City Orientation Walking Tour, Lisbon

City Orientation Walking Tour, Lisbon

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 and are the best places to see the Lisbon life in vivo.
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City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: ray
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Praca do Comercio

1) Praca do Comercio

Regarded as the Gateway to Lisbon and Portugal, the Praca Do Comercio was once the main commercial hub of the city where the wealth from the colonies was brought to enrich the city and the country. It is a large U shaped square facing the Tagus River.

The Praca Do Comercio is popularly known as Terriero do Paco or Palace Square. This is because it is on the site of the former royal Ribeira Palace. The palace and surrounding buildings were completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. The...   view more
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MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum

2) MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum (must see)

Editor's Note: The museum building is temporarily closed for works of integral rehabilitation. While the works take place they continue to develop a cultural and exhibition program in the city and in the country, that they call MUDE OUTSIDE.

"Mude" which means "change" in Portuguese is the name given to the Design and Fashion Museum in Lisbon that boasts an impressive collection of design & fashion classics from the 1930s to the present.

MUDE is located in the...   view more
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Santa Justa Lift

3) Santa Justa Lift

The Santa Justa Lift is a lift in the city of Lisbon situated at the end of Rua de Santa Justa. It connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher Largo do Carmo. The Santa Justa Lift was designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in 1902; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907. The iron lift is decorated in neogothicstyle, with a different pattern on each storey. The top storey is reached...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chafariz do Carmo

4) Chafariz do Carmo

The Chafariz do Carmo is one of the several public fountains built in the city throughout the 15th-18th centuries to solve the acute problem of water supply. One of the most remarkable fountains, it is located in Largo do Carmo, beside the convent of the same name. Built in 1769, it was designed by Field Marshal Don Miguel Angelo de Blasco. The fountain is enclosed within a porch supported by four majestic pillars and was built on an aqueduct that carried water to the...   view more
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Carmo Archaeological Museum

5) Carmo Archaeological Museum (must see)

The Carmo Convent that was home to Carmelite nuns was ruined by the devastating earthquake that shook Lisbon in 1755. The ruined structure stands atop a hillock overlooking the busy Rossio Square and faces the Lisbon Castle Hill. A well-known knight, Nuno Álvares Pereira, who was the Supreme Commander of the Army next to the King commissioned the building of the Carmo Convent in 1389. Carmelite nuns from Moura in southern Portugal were its first residents. At the time it was the largest convent...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of Saint Roch

6) Church of Saint Roch (must see)

The Church of Saint Roch (Portuguese: Igreja de São Roque) was the earliest Jesuit church in the Portuguese world and one of the first Jesuit churches anywhere. It served as the Society’s home church in Portugal for over 200 years, before the Jesuits were expelled from the country. After the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the church and its ancillary residence were given to the Lisbon Holy House of Mercy to replace their church and headquarters which had been destroyed. It remains a part of the Holy...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

7) Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (must see)

The Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is a small well laid-out park that serves as one of the many viewpoints found around Lisbon. It offers a spectacular view over the central part of the city especially St. George Castle and the Graca Hills.

The Miraduoro is laid in two levels. It has a map made of tiles to help visitors in spotting landmarks they see from the viewpoint on the horizon. The upper part of the park has a fountain and a monument in honor of Eduardo Coelho, the founder of...   view more
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Restauradores Square

8) Restauradores Square

Restauradores Square is a public square in the city of Lisbon. It is located at the southeast end of Avenida da Liberdade, near Rossio square. The square is dedicated to the restoration of the independence of Portugal in 1640, after 80 years of Spanish domination. The obelisk in the middle of the square, inaugurated in 1886, carries the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War, in 1640. The monument was designed by António Tomás da Fonseca, with...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rossio Square

9) Rossio Square (must see)

The Rossio Square is one of the main squares in Lisbon from the middle ages. It is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors to Lisbon for centuries and some of the surrounding cafes date back to the 18th century.

Rossio is the popular name for the Pedro IV Square in honor of Pedro IV, the King of Portugal and the first Emperor of Brazil. His statue is placed on a column at the center of the square. The name "rossio" is roughly equivalent to the word "commons" in...   view more
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Figueira Square

10) Figueira Square

Figueira Square is a large open space in the center of Lisbon which also serves as a major traffic hub. It is surrounded by quaint and historic cafes, hotels and shops.

Figueira Square means Fig Tree Square. It was once the location of the Hospital Real de Todos os Santos (All Saints Royal Hospital). The hospital existed at the site from the 15th century till 1755 when a devastating earthquake destroyed almost all the buildings in Lisbon. It was demolished and a large covered market was...   view more
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São Jorge Castle

11) São Jorge Castle (must see)

The São Jorge Castle occupies a commanding position overlooking the city of Lisbon and the broad Tagus River beyond. The strongly-fortified citadel, which, in its present configuration, dates from medieval times, is located atop the highest hill in the historic center of the city. The castle is one of the main historical and touristic sites of Lisbon. The castle's footprint is roughly square in shape, and it was originally encircled by a wall, to form a citadel.

The castle...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Lisbon Cathedral

12) Lisbon Cathedral (must see)

The Lisbon Cathedral also called the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major is the oldest church in the city and the seat of the Archbishop of Lisbon. The building has a mixture of architectural styles caused by several modifications to its structure through the ages.

The Lisbon Cathedral was first constructed in 1147. It was built on the site of a Moorish Mosque after the conquest of Lisbon by Christian forces under King Afonso Henriquez. The first structure was constructed in Romanesque...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
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
Central Lisbon Nightlife

Central Lisbon 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 you to some of the best dancing clubs in Central Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 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. Decades on, Parque das Nações still continues to draw attention of visitors and locals alike as a cultural and entertainment hub of the Portuguese capital. With so much to see here, it's no wonder!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic “Al-hamma” and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including former royal residence - the medieval São Jorge (Saint George) Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the Santa Engrácia Church, nowadays converted into a National Pantheon for important Portuguese personalities. There are just as many Fado bars and restaurants in Alfama, as well. Whether you're culturally-motivated, or simply looking for fun, there's plenty of entertainment awaiting you in this part of the Portuguese capital!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 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
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 you to some of the best dancing clubs in Lisbon Madragoa bairro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km

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