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In a nutshell

On foot is the best way to get to know Lisbon's aromas and soul. You will visit the contrasting quarters of Alfama quarter the oldest in the city and Baixa the downtown area with the imposing Comercio and Rossio squares. In Alfama explore the tiny squares and alleys, whitewashed houses with tile panels and wrought-iron balconies adorned with flowers, churches and belvederes and view the Romanesque Cathedral. Downtown is known for the perpendicular design of its streets, centered around Augusta street it is dominated by the Pombal style.

Guests must be able to walk approximately 4.0 km over uneven and cobblestone. Guests with walking difficulties cannot participate on this tour. As the tour involves a considerable amount of walking/duration we do not recommend this tour for guests under 12 years old.

Main stops
  • Baixa district: Praça da Figueira and Rossio (Dom Pedro IV Square)
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Praça dos Restauradores
  • Bairro Alto: São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint
  • Pause for Pastry tasting
  • Church of Sao Roque

The programme
  • We travel by coach to Baixa, a district in central Lisbon where we can admire Praça da Figueira, the main square, and the Rossio, the name commonly given to Dom Pedro IV Square, the beating heart of the city from where all the main streets fan out.
  • We stop at Praça do Comércio, considered by many to be the most beautiful square in Europe.
  • A short walk away is Praça dos Restauradores, the square created to commemorate the liberation of Portugal from Spanish rule in 1640. It features an obelisk bearing the dates of the Portuguese Restoration. From here the Elevador da Gloria funicular takes us to the Bairro Alto (high district). In just five minutes we climb the 265 metres to the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city with its characteristic shingle roofs.
  • After pause for tasting the typical custard cream cake  we head for the Church of São Roque. The legendary Saint Roch Church is situated in the typical Bairro Alto old quarter, in the heart of the historical centre of cosmopolitan LisboaThe Church construction started in 1506, next to a cemetery where the black plague victims were buried, situated outside the city walls and dedicated to Saint Roch, the protector of those infected with the plague. This Church, according to the Society of Jesus architectonic convention, presents a sober façade and a spacious and rich interior, composed by eight chapels, in groups of four, profusely decorated in golden carved wood and marble.
  • During the excursion we also have some free time to explore independently.

Good to know
  • Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
  • The Elevador da Gloria funicular may be closed without warning for maintenance work; in this case it will be substituted by the Santa Justa lift.