walking tours in lisbon

Walking is the best way to see as much as you can of Lisbon or any city for that matter. You just cannot appreciate all of the beauty and culture from inside a vehicle. Lisbon has an average temperature in the 60s all year long, so taking a walking tour here is always a great idea. 

Want to see the major attractions, see all the parks, let your stomach guide you to all the eateries you can handle, or learn some history and culture at the museums? Whatever you want to do, there is a walking tour for you. But leave your luggage and large bags with a Lisbon baggage storage place first. 

Lisbon Introduction Walk 

This self-guided tour takes you through Lisbon’s more central districts including Bairro Alto, Baixa, and Chiado. Each of these bairros has a variety of historic and cultural spots. It takes about two hours on average and is just over two miles long. The sights you see include:

  • Sao Jorge Castle
  • Praça da Figueira (Square of the Fig Tree)
  • Praca do Rossio (Rossio Square)
  • Praca dos Restauradores (Restauradores Square)
  • Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue)
  • Gloria Funicular (Elevador da Gloria)
  • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara
  • Church of Saint Roch (Igreja de São Roque)
  • Carmo Archaeological Museum
  • Chafariz do Carmo / Largo do Carmo
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Arco da Rua Augusta
  • Praca do Comercio (Commerce Square)

Belem Walking Tour of Museums and Monuments

This district, also known as Santa Maria de Belem, lies along the Tagus River where the original port of Lisbon, which was the hub of Africa, Brazil, and India. The 1.9-mile self-guided walk takes about two hours and includes:

  • National Coach Museum
  • Pasteis de Belem (Belem pastries)
  • Tropical Botanical Garden
  • Jeronimos Monastery (Hieronymites Monastery)
  • Navy Museum (Museu de Marinha)
  • Berardo Collection Museum
  • Belem Cultural Center
  • Praca do Imperio (Empire Square)
  • Monument to the Discoveries / Rosa-dos-Ventos
  • Belem Tower (Torre de Belem)
  • Forte do Bom Sucesso / Museu do Combatente

 

Alfama Walking Tour of Museums and Churches

The oldest bairro in Lisbon, Alfama was named after the Arabic word Al-hamma, which means baths or hot fountains. Home to castles, medieval churches, and much more, this 1.9-mile self-guided tour takes about two hours. You’ll see:

  • Fado Museum
  • Military Museum (Museu Militar)
  • National Pantheon (Santa Engracia)
  • Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora
  • Graça Church and Convent
  • Miradouro da Graca
  • Miradouro das Portas do Sol
  • Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • Sao Jorge Castle
  • Santo Antonio Church
  • Lisbon Cathedral (Santa Maria Maior)

Day Trip to Sintra

Enjoy this day trip to Sintra, starting at the Camões Monument in Largo de Camões. You will need to bring your camera as you tour medieval 19th-century buildings and see why Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage. You will tour:

  • Camões Monument
  • The 19th-century Sintra Town Buildings
  • Municipal Park
  • Moorish Fountain from the 8th century
  • Sintra National Palace
  • Ragaleira Park Gardens
  • Pastry shops of Sintra
  • Quinta da Regaleira

Lisbon Pub Crawl

If you want to enjoy some adult beverages and visit some of the best pubs in Lisbon, take the Lisbon Pub Crawl. Your guide will take you from Largo de Camões to many of the most popular bars. You get free beer and sangria, three free shots, and VIP entry. The tour takes you:

  • Camões Monument in Praça Luís de Camões
  • VIP entry to three bars and one club
  • 90 minutes of free sangria and beer
  • Three free shots of whatever you like
  • Special drink deals all night long
  • Santos-o-Velho

Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Trip

On this small-group guided tour, you see the most religious pilgrimage sites in Fátima, Nazaré, and Óbidos. Learn the history of the 1917 Virgin Mary sighting, marvel at the amazing architecture, and see the bluffs and hills along the ocean. You will visit:

  • Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima
  • Batalha Monastery
  • Praia da Nazaré
  • Baía de São Martinho do Porto
  • Obidos Village

Portuguese Food and Wine Tour

This small-group food and wine tour is about more than just eating and drinking. Your guide will also take you to meet locals and teach you about traditional dishes and culture. Try some of the most popular Portuguese foods like petiscos, tertúlias, codfish cake, and green wine. Your tour includes:

  • Rossio Square
  • Largo de São Domingos
  • A Ginjinha
  • Rua da Madalena
  • Miradouro Chão do Loureiro
  • Rua da Conceição
  • Alfama
  • Praça da Figueira

Historical Castle Group Tour

This historical tour takes you deep into the background of the Knights Templar as well as Tomar and Constância, two Portuguese villages. See the forts along the Tagus River and take a boat ride to the Almourol Castle. You can see:

  • Castelo de Almourol
  • Constancia
  • Tomar
  • Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais
  • Convento de Cristo

Lisbon Historical Culture Tour

Take a walk through town on a historical culture tour with a guide who will lead you through several museums and to quite a few monuments as well. You can expect to learn quite a bit about the culture of Portugal and see several churches and cathedrals, too. The tour includes:

  • Largo do Carmo Archaeological Museum
  • Elevador de Santa Justa
  • Igreja de São Domingos (Sao Domingos Church)
  • Praça da Figueira
  • Rua Augusta
  • Cathedral of Lisbon (Se de Lisboa)
  • Church of St. Anthony  (Igreja de Santo Antônio)
  • House Museum of Jose Saramago (Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa)
  • Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paço)

lisbon walking tours

Down by the River Tour

Enjoy a walk along the Ribeira das Naus waterfront of the Tagus River with a guide who knows all the history. You can expect to see a variety of monuments, landmarks, and shipyards. You can even do some shopping. You will visit:

  • Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paço)
  • Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa Palace
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição Velha
  • Ribeira das Naus Shipyards
  • Miradouro da Rocha Conde de Óbidos
  • Docas de Santo Amaro Port
  • LX Factory Shopping and Dining
  • Village Underground Lisboa

See some of the most important sites, eat some of the best food, and hit some of the best pubs and clubs on any of these walking tours of Lisbon. The city has so much to offer, you will get to see way more on foot than in a vehicle. Make sure you put on your walking shoes.