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Lisbon - City of Seven Hills

Lisbon tile roofs
View of Lisbon's beautiful tile roofs

Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, is famously known as the "City of Seven Hills," a reference to its topography characterized by seven prominent hills that offer panoramic views and historical significance. Exploring these hills via a private tuk-tuk tour with Lisbon is on Tour promises an immersive experience, uncovering the city's rich tapestry of culture, history, and architecture. Let's delve into each of the seven hills and their highlights.


Graça Hill: Starting our tour, Graça Hill stands as one of Lisbon's highest points, providing breathtaking vistas of the cityscape. The highlight here is the iconic São Jorge Castle, a Moorish fortress perched atop the hill, offering a glimpse into Lisbon's medieval past. Additionally, visitors can admire the beautiful Senhora do Monte viewpoint, offering sweeping views over the city and the Tagus River.


St. Vincent Statue at Miradouro das Portas do Sol
St. Vincent Statue at Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Alfama Hill: Descending from Graça, we venture into Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood characterized by narrow winding streets, colorful houses, and traditional Fado music echoing through its alleys. Highlights include the Lisbon Cathedral, Sé de Lisboa, with its mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture, as well as the charming Miradouro das Portas do Sol, providing stunning views of the Alfama district and the river.


Castelo de S. Jorge
Castelo de S. Jorge

Castelo Hill: Continuing our journey, we ascend Castelo Hill, where São Jorge Castle reigns supreme. This medieval fortress offers a captivating glimpse into Lisbon's history, with its ancient walls, towers, and archaeological sites. Visitors can stroll through the castle grounds, enjoy scenic overlooks, and explore the surrounding neighborhoods steeped in history and culture.


Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara
Miradouro de S. Pedro de Alcântara

São Pedro Hill: Moving on, we traverse São Pedro Hill, home to the vibrant neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Chiado. Bairro Alto is famed for its lively atmosphere, with bustling streets lined with trendy bars, restaurants, and shops. Meanwhile, Chiado exudes elegance with its upscale boutiques, historic cafes, and cultural institutions like the São Carlos National Theatre and the Carmo Convent.


Elevador da Bica
Elevador da Bica

Santa Catarina Hill: As our tuk-tuk winds through Lisbon's streets, we ascend Santa Catarina Hill, offering captivating views of the Tagus River and the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge. This hill is renowned for its bohemian ambiance, with the trendy neighborhood of Bica attracting visitors with its charming streets, eclectic cafes, and the iconic Elevador da Bica, a historic funicular railway.


São Roque Hill: Next, we make our way to São Roque Hill, where the majestic Church of São Roque stands as a testament to Baroque architecture. This ornate church houses a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces, including intricate gilded altars, stunning frescoes, and a renowned collection of religious artifacts. Nearby, visitors can explore the picturesque Príncipe Real Garden and soak in the tranquil ambiance.


Basílica da Estrela
Basílica da Estrela

Estrela Hill: Our tour concludes at Estrela Hill, crowned by the magnificent Estrela Basilica. This neoclassical masterpiece boasts a stunning dome and ornate interiors, making it a must-visit for architecture enthusiasts. Nearby, the lush Estrela Park offers a serene retreat, perfect for leisurely strolls and picnics amidst verdant landscapes.


Exploring Lisbon's Seven Hills via a private tuk-tuk tour with Lisbon is on Tour offers a captivating journey through the city's storied past, vibrant culture, and breathtaking vistas. From medieval castles to charming neighborhoods and architectural gems, each hill unveils a unique aspect of Lisbon's allure, leaving visitors enchanted and inspired.


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