Lisbon is a city of historical wealth and decadent culture. The capital of Portugal has withstood the tests of time and display the connection to the greater world through the Golden Years of Exploration. Colorful houses overlook the River Tejo as fishing boats trawl the waters for the day’s fresh catch. Sunny, yellow funiculars traverse the hillsides beside the antique stone staircase that leads to marvelous terraced viewpoints known as miradouros. Your flight will land at Lisbon Portela Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon arrival as the sea breeze carries the aroma of the sweet freshwater.
Verdant trees frame the golden bricks of Castelo de São Jorge as the red-tiled bricks top the pearlescent homes and glow beneath the spreading sunlight. The aroma of freshly grilled octopus dressed with lemon wafts over the cobblestone streets of the labyrinthine Old Quarter. The layout of the district resembles the packed, narrow lanes of an Arab Kasbah. Small archways hover above the avenues that lead to stone terraces that offer views of the castle. After settling into the comforts of your luxurious hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby eager to take you on a private, introductory tour of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
The Baixa neighborhood is often referred to as the commercial center of the city as parallel streets lead to the Praça do Comércio. A lemon meringue colored façade frames the lavish 18th-century square that is embellished with mosaic cobblestone. The plaza once acted as the final farewell to those departing the Lisbon by boat and retains the ambiance of the gateway to the city as a statue of famous 15th-century figures adorn the Triumphal Arch, including a glowing figure of Vasco de Gama. The angular streets were constructed in the 18th century by decree of Prime Minister Dom Jose I Marques de Pombal. Your guide will lead you along the open lanes to the Bank of Portugal, where the original Jewish Quarter was constructed between the 13th and 14th centuries.