My girlfriend and I were guided by Paulo on the 'explore Lisbon' tour today.
It was our first day here, and Paulo met us under the arch at the end of the main street in the baixa, not far from the waterfront. We talked about what we wanted out of the tour, how long we were staying in the city etc, and I believe Paulo was tailoring the experience to meet our desires.
As we wandered from the baixa up through the old town of Alfama, Paulo gave us a run down of the city's trading and religious history, an appreciation of the recent changes the city has made to help generate growth, and even clued us up on house prices and cultural insights about why people eating late.
We saw parks and cathedrals, palaces, markets and even hidden, unknown spots with amazing views that we could never have stumbled on without his knowledge of his city. Clearly he knew his stuff and had a passion for this place you could almost taste.
We took our time, walked at our own pace, stopped and asked questions when we had them, (which Paulo dutifully answered; a discussion on the origins of tea and marmalade was particularly thorough and interesting), and nearly 4 hours later we finished the tour close to where we started, full of enthusiasm to revisit places of particular interest later in the day.
Throughout the day Paulo recommended places to eat, swim, travel, shop and listen to fado. We've fallen in love with this city immediately, and it's in no small part thanks to this tour.
As it says on the website, the best way to explore Lisbon is by foot, and we went to places and had time to digest this city that we never would have got driving or being on a tuk tuk. Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting here. Thanks Paulo!
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