Remember spy adventures, rewatch movie scenes, meet myths, or mysteries on these Lisbon tours. There are long walks for the likes of everyone and more seem to be joining the fold as the tourism in Lisbon grows.
Lisbon tours: the best walking tours around town
How was it to survive the terrifying earthquake of 1755? Where did the spies live and how did they move around Lisbon during the Second World War? Who was the Távora family and why were they murdered on a public square in the 18th century? These and other questions will be answered with Lisbon Walker’s walking tours, which have tour guides who are educated in History of Art, Architecture, and Cinema. You don’t need to schedule the tours, all you need to do is show up at the meeting point. English is the chosen language for most options, but it’s also possible to have private walking tours in French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Daily walks at 10.00 a.m. and at 2.30 p.m. Price: as high as 20€ per person.
For more information, please visit www.lisbonwalker.com
Lisbon Movie Tour
To walk in Marcello Mastroianni’s steps all the way from the Rossio train station up to Casa do Alentejo and then over to Rua Augusta like in the movie According to Pereira (1995) or to go back to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint) and to Largo do Carmo with a new perspective, remembering Jeremy Irons in Comboio Nocturno para Lisboa (2013). The Italian Liliana Navarra, doctored in Cinema, takes its visitors on a walk to the most cinematographic side of the city: to know the characters, the directors and, of course, the muse named Lisbon. With the help of a tablet, you can rewatch the most iconic movie scenes along the way. The Portuguese films April Captains (2000) and Film of Disquiet (2010) are also available for these walks, which, for visitors, are made in Italian and English (they will soon be made in French as well).
Appointment is required; flexible visiting hours. Price: as high as 12€ per person.
For more information, please visit www.lisbonmovietour.com
Back in 2010, two archaeological friends, Raquel and Inês, decided to start a company of their own to share all the facts, curiosities and myths about the city. With each walk, generally in English, they usually go searching for churches and teach people about Lisbon’s saint patrons. The itineraries comprise the recent historic past, illuminating the Portuguese Revolution trails that have put an end to the Portuguese dictatorship, and without neglecting the city’s most important female personas or the traces of Judaic settlement – the Jewish Heritage is the latest most successful walk.
All walks have to be scheduled at the solicited time. As high as 20€ per person. For more information, please visit www.timetravellers.pt.
To meet the most typical pubs and taste wine with the locals or to cover the most traditional parts of the city and go back hundreds of years in time. There’s more: you’re also invited to go on a stroll at the end of the day, accompanied by a guide and by a fado singer (fadista), that will intersperse the walk with music moments. These options belong to Lisboa Autêntica (Authentic Lisbon), which promises to show the best-hidden treasures of the city. There are walking tours in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish and Russian: most of the tours take place in downtown Lisbon and all of them are walking tours except for one, which is made with electric bikes.
There are daily walks with several sessions from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Price: as high as 15€ per person.
For more information, please visit www.lisboaautentica.com.
Walk a Story
Must you judge a book by its cover? Tell a Story believes it must and it also believes that a country must be cherished through its literature. The covers of each edition are neat and colourful and they meet you halfway with this travelling initiative that brings literature to the tourists in a mini trailer camper. To complete the reading experience, they also organize walks, the famous Walk a Story walks, available in English and in Spanish. They have two that you can choose: “Pessoa”, which will take you through the author’s favourite cafés and streets, and the “Literary Lisbon” that asks Luís de Camões or José Saramago for help while trying to understand the city and the Portuguese.
All walks have to be scheduled. As high as 12€ per person. For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/tellastory.pt
Fado, meaning 'fate', was born in the 1800s. It's a mournful form of music based around the notion of longing – in fact, they say fado is a window into the soul of the Portuguese. Fado singers perform with such passion that, regardless of whether you understand the language, will have you weeping uncontrollably into your porto.
Lisbon has 16 official viewpoints: all of them with amazing views over the city’s rooftops, the most important monuments, the Tejo river, its other margin, and the 25 de Abril bridge. But there are more than the ones City Hall (Câmara Municipal de Lisboa) lists as official: the others are rooftops, terraces, bars and hotels. To have Lisbon at your feet while having a drink is a nice programme, don’t you think so? So all you need to do is choose one out of the ten best viewpoints in Lisbon.
Lisbon's attractions are great if you're looking for some sightseeing, and it's viewpoints are perfect for some Instagram worthy photos of your stay. But sometimes a low key day, with a picnic and a stroll is exactly what you need to take a break from the city. Here's a list of the best of Lisbon's public gardens and parks to reconnect with nature. And if you're traveling with kids, check out the best outdoors activities in Lisbon for kids, as well.