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Did you know that Lisbon has always been known for its bohemian side? Take a tour of Lisbon’s alternative neighborhoods and discover the B side of the city
Check out the now chic areas once populated by prostitutes and sailors and drive through the narrow and steep streets of Chiado and Bairro Alto. All artists and bon vivants circulate here so you can have a look at this lifestyle!
See how Lisbon gets ready for the night, the parties, the bars, the Rua Cor-de-Rosa, the rhythms, the drinks, the terraces in the hidden gardens and the paths of temptation!
This is by far the most fun way to explore Lisbon and discover the places where, even today, all the bon vivant makes a living in a city that never sleeps.
Lisbon is known for having some of the most exciting neighborhoods in Europe.
In this Tour you will pass by Praça Martim Moniz, the most multicultural area of the city and Mouraria (Moorish neighborhood) where some say that fado was born, of the Moors singing with its melancholic sounds.
Head to Chiado, once the center of intellectual life where writers and artists like Fernando Pessoa drank their absinthe and a spout (Brazilian espresso). You will also know Bairro Alto! You can go through the narrow Rua da Rosa, which crosses the neighborhood from one end to the other, now full of bars.
After the center, the adventure becomes bumpy when crossing Santos Design District, a place with bars and clubs specialized in ingenious alcohol shots. This is also an area that houses the famous house described in the novel Os Maias by Eça de Queiroz and, more recently, the house that Madonna chose to live in.
To end this cool and modern tour, you will arrive at LX Factory, the Lisbon version of Andy Warhol’s studio and home to countless artists. This place, formerly known as an old abandoned industrial complex, is now an area for restaurants, coworking, startups, and offices in the creative industries. Here you will find urban art like no other by the hands of artists like Vhils and Bordalo II, two of the most famous street artists that Portugal offers.
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In this 2-hour self-drive city tour in Lisbon, your independence and privacy are guaranteed. Do you wish to change your route and take an alternative road? Don’t worry, your tour is customizable! Go wherever you want and park the car for free in any place inside Lisbon. Just you and yours, no one else to disturb!
All of this on board of the fantastic Renault Twizy, a little and funny 100% electric car made for 2. With this totally sustainable and eco-friendly vehicle we have managed to save tons of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, making the city and our world cleaner places. That is why we were considered the best “Sustainable Tourism” StartUp in the world in 2020, for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The Twizy is equipped with a lot of technology that provides you all the comfort and independence you need in this experience. Free WiFi and USB charging points for your smartphones, a GPS Audio Guide with several points of interest in the city, and an amazing video camera installed on top of the car that allows you to livestream your entire experience via social media. At the end of the tour we also give you a digital record of your urban road trip to later remember.
For your safety, and in accordance with DGS and WHO standards, we have implemented extraordinary measures to protect you from the Covid-19 pandemic. Live Electric Tours has adopted all published and approved standards so that you can enjoy your tour in a completely protected way. Our cars are disinfected at the beginning and end of each tour. This procedure is performed by our team, which complies with all the rules established for this purpose. We remind you that all of our tours are completely private, so you will not have contact with other people, except the friend/relative which is with you at the car. Interactions with our team will be reduced to a minimum, occurring only at the beginning and end of each tour, with all the security measures adopted.
Live Electric Tours deliveries the amazing Twizys wherever you want! You do not wish to come to our store? No problem! We offer pickup and dropoff service! Just write your accommodation address and our team will be there at the schedule time your city tour begins.
If you exceed the defined duration of your tour, there’s an extra cost of 20 euros per additional hour.
We are also present in other magnificent Portuguese cities such as Évora, whose historical centre is considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and Porto, the 2nd largest city in Portugal, full of history, enchanting people and marvellous food.
Discover Lisbon and the unique awe-inspiring sights in a 2-hour self-driving city tour experience on board of a 100% electric vehicle: the Renault Twizy!
Get lost in Lisbon with a GPS Audio Guide that will always bring you back and safe thru all the points of interest!
Grab our Twizy, be fascinated by the spots we recommend, take photos of the immense street art collections that you'll find and share your experiences in real time with your friends and family, with our unique live camera technology!
Always with Free WiFi and Free Parking in Lisbon, this the experience you must have!
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Lisbon Hidden itinerary
MARTIM MONIZ SQUARE
This square, looking up to the castle, is the center of the city’s most multiethnic neighborhood. It’s something of a mini Chinatown, in addition to being a terminal of the famous tram 28.
Neglected for several years, it was revived in 2012 as a street food market, with several stalls with terraces now serving the flavors of the neighborhood’s various cultures (Chinese, Indian, African, among others).
On weekends it hosts the "Fusion Market," mixing a variety of products, from handicrafts to ethnic and organic foods, often accompanied by live music.
A giant dragon, created in 2012 (year of the dragon) using pieces of old cell phones and computers, is found in the middle of the square, as a tribute to the Chinese community.
The row of fountains that crosses the square is a reference to the city's old wall that climbed the hill from here.
This quaint medieval district (once the Moorish and Jewish quarter before it became a fishing community) is the oldest neighborhood in Europe after El Pópulo in Cadiz. It's like a small village, standing as a time capsule to the years before Lisbon was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake, as it remained standing thanks to its rock-solid foundations.
The square is dedicated to the restoration of the independence of Portugal in 1640, after 60 years of Spanish domination. The obelisk in the middle of the square, inaugurated in 1886, carries the names and dates of the battles fought during the Portuguese Restoration War, in 1640.
The official name is Dom Pedro IV Square, but everyone knows it as Rossio. It marks the very center of the city, a lively place at any time of the day, with a wave-patterned mosaic pavement that has been reproduced throughout Portugal, in Rio de Janeiro and in Macau.
It was the site of the bonfires of the Inquisition, and in the early 1900s it attracted intellectuals who met at several cafés, such as the Nicola, which still exists. It's also home to the neoclassical theater Dona Maria II, and to a monument to King Pedro IV, standing 27-meters (89ft) high between two monumental baroque fountains.
Lisbon's most elegant and trendiest neighborhood is where everyone meets for coffee, shopping, or before dinner and a night out in neighboring Bairro Alto.
Most of the buildings are from the 1700s, although many were restored in the 1990s by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, after their destruction by a devastating fire in 1988. It's a neighborhood that flashes back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the "Belle Époque" when writers such as Fernando Pessoa and Eça de Queiroz used to write at the now-historic cafés. It's also the neighborhood of theaters, of charming old bookshops and major international brands, giving it a lively cosmopolitan ambience at any time of the day.
A neighborhood laid out in 1513, is a place that truly changes from night to day. In daylight this bohemian district is a sleepy place, hungover from the previous night, with not much going on except for the shops down Rua do Norte. When the sun sets a new life begins, with restaurants opening their doors, and crowds showing up to spend their bar-hopping night.
St. PETER OF ALCANTARA VIEWPOINT
All of Lisbon's lookout points are romantic, but none more than this one, looking over all of downtown towards the castle and the river. It's a landscaped terrace with busts of historical figures, a fountain, and kiosk cafes from where you may sit and admire the beauty of the city.
Going up and down the hill next to the terrace is the Gloria funicular, and across the street is the bar of the Port Wine Institute, where you may sample all types of Portugal's famous drink.
THE PINK STREET
Rua Nova do Carvalho is a pedestrian street better known as “Pink Street,” after an urban renewal project in 2013, when the pavement between the terraces, bars and clubs was painted pink. It has become one of Lisbon’s most popular destinations at night, and is also an "open-air art gallery."
A factory complex from 1846 was reborn in 2008 as a "factory" of creativity and experiences. It kept the industrial spaces and invited companies related to the arts, which later brought shops, cafés and restaurants. Today there’s a little bit of everything, from fashion to books, to vintage furniture and contemporary design, next to dining options that include pizza, sushi and burgers, in addition to the more creative cuisine. The interiors maintain many of the old pieces, while most of the façades are covered in street art
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