When possible, exploring on foot is our favorite way to see a new destination! Lisbon is hilly in some areas, but otherwise, is relatively compact and mostly walkable. A historic tram system is used by tourists and locals alike to avoid the steepest slopes, there is an extensive bus system, and taxis are available (though expensive). Keeping all of this in mind, it is always best to check with your hotel concierge for the best way to get to any particular site of interest.
If you choose to extend your stay in Lisbon, you might consider a guided city tour. This experience includes a visit to some of Lisbon’s most popular sites and neighborhoods, including Alfama, Mouraria, and Chiado, as well as St. George’s Castle, the Rua Augusta Arch, and Praça do Comércio. For additional information and to reserve a space, please call Boundless Journeys at 800-941-8010, or send an e-mail to [email protected] at least 90 days prior to your departure.
To the west of central Lisbon is the Belém district, a riverfront neighborhood full of architectural landmarks, historic sights, and arguably the most well-known purveyor of Lisbon’s iconic custard tart, the pastel de nata.
For a scenic tour of Lisbon, take the vintage Tram 28 through some of the most historic streets. Hop on and off along the way to see St. George’s Castle, the terrace of Portas do Sol, and the popular flea market Feira da Ladra. It can be crowded 10am-6pm, so grab a seat by boarding at either end of the line—a) Campo Ourique or b) Martim Moniz.
Celebrating the art of Portugal’s hand-painted tile, dating to the 13th century when Moors controlled much of present-day Spain and Portugal.
A day trip from Lisbon, Sintra is often described as a fairy tale thanks to its bright castles, exotic gardens, lush mountainsides, and surreal architecture. Explore the old town early, before the crowds arrive, then check out Pena Palace and Park, the Moorish Castle, and Quinta da Regaleira and its gardens.
For a hotel recommendation, please see the Pre- & Post-Tour section of your Trip Planner.
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