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Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

1. Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

Starting in Chiado, get ready to feel the 19th century Lisbon and it's classic cafés. Try the original Bica, Lisbon's local espresso. After this, don't miss the opportunity to delight your tastebuds with a delicious Portuguese Pastel de Nata — a custard tart to die. Going towards the riverfront you'll get to know the biggest market in Lisbon, the Mercado da Ribeira. It's one of the trendiest spots in the city, with some of the best Portuguese restaurants. On the way, you'll see the great contrast between the traditional tascas and the posh modern restaurants of Lisbon. You will wander around downtown to see some of the most iconic buildings and locations, but don’t worry you will continue to stop often to eat. Of course, you can’t miss a Ginjinha (liqueur) but you have many other surprises in store for you on this unforgettable tour around the heart of Lisbon. Last but not least, you'll finish with a traditional Bifana (pork sandwich) or an alternative option.

Lisbon: Historical Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

2. Lisbon: Historical Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

Explore Lisbon, the City of Light and the Queen of the Sea, on an 8-hour narrated private walking tour. Begin at the peaceful Jardim das Amoreiras, where you’ll see the 18th-century aqueduct that surrounds the area, and then proceed with your guide to some of the city’s main historical neighborhoods. Visit Príncipe Real, Bairro Alto and Baixa. In each of these areas your guide will provide detailed information on the history of Lisbon and the neighborhoods, and also on a variety of topics ranging from current events in Portugal to rich culinary traditions and more. After a break for lunch the tour will head to Belém, where you’ll visit the area’s main monuments, including the Monument of the Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém. You’ll have the option of visiting the area’s botanical garden or the Belém Cultural Center as well. The tour is conducted by a certified local guide whose mission is to enhance your stay in Lisbon, provide recommendations for things to do in the city and on how to get around and to promote Portugal's culture and heritage.

Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

3. Lisbon: West Hills Tuk Tuk Tour

With a local guide in the driving seat, this tour provides a fantastic introduction to Lisbon's west hills of Chiado, Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. You will encounter history, culture, landmarks, amazing viewpoints and cultural areas, learning about your surroundings from your guide. This trendy part of the city was once the center of intellectual life, where famous writers would meet for their morning coffee and discuss important matters. It has now become a cool, vibrant, part of town, and the perfect place to do some shopping or just stroll around during your stay in Lisbon. These three neighborhoods offer you a little bit of everything, from fashion, glamour, fascinating historical sites such as Carmo Convent/Largo do Carmo, where the revolution that ended the fascist dictatorship in Portugal started. You will also later discover the beautiful São Roque church. These areas also boasts emblematic theaters, charming old bookshops, live music and great tapas restaurants. The nightlife is pretty good too, with numerous bars and clubs to choose from.

Lisbon: 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and River Cruise

4. Lisbon: 48-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket and River Cruise

Explore Lisbon at your own pace with a 48-hour ticket for the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and choose from 2 or 3 different routes to discover the sites that interest you the most. Benefit from a bonus 2-hour cruise on the Tagus River and experience the city from a different perspective. Belém Line: Travel along the main avenues of the city center to the historic Belém district. Marvel at UNESCO World Heritage monuments such as Belém Tower. Avail of a service that runs every 25 minutes between April and October (9:00 AM to 7:00 PM) and every 30 minutes between November and March (9:30 AM to 5:00 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • Avenida da Liberdade • Restauradores Square • Rossio Square • Comércio Square • Cais do Sodré railway station • National Coach Museum • National Archaeology Museum • Navy Museum • Berardo Collection Museum • Jerónimos Monastery • Belém Tower • Monument to the Discoveries • Alcântara/Docks • National Museum of Ancient Art • Oriente Museum • Basílica da Estrela • City Museum • Electricity Museum • Santo António Church • Casa Fernando Pessoa • Campo Pequeno Bullring • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum • El Corte Inglés • Eduardo VII Park • Design and Fashion Museum • Puppet Museum Oriente Line: Travel along the Tagus River to Parque das Nações to see Lisbon's contemporary architecture at the former site of the Expo 98 trade exhibition. Buses run every 45 minutes between April and October (9:15 AM to 6:00 PM) and every hour between November and March (10:15 AM to 5:15 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • El Corte Inglés • Twin Towers • Lisbon Zoo/Sete Rios • Lisbon Oceanarium • Casino Lisboa • Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre • Vasco da Gama Tower • Gare do Oriente • Poço do Bispo • National Tile Museum/Madre de Deus Convent • Estação de Santa Apolónia • Museu do Fado • Casa dos Bicos • Rua do Comércio • Chiado • Bairro Alto • Príncipe Real • Botanical Garden • Water Museum • Military Museum • Igreja de São Roque (church and museum) • National Pantheon (Church of Santa Engrácia) Castle Line: Along this route you’ll get the chance to visit Lisbon’s traditional neighbourhoods and to enjoy our city’s traditions: Fado music, the low houses and narrow streets. Avail of a service that runs every 25 minutes between April and October (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM) and every 30 minutes between November and March (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). • Marquês de Pombal Square • Amália Rodrigues Museum  • São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint • Rua do Alecrim/Chiado • Cais do Sodré railway station • Comércio Street • Casa dos Bicos • Fado museum • Martim Moniz • Portas do Sol (São Jorge Castle) • Rossio • Restauradores • Eduardo VII Park

Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

5. Lisbon: Bairro Alto and Bica City Discovery Game

Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience that will take you across the Bairro Alto and Bica neighborhoods as you follow a trail of riddles. Use the app on your mobile phone to navigate the city, riddle to riddle, learning about the history of the places you visit as you go. Start at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara, a landscaped terrace with a beautiful fountain and panoramic views of the city. Solve a total of 17 riddles that will take you from one location to the next. Each riddle is made up of cryptic directions and a question. Take as many chances to answer the riddle as you like, but if you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint or skip a riddle.  Discover spots in Lisbon that most locals don’t even know as well as the city's most popular sights from a different angle. This edition introduces you to the hidden gems of the Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodre neighborhoods. Some highlights include Sao Roque Church, Carmo Convent, the fabulous view from Topo Chiado, Miradouro of Santa Catarina, a bar on top of a car park, and the tasty cuisine at Time Out Market. Solve riddles that will lead you down narrow streets and take you past curious statues, street art, and impressive tiles.  Unlock forgotten stories and tips for food and drink stops. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids, and team building groups. Enjoy going at your own pace and working together to complete a tour challenge that is sure to be one of your best memories of Lisbon.

Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

6. Lisbon: Half-Day Historical Guided Tour with Culinary Breaks

Enjoy a private city tour and experience as much of Lisbon as possible within a short time. Explore the various old town districts and learn more about the history of Portugal and its capital Lisbon. Start your tour at Largo Luís de Camões, and head to Chiado Square. On the way, your guide will introduce you to Portugal's most popular sweet and savory delicacies. Your next destination is the oldest bookstore in the world. Pass Largo do Carmo square with the impressive Carmelite monastery and take the famous Santa Justa elevator to the observation platform. This Elevador connects the two districts of Chiado and Baixa and offers a fantastic view over the city. Once in Baixa, head to the squares of Rossio and Restauradores. Learn all about the importance of the monuments in the squares and discover the curiosities of the surroundings. Stroll along the historic streets and through the enchanting old town. Finally, your guide takes you to the Praça do Comércio with its famous triumphal arch, the equestrian statue of King José I and the impressive palatial buildings with magnificent views of the Tagus.

Essential Lisbon Private Half-Day Family Tour

7. Essential Lisbon Private Half-Day Family Tour

If you and your family are first-time visitors to Lisbon this is the perfect walking tour for you. Your guide will introduce you to the most important sights of the city center and invite you and the children to discover some hidden treasures. In a fun and interesting way you and your family will get to know the neighborhoods of Baixa, Bica, Bairro Alto, and Chiado, and hear some fascinating stories about Lisbon and its inhabitants and the biggest events of the city’s history. Your guide will tell you and your children about the conquest of the city, the Discoveries, the big earthquake, the Carnation Revolution, and more. You’ll walk through the city center, down and up the hills and take a ride on a traditional yellow tram and elevator.

Lisbon: City Discovery Game

8. Lisbon: City Discovery Game

Discover Lisbon as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start at the Miradouro de Santa Luzia in front of the fish fountain. Simply open your e-mail link that will be sent to you after booking and your adventure will begin. Set off to explore Lisbon as you solve 15 clues, with each correct answer taking you to the next location. As you proceed through the challenge, learn more about the history of the city and the local culture with fun facts. If you need a little helping hand, ask for hints to help you solve the clues. You will be led to some of the best views of the city, street art in Alfama and Bairro Alto, the colorful streets in Baixa-Chiado and Principe Real and recommendations to local cafes and restaurants. While you solve our cryptic clues you’ll see the city in a way you have never looked at it before. If you're looking for a fun way to experience the city, then this is a truly unique opportunity.

Lisbon: Guided Street Art Walking Tour

9. Lisbon: Guided Street Art Walking Tour

Explore the incredible street art scene of Lisbon along with an expert guide. Witness how local and international artists have transformed the street of Lisbon into an open-air gallery. Walk along colorful streets and encounter graffiti, urban and political art, and social murals. Get exciting insights about the art scene and learn about the cultural and political side of street art from your expert guide. View stunning works of iconic artists like Eduardo Kobra, Vhils, Bordallo II, Pichiavo, Obey Giant, Mar, and Utopia. Witness masterpieces hiding inside quiet alleys and discover an artistic surprise at every corner you turn.

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What people are saying about Bairro Alto

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 63 reviews

With the consideration of my nationality, the young male explains the historical buildings, shops, and navy museum, etc. It was my pleasure to go thorough the historical facts between our two countries. He supported me under various situations.He was good and know well about various things. He frankly answered to my many questions.

We enjoyed the tour and Alexandra was a delight to spend time with. She was able to answer all our questions. We enjoyed the balance of food/drink stops and talk. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We would recommend this tour and tour guide.

I can highly recommend Rui and his tours. He knows his stuff, the organisation is without flaws and he is one of the friendliest and polite guys I ever met.

It was a fantastic experience. The tour was extremely professional and brought us closer to Lisbon in a new, different way. We can only recommend it ;-)

well done - good balance - not too easy, not too difficult - lots of nice places to discover