See the very best of Lisbon on this full-day private walking tour with your private guide. Meet your local guide in a designated location in downtown Lisbon, and whisk you off on a tour of the city. Take in the city’s most famous attractions and traveling off the beaten path. All this, while exploring the city at your own pace.
Marvel at historical landmarks, as the São Jorge Castle and Lisbon´s Cathedral. Therefore travel from the Phoenician civilization, up to the Roman city of Olissippo. Also visiting Alfama, the city’s oldest sector, and see Moorish influences everywhere. Take a stroll off the typical tourist route, traveling through the city’s traditional neighbourhoods. Finally, get a feeling of what Alfacinhas (Lisbon natives) do in their lovely city.
Don’t miss the opportunity to taste some of Portugal’s traditional pastries.
The downtown of Lisbon, called “Baixa Pombalina” area is the heart of Lisbon and was completely rebuilt after the devastating 1755 earthquake. Covering an area of about 255 hectares, it contains magnificent squares, which are interconnected by straight avenues filled with grand 18th century architecture.
Enjoy views from the Rua Augusta and discover it´s history.
Explore the Roman Theatre that was built in the first century, in the time of the Roman emperor Augustus. It was rebuilt in Emperor Nero´s time, and during the reign of Constantine it was partially dismantled. Abandoned in the fourth century, it was only discovered 1798, after the 1755 earthquake, while Lisbon was being rebuild.
View the S. Jorge Castle, located in the old medieval citadel, that was inhabited by the Moors who fortified it for their defence. When D. Afonso Henriques (Portugal´s founding King), took the castle in 1147, after besieging it for 3 months, expelled the Muslims and opened the castle doors to Christianity.
Take in the amazing Santa Luzia Viewpoint. It has one of the most beautiful views over Alfama and the Tagus River, having on its south wall two tile panels, one from the Commerce Square before the earthquake and one with Christians conquering the São Jorge Castle.
Walk up (and down) Alfama, the oldest and one of the most typical neighborhoods of Lisbon. Its name derives from the Moorish al-hamma, meaning baths or fountains.
The oldest church of Lisbon began its construction in the second half of the twelfth century, after the conquest of the city from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques. Then construction of the cathedral was apparently done in the place of the old mosque of Lisbon.
"Climb" to this part of the city to get an idea of what you are able to do in Lisbon for the rest of your stay.
Surrounded by the Chiado area, is Largo do Carmo with its historical jacaranda trees. In this square, still "resist" the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, built in the 14th century, where the Archaeology Museum and the Carmo Museum is currently installed .
From the top of this neo-Gothic structure (built 1902) you can have another view over Lisbon and the Rossio Square. The engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard was responsible for the design, contrary to the popular belief that there is a connection to Gustave Eiffel. It is well known that Ponsard applied to this lift some of the techniques and materials already used in France.
Discover the "darker" part of this square in Lisbon´s history...
From here, you have one of the nicest views over Lisbon and specially to the S. Jorge Castle. Here is also the point where the tour ends.
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