In our Full Day Tour In Lisbon, in addition to visiting the city we want you to understand Lisbon, the different civilizations that have passed through it and the vestiges of all these civilizations, come from there and feel like a “alfacinha” (nick name of lisbonners).
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Did you know that the symbol of Lisbon is a crow? The legend tells us at the time of Muslim occupation in the Iberian Peninsula, the Christians of Valencia wanted to take the body of St. Vincent, martyred by the Moors, to Asturias, then the only safe Christian stronghold of the Peninsula, but could not pass from the Algarve, where he was buried, created the village of Sao Vicente.
The remains were brought to Lisbon, however during the trip the boat was always accompanied and protected by two crows, the raven being considered the guardian of the city.
Full Day Tour In Lisbon
The patron saint of Lisba is St. Vincent, however almost all “Lisboetas” think that it is St. Anthony, buried in Padua, Italy but was born in Lisbon, the night of St. Anthony being the main popular event of the city and its high point is in the eve of June 13, this being the municipal holiday, with popular marches, dancing and sardines take the Lisbon to the street at night.
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Our Full Day Tour In Lisbon will begin at the nations park, Just fifteen days after the end of Expo 98 (World Expo), the “Parque das Nações” with an area of 330 hectares was born in the same area..
With an intense urban rehabilitation in the following years, where formerly there were refineries, warehouses, open dumps and slaughterhouses, became the noblest area of Lisbon, with a modern construction, with a direct connection to the train and Metro that greatly simplified the trips to the center of Lisbon.
With the end of the Expo the cultural and business spaces that had been used in the Expo, such as; the Atlantic Pavilion (now the Meo Arena), the Oceanarium, the Vasco da Gama Tower, the Camoes Theater and the Lisbon pavilions and the Lisbon International Fair (FIL), among others.
An authentic success since the eastern part of the city thus gained a new neighborhood with a population mostly of the upper-middle class and, according to the data provided by the municipality, it is also the youngest and with more schooling.
Alfama, the oldest Lisbon quarter, this old Medina with small rows and alleys, a perfect defensive system during the Arabah period in Portugal from the 8th to the 12th century, after the Christian reconquest the Arab civilization that lived here were moved to the “Mouraria” neighborhood.
Discover Alfama is plunged in the Portuguese authenticity, Fado, the most typical and charismatic Portuguese music, was born in this pour neighborhood in the midst of this melancholy of the Portuguese whom they called “saudade”.
Saint George´s Castle, one of the few vestiges of the Arabs in Lisbon, scenery of several destructions and reconstructions since the Romans. Today it is one of the monuments most visited in Lisbon and one of the best views in Lisbon.
The Saint Antony’s church, built at the exact place where Saint Antony was born near by theres the Lisbon Cathedral, the construction was responsibility of D. Afonso Henriques (first King of Portugal) in the 12th century when the city was conquered by the Moors.
The site was the site where an ancient mosque already existed. earthquakes felt in Lisbon having been remodeled over the years in order to present itself as it is today.
Continuing our Lisbon Tour we will visit Lisbon’s downtown, “Baixa” and understand the importance of the terrible earthquake of 1755 and what the same did and change the Portuguese minds and even in the Portuguese architecture.
Buildings were built in a completely different way, wider streets and lots of squares, already predicting that something like that could happen again, even with a type of anti-seismic construction of the sec. XVIII, Marquis de Pombal, the statesman responsible for the reconstruction of Lisbon as well as all the economic and social changes born after the earthquake.
At the top of “Parque Eduardo VII” (king of England) we have a wonderful view of the city and we will stay to realize the Portugal / England relationship with several treaties and alliances between, and their effects on the formation of the portuguese colony Brazil into a new independent country.
The perfect place to stay to understand why Lisbon is considered the city of the seven hills and also the reason for the designation “Baixa” of Lisbon.
Optionally in our Full Day Tour In Lisbon we have for you, without any cost, the visit and tasting to a place where you will get to know a little more of one the most recognized Portuguese products in the World, Olive Oil, a deep authentic of this product that for the Portuguese is much more than you think.
Belem or Bethlehem a district to the west of central Lisbon, a must of Lisbon that combines historic monuments, fascinating museums and very attractive gardens, all of which line the cooling waters of the Tejo Estuary.
The place where of Lisbon’s shipyards and harbors, and from here Portuguese 15th century explorers discovered the sea routes to India, Africa and Brazil, commemorating this glorious past, funded by the vast wealth that flowed into Portugal from the colonies.
Now it´s time to visit the “Jerominos” Monastery from the 16th century, as well as the Belem tower this lovely fortress and the explorers monument.
The visit and degustation into the Pasteis de Belem factory is mandatory, this century-old pastry that didn’t allowed the success change the will of the first members of the family to keep the place unique in the sale of this wonderful Portuguese sweets.
Our Full Day Tour In Lisbon its just a suggestion, because all our tours are private and completely tailor made.
I don’t usually engage with guides feeling like a seasoned traveler, we prefer to explore on our own. But Hugo was recommended by a colleague and we wanted to explore outside of Lisbon in Sintra and the vicinity and a guide made sense. Hugo was so knowledgeable, helpful and a joy to be around all day with the family. He shared a love for European soccer with my boys and his wealth of knowledge on Portugal with my husband and I. The inside scoop on all the best seafood, backdoor pass to the pastries in Belem…definitely worth it. FIVE ++ Stars.