WELCOME TO LISBON
Lisbon is full of myths and legends, history and stories, light and viewpoints and there are so many things to do in Lisbon that not even all our free tours will be enough. If we were asked to choose a moment, a single moment in our free tours of Lisbon that would symbolize the authentic city, our answer would be the Miradouro de Santa Luzia. It's not by chance that so many travelers look for this magical place. At our feet, the Portuguese sidewalk. Behind us, the sober Church of Santa Luzia and its panels of blue and white tiles by António Quaresma that represent two such important moments in the history of the city: the conquest of Lisbon in 1147 and Lisbon of the maritime expansion before the 1755 earthquake. In front of us, the view over the Alfama house, in which one can guess the labyrinthine web of the oldest quarter of Portugal. And to encompass all this is the mouth of the river Tejo in all its extension. It's breathtaking. The Phoenicians who settled here in the 8th century BC and named it the land of Alis-Ubbo (mild cove) and river Taghi (good fishing) were certainly fascinated. Lisbon was throughout the centuries, in fact, a place of enchantment for so many other peoples who settled here, Carthaginians, Romans, Jews, Suevi and Muslims. Best destination in the world, three of the seven wonders of Portugal, the best hostel in the world, the best aquarium in the world, the best boutique hotel in the world, the most picturesque street in the world, the titles accumulate and Lisbon has never been so sought after as now. The only comparable period would be the Portuguese age of discoveries. Despite not being a very large city, Lisbon is so much more than the Portuguese sidewalk, the symmetrical tiles, and pastels of Belém or Fado. Lisbon is bohemian and bohemian is the Bairro Alto, a quincentennial neighborhood reborn with the children of the 25th of April revolution. Lisbon is culture and culture is the Chiado, its centenary shops and the theatres. Lisbon is romance and romance is the streets of the old districts, their alleys and corners. Lisbon is charisma and charisma is the low dovecote erected after the earthquake of 1755. Lisbon is history and history is Belém and its monuments that mark the great period of the discoveries. Lisbon is flavor and taste is the old taverns with menus of chalk and traditional gastronomy. Lisbon is a feast and celebration is the Popular Saints, their colorful balloons, baskets of basil and sardines baked in bread. Lisbon is light and light are the various viewpoints of the city, always with Tejo as witness of our dazzle. Who was the queen of the snakes who fell in love with Ulysses? Why are the ravens a symbol of the Portuguese capital? Who is the king the Portuguese are still waiting for? Where did the dictatorship that lasted half a century end? Lisbon is overflowing with legends and myths, and the history of Portugal is naturally confused with the history of its capital. From the conquest of the city to the Moors to the origins of Fado, from the wars with Castile to espionage in World War II, from the history of tiles to urban art murals, Lisbon is a kaleidoscope of experiences and sensations and to walk its streets with our free tour guides is an experience that will teach you the meaning of the word Saudade. Many centuries ago it was believed that the world ended here. The sea was the beginning of the end and in the oceans only dreadful sea monsters lived. It was to Lisbon that so many civilizations arrived to stay. It was from Lisbon that we went to meet new civilizations. Lisbon is today an open city to the world and more than seventy nationalities live in its streets and squares and therefore it has won the title of city of tolerance. Our free tours around Lisbon will show you the many legends and stories that the city of the seven hills has to tell you. All you have to do is listen with your soul.