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Lisbon Highlights Tour

A walk through the city's Alfama, Baixa, Bairro Alto and Chiado districts
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.2 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  Compact, cosmopolitan and spread across seven hills, Lisbon is very much a walker's city. With its temperate year-round climate, the... more »

Tips:  Comfortable shoes (preferably sneakers) are a must. Many streets in the old quarters are cobbled, making life quite weary for the feet... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Castle of São Jorge

For those not relishing the hike up to the castle from the downtown Baixa district (where most people start out), take bus number 737 which leaves Praça da Figueira approximately every 20 minutes, weaving its way right up to the main gate.
The castle was the scene of many a tussle over the centuries, most notably between the Moors and Christian... More

On leaving the castle, the walk down to Lisbon's magnificent cathedral passes the circus-training school Chapitô (Rua Costa do Castelo 1) where refreshments and fine views can be savoured on an outdoor terrace.
With its twin castellated bell-towers dominating the capital's skyline, Lisbon's Sé Cathedral is a magnificent 12th-century fortress... More

3. Praça Dom Pedro IV (Rossio)

The route down from Sé Cathedral along Rua de António da Sé into Rua da Conceição brings you to Praça de Dom Pedro IV, otherwise known as Rossio. The square is best accessed via the city's busiest pedestrianised shopping precinct, Rua da Augusta, where popular high street outlets such as Zara, LA Lanidor and Benetton beckon. Rossio's main focus is... More

4. Calçada da Glória (Funicular)

On the way through to Praça dos Restauradores stands Rossio station with its striking façade. Note the obelisk in the centre of the square - a monument to the men of 1640 who restored Portugal's independence from Spain. Passing Lisbon's main tourist information centre at Palácio Foz brings you to the bright yellow Graça funicular railway which... More

Portugal is synonymous with port wine so it would be a shame to leave the capital without savouring a glass or two. The Solar do Vinho do Porto is a discreet, old-style wine bar that specialises in all types of port, ranging from chilled whites as an aperitif to regular rubies and veritable vintages dating back several decades. Prices start from... More

6. Bairro Alto/Chiado

Lisbon's most charismatic quarters, the Bairro Alto and Chiado, are more interesting for the fact that they both survived the devastating earthquake of 1755. The former is a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets lined with a string of stylish bars, restaurants and music clubs, most notably along Rua Diário de Notícias and Rua do Norte. The Chiado... More

A meander through the back-streets of Chiado brings you to the top of an engineering masterpiece - the Santa Justa Elevator. Built by Mesnier du Ponsard, a student of Gustave Eiffel, it stands tall and proud in the centre of town having first started operating in 1902. For Lisboetas, the 30-second trip is merely a time-saver but for tourists it's ... More

8. Praça do Comércio

Turning right into Rua Aurea (also known as Rua do Ouro) at the bottom of the Santa Justa Elevator facilitates more shopping opportunities. Now you're heading straight towards Praça do Comércio, Lisbon's impressive riverside square, and the final destination of this tour. To locals it is affectionately known as Terreiro do Paço (Palace Square)... More