Discover Lisbon on Foot
Discover Lisbon on Foot
This short, but concise 3-hour tour is overflowing with all things Lisbon and will have you experiencing historic sites as well tasting your way through the city. Visit the districts of Baixa, Chiado and Alfama and discover a unique way to see all the major sites of central Lisbon. Alongside your local and knowledgeable guide, be provided great insight into Lisbon's lifestyle, history and culture.
Your friendly, English-speaking guide will first take you to the famous Restauradores Square, which is known for its obelisk that commemorates the country's independence from Spanish rule in 1640. View the Rossio train station from Rossios Square and marvel at the intricate Neo-Manueline architecture of this old station, this area is the heart of old and new Lisbon.
The Great Earthquake of 1755 (followed by a tidal wave and fire) destroyed most of the city's larger buildings. Twenty years of frantic reconstruction led to many impressive new palaces and churches as well as the street grid pattern spanning the seven hills of Lisbon. Several buildings from Portugal's golden age survived the earthquake, notably the Torre de Belem, the Castelo de Sao Jorge and the Monastery of Jeronimos at Belem. Next, learn about the Carnation Revolution of 1974 as you visit the Carmo Square, the very place where Portugal's old dictatorial regime fell after 48 years.
Walk through the elegant neighborhood of Chiado, with its old cafes, boutiques, theatres and bookstores. Stop and snack on a typical Portuguese pastry, the famous Pastel de Nata. The city has a sweet tooth and its most iconic pastry is the palm-size egg tart. A creamy custard tart that seems to be available in pastelarias across the city.
Wander through the old maze of small squares and narrow alleyways of the Moorish neighborhood of Alfama, where time seems to have stopped a thousand years ago. Learn about Fado, Portugal's own musical genre, as you go past the Fado Museum and some of Alfama's hidden, intimate Fado restaurants.
As you will no doubt have begun to work up an appetite, stop next and visit an old wine bar for a delicious wine tasting and an authentic and delectable tapa, a chourico and cheese sampling.
Visit Lisbon's Se Cathedral, the city's oldest church. Built in 1147, occupying the site of the principal mosque of Moorish Lishbuna. like so many of the country's cathedrals, it is Romanesque and extraordinarily restrained in both size and decoration.
Finish up in the Comercio Square, formerly the entrance hall of the city, one of Europe's largest and most beautiful squares. At the waterfront end of the Baixa, the Praca do Comercio is now pedestrianized and buzzing with some of Lisbon's best restaurants and cafes.