Do you remember when the Portuguese ruled the World? We do and we’re ready to show you what is left of the Golden Era. Lisbon was the heart of international trade, we conquered North Africa, we’ve discovered the Archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, we were the first to round Cabo Bojador and the Cape of Good Hope, and then we landed in Brazil, Goa, Daman and Diu… All of these (and other) remarkable conquers without nuclear weapons, missiles and Trump. Great huh?
Our eco tuk-tuks will take you on a trip that will highlight a selection of inescapable monuments, areas and stories that are a MUST if you really are in the mood for the Discoveries. And honestly, since you’re in Lisbon, please, get to know the best of us. The tour will start in Lisbon downtown with Belém as destination.
The first visit will focus Chiado and Bairro Alto. Once the centre of intellectual life, today Chiado is one of the most fashionable neighborhoods of the city where you may see some of the most fascinating historical sites, such as the Convent and Church of Carmo. Bairro Alto is Lisbon’s bohemian heart and nightlife mecca, a district dating from the 16th century.
We go up the hill and we’ll reach Príncipe Real an area known for its antique style, glamour and the beautiful Garden.
After the passage by this distinct location, we continue down the hill through the small neighborhood of São Bento. The driver will give you the alert as soon as we arrive to Estrela where it’s impossible to ignore the imposing “Basílica da Estrela” (Royal Basilica) and the verdant Estrela garden. Here you’ll have a stop where you’ll be free to visit both the beautiful garden and the emblematic church.
The Golden Area is approaching as soon as we arrive to Belém. Here everything is magnanimous, historical and sacred. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their dangerous and ambitious voyages. Here you may get off the tuk-tuk to visit the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Admit it, after this tour, you’ll also think we’re great, right?
Stops planned for this tour:
Estrela (Royal Basílica & Garden) – A calm and prosperous district where you may see the Royal Basilica of Estrela with its ornate Baroque facade and the pleasant Estrela Garden.
Jeronimos Monastery – A World Heritage monument, is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.
Belém Tower – Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
Monument to the Discoveries – An impressive monument to praise the qualities of the Portuguese people. It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I, poet Camões, Vasco da Gama, and several other notable Portuguese explorers.
NOTE: Bloody Mondays Alert! This is not a good day to make this tour since most of these monuments are closed.
€95,00 – If the tour ends in Belém
€105,00 – If the tour ends in Lisbon centre