One of Europe’s smaller cities, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon is easy to explore on foot, with a number of guided walking tours available.
In fact, the only impediment to walking in Lisbon is its hilly layout. But those who can handle the gentle inclines and declines of its streetscape will be rewarded with magical views every which way they turn. And if you chose to walk the city as part of an organised guided tour, then you’ll also benefit from fascinating narration that sheds light on Lisbon’s long history. Here are 5 of the best Lisbon walking tours that won’t break the bank.
History, Stories and Lifestyle Walking Tour
Learn about the rich history of one of Europe’s most captivating capitals on this 3-hour guided tour. Starting in the historic Bairro Alto, ravaged by an earthquake in 1755 but now a bustling district popular with families, you’ll explore some of the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods as your guide offers facts and insights that bring the tour to life. Other highlights include a visit to San Roque Church, built by the Jesuits and boasting eye-catching Mannerist and Baroque styles inside. You’ll also take a tram ride that takes you up to the Portas do Sol scenic viewpoint, where you’ll walk around the traditional Alfama district, known for its fado houses and the popular festivals of saints. The tour concludes at the magnificent 12th-century Lisbon Cathedral. From €25 per person.
Free Walking Tour
Essential history, fun facts and complimentary tastings all feature on this ‘free’ guided tour – at the end of which you pay your guide a “tip” based on whatever you think the tour was worth (bearing in mind that for most guides their tip is often the only payment they receive). Running twice daily at 10.30am and 2.30pm, the 3-hour tour starts by the Camões Monument in Praça Luís de Camões and takes in some of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods including Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa (Downtown) and Alfama. Throughout the tour, your guide will regale you with facts and stories about the city, the Portuguese people, their culture and their habits. There’ll also be a free tasting of what many believe is the best Pastel de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tart) in Lisbon.
Spot the Differences Walking Tour
Designed for families with children over 7 years old, this tour invites you on a swashbuckling adventure to uncover the secrets of Lisbon’s hidden pirate treasures. During the 2.5-hour tour, you’ll be challenged to spot the differences between an image and the reality that surrounds you. Starting at Miradouro das Portas do Sol viewpoint, you’ll follow a route down the hill, all the way to the banks of the river Tagus, stopping at various historic landmarks and places of interest along the way, each offering a unique set of differences to find. As you go, experienced guides will bring the history and culture of Lisbon to life. From €15 per person.
Kickstart Street Art Walking Tour
In Lisbon, art is everywhere, and this tour offers the chance to discover some of its urban creativity for yourself in the company of an art-loving guide. Over 1.5 hours, you’ll explore Lisbon’s historic centre while looking out for the city’s eye-catching street art. Highlights include a visit to Chão do Loureiro, a parking lot that has been taken over by renowned artists, and a gentle walk down Caracol da Graça, where graffiti lines the entire street. All tour guests receive an exclusive street art souvenir to take away with them. From €25 per person.
Drunken History Walking Tour with Included Drinks
The ideal way to meet like-minded travellers, sip tasty local drinks, and explore Lisbon’s buzzing nightlife, this 3-hour tour promises both a booze and fact-filled adventure through the city. Accompanied by a friendly guide, you’ll taste authentic Portuguese cocktails and other beverages at some of Lisbon’s hippiest bars, Experience a true “Ginjinha” and listen to the incredible history behind the city’s favourite drink. Later, your tour might end, but the night will still be young and groups often continue to laugh, drink and dance into the early hours. The tour price includes four drinks along the way. From €19 per person.