Downhill Lisbon Walking Tour: Castle, Cathedral & Downtown Tour

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3.5 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?

Be one of the first of the day to enter Lisbon Castle on this half day tour of the city’s most incredible sites. Bask in majestic views over Lisbon from the Santa Luzia Viewpoint (Miradouro Santa Luzia) and step inside the 12th century Sé Cathedral where you’ll have special access to climb the bell tower! Learn all about the beautiful tiles sprinkled across the city at an azulejo tile workshop and find out how to navigate the city with special insider tips on a guided tour Downtown.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy an all-inclusive tour with skip-the-line tickets to visited sites (so no surprise expenses)
  • Created with Sketch.Be among the first of the day to enter Lisbon’s São Jorge Castle
  • Created with Sketch.Watch Lisbon’s heritage come to life at an azulejo tile workshop°
  • Created with Sketch.Uncover the story behind Lisbon’s historic elevators at the Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa)
  • Created with Sketch.Explore Lisbon’s Downtown area from the Commercial Square (Praça do Comércio) to the Rua Augusta
  • Created with Sketch.Relax knowing your tour runs in English only - so no need to wait while your guide translates into several different languages

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

Experience Lisbon like a local on this half day tour

Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.

Bursting with breathtaking scenery, culture and history, Lisbon is a story waiting to be told. Taking you from the historic Alfama area to the Downtown district, this half day tour will show you Lisbon’s past and present through its art, architecture, and incredible views.

Visible from almost any point in the city, the São Jorge Castle is one of Lisbon’s most impressive landmarks. With strategically timed entry, we’ll be among the first to venture inside the castle before the crowds descend later. Dating from the 1st century BC, you’...

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Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.

Bursting with breathtaking scenery, culture and history, Lisbon is a story waiting to be told. Taking you from the historic Alfama area to the Downtown district, this half day tour will show you Lisbon’s past and present through its art, architecture, and incredible views.

Visible from almost any point in the city, the São Jorge Castle is one of Lisbon’s most impressive landmarks. With strategically timed entry, we’ll be among the first to venture inside the castle before the crowds descend later. Dating from the 1st century BC, you’ll trace historic footsteps as you walk along the castle walls and admire its intriguing features such as the “Door of Treason”, previously used to pass messages in and out of the structure. Oh, and did we mention the incredible views? Originally built as a defensive structure, you’ll be able to see all of Lisbon stretched out before you in what’s guaranteed to be one of the most memorable moments of your trip.

An intricate part of Lisbon’s culture is its stunning tile-work, adorning everything from monasteries to restaurants and subway stations to private homes. At an authentic azulejo tile workshop° you’ll see how they’re crafted from inception to completion. Unwrap the city layer by layer as you hear how these beautiful works of art became one of Lisbon’s most recognisable features.

Entwined with the history of the city is Lisbon’s Sé Cathedral, which is our next port of call. Skip the line inside and admire the vaulted ceilings before we ascend to the upper levels for a rare treat. With special access, we’ll explore the treasury then climb to the top of the Cathedral’s Bell Tower - an area that has been closed to the public for over eight hundred years! Soak up the history surrounding you as well as the sweeping panoramas of the city overlooking the Tagus river.

One of the best ways to see Lisbon is at one of the viewpoints dotted around the city, so beautiful they have become major attractions themselves! And there aren’t any more dazzling than the panorama from the Santa Luzia Viewpoint. Here, you can breathe in the fresh sea air as you see the full scope of the city from above. Lisbon is known for its hills so we’ll be continuing (comfortably!) downhill, where we’ll take a Downtown walking tour of the Baixa district, from Rossio square - Lisbon’s main square since the Middle Ages - to the Commercial Square (Praça do Comércio), where you can admire picture-perfect views of Lisbon’s gorgeous riverfront. As you go, your guide will let you in on plenty of tips that will allow you to spend the rest of your trip like a true local!

From the castle walls to downtown areas, this half day tour will give you an unparalleled insight into the city’s historic heart and vibrant present.

Pleased be advised that the tile workshop is currenty closed on Sundays.

  • Sites Visited
  • São Jorge Castle
  • Azulejos tile workshop
  • Sé Cathedral & Bell Tower
  • Santa Justa Lift (Elevador de Santa Justa)
  • Santa Luzia Viewpoint (Miradouro Santa Luzia)
  • Commercial Square (Praça do Comércio)
  • Downtown neighbourhood
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip-the-line São Jorge Castle tickets
  • Skip-the-line Sé Cathedral tickets
  • Expert local guide
  • Baixa neighbourhood tour
  • Mono language tour (English only)
  • Headsets

FAQ

Is it always possible to access the Bell Tower at the Se Cathedral?
Not always. The Bell Tower is sometimes closed on Sundays due to liturgical events, therefore it is not possible to access this area.
Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers.
Is lunch included on this tour?
Lunch is not included on this tour.

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