Lisbon is a great warm-up for your legs, a city built on seven hills along the Tagus River. Sidewalks are polished smooth by three centuries of footsteps, and yellow tramcars roll past tiled buildings as narrow alleys open out onto plazas and views above the city. Lisbon is a city where everything is connected, yet every few minutes of walking can bring you to an entirely different neighborhood. This morning you will be collected from the airport for an overnight stay at a small boutique hotel, neatly situated for exploring both the riverside and the most iconic of neighborhoods. Meet your guide for lunch and discuss what will happen over the next week as related to the weather and your surroundings, and take time to clarify anything you may be unsure about so that you can be properly prepared for your adventure.
Throughout the afternoon, you can wander slowly between the colorful parts of Lisbon. Grand 18th-century architecture provides the backdrop in Baixa, the centerpiece of the city’s redevelopment after an earthquake in 1755. Graffiti and blue tiles are just two ways the buildings are painted in Alfama, while in Bairro Alto, the steep pedestrian streets lead you to vintage stores with youthful vibes. Ascend to St. George’s Castle high above the city, and then descend to the riverside promenade where there are various cafes and restaurants to complete your walking tour. This day will be very relaxed, and there are various options for customization as you may want to rest your legs entirely and travel on the famous number 28 tram instead.