Lisbon is the westernmost capital in continental Europe, one of the oldest on the continent and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Lisbon offers so many attractions, from its great architecture and historical sites to the vibrant nightlife, art galleries, and restaurants that have been attracting visitors for centuries.
It is almost impossible to visit the Portuguese capital without taking a tour. In this article, we list some of our recommendations for a successful tour, and we look at the different options and experiences available for tours of Lisbon. So whether you live in Lisbon or you are visiting for a few days, we hope this guide helps you to get the most out of your time in this unique destination.
Portugal is in south-western Europe. It has a population of 10 million people and is an important economic, financial, trade and tourism centre for the Iberian Peninsula. Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its blend of old world charm, modern urban life and state-of-the-art architecture.
Types of Tours in Lisbon
One of the best ways to get around the city centre is on foot. You can cover a lot in even a half day walking tour as the city centre is really quite compact. Discover the stories behind the buildings, squares, and alleys of Lisbon.
Lisbon Food Tour
On a food tour in Lisbon, or experience, you meet passionate guides and chefs, and immerse yourself in a remarkable experience. You can help local culture to thrive and support small businesses at the same time. Meet the proud people behind the food, hear fascinating stories, and experience age-old traditions.
Tuk Tuk Tours of Lisbon
Tuk Tuk Tours have become a common site in Lisbon’s city centre are undoubtedly a fun and effective way of seeing the city. For many years Tuk Tuks have popular around Sintra with its narrow streets and heavy traffic. However, more and more are popping up on the streets of Lisbon.
Lisbon Bus Tours
Lisbon Bus Tours can be a good way for larger parties to enjoy a comfortable and informative sightseeing experience. For smaller groups they can lack the intimacy and personal service of bespoke private tour. Tours where you can get on and off the busses at your leisure can give you more flexibility and the opportunity to relax and explore a little more.
Lisbon Private Tours
For smaller groups, private tours often offer the best option. You can have your own transport, with a guide just for you and your party. It also offers much more flexibility with the ability to tailor a tour specifically for your interests and timescales.
Lengths of Lisbon Tours
Half Day Tour
A popular half-day tour from Lisbon is to discover the highlights of Sintra, to visit two World Heritage sites, the Pena National Palace and the Quinta da Regaleira, as well as a chance to see the Montserrate Palace and other landmarks. Soak in the ocean views as you pass through Cabo da Roca and Cascais, and have time to purchase lunch in the historical center of Sintra.
Full Day Tour
A full-day tour gives you the most flexibility and choice of experience. You can get out of the city centre and explore the surrounding areas such as Carcavelos beach, Cascais, Sintra, Ericeira, Sesimbra, Costa da Caparica, just to name a few.
What to Include in Your Tour of Lisbon
There’s so much to savour culturally in tours of Lisbon. The Centro Cultural de Belém, Culturgest- Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Teatro Municipal S. Luiz, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II just to name a few.
Tours Beyond Lisbon
Day trips from Lisbon – an upcoming article in the near future from the Lisbon Sintra team.
Estoril is just down the road from Cascais. There is the famous Estoril Casino the setting of the classic Bond, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The glamorous setting, steeped in the history and culture of spies from World War II and beyond, offered a fitting backdrop to the movie.
Other areas to discover include Óbidos, its monastery Alcobaça, which is a great day trip from Lisbon or you can do it on the way to Fatima. Évora is a UNESCO site and also totally worth it if you have the time.
If you have 3 days, take one for Lisbon, one for Sintra and Cascais, another for Nazaré, Fátima and Óbidos and another for Arrábida and Evora.
2 Hour Boat Tour on the Tagus River
A 2-hour sailing tour gives you the chance to learn more about the local history, gastronomy, drinks and culture of Lisbon while relaxing and enjoying the unique view from your own sailboat.
During a typical cruise, you might see the famous Belém Tower, the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Belem Cultural Center, the Discovery Monument, Belém Palace Gardens, Jeronimos Monastery, the Electricity Museum, the April 25 Bridge, King Christ, Ribeira Market, Ajuda National Palace, Empire Square, Commerce Square, and more.
Typically will get the opportunity to sample delicious Portuguese wines throughout the cruise and sit back and relax as the captain guides on your tour.