Surrounded by tradition and blessed with modernity, Lisbon’s seven hills are covered with layers of history and heritage.
The city has become a popular European destination for its exciting diversity, vintage trams, cobblestone streets, Fado songs, majestic azulejo adorned architecture, and an enviable climate.
Take this tour and experience all the gems this appealing city has to offer!
The light of Lisbon, sung by poets and writers, and immortalized by painters, photographers, filmmakers, and other artists, is widely considered as an immaterial icon of the city.
This adds a layer of charm to the already graceful city, sprawling along the margins of the river Tejo.
The Roman and Moorish traces are everywhere, and its influence persists in present-day Lisbon.
You can find it, for instance, in the narrow cobbled streets and the whitewashed walls of the Alfama neighbourhood, the oldest quarter in Lisbon, and famed for being the cradle of fado music.
In the 16th century, Lisbon was a hub of commerce between Africa, India, the Far East, and Brazil.
The great richness acquired in this period with the trade of spices, slaves, sugar, textiles, and other goods, financed the exuberant Manueline style in architecture, to be seen in many buildings, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery (both World Heritage Sites).
In 1755, Lisbon was hit by a devastating earthquake, followed by a tsunami, which killed thousands and destroyed a significant part of the city.
The city was then rebuilt following a meticulous grid plan, with probably the first examples of earthquake-resistant constructions at a large scale in the world.
This gave to Lisbon a distinctive layout and color scheme, with the large square facing the river crowning the design.
Being one of the oldest cities in the world, diverse people and cultures lived here throughout the centuries. That shaped the city of today, a joyful mix of people from all over the world, where its free spirit inhabitants boast an effortless charm, unlike any other city in Portugal!
Day 1 – Arrival in Lisbon
Individual arrival to Lisbon airport
Day 2 – Bairro Alto and Praça do Comércio
Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon’s most picturesque, bohemian and alternative neighbourhoods. It was designed in the 15th century to host merchants and sailors from the overseas expansion. Eternally associated as the city’s bohemian haunt of artists, its grid of streets is quiet during the day but transformed at night into one of the city’s most vibrant nightlife quarters.
Praça do Comércio is Lisbon’s largest square. Located near the Tagus River it’s also known as “Terreiro do Paço” due to the Royal Ribeira Palace former location, destroyed during the 1755 earthquake. Historically the plaza and the port were the main entrance of wealth in the city, serving both east and west sides of the city. Centre to all kinds of historic moments like a king’s assassinations, this equestrian sculpture ostentation display is nowadays the centre of the events and concerts that the mayor of Lisbon offers its inhabitants and visitors.
Day 3 – From S. Jorge Castle to Alfama
São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge) is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic landmarks. Dated from the medieval period, it stands out in a commanding position in one of the seven hills of Lisbon, the highest one in the city.
Alfama is the oldest quarter in Lisbon. Hardly affected by the 1755 earthquake due to its solid rock foundations, it was home for the Visigoths, the Romans and the Moors that left the cobbled streets, the small squares and the whitewashed houses as their unmistakable heritage. Being part of history where most of the Fado songs where written and sung, it’s today an old cosmopolitan neighbourhood.
Day 4 – Jerónimos Monastery and Belém
The Jerónimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth brought by the Age of Discoveries. Requested by King Manuel I in 1501, it was meant to celebrate his Iberian family dynasty and provide spiritual assistance to the sailors who departed from the Restelo shorefront. Being the Portuguese crown jewel of Manueline Arquitecture, it took 100 years to be built.
Day 5 – Departure
At convenient time, departure to Lisbon Airport
Czar Lisbon Hotel
Czar Lisbon Hotel (4****) or similar
The Czar Lisbon Hotel has at your disposal 77 cosy rooms, elegantly furnished and cared for by a team dedicated and committed to ensure your well-being.
It is the perfect choice for any stay in Lisbon, with the family, doing business or pure leisure, within personalized services at your disposal, a elegant and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
A reference for stays in Lisbon, the hotel is located in the city centre, in one of the most emblematic avenues – Avenida Almirante Reis. A few steps from the hotel there is a metro station, but you can also reach, within a short walking distance, downtown and the Terreiro do Paço central square, Rossio, Marquês de Pombal, Saldanha and São Jorge Castle, and many other central areas, historic sites and cultural venues.
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