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Contrasts Of Lisbon, Old And New

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As Lisbon changes, it still honors its traditions. On this tour you will learn to cook traditional chourico, sample local cheese and wine and see how the new and the old coexist.

Visit four iconic Lisbon neighborhoods, talk with locals about the changes these areas have undergone, taste some of the city's best pastries, and have a drink on a rooftop deck overlooking the city.

Your culinary adventure begins at the center of Principe Real, an inspiring neighborhood of Lisbon developed in the 19th century. This neighborhood could renew itself but kept its traditional roots. The streets here are filled with antique shops, concept stores, and trendy cafes. You will have the opportunity to stop at a cheese shop for a lesson in choosing, cutting and tasting cheese, and pairing them with wine. Follow that with a coffee and chocolate tasting where the delicious treat is still produced by a family-owned farm.

Continue your adventure downhill to the Bairro Alto, a 16th-century neighborhood known as Bairro. Elder Lisboetas and young artsy hipsters give Barrio a vibe simultaneously old-fashioned and avant-garde. Stop at Pastelaria Alcoa in the aristocratic and elegant quarter of Chiado to learn about and sample Torresmo do Ceu, a local treat which translates as 'Bacon from Heaven,' and learn about lesser-known specialties that originated in Catholic monasteries and convents.

Chiado is where poets, artists, and intellectuals have gathered for more than 200 years, but recently, rooftop bars have been the draw. Sit with a Porto Tonico- white port and tonic- and admire the view overlooking the wrought-iron Santa Justa Lift.

From there hop in a taxi to old Lisbon, where eventually even the cabs won't fit on the streets. Here, you will want to walk the narrow alleyways of Alfama to a community center founded in 1870 that almost disappeared because of area gentrification. You will then learn to cook Portuguese sausage, chourico, in the traditional way, flamed with brandy in a ceramic dish.

As your tour comes to an end, your guide will take you back to where cars once again fit on the streets. Be sure to ask your guide for recommendations on other places to check out in the area.

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from $125.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Walking, Scenic
Tour Duration
3.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 8 or 12 minute taxi ride (not included, approximately 8 EUR or 10 EUR each way, depending on where you are docked) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverage
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, flat-soled walking shoes. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also recommended. For those wishing to visit any churches, remember that shoulders and knees must be covered.
Minimum age to consume alcohol is 21 years. Please advise us at the time of booking if you'll be bringing a child under the age of 6. Guests must be able to walk over cobblestones and uneven surfaces, inclines and steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.