional and unique 1947 sailing cargo boat with capacity for 50 people. The boat is decorated in warm tones and numerous hand-painted flowers, that give a touch of charm and authenticity. In the late 1960s with the introduction of road bridges, these vessels entered into disuse and of the thousands of boats that existed only about 75 survived, duly registered in the Marinha do Tejo, living part of Portuguese Navy Museum. Experience a river cruise on this truly unique piece of history.

Lisbon: Alfama & Downtown Walking Tour with App Audio Guide

6. Lisbon: Alfama & Downtown Walking Tour with App Audio Guide

Discover Lisbon’s unbeatable mix of heritage, art, culture, and food on a walking tour through Alfama, Bairro Alto, Rua Augusta, downtown, and more. Use the included app to access 5 audio-guided walking routes to see more of Lisbon after your tour. Lisbon is such a multifaceted city that there's always something more to be explored. On this guided walking tour through lively Lisbon, delve into iconic neighborhoods and find the best places to get Lisbon's famous Portuguese custard tarts (not included). See some of Lisbon's most historic and famous sights while walking through the Alfama Quarter, then head downtown to visit some of the hippest spots in the city. After the tour, download the Vox City app (included in your tour) to discover more of Lisbon and its incredible history with curated audio-guided routes through the main quarters. Alfama and downtown walking tour: • Arco Rua Augusta • Praca do Comercio • Lisbon Cathedral • Casa dos Bicos • Alfama Tower • Sao Rafael Square • Church of Santa Engracia • Sao Vicente Monastery • Portas do Sol • Santa Luzia Church • Tram 28 • Sao Vicente Statue • Church of Saint Estevao • Bairro Alto • Bica Elevator • Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara • Gloria Elevator • Carmo Covent • Lisbon City Hall • Chiado • Rossio Square • National Theatre D. Maria II • Augusta Street App-based audio-guided routes: • Jeronimos Monastery • Belem Tower • Cacilheiro • Pink Street • Dom Luis Garden • Ribeira Market • Basilica de Estrela • Principe Real Garden • Luis de Camoes Square • Assembly of the Republic Palace• Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology

Lisbon: Full-Day City Tour with Cable Car Ride

7. Lisbon: Full-Day City Tour with Cable Car Ride

Experience Lisbon from different perspectives on a comprehensive city tour to more than 20 attractions. Journey to amazing viewpoints, such as Eduardo VII Park, São Pedro de Alcântara and the church of Nossa Senhora do Monte. Hear fascinating stories from the city's history, and embrace its medieval side at São Jorge Castle, where the commanding hilltop location rewards with breathtaking views of the historic center. Discover Lisbon's oldest church at Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa), and explore the more esoteric side of downtown. Learn how the city was rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755 by going to the vast square of Praça do Comércio. Ascend to the rooftop of the Rua Augusta Arch, and imagine what it was like to watch the Portuguese ships returning from their voyages of discovery around the globe Visit the great monuments that honor that "Age of Discoveries" including the chance to look inside Jerónimos Monastery. Go to the top of Belém Tower, and contemplate Portugal's maritime history at the Monument to the Discoveries, sculpted in the form of a ship's prow. Try a delicious Pastel de Belém (an egg custard tart made with flaky pastry). Then, explore Lisbon's more contemporary side at the Park of the Nations (Parque das Nações), where you can hop on the cable car and soar over the Tagus River and the site of the 1998 Expo.. 

Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

8. Lisbon: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

The tour begins at Praça do Comércio and heads towards Alfama, walking through some of the city’s oldest and narrowest streets. Wander past local bars and restaurants, and feel the vibrant culture of Lisbon all around you as you stop at the Casa dos Bicos, Sé Cathedral, and Igreja de Santo Antonio. Continue to the Portas do Sol viewpoint and admire the stunning vista while soaking up the glorious Lisbon sunshine. Visit São Jorge Castle next and listen to your guide share stories, tales, and anecdotes about Lisbon. After the castle, walk down to the Baixa district to explore Augusta Street, Rossio Square, São Domingos Church, and the Jewish Memorial. Later, stop at Casa do Alentejo, the Restauradores Square, and Rossio Station, before heading onto Carmo Square to see the National Guard Museum and the stunning Carmo Church. Nearing the end of the tour, visit the Santa Justa Elevator and the São Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint to marvel at the breathtaking landscape below. The final leg of the tour takes you towards Bairro Alto and the Bohemian district, finishing up at Praça Camões.

Lisbon: Full-Day Tour

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Tour

Starting at Parque Eduardo VII, you will be able to see the magnificent Lisbon view framed by the Tagus River and understand why Lisbon is known as the city of 7 hills. After this, it's time to explore Principe Real and Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, the Bairro Alto lookout point, often considered the most romantic in Lisbon. Here you can look over all of downtown towards the castle and the river. After this we will go to the Belém monumental area, the starting point of caravel trips to “the New World” discoveries. You can visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and Torre de Belém, also making a short break to taste the delicious and typical Pasteis de Belém.   Following this, you will start going to the eastern and modern part of the City (Parque das Nações), where the Expo 98 took place. On the way you will explore the beautiful and historical square Praça do Comércio, also called Terreiro do Paço, which was completely remodeled as part of the rebuilding of the Pombaline Downtown, after the 1755 earthquake. At Parque das Nações, admire the inter connectivity between the old and new spaces in harmony, to contemplate whilst on top of the “Parque das Nações” cable car. You will understand the true meaning of the Portuguese word “saudade”. The tour will end with a visit to the typical Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon, spreading on the slope between the São Jorge Castle and the Tagus river.

Lisbon: Tagus River New Year's River Boat Cruise

10. Lisbon: Tagus River New Year's River Boat Cruise

Hop onboard the Principe da Beira ship. Cruise the beautiful Tagus River between Belém Tower and Alfama. Watch the magnificent fireworks at Terreiro do Paço. Toast the new year as you sip on sparkling wine. Start the new year in luxury and style. Come to the meeting point. Embark on your cruise as you sit back on your luxury ship. Count down to the new year surrounded by the explosion of colorful fireworks at Terreiro do Paço. Sip on sparkling wine as you view 2 different fireworks shows, with 1 on each margin of the river. Celebrate outside on the ship. Escape from the wind by going inside. Regain your energy if you feel tired by sitting down when the celebrations are over.

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What people are saying about Terreiro do Paço

Our tour guides - Rhian and Annie - were excellent. They were very knowledgeable about the city and answered a lot of questions that we had. They gave us really good recommendations for places to visit after the tour. For the second tour we had a train to catch so Annie customized the walk to make sure we got the best experience in the time we had. I would highly recommend this tour if they are the tour guides. For the company that operates the tours, we wish they gave them better uniforms. Their uniforms looked really old and dull. I’m not sure if speakers are allowed in Lisbon but for some spots it’s hard to hear them in the city noise. Other than that, a wonderful experience.

The skipper and assistant were very knowledgable and friendly. They provided wine and snacks as well. The boat is a vintage sailboat and was very cool. The dock where you meet the boat is very convenient by taxi or metro. I would highly recommend this boat. A sunset cruise is gives you a very different perspective of Lisbon and very special experience.

A superb two hours on the water, which included a glorious sunset. We were very warmly welcomed and enjoyed good conversation with both members of the crew as well as fellow travellers (fyi, max six passengers on board). The wine and nibbles were plentiful. A highlight of our stay in Lisbon.

We have Rui as our guide for the downtown tour. He is enthusiastic and knowledgeable, we thoroughly enjoyed his company and will certainly happy to recommend him.

Driver and skipper were fantastic, fun and very knowledgeable. Would recommend