On this small-group walking tour, discover with your local guide a historic piece of Lisbon
, a city full of history and beautiful architecture. Beyond the winding streets of downtown is Lisbon's oldest and most pedestrian-friendly quarter, the Alfama
quarter. Here, explore the many quaint, traditional streets and historical sites with your guide, such as Sé de Lisboa Cathedral and the birthplace of St Anthony of Padua, a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.Meet your friendly guide in central Lisbon and set off to discover the beauty of the city on this small-group walking tour. Head to the Alfama district on a local bus or shared taxi (own expense), a labyrinth of narrow streets rich with stories of disasters, invaders, poets, musicians and artists. Discover the secrets beneath the Castelo de São Jorge
, from the Phoenicians and Romans to modern times. Visit the castle inside (optional and at own expense), learn about the area’s interesting history, and how during the Moorish invasion, Alfama was the center of Lisbon’s daily activities, from your academic guide. Over the centuries, it became a slum for poor fishermen. Admire amazing views of the city from spectacular terraces along the way. Walk downhill and visit major sites including Santo Antonio à Sé -- the birthplace of St Anthony of Padua, a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. Your expert guide, who has an academic background and can answer questions with the depth of knowledge that comes from historians, will tell you interesting facts about the eventful life of St Anthony of Padua. Then, head to the solid and imposing Sé de Lisboa Cathedral, which was designed to be one of the last lines of defense for Lisbon and the weak, newly established Catholic country of Portugal
. Enjoy one of the most scenic overlooks in Lisbon at Santa Luzia Miradouro and take a stroll through the castle area while learning about the rich history of Romans, Moors and Crusaders. Today, the quaint Alfama quarter embraces its new affluent settlers along with the old. As you walk through this beautiful historical area, pass by stylish restaurants and rustic cafés and listen to the sounds of old trolley cars and local music filling every corner of the square.