Explore Lisbon

Explore Portugal's enchanting capital city on one of our Lisbon Sightseeing Tours. Here at The Rogue Historians, we've spent years researching Lisbon's history - the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful - we are dedicated to offering our guests an authentic guided tour of the city. You can learn so much more about the city with us then you'll be able to find in guide books or by exploring Lisbon on your own. Perhaps you'd be interested in our Introduction to Lisbon Tour or our Dark Heart of Lisbon Tour? Whatever Lisbon sightseeing experiences you're looking for, we've got you covered with our small group tours or private experiences. If you have any questions about our Lisbon guided tours, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

The Dark Heart of Lisbon | The Rogue Historians

Discover the darker side of Lisbon's history with The Rogue Historians' evening tour in Lisbon! Learn about the Inquisition, the dictator Salazar, Portugal's most prolific serial & more! The Dark Heart of Lisbon - Evening History Tour Explore Lisbon's history on this unforgettable evening tour Join us after the sun sets for an evening walking tour in Lisbon as we explore the darker side of the city’s history through the winding streets of Alfama and downtown Lisbon. The history of Lisbon is a tale of glory and success. As one of the wealthiest and most important capital cities of the 16th Century, the memories of its achievements are well known to many. However, behind all the triumphs, lie the darker details of this beautiful corner of Europe – for wherever there is light there is shadow. We take you on a journey through Lisbon's darker lesser-known past, from Portugal's slave-trading past and the dark days of the Inquisition, right up to the 20th Century and the dictator Salazar and his feared secret police.  This tour is ideal when put alongside a a day tour; take a look at our range of Lisbon walking tours to find one that interests you.     A TOUR OF THE DARKER SIDE OF LISBON’S HISTORY   Among the many horrors you will hear on this evening tour, you will learn about the following key aspects of Lisbon’s history: The Inquisition: The Portuguese inquisition began in 1536 and ended in 1821.  We will touch on the Jewish massacre of 1506 and the square where the autos de fé were displayed. For 285 years, people were persecuted, tortured and killed because of their religion or race and it is during those years that Lisbon has had some of the most horrific stories in Portugal's past. The Great Earthquake: 1st of November of 1755: All Saints day and one of the deadliest days in Lisbon's history. A magnitude 8-9 earthquake struck the city, leading to candles and oil lamps falling which started fires that consumed nearly half of the city. As people ran to the shore for protection from the collapsing buildings, three tidal waves from 5 to 10 meters tall swept them from the shores. Join us as we relive one of the darkest days in Lisbon's history and the repercussions felt around the world. Dictatorship and the Secret Police: Between 1926 and 1974, Portugal lived under a dictatorship led, mostly, by António de Oliveira Salazar. As a way of controlling the Portuguese population, the secret police was created in 1945 with the help of a former SS agent: the PIDE. The tales of interrogation and torture are well known, the locals would regularly complain of the screams coming from PIDE headquarters. In a period referred to by locals as 'The Long Night', the darkness would engulf the city and Portugal for nearly 50 years. Even during the relatively bloodless revolution of 25th April 1974, the PIDE was still responsible for the loss of at least four lives. Much more: As for the rest... well, you will just have to join us and on this comprehensive Lisbon evening tour. Come learn about the darker side to Lisbon’s history.    Please get in touch if you have any questions about this walking tour. If you’re looking for a more traditional tour of Alfama, then why not join our Alfama Walking Tour. Start planning your ideal trip to Lisbon and allow The Rogue Historians to welcome you to the city!

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Alfama Walking Tour: Semi Private

Lisbon is Europe’s second oldest capital city. Founded in 1200BC it is a story so old its origins are shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that the city’s earliest occupation was in the Alfama. This is the site of Lisbon’s earliest places of worship, the heart of Rome’s occupation, the center of the Moorish city and its Christian reconquest, and one of the few areas to survive the earthquake of 1755. Things to Do in Alfama, Lisbon Our walking tour will wind through the vertiginous streets of Alfama, a far cry from the orderly grid of the downtown Baixa, taking in some of its most important sites. This is more than just a historical tour, this is an anthropological look into the very heart of what makes Lisbon so uniquely special. Sé de Lisboa: The solid and imposing Se Cathedral is Lisbon’s most important and iconic religious building. Since the 12th century, the Se Cathedral has been entwined in Portugal’s early history, which bore witness to the baptism, marriage, and passing of Portugal’s nobility and elite. The exterior of the grand old church resembles more that of a fortification than a religious center, with massive solid walls and two imposing clock towers. Castelo De S.Jorge: The castle of St. George is one of Lisbon's most iconic monuments, we will explore the outer walls of the castles exploring its history and importance to the region.  Miradouros das Portas do Sol: The miradouros of Lisbon offer breathtaking golden views over the city. This one is not to be missed. Sitting just outside the old portas do sol, or sun gate, this was the only gate in Lisbon's defensive walls that faced the rising sun, hence its name. Museu do Fado: We may not go inside the museum, but as we finish just next door it seems the perfect place to discuss that hauntingly melancholic music that is Fado. Old Town Alfama: To see Lisbon and not see Alfama is not to see Lisbon at all. This small medieval neighborhood was the birthplace of Lisbon and if not its beating heart it is definitely Lisbon's soul. We will meet the locals, try the liqueur and discuss daily life in modern and old Alfama. The tour duration is 2.5 to 3 hours at a medium pace, we do cover a lot of steep ground. The tour is not accessible for those with walking canes or wheelchairs, but please contact us and we will be glad to work out alternatives to accommodate any needs.    

Hidden Lisbon: Alcântara

Lisbon Private Tour 3Hour private tour- Contact us for availability   Alcântara is our home! The Rogue Historians’ head office is here, we live here, we eat here and we definitely drink far too much here. It’s a special place. It doesn’t feel like a lot of Lisbon does today: in Alcântara you can still grab a slice of Lisbon pre-hype and tourism boom, a glimpse of the city ten to twenty years ago before the tourists arrived and fancy bistros and cafes selling avocado toast started popping up on every street corner. In this traditional working-class neighborhood, there are still butchers and bakers, we are just missing the candlestick makers.  Alcântara may not make it onto any generic top 10 things to do in Lisbon, but that’s changing so let's explore it while that little bit of the old world still exists. Sandwiched between the downtown Baixa and the tourist-saturated Belem, Alcântara is a working-class district with functioning commercial docks, abandoned factories and a strong upturn in the last few years.  The regeneration of this area can be pinpointed to the creation of the LX Factory and series of abandoned warehouses dating back to 1846, that morphed into a hipster paradise. With fantastic restaurants, great cafes and a bookstore constantly voted in the top 10 most beautiful bookstores in the world, this is the new centre of old Alcântara. But it is not where we start our tour.   Things to do in Lisbon - Off the Beaten track We start our tour at the National Museum of Ancient Art, a fantastic gem on the edge of Alcântara. ‘The Temptation of St Anthony’ by Hieronymus Bosch is worth the entrance fee alone and should be a highlight of any visit to Lisbon. We will take a quick break in the museum gardens with staggering views of the river before heading down towards the centre of Alcantara. After a short stroll down Rua Janelas Verdes, we’ll arrive the heart of the neighborhood, and to a hub of gastronomic delights both old and new. From artisan bakeries and micro-breweries hidden away in ancient tunnels to cervejarias where all the local taxi drivers know you can sample some of the best seafood Lisbon, you can taste as you explore and soak up the local atmosphere. Then on to the LX Factory, a creative mini-village, full of galleries, street art, design studios, vintage shops, bars, and restaurants; it ’s one of Lisbon’s most vibrant spots and really shows how both new and old Lisbon can exist together.  For the weary, we can end our tour but for those with a little energy left a quick walk up the hill will reveal one of Lisbon’s most spectacular hidden gems, but you will have to join our wonderful tour to find out what it is.  

Lisbon Private: Historic Shops and Crafts of Lisbon

Contact us for availability In recent years tourism has boomed in Lisbon. This has put increasing pressure on local businesses to keep up with the rapidly inflating real estate market. A decade ago there were 300 historic shops in Lisbon, today that number is just 180. With more and more shops selling black rooster figurines and fake Cristiano Ronaldo jerseys, Lisbon’s priority has turned to one of its most valuable assets, its historic stores.   Many of these century-old stores have been kept in the same families for generations, with beautiful Rococo shopfronts and charmingly time warped interiors. The master craftsmen and tradespeople who watch over these unique old-world shops have been perfecting their crafts for decades, and work to protect these special stores by conserving and protecting them and their products. These shops and their guardians are part of what makes Lisbon such a unique city and their historical and cultural value cannot be overestimated.    From grocers to bakers, to candlestick makers we explore all that makes Lisbon special. Exploring stores that have been practicing their crafts for hundreds of years, the history behind them and the products and services they provide.   Not only that but as official partners of the ‘museu do filigrana’ we have direct access to one of Lisbon’s newest attractions. Opened in April 2018 The Filagree museum in Lisbon is the only museum in Portugal dedicated to Filagree. Located in the old Lisbon headquarters of one of Portugal’s most famous jewelers, we will see some of the finest examples of filigree in existence, we will learn how it is painstakingly made, its millennial old history and much much more.    Price is €120 for a group of 1-4 people and an additional €15 per person extra   We stop at numerous great cafes, and pastry shops were you can try some of Lisbon's best delicacies, any bought are at the customer's expense.   We take no commission on products bought in any of the stores, we take clients to each store based on its historic importance rather than financial gain. 

Belem: The Age of Discoveries

The river Tejo runs through Lisbon like a blue ribbon glistening in the southern European sun, the very life source of this one-time fishing village. By the time it reaches Belém the smell of brine intensifies, the wind whips stronger and on the horizon, the seemingly endless Atlantic stretches out. It was here that Lisbon would go from a small fishing village to the world’s first global empire.   We start our tour with a visit to the world-famous Pasteis de Belém to taste the iconic pastry of Lisbon, the pastel de nata, and a traditional bica or coffee. Fully energized, we then head to the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Belém, a gem of the unique Portuguese Manueline architecture.  We shall then visit one of the two UNESCO World heritage sites on our visit, the Monastery of St. Jerome (with skip-the-line access).    After a quick stop at the Monument to the discoveries, we stroll along the river to our second UNESCO site, the Tower of Belém, an impressive and lavishly decorated river fortress that demonstrates Portuguese Renaissance architecture at its best.   Cost: €40 per person  (excluding entry fee) For prepurchased entry tickets and Skip the line access to the Monastery of Jerome you must select the upgrade option at a cost of €12 per person.