starting at €160 total, not per person
3-hour private walking tour • children 12 years and under are free • skip ticket lines and go inside • reservations required
the moorish, medieval quarter of lisbon's oldest historic center
Beyond the traffic congested streets downtown is Lisbon's oldest and most pedestrian friendly quarter. Discover the secrets beneath Castle S. Jorge from the Phoenicians and Romans to modern times. The Alfama is a labyrinth of narrow streets rich with stories of disasters, invaders, poets, musicians and artists. Plus, rewarding views of the city from spectacular terraces (Miradouros) along the way.
This downhill walk reveals major sights which includes the birthplace of S. Antonio of Padua, walking past Fado taverns, markets and churches. The name Alfama comes from the Arabic Al-hamma, meaning springs or baths, due to the natural springs found in the area. During the Moorish invasion, Alfama was the center of Lisbon’s daily activities, and over the centuries it became a slum for poor fishermen.
Today, this quaint quarter embraces its new affluent settlers along with the the old, where you will find stylish restaurants aside rustic cafes where the sounds of old trolley cars and local music can be heard radiating into the streets.
At the end of this tour. our guides are happy to assist with other sights to explore and restaurants, while avoiding the area tourist traps.
why walk In lisbon?
Because that’s what locals do. Portuguese are among Europe’s biggest walkers! A Eurobarometer survey published in 2014 revealed that Portugal is among the countries where making daily routine trips by foot is most common. To really know Lisbon one must go into those small maze-like streets of the city’s old quarters, where automobiles are limited and real life unfolds in pedestrian friendly streets and squares.
• Castelo of S. Jorge: A history of Visigoths, Romans, Moors, and Crusaders
• Alfama quarter and its maze of quaint traditional streets
• Santa Luzia Miradouro: The most scenic overlooks of the Alfama
• Portas do Sol: Cafes, river views and musuems
• Fado Taverns, the birthplace of Lisbon’s rich musical heritage
• Sé, the Cathedral of Lisbon: Seat of the archbishop
• Santo Antonio á Sé, the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua
• Praça da Figueira: A city of the dead, a hospital, a vegetable market
and a monument to one one of Europe's most intriguing characters.
• Much much more...
Beware of free and budget tours:
Many free and budget-priced tours in Lisbon do not take their guests inside of the monuments and museums. This is because they do not have the proper authorization to give tours as guides, and they are not permitted to speak inside. Sadly, visitors to Lisbon who take budget tours often miss the riches inside of these special places.
December 25 and 31
We are happy to offer this tour on Sundays, but please be aware of church closures on Sundays.
We access traffic restricted areas with steps and ramps. It is not possible to do this tour route with a vehicle.
You can add a private luxury vehicle for commuting to and from the historic center.
Ticket fees are additional.
Transfer to and from hotels outside of historic center.
Sundays: Some churches may restrict entry because of holy day services.
Tour guide with excellent language abilities.
Authorization to enter sights.
One-way transfer uphill by taxi or tram.
Audio headsets when required.
Wear comfortable athletic shoes.
There are stops for clean restrooms, and food & beverage breaks if needed.
Hotel, apartment, ship dock, or at an easy-to-find location in historic center. A map and photo of exact meeting point is sent with tour confirmation. Hotel or apartment meetings subject to time and location.
Paid by guests at entry with cash. We can skip ticket lines.
Students under 25 years €5
Retired 65+ years €5
Child under age 10, no ticket fee
7-days a week, year round
Morning: 9:00am, or 9:30am
Afternoon: 2:00pm, or 3:00pm
Custom start times subject to guide availability.
98% down hills and stairs. A few upstairs and inclines. Uneven and slippery cobblestones on tour route. Not safe for those with walking challenges, canes or unable to walk for 1-hour without resting.