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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: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

2. Lisbon: GPS Self-Guided GoCar City Exploration

Discover the sights of Lisbon from a new perspective on an amusing GPS tour. Get behind the wheel of a convertible with an advanced navigational system that provides friendly directions so you can relax as you cruise. Choose where you want to go and how long you want to stay. Roam freely according to your own itinerary or opt to follow a preset route built into the GPS. Below, the preset routes are outlined: Belém Tour – Green Route - Approximately 2-hours Belém is famous for being linked to the Discoveries history and the neighborhood will always be remembered and praised as the seaport of Portugal’s Golden Era. This tour takes you to: the National Museum of Ancient Art, the “Fundação Oriente”, “Cordoaria Nacional”, the Jerónimos Monastery, Champalimaud Foundation, the Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Electricity Museum, the MAAT, and the superb Comércio Square. Alfama Tour – Blue Route – Approximately 1-hour Alfama is the oldest neighborhood in town, known for its narrow and labyrinthine streets, colorful houses with irregular geometry, clothes drying on the windows and some of the most beautiful viewpoints of the capital.  This tour takes you to: Casa dos Bicos – José Saramago Foundation, the Fado Museum, the National Pantheon, the flea market area, the GraçaChurch and Convent, the Portas do Sol and Santa Luzia viewpoints and Lisbon Cathedral. Center Tour – Red Route – Approximately 1.5 hours This route takes you to downtown Lisbon. Baixa, located in the heart of the Portuguese capital, this is the most cosmopolitan neighborhood in the city, where tradition blends in with the boldness of modernity, an area full of commerce. This tour takes you to: Santa Justa lift, the Rossio Square, the Dona Maria II National Theatre, the Carmo Church and Convent, the Camões Square and S. Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Príncipe Real Garden, the Amália Rodrigues House Museum and Cais do Sodré area along the riverside.

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: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

4. Lisbon: Food Tasting Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk with 4 Stops

Wake up your taste buds on a food tasting tour of Lisbon. Cruise around the city in an electric tuk tuk, experiencing incredible views and even more incredible flavors along the way. Feel like a local in the city, learning about Lisbon’s history from the stories of your local guide. Take a scenic drive through Alfama, Graca, São Vicente, and Baixa, some of the cities’ oldest areas. Enjoy 4 different food tasting experiences along the way, making stops in some of the best places to grab traditional food and drink in Lisbon.

Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

5. Lisbon: Belém Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus 24 Hours

History oozes from the romantic avenues, old Moorish quarters, Roman underpinnings, and Gothic monuments of Lisbon. This hop-on hop-off Belém Lisbon tour offers you the opportunity to view the area where most of Lisbon's monuments may be found. Offset by some of the boldest modern buildings by local and international architects, this cosmopolitan center will appeal to your senses and gourmet instincts, a palette of colors where the sun shines nearly all year round. The Belém Lisbon will take you to some of the most beautiful views in the city aboard an open-topped double-decker bus. Feel the breeze off the Tagus blowing through your hair as you travel along the leafy avenues from the old town center to historic Belem. As a bonus, when you book this tour you will gain free access to Carris Public Transport tramcars as well as discounts in select museums and monuments. Don’t miss the excellent museums, such as Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, the Tile Museum, and the Ancient Art Museum. You might choose to check out some of Lisbon’s marvelous shopping centers or listen to music in a trendy Bairro Alto bar. STOPS: 01 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square 02 Restauradores 03 Marquês de Pombal 04 Av. José Malhoa Sul 05 Jardim Zoológico / Zoo 06 Praça de Espanha / Gulbenkian 07 El Corte Inglês 08 Parque Eduardo VII 09 Amoreiras Shopping 10 Basílica da Estrela 11 Torre de Belém 12 Padrão dos Descobrimentos 13 MAAT 14 Docas (Terminal Cruzeiros / Cruise Terminal) 15 Cais do Sodré 16 Rua do Comércio 17 Praça da Figueira/ Figueira Square

Lisbon: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

6. Lisbon: Tastes and Traditions Food Tour

As you weave through the historic neighborhoods of Baixa, Chiado, Bica, and Cais do Sodré, enjoy shops with histories that date back more than a century, iconic dishes prepared by the best of the best, and Portuguese pastries that are known the world over. Your expert guide will lead you through the complete Portuguese food experience. By the end, you’ll know exactly how to eat and drink like a local. Start off at an iconic pastry shop that’s been open for close to 200 years. Learn how to prepare coffee the Portuguese way as you enjoy yours with a selection of sweet and savory local pastries. Then, you can pay a visit to the oldest traditional-style grocery store in the city.  You’ll discover the importance of bacalhau (salt cod) in Portugal and sample melt-in-your-mouth acorn-fed Iberian ham. Before the next bite, visit one of Lisbon’s principal churches, where you’ll glimpse the city’s dark past. Next, you’ll be off to sample Lisbon’s famous cherry liqueur. This tiny, 180-year-old family-run shop is exactly where you need to try one of the city’s most locally-loved drinks. Stroll to one of Lisbon’s central squares where your guide will bring more of the city’s history to life. From the 18th-century earthquake to a fountain dating back to the same time, find out how history has shaped the city over the years. Then you’ll wander down to try what Anthony Bourdain considered the best Portuguese pork sandwich there is, prepared by those who have done it best for over 50 years. Continuing downhill through the hip and trendy neighborhood of Bica, you’ll arrive in one of the favorite watering holes of the Cais do Sodré neighborhood. Here you’ll sample expertly-prepared codfish and regional cheese and olives paired with local wine or beer. Wander over to the Instagram-worthy “pink street” to learn more about one of Portugal’s more interesting exports: canned fish. This staple of Portuguese cuisine will have you marveling at just how much flavor can be packed into a tin can. Lastly, no Lisbon food tour would be complete without sampling a pastel de nata, one of our famous custard tarts. You’ll get to try one at the original pastel de nata places in the city before the tour ends.

Lisbon: Pastel de Nata Workshop at a Real Bakery

7. Lisbon: Pastel de Nata Workshop at a Real Bakery

Start the class with an introduction to the history of Pastel de Nata (custard tarts) as well as the family-run bakery where the workshop takes place. Try a variety of pastries that the bakery is renowned for.  Afterwards, head to the kitchen to begin the class. Learn how to create the delicate pastry from your expert instructor. Make the custard from scratch and bake your creations inside a professional oven. Enjoy a collaborative team activity, rather than individual cooking stations. Create at least 3 tarts by hand, forming the dough and filling the custard inside the pastry. After the tarts are ready, enjoy the fruit of your labor with coffee, tea, or sour cherry liqueur.

Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: City Sightseeing Half-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your Lisbon hotel in an eco-friendly tuk tuk that fits up to 6 people. Hop onboard and head off into this charming and colorful city for an epic four hour sightseeing adventure. Tuk tuks are the perfect mode of transport for exploring the city’s narrow streets, allowing you to access places you might have otherwise missed. Ride through some of Lisbon’s most emblematic districts, from Alfama to Mouraria, the Old Town to Chiado, the charming Belem, and the bohemian Bairro Alto. Along the way, soak up the differences between each of the districts and get a sense of local life and culture. Highlights of the tour include the Monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower. There’s also time to enjoy a traditional Pasteis de Belém, the famous custard tart of which only the monks know the recipe. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding and appreciation of Lisbon, its landmarks, locals, and culture.

Lisbon: 2-Hour Belvederes Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

9. Lisbon: 2-Hour Belvederes Tour by Eco Tuk-Tuk

Your driver will turn on the roller coaster mode and take you up and down the hills to visit some of the magnificent belvederes in town. Usually, there is time to visit 3 or 4 of the 5 potential viewpoints. Discover Lisbon from another perspective and on your way, visit the Alfama, Graça, and Chiado neighborhoods. First is the Senhora do Monte Belvedere in Graça. The name of this viewpoint has takes its origin from the Chapel of Our Lady of the Hill. This is the perfect spot for sunset lovers, photographers, and pregnant women as the chapel is reputed to protect women during childbirth.  Next, from São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere is an excellent view over the Baixa district, the area around Avenida da Liberdade, and the Tagus River. This garden with panoramic views is next to the Gloria Elevator, a funicular that has been taking passengers up and down the hill between the Restauradores Square and Bairro Alto since 1885. Edward VII Park is a central park famous for the two greenhouses. It has a huge green area where some great events take place including the Lisbon Book Fair, one of the oldest cultural festivals, and music festivals such as Lisb-On. This is a great place for nature lovers since you can visit the hothouse with the most exotic plants and the greenhouse, which is filled with tropical plants, ponds, and endless varieties of palms and cactus. Portas do Sol Belvedere, or the gateway of the sun, has a glamorous view overlooking the Alfama rooftops and the Tagus River, at a short distance from Saint Jorge Castle. Here, you have the best sunrise views in town and blue is the predominant color in here. In the movie Lisbon Story by Wim Wenders, this place is well featured. Discover one of the best hideaways in the city. Torel Belvedere was renovated in 2009 with a cafe on the lower terrace. Its ex libris is an 18th-century mermaid statue, which turns into a pool every August known as the beach of Torel. Here, you find the oldest funicular of Lisbon, the Elevador do Lavra. 

Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

10. Lisbon Half-Day Sightseeing Bus Tour

Learn about the rich history of Lisbon on a guided half-day tour by bus. You will visit Belém Tower, the Monument to the Discoveries, Jerónimos Monastery, the Ajuda Palace, and cultural squares in the city. You'll receive an enlightening survey of gorgeous Lisbon. Making your way to the Belém quarter, you'll discover this jewel in Lisbon's crown. Located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, Belém is the launching point for Portugal's 15th- and 16th-century maritime explorations. Situated amongst modern exhibits and busy cafes are historical sites and monuments that defined an empire. Visit Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and icon of the Age of Discovery, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. Next, you'll be awed by the masterful Manueline architecture of Jerónimos Monastery, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the extravagant Ajuda National Palace, one of the earliest neoclassical buildings in Lisbon, fronted by 23 marble statues (replaced by Coach Museum when closed) Continue along the river to the traditional district of Alfama. Passing by downtown Baixa, you can admire the most important squares of Lisbon: Trade, Rossio, and Restauradores. Then drive along the Avenida da Liberdade, the 'boulevard' of Lisbon, to finish at Pombal Square.

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What people are saying about Baixa de Lisboa

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,750 reviews

Beatriz was my guide. She was excellent in that she is vivacious, knowledgeable and stops to answer questions. She would show us things that made Lisbon come alive. This was one of the first things I did in the city as a solo traveler. It's a great introduction to the city and nice way to meet others traveling.

Sylvia was great, we really enjoyed the 4 hour tour of Lisbon old town and Belem. The views were amazing and we were very lucky with the weather! My only comment is that we struggled to hear her speaking over the city noises, it would have been good if she had a microphone or something. Just a suggestion.

Could not recommend this tour enough . Completed it on my first morning in lisbon and gave me a great sense of the city. Tour guide was brilliant, great value for money.

Beatrice is warm, entertaining and very informative. There was not too much walking, with the tram and the cafe stop.

Very nice your. Our guide David was a wealth of knowledge.