starting at €160 total, not per person
• 3-hour private walking tour
• children 12 years and under are free
• skip ticket lines and go inside the monuments
• reservations required
why walk In lisbon?
Because that’s what locals do. Portuguese are among Europe’s biggest walkers! A published in 2014 revealed that Portugal is among the countries where making daily routine trips by foot is most common. To really know Lisbon one must go into those small maze-like streets of the city’s old quarters, where automobiles are limited and real life unfolds in pedestrian friendly streets and squares.
Beware of free and budget tours:
Many free and budget-priced tours in Lisbon do not take their guests inside of the monuments and museums. This is because they do not have the proper authorization to give tours as guides, and they are not permitted to speak inside. Sadly, visitors to Lisbon who take budget tours often miss the riches inside of these special places.
Unlike budget tours we can skip the ticket line and take you inside of Castelo de S. Jorge. Upon your request, on Tuesdays and Saturdays we can add a visit to the oldest flea market in Lisbon, "Feira da Ladra".
December 25 and 31
Castelo de S. Jorge: Inside, from the ramparts we take in sweeping views of Lisbon's historic center from the East. Relive a history of Phoenicians, Romans, and Moors, and Crusaders and Kings of this former Royal Palace.
Alfama Quarter: A maze of quaint, narrow medieval streets and rustic buildings in Lisbon's oldest bairro that are now becoming popular with celebrities, working class locals and immigrants.
Palacio Belmonte: See the courtyard Lisbon's oldest palace from 1449, constructed over Roman and Moorish ruins.
Roman Amphitheater: Built in the 1st century BCE, under Emperor Augustus. This is the only Roman amphitheater in Portugal, an archeological ruin, buried under generations of dwellings that once held 5000 spectators.
Santa Luzia Miradouro: One of the most romantic and scenic overlooks in the Alfama. Positioned by the Igreja de Santa Luzia. The Bougainvillea covered terrace offers shade to artists, musicians and lovers.
Miradouro das Portas do Sol: A postcard-perfect panoramic view from this large terrace that takes in the Alfama, Tejo River, Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, National Pantheon and the Igreja de Santo Estêvão.
Cerca Velha: Discover the Medieval defensive walls of Lisbon's oldest quarter.
Fado Taverns: Walk past venues of Lisbon’s rich musical heritage. When nightfalls guitars play melancholic songs nostalgia that represent many influences from the former empire.
Sé Cathedral: Lisbon's oldest church and seat of the Arch Bishop with a mishmash of Gothic and Romanesque architectural styles that was formerly the sight of a mosque.
Santo Antonió á Sé: Explore the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua, Italy, the most beloved patron saint of Alfama residents. Discover the celebrations that take place here each June.
St. Vicente da Fora: A 17th-century Mannerist church and monastery, considered one of the most important monasteries Portugal which serves as a royal pantheon of the Braganza monarchs.
Feira da Ladra: Lisbon's oldest flea market can be added to this tour by request on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
start and end points
Castelo de S. Jorge
Church of Santo Antonió á Sé
We access traffic restricted areas with steps and ramps. It is not possible to do this tour route with a vehicle.
You can add a private luxury vehicle for commuting to and from the historic center.
Skip the ticket lines with an official, knowledgeable guide.
Authorization to enter sights.
Audio system for larger parties.
2 km, (1.24 miles), 98% down hills and stairs. A few upstairs and inclines. Uneven cobblestones on tour route. Not safe for those with walking sticks, canes or unable to walk for 1-hour without resting.
Wear comfortable athletic shoes.
There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.
Hotel, apartment, ship dock, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.
7-days a week, year round.
Morning: 9:00am, or 9:30am
Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 3:00pm
Some closures on Sundays.
Custom start times subject to guide availability.
Paid by guests at entry with cash. A closure on Sundays.
Students (ages 13 to 25) €5.00
Retired 65+ years €8.50
Child under age 12, no ticket fee
Entry ticket fees.
Transfer to and from hotels outside of historic center.
Sundays: Museums are closed.
castelo de s. jorge
the moorish, medieval quarter of lisbon's oldest historic center
Beyond the traffic congested streets downtown is Lisbon's oldest and most pedestrian friendly quarter. Discover the secrets beneath Castle S. Jorge from the Phoenicians and Romans to modern times. The Alfama is a labyrinth of narrow streets rich with stories of disasters, invaders, poets, musicians and artists. Plus, rewarding views of the city from spectacular terraces (Miradouros) along the way.
This downhill walk reveals major sights which includes the birthplace of S. Antonio of Padua, walking past Fado taverns, markets and churches. The name Alfama comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning springs or baths, due to the natural springs found in the area. During the Moorish invasion, Alfama was the center of Lisbon’s daily activities, and over the centuries it became a slum for poor fishermen.
Today, this quaint quarter embraces its new affluent settlers along with the old, where you will find stylish restaurants aside rustic cafes where the sounds of old trolley cars and local music can be heard radiating into the streets.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays we can add a visit to the oldest flea market in Lisbon, "Feira da Ladra". This market is an 800 year-old Lisbon tradition which takes place across Campo de Santa Clara, behind the São Vicente da Fora Church, you will find a sea of blankets with locals selling everything; antiquities, unwanted household items, handicrafts, architectural remnants, and between the tables of new clothes and tools are a few people selling odd collections of items that look suspiciously like they have been stolen. At the end of this tour our guides are happy to assist with other sights to explore and restaurants, while avoiding the area tourist traps.