Guided tour

Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge Castle Quarters Walking Tour

4.4 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: Lisboa Autêntica

Lisbon: Alfama and São Jorge Castle Quarters Walking Tour

Activity provider: Lisboa Autêntica

From US$ 26.34 per person

Explore Lisbon’s oldest areas on a guided tour of the Alfama and São Jorge Castle quarters. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tagus River and learn about the “fado” Portuguese culture.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
French, German, English, Spanish, Portuguese
Private or small groups available

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
  • Live guide
  • Entrance and guided tour of Lisbon Cathedral
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) - mask and disinfectant gel
  • Transfers to and from the meeting point
  • Entrance to São Jorge Castle
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet at the Campo das Cebolas, Casa dos Bicos (it is the house covered in spikes) Nearest Metro: Terreiro do Paço. The guide will be holding a black bag with the "Lisboa Autêntica" logo.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 53 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Service
    4.5/5
  • Organization
    4.3/5

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Rebecca is an amazing guide - the best I’ve seen!

We did the 10am tour on Jan 2nd and thoroughly enjoyed it. Learnt so much about Lisbon and Portugal. Not only about the places we saw but also the culture, food, traditions and many other things. Our guide made such an effort to engage with us and our kids. Was truly an awesome experience.

January 2, 2019

Nice walk, got to places we would never have been otherwise. Nice guide who maybe gave a bit too much info at times.

June 27, 2022

Very good leadership

June 5, 2022

Product ID: 48156