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Delve into Lisbon’s history and tastiest cuisine on this privately guided walking tour. While you visit Lisbon’s cultural neighborhoods like Alfama and Chiado stop for flavorful tapas along the way. Plus, stop at top attractions such as the Castle of St. Jorge and learn about Lisbon’s deep rooted history.


  • Learn more about the history of Lisbon on this comprehensive private walking tour
  • Visit the stunning Alfama and Chiado
  • Explore the Castle of St. Jorge
  • Taste some delicious Tapas, like prawns pil pil, meatballs in almond sauce or tortilla

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What You Can Expect

Private Lisbon History and Tapas Walking Tour

Private Lisbon History and Tapas Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the morning at the tourist office and begin your private Lisbon history and tapas walking tour. Kick-off your walking tour by visiting the historic neighborhoods of Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto. Learn about how these area were affected by Lisbon’s enormous earthquake of 1755. Then, hear how the devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami took its toll not only on the population but also on the city’s most historic sites.

Next, stop at Rossio Square, Praca do Comercio and St Jorge Castle to gain insight about the mass rebuilding projects after the earthquake that led to a remarkable revival of the city’s infrastructure, architecture, and city planning. 

After an engaging in a history tour you’ve probably developed an appetite, so continue by foot to a tapas bar to begin tasting Portugal’s renowned seafood and tapas. Savor fried delicacies like calamari and fresh anchovies. Then, relish battered fried prawns and fresh pieces of mouth-watering hake.

Feel like shellfish, the options will blow you away. Available at the restaurant are mussels, crab, razorshells, lobster, an array of prawns from mini to jumbo and more. Order hot plates like prawns pil pil which are lightly fried in oil and garlic or try a dish served from a boiling pot of stew.

If seafood is not your thing enjoy other savory options such as lamb stew, classic grilled pork loin with garlic, piquant tripe, meatballs in almond sauce, sauteed mushrooms, chicken fried al ajillo, kidneys in Sherry sauce, potato omelette and even spicy snails. A must try is either the croquettes or crisp-fried fritters both classic tapas from the Andalusia region home of the world’s best olive oil.

Since there is such a large variety of tapas on the menu and you will likely want to taste many dishes, the tapas are at your own expense and you may order to your heart’s content.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

The personalized tour by Ms. Cristina Brito was remarkably impressive even though there was a little drizzle which eventually tapered off. Inspite of being a Sunday and the usual places being closed, we had the luck of seeing a 1920's movie filming set, an opportune religious celebration procession and a taste of good sushi since the tapas restaurants were closed. We also had a conversation with a NATO guard on duty and of course picture taking. The elevator building in the center of town was a unique experience.

Wanda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

This was a very thorough and educational tour. The tour guide was very knowledeable of the history and culture of Lisbon and was familiar with all the nooks and crannies of this beautiful and quaint city. I advise anyone taking this tour to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk, walk, walk. But well worth it!

Isabel R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide was awesome - she took us everywhere, sights of Lisbon, wine tasting, and the tapas were fabulous, not to mention the views. We spent 7 fabulous hours together. I'd do it again tomorrow!!!

Deborah B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Our walking tour was fascinating and a wonderful introduction not only to the main sights in Lisbon, but to many little hidden areas that we never would have found on our own, like the Ginjean bar, St. Anthony's birthplace, Roman excavations, and the back streets up by the castle. We returned to some of our favorites in the week that we were there. The tapas bar was a special treat, with great views, delicious food, and a wonderful atmosphere. Our guide was a most knowledgeable and a very fun guide. We learned so much and had a great time also! I highly recommend this tour.

John G

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better November 2011

Our guide was a nice smart young lady but four solid hours of walking ending at a Restaurant on our own was exhausting. Maybe because we are all "middle aged" we all felt a slightly slower pace(often times our guide was over a block ahead) would have been great. Only one time did she wait for us to cross the street with her and the pace was so fast I really can't tell you more then three things of interest we saw. It was all a blur. I am a travel agent and would be very careful who I recommended this tour to.

Jelle Y South Africa

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2009

Lots of walking which we enjoyed, having had a few days prior to the tour to do our own walking exploration of beautiful Lisboa. Guide was ok, nothing "wow" which we were expecting from reading other reviews. Perhaps it was a different guide. Nevertheless, it was a good overview of Lisbon It takes 6 hours so do take that into account if you have other plans for the day.

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