Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top 5 – Sightseeing Tours

Find out our Head Concierge’s recommendations regarding sightseeing tours. He elected the Top 5 but there’s many more to discover.

It might sound cliché but, when you find yourself in a new city, sightseeing in the regular tour buses is a simpler and safer way to know the city.

Simpler, because you will be able to have an official guide, probably in your own language, that will provide you with educated information about the sights to visit. Safer, because if you’re visiting the city for the first time it is very easy to get lost and loose precious time and therefore not being able to visit Lisbon’s most important monuments, districts or landmarks.

So, with the help of our Head Concierge, we’ve put together the Top 5 – Sightseeing Tours not to miss, when visiting Lisbon and its surroundings.

It’s a rather big list but, in the end, it all comes down to the time you have to visit the city. You probably won’t have time to see them all so, choose with the help of one of our Concierges, the ones that will suit your plans.

1 – Évora (wine tour)
A journey through the vast plains of Alentejo passing by a landscape filled with olive groves, cork oak and vine surrounding the charming city of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city’s wealth of history, architecture, cuisine and shapes. Before returning to Lisbon, in the evening, we will visit Herdade do Esporão.



2 – Fátima
Visit some of the most important Portuguese historical sites. Get to know the town of Óbidos surrounded by mediaeval walls and dotted with whitewashed houses. Gaze on the impressive Gothic churches of the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha (UNESCO World Heritage) and stop for lunch in picturesque Nazaré. This tour also includes the imposing sanctuary at Fátima, a centre of Catholic faith attracting pilgrims from all over the world.

3 – Sintra
Be dazzled by the charming fantasy of Pena Palace, the most notable example of Portuguese
Romantic architecture. Discover the town of Sintra (UNESCO World Heritage), which enchanted kings and inspired poets. Breathe in the beauty of the landscape at Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe. The day ends along the coast, stopping off at the towns of Cascais and Estoril.

4 – Arrábida & Sesimbra
After crossing 25th of April Bridge, the first stop is Sesimbra, famous for its beaches and fish restaurants. From here we climb up to Sesimbra Castle where you can enjoy the panoramic views. Later on, in Azeitão, we´re going to visit one of the oldest and most important wine cellars in Portugal (Caves José Maria da Fonseca) and taste the traditional Moscatel of Setúbal. Panoramic view of the beautiful Arrábida Mountain Range and stop at Setúbal to get to know its city centre. Return to Lisbon on Europe´s longest bridge: the Vasco da Gama Bridge.

5 - Lisbon Classic
Come and discover our magnificent city. Unveil the history and traditions of Lisbon on this visit to the monuments to the golden era of Portuguese Discoveries, the most traditional neighbourhoods and the city´s most emblematic museum. Don´t miss out on this opportunity to get to know Lisbon and taste Portugal´s famous port wine.

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