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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 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

2. Lisbon 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Experience the sights and sounds of Lisbon on a unique 3-hour guided tuk tuk tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. Feel the pulse of the cosmopolitan city as you ride up to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts to take in the traditional atmosphere of the old quarters.  From a tuk tuk you’ll have the opportunity to get up close for an insight into local life. Highlights of the tour: • Downtown Lisbon • Rossio Square • Santa Justa elevator • Lisbon Cathedral • Saint Anthony Church • Portas do Sol viewpoint • Graça neighborhood • Castle neighborhood • Senhora do Monte viewpoint • Mouraria • Saint Vincent Monastery • Flea market (Tuesdays and Saturdays) • National Pantheon • Alfama neighborhood 

Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

3. Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk: 2 Hour Guided Tour

Explore the best that Lisbon has to offer on this private 2 hour electric tuk-tuk tour. Tuk-tuks are the perfect solution for touring the narrow streets of Lisbon and can accommodate up to 6 people. Discover the romance of the city as you visit the neighborhoods of Alfama, Graca and Mouraria.  Additionally, unveil the contemporary sides of the city with a visit to Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Estrela. Let your guide share local history and stories of Lisbon throughout the tour. Lisbon is a city of seven hills, so you will break next to the best panoramas to capture the most gorgeous views. On this tour you will taste the famed local aperitif: ginginhai, a cherry liquor, while in the neighborhood of Alfama, an opportunity not be missed. Enter the Baixa district and learn how the city was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. Explore cosmopolitan Chiado and pass its designer stores, art galleries, bookshops and restaurants. Visit the Portuguese Parlament and end with a view of the Estrela Basilica.

Lisbon 4-Hour Pub Crawl

4. Lisbon 4-Hour Pub Crawl

Spend a fun night in Lisbon on this combination tour and pub crawl. Guides will show you the best local bars. Enjoy a welcome drink at each place you visit and a full-hour open bar with beer and sangria. Get exclusive drink deals at all the pubs. Party on and make the best of this night full of fun, amazing people and drinking games in the Bairro Alto – Lisbon’s popular bohemian neighborhood.

Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

5. Lisbon: 2.5-Hour Food Tour by Segway

Take a guided Segway tour of Lisbon and sample the flavors of Portugal on a unique mode of self-balancing transportation. Your 2.5-hour Segway adventure through the city will take you to Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and through the charming streets of the Bairro Alto. Lisbon is the perfect city to explore from one of these super cool vehicles. You will go beyond the monuments to get a real sense of what makes the city so great, exploring the lovely River Tejo, the city's myriad food offerings, and its friendly residents. All the essentials will be supplied to keep you going, from complimentary water, some different tastings and exquisite pastries. You will be provided with all the necessary safety gear, such as helmets, and get a brief orientation on how to use a Segway. An expert guide will be on hand at all times to share their passion for the city in a fun way, taking you to the best food stops to let you fill your stomach with some of the most delicious Portuguese food you've ever tasted.

Lisbon: Local Market, Food, and Culture Walking Tour

6. 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.

Central Lisbon 3-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

7. Central Lisbon 3-Hour Guided E-Bike Tour

This tour was designed to provide the best biking experience possible in central Lisbon so you can discover the Portuguese capital in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way. Ride from the top of Eduardo VII Park, one of the best viewpoints of Lisbon. Cruise on your e-bike through Baixa-Chiado, Marquês de Pombal, and Avenida da Liberdade, the heart of the city and the main shopping and banking district, completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. Admire its elegant squares, pedestrianized streets, cafes, and shops. Venture to Príncipe Real, one of the most interesting spots in the city. See the romantic park near Bairro Alto, where you’ll find lots of boutiques, traditional antique shops, art galleries, and colorful historical buildings. Travel along the picturesque bike lane that overlooks the Tagus River, passing by Time Out Market. Your guide will provide historical information in a simple and relaxed way. Hear engaging stories and little-known facts about the capital city. Your questions are more than welcome.

Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Historic Alfama & Chiado Tuk-Tuk Tour

8. Lisbon: Private 3-Hour Historic Alfama & Chiado Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover the best of Lisbon from a different perspective on a private 3-hour tour by electric tuk-tuk for up to 6 people. Access narrow streets that larger vehicles can't reach and see much more than you would on a guided walking tour.  Learn more about the history and culture of one of the oldest capital cities in Europe, and be seduced by the charm of its historical monuments and beautiful setting on the banks of the River Tagus. Get familiar with the most typical neighborhoods, such as Graça and Mouraria, and explore the more contemporary districts, including Chiado, Bairro Alto, Principe Real and Estrela. Journey up some of the 7 hills to get breathtaking views of the city, and taste the delicious ginginha liqueur in Alfama along the way.

Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

9. Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore some of the oldest and most characteristic neighborhoods of Lisbon by tuk tuk, including the narrow streets of the historic Bairro Alto entertainment district. Make your way up to São Jorge Castle, and meander through the old district of Alfama. Experience the cool vibe of the Graça district at the highest point in the city, and explore the main shopping area of Chiado. Stop to admire impressive monuments along the way, such as Lisbon Cathedral and Santo António Church, built on the site where Saint Anthony was born. Visit the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora to admire one of the finest examples of Mannerist architecture. Get wonderful views from the São Pedro de Alcântara lookout, and visit the Baroque church of Estrella Basilica, built on the orders of Queen Maria I to honor the birth of her son.

Lisbon: Street Art Walk

10. Lisbon: Street Art Walk

Reveal the secrets of Lisbon and its street art on this 3.5-hour walking tour for groups of up to 8 people. Find hidden places with your private guide, and get an overview of the entire historical Alfama district. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, set off on your street art adventure. Explore the city's old neighborhoods and both its old and new street art. Visit the outdoor urban gallery in Bairro Alto to admire the amazing tile work and sidewalk patterns. During your tour, see some of Lisbon's secret artistic places, such as the street art gallery in the Chão do Loureiro car parking lot. Find some of the freshest art at Caracol da Graça, and maybe even see artists at work at the legal place to paint, Calçada da Glória. Throughout your tour, stay aware, and keep looking up and down, because art is everywhere. Once your tour is over, take home an artistic souvenir to remember your amazing experience.

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What people are saying about Bairro Alto

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,679 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our tuk tuk tour with Bruno! We are a family of four with two kids ages 8 and 11 and we all had a great time. Bruno was very knowledgeable and we loved that he stopped at a few places and walked out with us to give more information and see things inside the neighborhoods. We explored Alfama and all of the main sites downtown. He gave great recommendations and even dropped us off at the lunch location that he suggested. We would highly recommend this tour!

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.

Food tour on a Segway, Peter our guide was excellent, very informative and gave us lot of recommendations. Segway training was thorough and we felt very safe even though the conditions were not ideal.

It was a wonderful tour with an excellent guide, André. We can absolutrly recommend it.

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