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Free Walking Tour of Bairro Alto & Chiado
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Free Walking Tour of Bairro Alto & Chiado

  • English English
  • 2.5 hours

See a new side of Lisbon on this free walking tour of the bohemian districts of Bairro Alto and Chiado. Poets and artists flock to these vibrant neighbourhoods - discover why!

Bairro Alto & Chiado Free Walking Tour Itinerary

After meeting your local English-speaking guide in Rossio Square, in the heart of Lisbon, you'll begin your free walking tour of the Portuguese capital's most bohemian areas. Almost completely destroyed by the devastating 1755 earthquake, and later suffering further damage in a huge fire in 1988, this historic area has seen its fair share of tragedy. Despite everything, it has retained its unique character and charm, and is one of the highlights of any visit to Lisbon.

Starting from the elegant Baixa Pombalina district, one of the first areas in the world to be built using earthquake-resistant architectural techniques, you'll make your way up Lisbon's iconic steep streets to Chiado. Settlements here date back to Roman times, and thanks to renovation it is one of the city's most important cultural areas today. You'll stop at the famous Café A Brasileira - The Brazilian Lady Cafe - one of the historic quarter's oldest coffeehouses, having been opened originally in the 19th century to sell coffee from Brazil. It has been a meeting place for intellectuals, artists and writers over the ensuing centuries.

Follow the route of the emblematic yellow Elevador da Bica funicular railway up to Bairro Alto, whose name literally means "Upper District" for its hilltop location. Strolling past the beautiful colourful houses that line the steep streets, you'll reach Carmo Square, home to the ruins of the Medieval Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. After admiring the historic São Domingos Church, the last stop on your tour will be the Sao Pedro de Alcantara miradouro, or panoramic terrace, from which you'll enjoy unbeatable views over this magnificent city.

You decide the price!

Our guides work exclusively for tips received from visitors. At the end of your tour, you'll be invited to pay the price you think their service deserves.

Important information

  • It is not possible to reserve this free tour of the Bairro Alto and Chiado districts of Lisbon if you're a group of more than 6 people. If this is the case, you should reserve a private tour instead.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of 3 children per adult.


Adults Children under 12 years old
Free walking tour in English

Free walking tour in English

  • Adults

  • Children under 12 years old


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2.5 hours.

Language English

The tour is exclusively in English.


English speaking guide.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Lisbon).


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

Free booking

Meeting point

Rossio Square (Praça Dom Pedro IV).


If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation in the control panel, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

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