In former times, Graça area was located outside the walls of Lisbon and only after the construction of the Fernandina wall, in 1371, did this area become contained within the city’s domains. Nowadays it is still possible to observe the vestiges of the rampart towers inside the convent.
Nossa Senhora do Monte Viewpoint, located in Graça neighbourhood, offers a unique panoramic view, one of the most incredible views of Lisbon, mainly because it is located on one of the highest points of the city.
From this viewpoint it is possible to observe some of the major tourist attractions of the capital, with special emphasis on Graça Church, the Tejo Estuary and the South Margin, the São Jorge Castle and the rooftops of the most historic and cultural neighbourhood of Lisbon – the Mouraria neighbourhood.
In the view further on, you can see Baixa Pombalina, the Ruins of Carmo Convent, Monsanto Mountain and Penha de França.
Situated next to Graça Church, surrounded by pine trees, this is a popular spot in Lisbon, mainly with a panoramic view of roofs and typical Lisbon buildings. It is from this viewpoint that you can see São Jorge Castle, Mouraria, Martim Moniz, Baixa Pombalina, Carmo Convent and Monsanto, among many other tourist spots.
Considered one of Lisbon’s most impressive buildings, São Vicente de Fora Church stands as an emblematic image of the architectural patronage of Filipe I.
Today the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora is the seat of the Patriarchate of Lisbon. The Monastery houses one of the most incredible collections of tiles in the world, with La Fontaine’s Fables standing out. Inside the Monastery. It is possible to find the Pantheons of the Royal House of Bragança and the Patriarchs of Lisbon, and the Patriarchate Museum. From the Terrace of the Church, it is possible to enjoy one of the most beautiful views over the capital and the Tejo river.
The National Pantheon, classified as a National Monument, houses the tombs of great figures of Portuguese history and currently occupies the building originally intended for the Church of Santa Engrácia.
The Pantheon maintains, under the modern dome, the majestic space of the nave decorated with coloured marbles, characteristic of Portuguese baroque architecture. The Pantheon is a reference element in the city, offering a privileged view over the historic area of the city and the Tejo River.
Lisbon’s traditional flea market starts early in the morning and ends late in the evening at Campo de Santa Clara, where hundreds of sellers and buyers do business. Here you will find a wide range of items for sale, including clothes, books, antiques and many new and used items.
The Military Museum of Lisbon possesses a vast and valuable museological heritage. The Museum promotes the enhancement, enrichment and exhibition of the historical-military heritage assigned to it.
At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, its first Director – General José Eduardo Castelbranco – to support the exhibition of pieces, ordered the decoration of new rooms with works of the best Portuguese artists.
Entirely dedicated to the universe of Lisbon’s urban song, the Fado Museum opened its doors to the public in 1998 to celebrate the exceptional value of Fado as an identifying element of the City of Lisbon. The Fado Museum celebrates Fado’s deep roots in the country’s tradition and cultural history, as well as its role in the affirmation of cultural identity and its importance as a source of inspiration and intercultural exchange between peoples and communities.
Probably the oldest fountain in Lisbon, the current Chafariz de Dentro, was previously called Chafariz dos Cavalos, however, after its bronze spouts (the horses’ heads) were stolen by Castilian troops, the Fountain was renamed Chafariz de Dentro due to its location within the walls of the Fernandina wall.
Certainly one of the oldest fountains in the capital, the Chafariz d’El-Rei is believed to date back to Muslim times. Its aesthetic has been altered over the centuries, as a result of the various restructuring works it has undergone. In the 16th century, the fountain was an enclosure with a wall, standing under three arches on columns decorated with the royal coat of arms and two armillary spheres; however, it was in the 19th century that it reached its current aesthetic.
Situated on Cais de Santarém Street, it leans against the old Palace of the Counts of Coculim. It is supposed that this passage was used by the Crusaders when they helped King Afonso Henriques during the capture of Lisbon in 1147.
Of the original twelve gates of the Moorish enclosure, this is the only one that has survived to the present day, hence its classification as a National Monument.
Lisbon Cathedral presents an authoritative appearance where the Romanesque style predominates. It was the various renovation works over the years and the mixture of styles involved that make this a very special place for the identity of Lisbon city.
From the outside, the Cathedral is protected by thick walls that function as belfries, elements that give it a more characteristic and typical appearance of medieval fortresses. The façade still preserves its Romanesque style, which dates back to the 12th century, and where a central rose window can be seen.
Inside, it is possible to find a temple that reveals some decorative elements such as the piece where Saint Anthony of Padua was baptised, some 14th-century sarcophagi and also a Gothic chapel that dates back to the 14th-century.
Note: The meeting point for the Tour is in front of the Dona Maria II Theatre – D. Pedro IV Square Lisbon (38.714758622703926, -9.139723128341679). Our Walking Tours are conducted by specialised guides, accredited by Turismo de Portugal.
To complete the Walking Tour you should bring appropriate footwear and a bottle of water. If you need transport within the Lisbon area to the Dona Maria II Theatre, please contact us.
Each Walking Tour has a minimum duration of 3 hours and a maximum duration of 4 hours.