Lisbon Iconic Neighbourhoods – 3hrs
Join our Lisbon Iconic Neighborhoods tour to discover central Lisbon!
Each street has a story to tell, and each corner reveals a different secret, but these are the coolest neighborhoods in Lisbon.
Baixa is the heart of Lisbon, and many of the capital’s finest attractions are located. Baixa district boasts of the grandeur that Portugal once commanded, with wide avenues and great squares. The area was completely rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and was one of the first cities to follow a grid plan street layout.
Our Lisbon Iconic Neighbourhoods tour begins from Rossio: the Praça Dom Pedro IV square, which is regarded by many Portuguese as the center of their city with wide open spaces, grand monuments, and buildings.
Rossio is famous for its wave pattern stone paving which stretches the length of the square.
Rua das Portas de Santo Antao is the liveliest area of Baixa during the night as the restaurants swell catering for hungry tourists and the Portuguese attend the shows in the theatres.
Within the district of Baixa, there is a unique blend of specialist shops with few large brand stores, and this is thanks to the council of Lisbon which protected the price of rents. These stores line the five streets that lead south in Baixa selling many traditional produce of Portugal.
Our tour includes visits to the oldest bookstore in the world ( Livraria Bertrand), the elaborate Brasileira café, the bright yellow and elegant Praca do Commercio.
Lisbon Iconic Neighbourhoods walking tour continues by heading south from Rossio along the pedestrian street of Rua Augusta. This street has numerous open-air cafes and street artists selling their wares. Leading off to the right is the Elevator de Santa Justa designed by Raul Mesnier de Ponsard an apprentice of Eiffel, who build the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Arco da Rua Augusta enters on to the most import square of Lisbon, the Praça do Comercio. This was the old commercial hub of Lisbon; were sailors traded their exploits from the new world and arrange finances for further voyages. Many of the cross streets are closed to traffic, making window-shopping more enjoyable.
The western part of this grid of streets is known as the Chiado. It’s the city’s most sophisticated shopping district. In 1988, a devastating fire swept the area, destroying many shops, particularly those on the periphery of Rua Garrett. The area has bounced back with vigor.
Bairro Alto by day appears shabby blighted by graffiti and the neighborhood may be best known for its nightlife nowadays, but making our way through the winding streets we’ll uncover how many of its historic buildings hold the key to understanding Lisbon’s past. The real draw of Bairro Alto is late on at the weekend when the streets become alive with the sound of Portuguese and tourists socializing over a glass of Portuguese beer.
There are numerous small underground bars and restaurants which Fado can be heard wafting out. Bairro Alto can be explored during the day as there are unique shops, too. This windy, hilly neighborhood is filled with bars and a bohemian aura, making it one of the coolest places in Lisbon.
Join our Lisbon Iconic Neighborhoods tour to get acquainted with Portugal’s history in an efficient way organized professionally and led by a local guide.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 8, so the experience is always intimate. Lisbon Iconic Neighbourhoods walking tour runs every day and starts at 65Euros per person.