Amoreiras Walking Tour, Lisbon (Self Guided)

Amoreiras is a modern comfortable and beautiful Lisbon District, located in the north-western part of the city. Take this tour to walk along the Rue das Amoreiras and enjoy the bairro sites and attractions.
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Amoreiras Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Amoreiras Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Daniel
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Eduardo VII Park

1) Eduardo VII Park (must see)

The Eduardo VII Park is a green getaway in the middle of Lisbon with spectacular views of the city from the top. It occupies an area of 26 hectares to the north of the Avenida da Liberdade and the Marquis of Pombal Square, in the centre of the city.

Its name pays homage to Edward VII of the United Kingdom who visited Portugal in 1902, to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Until that visit, its name was Liberty Park (Parque da Liberdade). It consists of neatly clipped box hedges in a patterned mosaic with walkways alongside. The park is designed as a slope and the summit looks over the city.

Within the area of the Park are the Carlos Lopes Pavilion (the former Portuguese pavilion of the 1922 Rio de Janeiro International Exposition) and the Estufa Fria (a 1.5 hectare greenhouse garden). The Hot Greenhouse has several exotic plants and the Sweet Greenhouse has tropical plants, cacti and palms. Besides sporting events, the pavilion is also the venue for concerts, cultural shows and an annual book fair. Visitors can browse at the book markets outside the park or enjoy a meal at the restaurant located at the very top of the park.

Why You Should Visit:
Not the biggest park in town but the view, as well as the tapas restaurant on top, makes it worth the climb!

Tip:
Start out early at the top of the park and make sure you visit the Estufa Fria greenhouses, which are really well laid out and oozing with the atmosphere (and free on Sunday mornings, but very affordable anyway).
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Marquis of Pombal

2) Marquis of Pombal

The Marquess of Pombal Square is an important roundabout in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is located between the Avenida da Liberdade and the Eduardo VII Park.

The square is the radiating point for various important avenues: Liberdade, Duque de Loulé and Fontes Pereira de Melo, as well as the streets Braamcamp and Joaquim António de Aguiar.

Its name is a reference to Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquess of Pombal, 1st Count of Oeiras, the mighty prime-minister who ruled Portugal from 1750 to 1777. In the middle of the roundabout there is a large column dedicated to him, built between 1917 and 1934 and created by Adães Bermudes, António Couto and Francisco Santos. A bronze statue of the Marquess is on the top, with a lion - symbol of power - by his side. The Marquis is shown looking towards the Baixa Pombalina, the area of Lisbon that was rebuilt under his direction after the disastrous 1755 Lisbon Earthquake.

The Blue and Yellow lines (Linha Azul and Linha Amarela) of the Lisbon Metro stop at Marquês de Pombal station, which was called Rotunda until March 1998. Eighteen bus lines operated by Carris also serve the square.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Frederico Horta e Costa Antiguidades

3) Frederico Horta e Costa Antiguidades

Located at Rua das Amoreiras, district of Santa Isabel, Frederico Horta e Costa Antiguidades is a Lisbon antique shop. It specializes in antiques, such as furniture and paintings. Frederico Horta e Costa, the owner of the shop, is a member of the Portuguese Association of Antiques Dealers.
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Teresa Alecrim

4) Teresa Alecrim

What to buy here: Hand Embroidered Linens.

Portugal has a long tradition of producing elegant, hand embroidered linens. The artisans crafting these linens make use of silk and other materials, as well as bullion knots and a wide variety of stitches. When finished, they come out with some very refined designs and embroidery work. Try the linen shop Teresa Alecrim, located in the Amoreiras Shopping Center (number 1116). You can purchase beautiful bedcovers, pillowcases sheets and more, with unique and stunning designs. Linens typically run in the range of 30-100 EUR, depending on what you’re buying. For the quality on display, the prices are well worth it.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00-19:00.
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Lisbon Aqueduct

5) Lisbon Aqueduct

The Águas Livres Aqueduct ("Aqueduct of the Free Waters") is a historic aqueduct in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering. The main course of the aqueduct covers 18 km, but the whole network of canals extends through nearly 58 km.

The city of Lisbon has always suffered from the lack of drinking water, and King John V decided to build an aqueduct to bring water from sources in the parish of Caneças, in the modern municipality of Odivelas. The project was paid for by a special sales tax on beef, olive oil, wine, and other products.

Construction started in 1731 under the direction of Italian architect Antonio Canevari, replaced in 1732 by a group of Portuguese architects and engineers, including Manuel da Maia, Azevedo Fortes and José da Silva Pais. Between 1733 and 1736, the project was directed by Manuel da Maia, who in turn was replaced by Custódio Vieira, who would remain at the head of the project until around 1747.

Custódio Vieira conceived the centerpiece of the aqueduct, the arches over the Alcantara valley, completed in 1744. A total of 35 arches cross the valley, covering 941 m. The tallest arches reach a height of 65 m, and many are pointed, reminiscent of arches in Gothic style. It is considered a masterpiece of engineering in the Baroque period.

In 1748, although the project was still unfinished, the aqueduct finally started to bring water to the city of Lisbon, a fact celebrated in a commemorative arch built in the Amoreiras neighbourhood. From this period on, construction was overseen by other architects, including Carlos Mardel of Hungary and others. During the reigns of José I and Maria I, the network of canals and fountains was greatly enlarged.

The Mãe d'Água (Mother of the Water) reservoir of the Amoreiras, the largest of the water reservoirs, was finished in 1834. This reservoir, with a capacity of 5,500 m³ of water, was designed by Carlos Mardel. It is now deactivated and can be visited as part of the Museu da Água (Water Museum).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shaare Tikva Synagogue

6) Shaare Tikva Synagogue

The Lisbon Synagogue, called Shaaré Tikvah (Gates of Hope) is a historical synagogue in Lisbon.

There have been Jews in Lisbon at least since the Middle Ages, but the community suffered a major blow in 1497, when an edict by King Manuel I ordered Jews either to convert to Christianity or to leave the country. All synagogues of Lisbon were confiscated by the King and given to Christian religious orders. For the Jews that converted to Catholicism, called New Christians (cristãos novos), the establishment of the Portuguese Inquisition in 1536 meant a permanent danger of being persecuted.

The situation for Judaism in Portugal changed at the beginning of the 19th century, when the Portuguese Inquisition was abolished and Sephardi Jews from Morocco and Gibraltar, mostly merchants, started to migrate to Lisbon and other parts of Portugal. During the whole 19th century, the small Lisbon Jewish community had no formal synagogue and had to celebrate their religious rites in private houses.

Finally, in 1897 a commission was established with the mission of building a central synagogue in Lisbon. The project was entrusted to the architect Miguel Ventura Terra, and the works began in 1902. The main facade of the synagogue faces an inner courtyard, since Portuguese law at the time forbade non-Catholic religious temples from facing the street.

Inaugurated in 1904, the Lisbon Synagogue was the first synagogue to be built in Portugal since the late 15th century. Ventura Terra conceived a temple in a style mixing Neo-Byzantine and Neo-Romanesque, consistent with the Oriental fashion for Synagogue architecture.

In 2004, a ceremony was held to celebrate the synagogue's 100th anniversary. Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar were among the speakers.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Botanical Garden

7) Botanical Garden

The diversity of plant species made the Lisbon Botanical Garden one of the the finest in Southern Europe. It covers an area of over 10 acres in the middle of the city.

Professors Andrade Corvo and the Earl of Ficalho made the effort to establish the botanical garden in Lisbon between 1858 and 1873. It has many endangered species of subtropical plants and trees from all over with world. Subsequent directors of the garden added to the wide range of species found here today. Many of the trees and plants are from Portugal’s former colonies in five continents across the globe. It also has species of trees from South America, Australia and New Zealand.

The Lisbon Botanical Garden serves as a recreational space for visitors and an educational venue for botany students. There are over 18000 neatly labeled unique species. The rare Cycads that are found in very few places around the world find a place in this garden. There are also ancient palm ferns that date back to the ice age. The dense foliage and subtropical plants make the garden a serene getaway in the midst of the city. It is so lush with vegetation that the garden completely shuts out the sounds of the city from visitors strolling through.
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Principe Real

8) Principe Real

This shop has the same name as the district where it is located. It is a cloth store that specializes in elegantly designed linen and offers manual embroidery work that can be made to order. It creates some of Europe's finest tablecloths and sheets that were sold to European royalty. Operation hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00-19:00, Sat: 9:00-13:00.

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lisbon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Lisbon is renowned for its architectural splendor presented in many of the old and modern buildings, as well as recognized cultural heritage carefully preserved in museums and art galleries. This tour will help you explore three most centrally located districts of Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto. These “bairros” or neighborhoods carry great historical, cultural and social significance...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nações, often referred to by locals as “Expo”, is a commercial and residential area in Lisbon which gained popularity and underwent tremendous transformation in the late 1990s as a site of the World Expo 1998. Many attractions were built here during that time, including the Oceanarium (the world's biggest), Science Museum, Vasco da Gama Tower, Vasco da Gama Bridge and others....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Madragoa Nightlife

Madragoa Nightlife

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

As expected of any European capital city with a rich history, Lisbon has numerous museums. They offer excellent insight into the past and have a rich collection of art: sculpture and paintings. Among the many popular museums and galleries in Lisbon, some are quite unique and not to be missed. Take this tour to visit the most important museums in Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Belem Walking Tour

Belem Walking Tour

Known as Santa Maria de Belém, Belem is a district of Lisbon located not far from the city center. It became famous as the departure point for renowned Portuguese explorers. It was here that Vasco da Gama set off for India. This small district has a lot of fascinating historic and cultural landmarks. Some of them, such as Torre de Belém, are iconic. Take this tour and enjoy Belem at its best.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Lisbon for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Lisbon has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money getting around Lisbon and visiting the city's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the Lisbon City Card.

Among other conveniences, this card allows bearer to explore all of Lisbon's top attractions (cathedrals, castles, palaces, museums, monuments and other places of interest), both in and around the city, either for free (28 sights) or with great (up to 50%) discounts. The card provides 24-, 48-, or 72-hour passes to all these locations, plus free ride on public transportation including trams, buses, and regional trains to Cascais and Sintra. Very convenient!

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Lisbon hotels that are conveniently located: Hotel O Artista, Rossio Boutique Hotel, Internacional Design Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Lisbon, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close, with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, as a guided tour of Lisbon typically costs from around US$35 up to US$80 per person:

- Explore Lisbon Highlights on a walking tour revealing the unique side of the Portuguese capital, be it a gorgeous building, historic event, colorful street, picturesque square, or a quaint little shop or cafe serving delicious local food and wine, or perhaps a spot with a breathtaking panorama of the city.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts around 2 hours and allows you to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise would have done by walking.

- Pedal your way up and down Lisbon's 7 hills on an electrical bike tour visiting the city’s best historic landmarks and hidden spots, learning about its curiosities, and reaching the highest spots for the most scenic views of the Portuguese capital. Definitely more than “just another bike tour”!

- Treat yourself to the most delicious experience on a food tour exploring the top delicacies of Lisbon - authentic local must-try bites and traditional drinks - visiting memorable spots for a perfect tasting and insight into the Portuguese lifestyle and eating habits.

- Immerse yourself in Lisbon’s heritage on a 7-hour driven tour around the city’s oldest quarter, Alfama, exploring the famous local monuments and discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. On this tour you will also get a chance to see modern Lisbon complete with a scenic cable car ride, plus indulge in a delicious local meal (optional). If you have little time in the city, this tour will make you feel like you've seen a lot!

- Sail around Lisbon for a different perspective of the city that very few people actually get to see, on a boat tour. Apart from enjoying spectacular views of Lisbon's famous seaside monuments, you will get a chance to do a bit of yachting (steering the boat) or just laze around on the deck enjoying champagne, homemade snacks and other refreshments, while hearing interesting historical facts about this fascinating city.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Lisbon, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Sintra, Évora, or a combo of Aveiro and Coimbra, or Mafra and Ericeira. For as little as US$100+ to US$250+ you will get a chance to visit some of the finest tourist attractions of Portugal including remarkable 19th century pieces of Romanticism architecture, one of Portugal’s most iconic villages (UNESCO World Heritage site), have a gondola ride in Portuguese “Venice”, and enjoy an authentic Portuguese lunch at restaurant (optional). All these trips start and end at your hotel and you'll be carried by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minivan, accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide.