This tour is perfect for those who want to get acquanted with the city and its successive changes , with the leggacy of the different civilizations from the Romans to the Arabs, and the inovative urban layout after the great earthquake of 1755.Lisbon is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular European cities, where the perfume of its “designer” shops mixes with its the human warmth.. Getting to know this city with us is traveling back in time, in a comfortable way, with something to discover in every corner, like its delicacies, where the Pastel de Belem reigns supreme.
We will drive you to the newest neighborhood of the city, the “new” Lisbon, the Park of Nations quarter, where in 1998, was held the World Fair (Expo 98). With it’s modern architecture, projects from world renowned architects like Santiago Calatrava from Cataluna, Spain, whom conceived and designed, what for many people is considered the most beautiful train station in the world: “Estacao do Oriente”. This fantastic architecture is a mixture of iron and glass, resembling palm trees, inspired on the discovery of tropical Brazil by the portuguese seafarers in 1500.We’ll arrive at “Senhora do Monte” hill, where you will be overwhelmed with one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Lisbon, as well as of the estuary of the Tagus river. From the top of the hill we drive down to visit the “Se Catedral de Lisboa” (Lisbon’s old cathedral) built in 1148, one year upon the conquest of the city from the moors, and built exactly in the same place of the old moorish mosque.Lisbon’s downtown, “Baixa” the most destroyed quarter of the city by the devastating earthquake of 1755. Here we will explain to you, how this area evolved after the catastrophe, both architecturally and socially, to become the main business center in the country. As we drive up “Avenida da Liberdade” the portuguese Champs Elysees, we reach the statue of the visionary Marquis of Pombal at the geographic center of the city, where you will be briefed on the importance of this great statesman in the history of Lisbon.Time to visit the Belem quarter (Bethlehem), the monumental area dedicated to the great Portuguese seafarers of the 15th and 16th centuries. Here we will visit the Tower of Belem (the symbol of Lisbon), the monastery of St. Gerome (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), a masterpiece of portuguese 16th century architecture and World Heritage Monument by UNESCO, and the monument to the Discoveries. We will not leave the area without tasting the most famous pastry in Portugal: the “Pastel de Belem”, delicious egg custard tart once made by the monks at the Jeronimo’s monastery. The tour will finish back at your hotel. Visit the the city of Lisbon with true professionals.By the end of the tour you will arrive at your hdestination feeling like a real “alfacinha” (nick name of lisbonners).