Mind you, to enjoy these tours to the fullest we want to give you practical advice and recommendations so that our excursions become the best option during your trip:
Choose comfortable clothes and shoes
Given that they are guided tours on foot, we must bear in mind that we will have to move considerably, and climb one or another hill, sometimes under bad weather conditions (cold, heat, …). We recommend that you do not release clothes or footwear, since they can punish you by causing chafing and discomfort. We advise you to leave the heels or the jacket for the fado shows and you get dressed in a casual and comfortable clothes, you will thank them and you will enjoy much more of the visit!
Climate and weather
This is very important! Depending on the time of year when you decide to travel to our city, equip yourself as you should. Especially in the summer months it is imperative that you wear sunscreen and a hat. The Sun can play tricks on you, and we do not want you to play with your health! We recommend that you avoid burns and sunstroke by protecting yourself correctly. In other hand, if you decide to come in the colder months, bring suitable clothes for it.
Hydration is very important whenever you perform physical exercise (however mild it may be). Regardless of the weather, always bring a bottle of water or an isotonic drink with you to hydrate constantly, not only when you feel the need.
Joy, camera … and batteries!
Attitude is everything if you want to enjoy your trip. Take your life with joy, show us your best smile … Furthermore, what you are going to visit will surely be unforgettable, and we are sure you will want to immortalize it! So take a camera with you to get your best artistic side. We assure you that Lisbon gives a lot! If you are in love with photography, we recommend that you take a replacement battery fully charged in case, with the emotion of photographing everything you see, you’ll finish the first one.
Respect the city where you travel and the places you visit
All the cities of this world deserve respect and civility, so let us be aware and educated with them. Not only when we do guided tours, but at all times. It is our duty to keep the streets clean and to make shine those monuments and places that have seen so many people pass by and have marveled thousands of people over the centuries. Take care and respect the places you go and show that you are an excellent traveler!
Keep an eye on your belongings
Take your money in a safe place and pay attention to your belongings. You already know the saying: Where there are tourists there are pickpockets!!! But do not be scared, this happens in practically all the European tourist cities, and Lisbon, even so, is quite safe.
With regret and due to the orographic conditions of Lisbon the tours are not adapted to people with reduced mobility. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you.
Be kind to your guide
The person who is guiding you is someone who loves the city, and who is passionate about their work. Sure that he values that you appreciate his/her work, and that you recommend us to your friends and family.
Enjoy your trip!
Public transport in Lisbon consists of bus, metro, tram and elevators. The best way to get around the city is to get the Viva viagem card at any of the metro stations. With it and for only 6 euros a day you can move around the city for 24 hours a day using all public transport including the famous elevators Santa Justa, da Bica, da Gloria and da Lavra, also to the famous trams 28 (Bairro Alto, Baixa and Graça) and 15 (Belém).
We walk until leaving the airport following the signs that point the subway and at the subway entrance there are some vending machines of the VIVA VIAGEM card (€ 0.50). Load it with the “24 hours” payment (€ 6.00). With this card you can get on the subway, bus, tram and elevators (including santa justa, but to get to the viewpoint you must present the card and pay € 1.50).
The bread (pão) is one of the basic elements of Portuguese cuisine. Processing is not limited to the use of wheat flours, but maize is common (northern Portugal). The bread is part of very traditional dishes such as açordas and migas à alentejana and torricado. Among the best known breads beyond are the Broa de Avintes. Other breads are the Fogaça, the “caralhotas” of Almeirim (these are round and medium-sized breads, especially appreciated when they are fresh from the oven), the & quot; pão-com-chouriço & quot; (similar to the Asturian preñaos are consumed in fairs and parties have a chouriço in its interior), the folares (characteristic of Easter), etc. In the north of Portugal, it is often referred to as the & quot; balls & quot; (& quot; bôlas & quot;) which are breads with minced meat inside (in Trás-os-Montes) or round and compact breads served with sardinhas or meat (as can be found in some parts of Minho).
In the field of meat it’s eat a lot of pork and make sausages (Enchidos), such as Chouriço, ham (called presunto, often cured with smoke, with a very characteristic flavor). As in the Spanish cuisine, the matança do porco (slaughter) is traditional, which consists in the sacrifice of a pig and its subsequent processing to feed a family unit. The chanfana uses goat meat cooked in wine. The field of birds has the rice with duck and the canja a doentes, soup with chicken meat. The Portuguese steak is made by smearing the meat with garlic paste. Small game meats are usually the coelho (rabbit), sometimes prepared with Vinhadalhos. The coelho à caçadora (rabbit cacciatore).
In the field of fish (Peixe in Portuguese), we must emphasize the tradition of consuming fresh fish, often cooked in the simplest way, grilled, and seasoned with olive oil. It is also prepared in a variety of rice dishes or stews of potatoes called caldeiradas and cataplanas. Peixes skewers are often well known (espetada), which are a kind of brochette. Cuttlefish and squid (called lulas or lulinhas) are very popular. They also consume octopus and various seafood in the south of Portugal: especially lobster and locust, they are usually served in breweries grilled or with scrambled egg. In coastal areas you can eat seafood in relative abundance.
The king fish of Portuguese cuisine is imported and consumed in large quantities. The cod (Bacalhau) is usually salted and the great trick is to know how to desalt it. The Portuguese chefs say that there are 365 different recipes for this fish (one for each day of the year). Some of the most widespread recipes are: Bacalhau à Brás, Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá, Bacalhau com todos, stewed cod, in cake or in the form of delicious pataniscas, in delicate fritters that can be accompanied by a juicy feijoada or rice stew and black beans.
The cheese from Portugal protected with designation of origin are the following:
- Queijo de Azeitão
- Queijo de Nisa
- Queijo Rabaçal
- Queijo Serra da Estrela
- Queijo de Cabra Transmontano
- Queijo do Pico
- Queijo São Jorge
- Queijo Terrincho
- Queijo de Évora
- Queijo mestiço de Tolosa
- Queijo Serpa
- Queijos da Beira Baixa
The wines are well known outside the borders of Portugal, they are made in almost all the territory and they emphasize the green wines of the north that usually be white and young wines, the Oporto (made in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia), Madeira, wine from Carcavelos, or muscatel de Setúbal, red wine Borba or Dão, among others. Cataloged as the best on the planet.
|Good morning / Good afternoon / Good evening||Bom dia / Boa tarde / Boa noite|
|Thank you||Muito obrigado / obrigada|
|Where is Praça do Comércio?||Onde fica a Praça do Comércio?|
|What time is it?||Que horas são?|
|Please||Se faz o favor|
|Where is the tram 28 stop?||Onde fica a paragem do elétrico 28?|
|Wine (red, white, pink)||Vinho (tinto, branco, rosé)|
|Beer||Cerveja (imperial, caneca)|
|Black Coffee||Bica (em Lisboa) – ‘Beba Isto Com Açúcar’|
|Coffee with milk||Meia de leite / Café com leite|
|Orange juice||Sumo de laranja|
|Cod with egg and straw potatoes||Bacalhau à Brás|
|Typical north sandwich||Francesinha|
|One||Um / uma|
|Two||Dois / Duas|
Monastery of São Vicente de Fora
House of the Bicios – José Saramago Foundation
Santo Antonio à Sé
Convent do Carmo
Castelo de São Jorge
National Palace of Ajuda
Church of Santa Engracia – National Pantheon
Elevator of Santa Justa
Sé – Cathedral
Monstery of the Jerónimos
The national collection of ancient art can be seen in a 17th-century palace, built for the Counts of Alvor. But in 1770 it was acquired by the Marquis of Pombal after the massacre perpetrated in the “Process of the Tavora”, which we will reveal to you in our Free Tour. The museum was inaugurated in 1884, and is colloquially known by the lisboetas as “Museu das Janelas Verdes”, due to the windows of this color. In 1940 a modern annex was added (which included the main façade). It was built on the old site of the Carmelite monastery of San Alberto, partially destroyed between 1910 and 1920. The only surviving element is the chapel, now integrated into the museum.
The museum houses the largest collection of paintings of the country, highlighting especially the primitive religious works of Portuguese artists. Most of the exhibits come from convents and monasteries after the disentailment of religious orders in 1834. It also exhibits sculpture, silverware, porcelain and applied arts, offering a general overview of Portuguese art from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, completed with some European and oriental pieces. The theme of the discoveries is always present, illustrating the ties of Portugal with Brazil, Africa, India, China and Japan.
Among all the works highlight the “Temptations of San Antonio” del Bosco and the “Panels of San Vicente”, painted between 1470 and 1480 by Nuno Gonçalves and represents the patron saint of Lisbon surrounded by dignitaries, knights and monks, as well as fishermen and beggars.
The Museu do Fado was inaugurated on September 25 in 1998 and it’s a museum dedicated to the world of fado and the Portuguese guitar. The museum is located in the Alfama neighborhood of the city of Lisbon, Portugal. The building of the museum was once the water pumping station of the Praia precinct. It was built in 1868 and is classified as public interest property. This cultural space is currently a reference among the cultural spaces of Lisbon. It has a permanent exhibition, a temporary exhibition space, a documentation center, a thematic shop, an auditorium and a restaurant. It also has a school where Portuguese guitar and viola courses are taught, where you can also attend a seminar for composers and have rehearsal rooms.
It was inaugurated in 1998 as a museum in wich build the history of fado and its heritage. Since then, the museum has researched, preserved and disseminated the fado. During his activity it has compiled different collections of material related to fado – newspapers, pictures, sheet music, musical instruments, costumes, medals, professional documentation, licenses, etc. -. It has also collaborated in the collection of intangible heritage related to the world of fado, such as his songs.
Calouste Gulbenkian, born in Scutari, Turkey, in 1869, started his art collection at the age of 14, when he bought several old coins in a bazaar. In 1928 he received a 5% stake in four major oil companies, for the operation of transferring capital from the Turkish Oil Company to these four companies, which earned him the nickname of “Mr. Five Percent”. Thanks to his enormous wealth he was able to satisfy his passion for art. During the Second World War he moved to Portugal, which had declared neutrality, facts that we will develop thoroughly in the first part of our Tour de Belém, and when he died, in 1955, he bequeathed his fortune to create a foundation in his name based in Portugal. The foundation sponsors numerous cultural activities and finances its own orchestra, art libraries, auditoriums and a modern art center.
The museum’s collection is one of the most important in Europe. It was inaugurated in 1969. The building is located inside a large park, so that natural light illuminates the rooms and it’s distributed thinking of the collection of pieces of its founder.
In our Free Tour we will tell you about the history of the tile, but if you want to go deeper into this Portuguese icon, without a doubt the perfect place for that is this museum. Doña Leonor, widow of King João II, founded the Convent of the Adre de Deus in 1509. Originally built in the “Manuelino” style, which we will talk about in our tour of Belém, the church was restored under the reign of João III following a Renaissance design. The Baroque decoration was added by João V. The convent cloisters are a wonderful setting for the National Tile Museum. Decorative murals, individual tiles and pictures trace the evolution of the tile, its introduction by the Arabs, the Spanish influences and the development of the native Portuguese style.
The idea of covering the walls, floors and even ceilings with tiles was introduced in Spain and Portugal by the Arabs. From the sixteenth century, Portugal began to make its own creations. In the eighteenth century, was the first producer in Europe, and had multiple purposes and designs; Baroque, blue and white, are considered the best. Tiles are today an important addition to the interior and exterior of Portuguese buildings.
A good proposal to visit after the end of our tour of Belém is the Museo dos Coches. This collection of carriages is the best in Europe. The east wing of the Belém palace, which housed the riding school built by the Italian architect Giacomo Azzolini in 1726, is now occupied by the museum. The royal family used to settle in the upper gallery to watch their horses prance on the track. In 1905, Dona Amélia, wife of King Charles, converted the riding school into a museum.
The visit covers three centuries of history, with carriages from Portugal, Italy, France, Austria and Spain. In the main gallery, decorated in Louis XVI style with wonderful frescoes, carriages that belonged to the royal family are shown. The collection begins with a simple wooden car lined with red leather from Felipe II of Spain. The carriages become more and more luxurious: the interiors are lined with red velvet and covered with gold, and the exteriors are adorned with allegorical images and noble coats of arms. The exhibition ends with three large baroque chariots made in Rome for the Portuguese ambassador to the Vatican, Dom Rodrigo Almeida e Menezes, Marquis of Abrantes. These carriages are a show of extravagance and pomp. They weigh five tons each and are decorated with life-size golden sculptures. In the attached gallery you can see two-wheeled cabriolets, landau and horse carriages that belonged to the youngest members of royalty. There is also a nineteenth century taxi, painted black and green, colors that were abandoned in the 1990s in favor of the beige, but that is now recovering.
Originally it was the location of the Expo’98, but with a contemporary architecture, attractions aimed at families and modern spaces, it has renovated the east bank that, until 1990, was an industrial zone. From a distance, the immense geometry of the roof platforms, over the Oriente station, designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.
Portugal’s impressive pavilion, designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, has a roof that seems miraculously to stand like a canvas on a courtyard. Children will enjoy the Pavilhão do Conhocimento – Ciencia Viva, a modern museum of science and technology that hosts several interactive exhibitions. The Casino de Lisboa is located in the space that previously occupied the pavilion of the Future. Visitors can go up on the cable car to the park and reach the Vasco da Gama tower, the tallest building in Lisbon, which houses a hotel. The views over the Tagus and the Vasco da Gama bridge are spectacular. The bridge, with its 17 km, is the longest in Europe. It was finished for the 1998 Universal Exposition.
The oceanarium is the main attraction of the Parque das Nações. Its structure, similar to an airplane, was designed by the American architect Peter Chermayeff and is located at the end of a pier, surrounded by water. It is the second largest aquarium in the world and hosts a wide variety of species: birds, mammals, fish and other marine inhabitants. It is divided into four different areas, representing the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic and Antarctic oceans, with their respective flora and fauna. The central tank is the main attraction for visitors and it contains small fish, barracudas, sharks and rays in complete harmony.
In 1640 this pleasant palace was the hunting lodge of João de Mascarenhas, the first Marquis of Fronteira. Although the houses of Lisbon are seen in the distance, the building still occupies a peaceful environment next to the Forest Park of Monsanto. In the palace as well as in the garden, tile murals abound with wonderful scenes of monkey battles. Although the twelfth Marquis lives there, it is possible to visit some rooms, as well as the library and the garden. The battle room contains beautiful tiled murals with scenes from the War of Restoration, which we will discuss in our Free Tour, in which the Marquis appears fighting a Spanish general. The chapel of the late sixteenth century is the oldest part of the house. The facade is decorated with rocks, shells, pieces of glass and porcelain that come, according to the story, from the party with which the palace was inaugurated, in which the dishes were destroyed to ensure that nobody else could use it. The visit to the garden begins on the terrace of the chapel, whose niches are covered with tiles with scenes and images of mythological creatures. In the Italian garden the box hedges are sculpted in symbolic forms of the four seasons.
It is the largest green space located in the center of Lisbon with about 1000 ha. Integrated into the park, the Lisboa Camping offers its visitors two sports areas, a mini golf course, two tennis courts, a pool area with solarium and esplanade, a living room and an amphitheater. In the park we find: Espaço Monsanto (Interpretation Center) – This is the center where you should go to get to know the Monsanto Ecological Park with temporary exhibitions and the permanent exhibition. There is also a medium-sized auditorium and, outside, a small amphitheater, a parking lot and a small outdoor picnic area.
In Monsanto you can visit the Recreational Park of Alto da Serafina, the Parque Recreativo do Calhau, an ideal place to stroll, the São Domingos de Benfica Forest, the Alvito Children’s Park, a space destined for the youngest, the Urban Park dos Moinhos de Santana and the Viveiros da Quinta da Fonte.
Considered at the end of the century as the most beautiful monuments of Lisbon, it crosses the Alcantara valley to the northeast of the city. The need to build a new aqueduct in Lisbon gave João V the ideal pretext to indulge his passion for pharaonic projects, since the only area with drinking water was the Alfama neighborhood. The project was financed with a special tax on meat, wine, olive oil and other food products, and although it was not finished until the 19th century, in 1748 it already supplied water to the city. The main channel measures 19 km, but its total length is 58 km. The most visible part of this formidable structure are the 14 arches that cross the Alcantara valley, the highest of which rises to a spectacular height of 65 meters.
The pedestrian route that runs along the aqueduct, once a pleasant walk, was closed in 1853 to prevent the bandit Diogo Alves from continuing to pull his victims from the bridge. Today you can make guided tours to the Alcantara arches. Excursions are also offered to the marsh and springs of Mãe d’Água that supply the city. It is advisable to previously contact the Museu da Água to obtain information about it. At the end of the aqueduct rises the Mãe d’Água das Amoreiras, structure shaped like a caste that used to be a cistern. The original design of 1745 is due to the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel, who worked for Pombal in the reconstruction of the Baixa. Upon completion of the work in 1834, it became a popular meeting place, even for kings and their lovers. Currently collecting exhibitions of local artists and other events.
The “Feira da Ladra” is held every Tuesday and Saturday from early hours. If there is good weather, it is very likely that the market lasts until well into 16. They say that the Feira da Ladra in Lisbon remembers the Rastro de Madrid, although it seems to us that the first still retains the charm of the improvised markets with every type of curiosities that unfortunately has been losing over time the famous market of Madrid. Feira da Ladra owes its name to its not too legal origin (“Ladra” means thief), because it was the place where the stolen objects were sold. The fair is held since the Middle Ages, making it the oldest market in Lisbon; in fact, it has gone through several locations since then to its current location, in the Campo de Santa Clara.
For us, the Feira da Ladra is an interesting and almost obligatory visit in Lisbon, because browsing among its stalls of antiques and various objects has become a great way to spend a Saturday morning. If you are lucky and have a good bargain, you can take home some Lisbon souvenirs that are much more original than those you will find in any souvenir shop. The influence of the colonial past can be seen in some of the stalls that sell statuettes, masks and African jewelery. Fish, vegetables and aromatic herbs can be bought in the central market, decorated with wrought iron.
Located by the sea, the park offers one of the most dazzling landscapes of the coast near Lisbon. The highest point is located in the Sierra de Risco, a magnificent summit with 380 m in height. Like a green wall that plummets over the Atlantic, the mountain range protects small inlets of white sand. Portinho da Arrábida is one of the most beautiful beaches and a good place to practice scuba diving, with unique fauna and flora that can be discovered in the clean waters of Pedra da Anixa, an islet located in front of the beach. You will be able to know everything in the Oceanographic Museum, located in the Fortress of Santa María da Arrábida. Galapos, Galapinhos and the hidden beach of Coelhos are other beaches of this protected landscape that are worth exploring. The beach of Figueirinha is one of the busiest. The Natural Reserve of Estuário do Sado has other attractions. Be it the dolphins that accompany us on boat trips or the fact that it is a special place for bird watching, with more than 250 species that can be seen. Moinho de Maré da Mourisca is one of the best places for this purpose.
About 50 kilometers south of Lisbon is the city of Setúbal, traditionally industrial and port city. It is a place that increases its tourism every day. A small city, with its squares, its port, and with some surroundings with areas of interest such as Sesimbra, the Sierra da Arrábida or the Peninsula of Troia. Its tourist attraction is concentrated around a beautiful pedestrian historic center and in the possibility of seeing the river dolphins in the Sado. It also stands out with its gastronomy. The fish products is it best trick and the fried choco it’s most famous dish. Not in vain the best fried choco restaurant is located in the town.
The Peninsula of Troia has changed a lot in the recent years. Geographically, Troia is a narrow tongue of land located between the south bank of the Sado River and the Atlantic Ocean, famous for its dunes and beaches. New urban projects have emerged that have turned Troia into a high-end tourist center, with small apartment buildings, a sports marina, a casino and even a congress center. Fortunately, the beach areas have been well respected and today Troia has some of the best beaches we can find in the surroundings of Lisbon.
The best way to get to Setúbal from Lisbon is by car. Departing for the 25 de Abril Bridge on the A2 road and later on the A12. Toll roads. Another option is by train with the company Fertagus. It has multiple departures a day from the stations of Roma-Areeiro, Entrecampos, Sete-Rios and Campolide.
Ericeira is a charming town that is located about 11 kilometers west of the city of Mafra, in the region of Lisbon, Portugal. This town has become an excellent summer resort, which still retains a beautiful old quarter, with a labyrinth of beautiful streets and a picturesque fishing port. Its port, located at the foot of the cliff, gives shelter to the beach dos pescadores to the north by a jetty. From Largo das Ribas you can see beautiful views of the port, where fishermen launch their boats and unload fish, octopus and lobsters. The quality of its beaches and its favorable conditions for surfing have made it one of the first surfing reservations in the world, being the Ribeira de ilhas beach a mandatory stop for all lovers of this sport.
To get to Ericeira you can go by car to Sintra and from there follow the N247 road. By bus from Lisbon (Campo Grande) with the company ‘Mafrense’.
Cascais and Estoril, or the coast north of Lisbon, became one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic places in Portugal since the moment the King Don Luis I chose the bay as his summer residence at the end of XIX century. The mild climate and an average of 260 days without rain per year was, certainly, a reason for such election and for the wealthiest families of the time follow the royal house and count there with houses and palaces. It is worth taking a walk and feel, even today, the atmosphere of that time. It is nice to walk through its urban center, go by the Praia dos Pescadores, enjoy some of its good fish restaurants or listen to the sound of the sea crashing against the rocks of the Boca do Inferno. From there, we can calmly conclude our visit in Estoril, just two or three kilometers from Cascais, where our great Casino catches our attention. If we arrive after dark, we will find its façade and gardens illuminated.
To get there by car from Lisbon, the simplest way is to go through the IC19 or the A5. By train the best is the ‘Comboio Suburbano’ from the station of Casi do Sodré (Linha de Cascais).
The Cape of the Rock (in Portuguese, Cabo da Roca) is the cape located at the most western point of continental Portugal and, therefore, of the Iberian Peninsula, continental Europe and Eurasia. It was known to the Romans as the Promontorium Magnum, and during the age of sailing as the Rock of Lisbon.
It is located in the district of Lisbon, in the municipality of Sintra, 40 kilometers west of the Portuguese capital and 18 kilometers west of Sintra, in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais. Its coordinates are inscribed on a stone plaque of the monument of the place. The cliff emerges from the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 140 meters above sea level. Above the cliff there is a lighthouse and a shop for tourists.
The cape is a popular tourist attraction, being its landscape very photographed by visitors. Every Sunday morning there is usually a biker gathering.
The poet Luís de Camões defined Cabo da Roca as the place «where the earth ends and the sea begins» (Onde a terra acaba eo mar começa ).
By car you can access from Sintra or Cascais on the N247 road. You can also go by bus from Cascais or Sintra with line 403.
To the south of the city a few kilometers away is the Costa da Caparica on the Setúbal Peninsula. An endless number of white sand beaches that will delight the most surfer.
- Nova Prai
- Praia da Saúde
- Praia da Cornélia
- Praia da Mata
- Praia do Forte
- Praia da Riviera
- Praia da Rainha
- Praia do Castelo
- Praia Cabana do Pescador
- Praia do Rei
- Praia da Morena
- Praia da Sereia
- Praia da Princesa
- Praia do Infante
- Praia da Bela Vista
- Praia da Nova Vaga
- Praia Azul
- Praia da Fonte da Telha
To get to the coast, the best option is by car. From Lisbon you have to cross the 25 de Abril bridge and take the first exit to Caparica. By ferry from Casi do Sodré to Cacilhas and then bus number 124 or 135. Or from Belém to Porto Brandão and also after bus number 129 or 183. Both routes belong to the company ‘Transportes Sul do Tejo’. From the city itself you can also go directly by bus with the same company: 161 (from Praça Areeiro / Campo Pequeno / Campolide / Alcântara) and 153 (from Praça de Espanha).