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Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge Castle 3-Hour Tour

Product ID: 48156
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Explore Lisbon’s oldest and most charming areas on a 3-hour guided tour of the Alfama and São Jorge Castle. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tagus River and city center. Learn about the “fado” culture of the Portuguese, visit Lisbon Cathedral, and much more.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the labyrinth of streets around São Jorge Castle
  • Discover the origins of the Portuguese capital in the historic Alfama
  • Enjoy panoramic views from the Portas do Sol belvedere
  • Learn about the birth and customs of fado
  • See traces of the old Roman city of Olisipo
  • Visit Lisbon Cathedral and see its mix of architectural styles
  • Marvel at the staggering "House of Spikes"
Full description
Discover Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood on a half-day tour of Alfama, following the path of the city walls and Moorish castle of São Jorge.

Meet at the historic Casa dos Bicos (“House of the Spikes”), built around 1523 and a rare survivor of the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake. See evidence of the old Roman salting tanks at the Cetária. Travel back to Roman times, when Lisbon was known as “Olisipo,” and learn how the Romans discovered the thermal waters of Alfama before the Muslims gave them the name “Al-Hamma.”

Wander a labyrinth of alleys and interior patios to discover secret stairways and hidden squares that lead to what used to be Lisbon's Jewish Quarter. Learn about the birth of fado music, and experience one of the city's oldest customs as you pass through Largo do Chafariz de Dentro. Next, go to Lisbon Cathedral, built in the 12th century and modified in a mix of architectural styles. Enjoy panoramic views from the Portas do Sol belvedere.

Along the way, learn about the origins of the city and experience the daily lives of its residents. Your guide will also advise you on the best places to visit for the rest of your stay.
Includes
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Transfers to and from the meeting point
  • Entrance to São Jorge Castle

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Lisboa Autêntica

Product ID: 48156