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Introduction to Lisbon Tour: Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Baixa

Get acquainted with Lisbon’s three most influential neighborhoods
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Tour Details
3 hrs
Product Type
  • Church of São Roque
  • Carmo Convent
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Bairro Alto Neighborhood
  • Baixa Neighborhood
  • Chiado Neighborhood
Photos & Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in centuries of history with a winding walk through the heart of the city — taking in Lisbon’s three oldest and most iconic bairros
  • Led by an expert in history or archaeology
Tour Description
This introductory tour takes you to the heart of the bohemian, historic, and creative hubs of Lisbon in the company of a historian or archaeologist. Perfect for first-time visitors, or travelers looking to reorient themselves in this magical city, our three-hour tour will familiarize you with Lisbon’s many fascinating layers with stops throughout its three most iconic neighborhoods: Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Baixa.
  • São Pedro de Alcântara 
  • Bairro Alto neighborhood
  • São Roque Church (interior and exterior)
  • Carmo Convent (exterior)
  • Santa Justa Lift
  • Chiado neighborhood 
  • Baixa neighborhood
  • Praça do Comércio
  • Río Tejo
There’s no better place to kick things off than at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewing point. With a sweeping view of the hills of Lisbon before you, you’ll learn about the origins of the city—arguably the oldest in Western Europe— as well as the decisive moments in its history that have shaped the way the city has evolved into modern cultural capital.
After taking in the viewpoint, you’ll make your way through the winding streets of Bairro Alto. While nowadays it may be best known for its nightlife, you'll uncover how many of its historic buildings hold the key to understanding Lisbon’s past. You’ll marvel at the treasures within the São Roque Church as evidence of the prominence of the Jesuits in 16th-century Portugal, continuing through the Carmo Convent—a visceral representation of the impact of the 1755 earthquake.
You’ll continue into the Chiado neighborhood, a popular shopping district that has long been a haven for artists and creatives. This is the perfect setting to touch upon Portuguese café culture and the literary and artistic movements that have been nurtured here, like the great Renaissance poet Luis de Camões who gives his name to a nearby picturesque square, or the vibrant contemporary art scene. Your expert guide will wrap things up with a stroll through Baixa and the iconic Praça do Comércio to take in the impressive panorama of the Río Tejo, where you’ll reflect upon all you’ve learned the city’s ancient roots, its regeneration after the earthquake, and modern local life. You’ll leave much more acquainted with central Lisbon, with plenty of recommendations from your expert about how to best explore the city further.
If you’re looking to go even deeper into Lisbon’s history, we recommend our Lisbon Old Town Tour in Alfama or our Lisbon Belém Tour.
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Where do we meet? Where does the tour end?
We meet at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and will end in Baixa, near the Praça do Comércio. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.

How should we arrive at the meeting point?
You can get to the viewpoint on foot, although it is a bit uphill. You can also easily order an Uber or taxi to bring you to meet your expert guide.

Can someone with mobility issues attend this tour?
Lisbon, overall, is quite a hilly city. Consider that there are mostly cobblestone streets and this is a walking tour that mainly visits the exterior of various locations. While we have designed the tour to generally walk downhill, there may be some stairs and inclines. We may then have difficulty and lack of control in curating the tour to fit the needs of someone with mobility issues. 
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Tiago was an amazing guide. He is passionate about so many things and that passion made the tour so interesting and informative. We felt like we got an "insiders" look at Lisbon. What fun!
Estella was so engaging, intelligent, warm, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Our private tour with Bert was most informative. The overview Bert gave us of Portugal/Lisbon’s commercial, religious, architectural history helped us better understand and appreciate Lisbon and Portugal’s culture.