Lisbon tours are a great way to see the fascinating city in all its entirety. There are many different districts comprising Lisbon as a whole and each offers its own element to the interesting blend of the contemporary and traditional arrangement of the city. Lisbon tours can easily be self-guided but if looking for a more in depth tour yet not wanting to have your head buried in a guidebook, opt for one of the many Lisbon tours available through travel agents and hotels in the area.
Dominated mainly by apartment buildings and grandiose
20th century office buildings, one might wonder why people
take Lisbon day trips to the area. The simple answer is
that the widespread avenues and streets house some of
the greatest museums in Lisbon. Any Lisbon day trips to
the Uptown area should include a visit to the impressive Gulbenkian Museum to view the notable private art collection. The Fronteira
Palace is worth a look with its whimsical gardens and
lovely tile work. For great shopping head to the malls of Amoreiras and Colombo and shop to
your heart"s content.
Tour Lisbon and head to the heart of the city in Baixa. It lies in a cleft between Chiado and Bairro Alto and is the main banking and shopping district that expands from the main avenue to the river front. Craftsmen and shop keepers who once traded in the area have streets named after them. The best time to tour Lisbon in the Baixa area is during the day as once all the shops have closed for the day it is deserted!
Lisbon day trips to Belem won’t disappoint. Belem
is the one of the most historically significant area in
the city. Most Portugese voyagers and explorers left the
city from Belem on long discovery journeys. The beautiful Belem Tower is a testament
to the history of the area as is the great monument of
Jeronimos Monastery. There are cafes located in
appealing, traditional houses along Rua Vieira Portugese
perfect for a morning or afternoon break from Lisbon day
trips. Many have outdoor seating to enjoy in nice weather.
During Lisbon day trips to Belem make sure to visit the
extravagant Coaches Museum as well as the Ajuda Palace.
Bairro Alto & Chiado
Lisbon day trips should include the cultural soul of
Lisbon that is nestled deeply into the Bairro Alto and
Chiado area . It is a tourist Mecca for nightlife and
shopping. It is also a vivid working class barrio
dating back to the 16th century that has long been established
as a popular artist and writer’s haunt. Chiado is
a cultivated district filled with theaters, old-style
cafes, bookshops and well-known stores such as Cartier
and Hermes. When taking day trips in Lisbon here don’t
miss the beautiful Saint
Parque das Nações
Parque das Nações is perfect for day trips in Lisbon and shows a much more modern angle to the city not seen in the old quarters and barrios. Infact, the Parque das Nações is a huge contrast to the rest of the city. Much of it was designed and built for the 1998 expo by creative and avant-garde architects. The Oceanarium, said to be one of the most impressive aquariums in the world is located in this district. This in itself is a great excuse to take Lisbon day trips to the area.
Other points of interest during Lisbon days tours to Parque das Nações include the Vasco de Gama Bridge and the incredible Oriente Station.
Saving the best for last Alfama is the oldest and perhaps most interesting of barrios in Lisbon. Lisbon day tours always go to the area. It is the most parabolic area in all of the city and is defined by medieval alleys and streets and fantastic views. Lisbon day tours are not complete without a walking tour of this famous neighborhood and getting lost is arguably the best way to see it!