Surrounded by tradition and blessed with modernity, Lisbon’s seven hills are covered with layers of history and heritage.
The city has become a popular European destination for its exciting diversity, vintage trams, cobblestone streets, Fado songs, majestic azulejo adorned architecture, and an enviable climate.
Take this tour and experience all the gems this appealing city has to offer!
The light of Lisbon, sung by poets and writers, and immortalized by painters, photographers, filmmakers, and other artists, is widely considered an immaterial icon of the city.
This adds a layer of charm to the already graceful city, sprawling along the margins of the river Tejo.
The Roman and Moorish traces are everywhere, and their influence persists in present-day Lisbon.
You can find it, for instance, in the narrow cobbled streets and the whitewashed walls of the Alfama neighbourhood, the oldest quarter in Lisbon, and famed for being the cradle of fado music.
In the 16th century, Lisbon was a hub of commerce between Africa, India, the Far East, and Brazil.
The great richness acquired in this period with the trade of spices, slaves, sugar, textiles, and other goods, financed the exuberant Manueline style in architecture, to be seen in many buildings, including the Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery (both World Heritage Sites).
In 1755, Lisbon was hit by a devastating earthquake, followed by a tsunami, which killed thousands and destroyed a significant part of the city.
The city was then rebuilt following a meticulous grid plan, with probably the first examples of earthquake-resistant constructions at a large scale in the world.
This gave Lisbon a distinctive layout and colour scheme, with the large square facing the river crowning the design.
Being one of the oldest cities in the world, diverse people and cultures lived here throughout the centuries. That shaped the city of today, a joyful mix of people from all over the world, where its free spirit inhabitants boast an effortless charm, unlike any other city in Portugal!