Lisbon audio tour: Chiado to Principe Real: Local History, City Views and Urban Cool

Chiado to Principe Real: Local History, City Views and Urban Cool

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

This short stroll takes you from one of Lisbon's most emblematic cafés in Chiado to a square packed with history and on to the trendy Principe Real district. On the way, you'll be able to admire spectacular views of Lisbon from various points, including the Santa Justa elevator. You'll learn about some of the key moments in Lisbon's rich history and see a range of Portuguese ceramics in bakeries, a former convent-turned-beer factory-turned restaurant and an extremely ornate church. Within Principe Real, you'll discover a collector's dream come true, a magnificent tree and underground reservoir and a palace that is now a shopping centre. End the tour in a small residential square, lined with an array of tempting foodie offers.

Tour Producer


Julie Fox

I have been living in Portugal since 2007 and have travelled extensively within the country since then. I use this insider knowledge to write about the delights of travelling in Portugal and help people explore it. I tend to focus on history, culture, food, wine, art and walks in cities and countryside.

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Major Landmarks

  • São Roque church

  • Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara

Directions to Starting Point

Rua Garrett 120, Largo do Chiado, Lisbon. Take the metro (blue or green line) to Baixa/Chiado and use the Largo do Chiado exit. Turn around as you get to the top of the steps and you'll see Café A Brasileira in front of you.

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Places to stop along the way

Largo do Carmo, Carmo Museum, Cervejaria Trindade, São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint, Pavilhão Chinês, Principe Real Gardens, Embaixada, Coralla coffee and chocolate store, Entre Tanto Urban Market, Praça das Flores

Best time of day

You can do this walk at any time of day but given opening times of sights and venues on the route, afternoon is probably best unless it's baking hot. If you intend to visit the Carmo Museum, it is open from 10am to 6pm daily except Sundays. São Roque church is open from 10am to 6pm daily, except Mondays when it opens at 2pm. Embaixada and Entre Tanto open from noon to 8pm and Pavilhão Chinês is open from 6pm to 2am.


As in any city, you should keep an eye on your belongings as pickpockets tend to target tourists in crowded areas. You will also be going to some quieter spots but it's always best to take simple precautions.


Loved it! Was a great way to see a cool area.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 7 days ago

Gorgeous tour, worked perfectly, helpful information! ♥️

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

Hi Julie, Just back from Lisbon and took your tour and loved it. I especially loved the chocolate shop where I stopped for a coffee and some delicious chocolates. Thank you so much!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago

generally good but there seem to be a couple of issues with the recordings. for example, the last step on the tour is a repeat of step 34. step 14 seems to go a bit wrong when it refers to an entrance on the left, but I'm pretty sure it's on the right! also, the brown tiles on the outside of the building are no longer there.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 3 years ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to give feedback on the tour. You were correct about the entrance on the right - sorry about that! The audio has now been updated to correct the points you highlighted, and to trigger the commentary earlier so you see the brown tiles before walking past them, which is what must have happened in your case.

Posted by Julie , over 3 years ago

Greta tour we enjoyed yours for sure

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 4 years ago

A really lovely way to get to know a part of Lisbon you may not know. It's like walking with an informative friend. Enough information to keep you interested but not overloaded, and great suggestions of where to stop and explore further. We took about two hours to do the walk and stopped off at a lovely restaurant - Tacho - just before the end of the walk. A very successful excursion during our Lisbon stay.

Posted by Dori F , over 5 years ago

I can highly recommend this fun and informative walk!

Posted by Shelley S , over 5 years ago

Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by Julie , over 5 years ago
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Chiado to Principe Real: Local History, City Views and Urban Cool