Tours & activities in Lisbon

Free Tour of Lisbon

The original FREE walking tour of Lisbon's most visited attractions with a local guide


Due to the Christmas events being held in Praça Luís de Camões, our Meeting Point is going to be busier and slightly less visible than normal for a time. Don't worry: as always, you can find us with red jackets and umbrellas beside the Camões Monument!

ABOUT THE Free Tour of Lisbon

Lisbon's 3,000 years of proud history has always been on the edge, where land meets sea and Europe meets Africa, making this a city built on exploration, conquest and adventure. From the rise and fall of a global empire, to the clutches and release of a reclusive dictatorship, from a city destroyed by earthquake, to one rebuilt as a cultural destination, keep your cameras at the ready as we take you on a journey of this stunning city and its fascinating history.


Your 3-hour FREE city tour of Lisbon starts by the Camões Monument in Largo de Camões and finishes at Praça do Comércio.


Meet the Portuguese explorers

The Age of Discovery was a time in world history where explorers ventured out to the ends of the earth. Listen to dramatic stories of the first voyages to Africa, and how the Indian spice trade came to Europe.

In fact, history's most famous explorer Christopher Columbus lived in Lisbon and learnt navigation techniques here before discovering the Americas! To learn more about the Portuguese voyages, hop on our Belém Tour that takes you along the waterfront that launched some of the most famous explorations.

Learn how one earthquake shaped a town

The 1755 Lisbon earthquake was one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of the world. This tour will take you past the Carmo Convent to see the bare arches that once held up the roof that collapsed during the earthquake.

Your guide will paint a picture of how the city used to be and how it has changed because of this one prominent event in Lisbon’s history.

Discover the hardships during the Portuguese dictatorship and the peace that prevailed

The Second Republic was developed by António de Oliveira Salazar and was Europe’s longest running dictatorship. During this walking tour you will learn about the peaceful Carnation Revolution that ended the dictatorship. 

FREE Tour concept

The tips-based model of the FREE Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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Your Free Tour of Lisbon starts by the Camões Monument in Praça Luís de Camões

  • Explore the central district of Bairro Alto
  • Learn about the Great Earthquake of 1755
  • Enjoy the elegant architecture of Baixa Pombalina
  • Learn about the peaceful Carnation Revolution and the end of the dictatorship
  • Marvel at the beautiful waterfront of Praça do Comércio
  • Learn about the Portuguese Inquisition
  • Learn about the Age of Discovery and Portugal’s great explorers
  • Hear about the hardships during the Salazar dictatorship
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Lisbon from the Santa Justa Elevator


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 3 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible
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The tour starts by the Camões Monument in Praça Luís de Camões Open in Google Maps
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The original free tour of Lisbon, every day of the year


Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Lisbon's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

The independent guides who employ us to market their tours conduct the FREE Tour on a tips-only basis, thereby guaranteeing that you receive a tour of the highest quality. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveller.

Why join the SANDEMANs FREE Tour?

  • Many major landmarks covered
  • Central meeting points
  • Guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • High quality guides, incentivized to perform every time!
  • Tips-based tours running every day


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Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.


What is a Free Tour?

The FREE TOUR is the best introduction to the city! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the FREE TOUR is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, tour content and duration of the tour can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The FREE TOUR is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. 

You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day.

There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

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