Explore the Heart of Lisbon on Foot and Gloria Funicular

Once our cruise ship arrived in Lisbon we walked off the ship and met up with our tour guide for a walking tour of the city. We got to wear those radios around our necks with the one ear bud. This is a surefire way to look like a tourist especially with the numbered stickers the cruise ship gives you identify what tour group you belong to. So much for blending in.



 We started the tour in one of the oldest parts of the city called Alfama. The streets and alleys are quite narrow as you can see.

Our guide told us all kinds of stuff about the area and it's history. The houses in this part of town have multiple families in them now and sharing the space with so many people makes it easier to afford.

We like the way that the buildings in Lisbon look with the different colours. There seems to be a lot of colourful buildings in Lisbon.

Notice the tiles covering the building on the left hand side.



Lisbon is famous for having tiles on their buildings which comes from when the area was controlled by the Moors. 


Lisbon Cathedral looks a lot different that other cathedrals we've seen in Europe. It looks like it is a fortress or a castle. It's not going to fall down anytime soon.

There seems to be hills all over in Lisbon. We were walking up and down hills on the tour.

Lisbon is the English way to say the name of the city. It's really Lisboa.
 Next we took a walk to a part of town called Baixa.

 We walked along Rua Augusta which is one of the iconic streets of Lisbon. The big arch there is in a lot of tourist photos of Lisbon. Arco de Rua Augusta.

There were shops and restaurants all along Rua Augusta not to mentions lots of people.

Down one of the side streets is an elevator called the Santa Justa Lift that was made by a one time student of Gustave Eiffel the man who built the Eiffel Tower.

We walked through Rossio Square and there was relaxing music playing everywhere.


D. Maria II National Theatre

Rossio Train Station

Street vendor selling roasted chestnuts
One of the guys from our tour group stopped and got some roasted chestnuts. Apparently they are really good so try some when you go to Lisbon.
We saw many beautiful squares like Restauradores Square.
Gloria Funicular
 We made it to one of the main attractions on our walking tour. The Gloria Funicular is one of those iconic sights in Lisbon. We road the Gloria Funicular up to the section of town called Bairro Alto.

We saw these vehicles everywhere. If we ever come back to Lisbon we are going to have to take a ride in one of them. They are called tuk tuks. The Tuk Tuk tours looked fun.
We all crammed inside the car and rode to the top of the hill.


 The Gloria Funicular brought us to a park called Sao Pedro de Alcantara for a view of the city.


 There was a man playing guitar in the park and it was really nice to listen to the guitar and look out over the city. Lisbon has tons of hills so there isn't really a view point where you can see all of the city but this is a great place to go.


 We took a walk down to another part of town called Chiado.



 The streets were pretty neat. There was an Irish Pub playing the baseball game for tourists. The Portuguese don't watch Baseball they like soccer (football).

There was many really cool looking independent stores in this neighbourhood but there wasn't much time to go inside being on a walking tour.

This was Luis de Camoes square or Praca Luis de Camoes.

 Our tour guide did give us some time to roam around on our own though. We walked down the street and did some shopping in our free time. There were quite a few places to get different products made with cork which is pretty unique. You could get wallets, purses, braclets, you name it, all made with cork. We had no idea cork is such a versatile material. It seems like a good vegan friendly material to make accessories out of though.


 After shopping in our free time we met up again with our group and walked back down to Rua Augusta.

Our guide told us about Lisbon's history of earth quakes that have cause havoc for the city over the years.



We hung out for awhile in Terreiro do Paço enjoying the good weather. A guy walked up to us and tried to sell us some Cannabis but we declined. We talked to him for a bit because he asked us some questions about Canada. Interesting enough Portugal has decriminalised all drugs and they've had a lot of success with this policy.

 We then walked back to the ship.

Here is a few video clips from our walking tour. Sorry for the shakiness of the camera.

All in all it was a nice walking tour and it was such a beautiful day as well.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more excursions from our cruise, check out our post on "Cartagena on Foot"

Comments

  1. I have always wanted to go to Portugal! It looks like such a beautiful country.

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  2. Wow, this is beautiful. I've actually always wanted to go to Lisbon. I've heard great things about it before. Your photos really confirm what I've always heard. Those buildings, particularly the cathedral are stunning! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Lisbon is a very amazing city. Glad you enjoyed our pictures.

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  3. You guys have a great time! Always off exploring somewhere new :) I've never been to Lisbon. It sounds great

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    1. We try and live our life to the fullest. We love to travel and explore new places.

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  4. Great post! Lisboa is such a beautiful city, brings back memories of when I visited 15 years ago!!

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    1. Glad to hear our post brought back nice memories for you.

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  5. Fun! I love all the colors of these buildings. This looks like a great area.

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    1. Thanks. Lisbon was a great city to explore.

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  6. Portugal is definitely a place I would love to see someday and Lisbon is just beautiful! The architecture is so very gorgeous and the Lisbon Cathedral and the Rossio Train Station are two of my favorite buildings you visited.

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    1. We love it. We hope that you get there to explore one day.

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  7. Wow, I just can't get over the architecture. This must have been a beautiful excursion - you've made Portugal seen like a lovely place to visit!

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    1. The architecture is pretty amazing huh. We loved our visit.

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  8. It always fun to go and explore and see different things. I love old building. They are so cool.

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  9. Lisbon is gorgeous. We'd love to take a cruise there too. Expected to see beautiful sights like Terreiro do Paço but not "chestnuts roasting on open fire" (like in the christmas song). That was a surprise.

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    1. We had a wonderful time. We highly recommend a cruise around Portugal and Spain.

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  10. Having a travel guide is very useful especially when traveling in out of the country. Looks like you guys got to experience some neat places! The buildings are so beautiful!

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    1. We liked having the guide show us around and explain the history.

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  11. It's so beautiful in Lisbon. I have always pronounced it that way and never thought that it was really pronounced as Lisboa. It would be nice to walk around and just explore.

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    1. Well, most countries that speak another language, pronounce their names in their own language. :) Lisbon would be the English translation.

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  12. I would love to tour Lisbon and just get lost in it for a day. There's so much that you can see there and it gives you a chance to walk and not worry about your transportation as you go around the place.

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    1. Yeah Lisbon wasn't a huge city, so it was easy to explore for the day.

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  13. what a fantastic sounding trip! Your photos look gorgeous! It's always great to have the Guide explain to you about the History of the places you're visiting.

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  14. What a gorgeous city! This looks like an amazing trip and a beautiful place to visit
    xo
    jen
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  15. What did you think of the Gloria Funicular? For me it was a little disappointing. I loved the Santa Justa lift - now that is impressive!

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    1. We were very impressed with it either. Although, not sure we wanted to walk up that hill either..

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  16. This looks like an amazing trip. I love how all the building are different colors.

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  17. Great photos! Looks like a beautiful place to visit!

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  18. Oh your photographs and descriptions makes me want to pursue my trip to Lisbon. My publisher insisting me that i should go for it as it is one of the city i will enjoy, and now yeah i think i will! :)

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    1. Hope you get there! It is a great city.

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  19. This brings back memories of my trip to Portugal. I loved the street chestnuts and the architecture.

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    1. Yeah, that's great! It is a wonderful city. We would like to get back one day.

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