Lisbon Oldtown Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Alfama, Castelo & Graça

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This Lisbon Walking Tour will take you through the origins of Lisbon, behind the city walls and inside the Alfama district - a 2 to 3 hour walking tour.We start with the Phoenicians, who named it “quiet bay”, followed by the Romans – the first major settlers – to the Arabs, who shaped the old town alleys. The geography and climate of Lisbon were the greatest temptation for all the communities who settled here. This is still the case today, incidentally.The old district of Alfama, sitting on the hill facing the river, still exhibits strong references to maritime activities, from fishing to freight handling, that were once on top of the job opportunities list. Its inhabitants maintain a unique lifestyle, with a strong sense of community, influenced by an urban density and the narrowness of the streets, making this neighborhood a small village inside the big city.This tour includes a typical pastel de nata (cream custard) or a ginjinha (brand cherry liquor)!
Meeting point: 10:00 at Praça do Comércio, in front of the Tourism Office which is closer to Rua do Arsenal, under the arches. Our guides will be there with orange backpacks!Key points of the walking tour: • Praça do Comércio – the everlasting centre of power • Igreja da Conceição Velha - Manueline Architecture • Lisbon’s Cathedral and Casa dos Bicos - that survived the earthquake of 1755 • Romans and Moors • Largo de São Miguel - the heart of Alfama • Jews and forced converts persecutions • Maze-like streets • Rua da Judiaria • Miradouro de Santo Estêvão • Hidden vantage points • Migration and dockers • Museu do Fado (outside): the soundtrack of Lisboa • Portas do Sol – a breathtaking view over Alfama, the Oldtown

What’s included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Food tasting - a pastel de nata (cream custard) or a ginjinha (brand cherry liquor)
  • Snacks

What’s not included

  • Gratuities