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. Quaint alley ways and stairs 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 that few visitors ever hear. Discover the former Inquisition palace now occupied by the Dona Maria II Theatre, where trials based on cruel acts of faith and public executions took place for over 250 years. Outside the ruins of the roof-bare Carmel Church are clues to Portugal’s “Carnation Revolution,” and the great earthquake of 1755. Learn about typical Portuguese foods, customs and celebrations.
View Gothic ruins, 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 • reservations required
take a walk where the locals go for an insiders view
why walk In lisbon?
Because that’s what locals do. Portuguese are among Europe’s biggest walkers! A Eurobarometer survey 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.
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.
Authorization to enter sights.
One-way transfer uphill by taxi or tram from historic center, for parties of 3 or fewer.
Audio system for larger parties.
98% down hills and stairs. A few upstairs and inclines. Uneven and slippery cobblestones on tour route. Not safe for those with walking challenges, 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 €3.50
Child under age 14, no ticket fee
Entry ticket fees.
Transfer to and from hotels outside of historic center.
Sundays: Museums are closed.
Parties of 4 or more require taxi, or transfer uphill from historic center to old quarters.
• Baixa- Pombalina Downtown: Europe's first earthquake proof neighborhood
• São Domingo's Square: Home to massacres, marriages and monarchs
• Praça da Figueira: A city of the dead, hospital and market
• Rossio: The city's gathering place and once the site of the Inquisitors Palace
• Elevador de Santa Justa: A Neo-Gothic tower of transport and beautiful views
• Carmo Ruins: The roofless church that survived the Great Earthquake
• Bairro Alto Quarter: Where trendy, young and hip meets the old world
• Sao Pedro de Alcantara: The most scenic views from the west side of Lisbon
• Praça Camôes: A tribute to the writer, fighter, and authors of masterpieces
• Chiado Quarter: Rua Garrett, Lisbon's historic shopping district
• Much much more...
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.