take a walk where the locals go on this orientation of the historic center
Join us for a lively walk around the city’s diverse barrios and major monuments where the smells, sights and sounds of everyday life can only be experienced on foot. We take quaint alleyways and side streets to reveal the layers of history that have transformed Lisbon over the ages. Our departure point makes the most of quiet views from a beautiful terrace known as a Miradouro.
This is an excellent orientation to the city and reveals hidden stories behind historic city center sights, which few visitors ever hear. Discover major sights and quaint old quarters and public squares popular with locals. Along the way we explore ruins of the roof-bare Carmel Church, clues to Portugal’s “Carnation Revolution,” and the great earthquake of 1755. Learn about typical Portuguese foods, customs and celebrations.
Walk past towering Baroque churches, and local boutique shops that give the city its unique character. With one of our personable guides you will discover the real Lisbon beyond the major tourist spots. Our guides are also foodies and always happy to share in a Portuguese drink, pastry or suggest cafes and restaurants for those who are interested, and request a stop for these items. We will always go inside of an important monuments...not just churches.
This excursion is for those who want an insiders look at Lisbon, traversing the city like locals, walking through car-free squares, with breathtaking vistas, famous cafes and rich personalities that define the City of Explorers. At the end of the tour, our guides are happy to assist with other sights to explore and restaurants, while avoiding the area tourist traps.
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.
This is not a tour of places that are hidden out of sight. It is a tour of places and monuments in the historic center, and their hidden history.
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.
December 25 and 31
* We are happy to offer this tour on Sundays, but please be aware of museum and church closures on Sundays.
Príncipe Real: An upscale district with concept shops, galleries, cafes, an exotic garden, and a hidden underground aqueduct system.
Sao Pedro de Alcantara Miradouro: The most scenic view from the west side of Lisbon. Get a birds-eye overview of the historic center and the different quarters of the city.
Bairro Alto Quarter: Trendy, new designer and craft boutiques, restaurants and bars in an old world setting that comes alive as Lisbon's central nightlife quarter.
Ascensor da Glória: See a Funicular-like tram from 1885, connecting the Pombaline downtown with the Bairro Alto.
Galeria de Arte Urbana: Open-air art gallery of graffiti murals by famous local street artists Vhils and Bordalo II with works around Lisbon and in galleries around the world.
Igreja de São Roque: Discover the story of a ravaging plague, the most expensive chapel in Europe, and a warrior for human rights. This sight also hosts beautiful 16 centry Portuguese tiles, and Florentine mosaics.
Praça Luís de Camões: A public square dedicated to the hard-luck Poet Laureate of Portugal. A romantic idealist and author of Portugal's most important literature.
Elevador de Santa Justa: A Neo-Gothic transport tower inspired by the works of Gustave Eiffel, offering 360 views of Lisbon.
Carmo Ruins: A roofless Gothic church that survived the Great Earthquake. It now contains an unusual archeological cabinet of curiosities.
Chiado Quarter: Rua Garrett, Lisbon's historic shopping district with Bertrands, "The Oldest Bookstore in the World", Café A Brasileira, and the statue of Pessoa.
Rossio, Praça Dom Pedro IV: In the Baixa- Pombalina quarter. This is Lisbon's gathering place with Neo-Manueline architecture in the nearby train station.
Praça da Figueira: Once a Roman necropolis, hospital and market, it's now hosts a doll hospital and a statue of João I, creator of the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance.
Largo and Church of Sao Domingos: A small square with a church that has witnessed fires, massacres, royal weddings, earthquakes, executions and the Inquisition.
Much, much more...
start and end points
The Principe Real neighborhood.
Rossio, Baixa- Pombalina quarter.
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.
A museum closed on Sundays.
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.
Retired 65+ years €4.00
Child under age 14, no ticket fee
Entry ticket fees.
Transfer to and from hotels outside of historic center.
Sundays: Museums are closed.