Tours & activities in Lisbon

Free Tour of Lisbon

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

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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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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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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