Guide to Lisbon

A 4 km walking audio tour guide in English in Lisbon featuring 13 highlights.
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Guide Description

This is the small, friendly capital city from which sailors and merchants colonised vast territories in South Africa and the Far East. Portugal's great empire has left a profound impression its capital city. Lisbon's architecture ranges from the elegant Avenida de la Liberdade to the Moorish whimsy of Rossio station.

Romantic, twisting streets in the Alfama and the Chiado, elegant squares for coffee or an apératif in the Baixa - and breathtaking views across the river Tagus, Lisbon is perfect for a weekend city break - as our guide reveals.

We start at the Alfama, the oldest part of Lisbon where The Castle is situated. Your guide to Lisbon will tell you how the Portuguese took the castle from the Moors and turned it into a royal palace for over 400 years.

Our podtour of Lisbon, which will take you about five or six hours, depending on how many breaks you take, will then guide you to one of the best views across the river Tagus before leading you down to the city’s Cathedral Sé. Recent excavations have unearthed some amazing ruins dating back to Roman times and we’ll tell you all about them. You’ll hear about the touching ceremony that is conducted in honour of St Anthony of Padua at the Church of Saint Anthony.

Then it’s off to a completely new area, the Baixa at the Praça do Comercio. The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 completely destroyed most of the city and we’ll tell you about the tragic irony that made it particularly devastating.

Our guide to Lisbon then moves on to the Chiado starting with the Museu do Chiado. We’ll show you the Igreja de Sao Roque or the church of Saint Roch, the patron saint of plague victims. It might seem plain on the outside but inside it’s a riot of colour and decoration. We’ll tell you the extraordinary story of the chapel of St John the Baptist.

The Elevador de Santa Justa, which is next on your walking tour of Lisbon is one of the remarkable – and very decorative – ways which Lisboetas have devised to get around their city. This takes us to the Rossio district where you’ll wander around the great square of Praça Dom Pedro IV as we point out one of Lisbon’s most famous cafes where you can enjoy a well earned drink.

Coverimage: 2014-07-12_Lissabon10 by Markus Unger (CC BY 2.0)

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Start Point

Rua de Santa Cruz do Castelo 18
1100, Lisbon
Lisbon, PT

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