Historic and Trendy Lisbon Walk
Your bohemian adventure begins in the picturesque Principe Real area; a purpose-built neighborhood developed to host the wealthy bourgeoisie of the nineteenth century. It is here where your expert local guide will be waiting. As we explore, let yourself be amazed by the eclectic architecture and colorful facades of the area's 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 to the viewpoint of San Pedro de Alcantara and enjoy the fantastic view over Baixa Pombalina, Castelo de Sao Jorge, and the Tagus River. Make sure to have your camera ready! Next up is Bairro Alto, the heart of Lisbon's bohemian scene where you will learn how journalists, intellectuals, prostitutes, and sailors gathered in the dark streets in the 19th century 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 we walk by traditional grocery stores, drugstores, butchers, and carpenters that now sit alongside new stores selling art, exotic furniture, hats, and vintage clothes, and where fado is still sung in fashionable bars.
From here, you will 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. This area offers a beautiful view of the river, and maintains its colorful 17th- and 18th-century buildings, many of which have open doors, flower-filled balconies, and laundry hanging out to dry. You will then take a break amidst sightseeing to enjoy the habit that Lisbon locals love: soaking up the district's postcard-like views with a cold drink in hand.
Your last stop will be in an area that was formerly rundown but has now become a mandatory stop for enjoying some of Lisbon's best nightclubs. This is also where a custard tart (Lisbon's most beloved pastry) awaits.
Your tour ends at Cais do Sodre Here, your local guide will be happy to give you directions back to your accommodation, or recommend other places to continue your bohemian journey on your own.