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Belem and the pastries

Your guru: Luis
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  • Lisbon
  • Available in: English, Portuguese

About the guru Luis

Welcome, I am an Official Local Guide for Lisbon and surroundings. I organize walking city tours: of course, we cover all the “musts” without overlooking what makes Lisbon so special: art and history in perfect harmony, as well as color, light and "joie de vivre". I pride myself on offering a quality, professional service for interesting, informative and fun/entertaining ... More »

Welcome, I am an Official Local Guide for Lisbon and surroundings. I organize walking city tours: of course, we cover all the “musts” without overlooking what makes Lisbon so special: art and history in perfect harmony, as well as color, light and "joie de vivre". I pride myself on offering a quality, professional service for interesting, informative and fun/entertaining visits.

About the tour

Join me in this really pleasant but also educational walk (I wont even mention a certain type of pastries that you have most certainly heard about by now...). Yes, I will show you the picturesque Lisbon suburb of Belém which lies on the banks of the River Tagus on the western edge of the city. A leafy residential area blessed with wonderful parks and gardens, Belém is forever associated with the era of Discoveries, a period of maritime glory when Portuguese navigators embarked on long and perilous voyages to chart unknown seas and map new lands. It was from here, in 1497, that Vasco da Gama embarked on his historic expedition that led to the opening of a sea route to India.

Belem blossomed, and Portugal's king, Manuel I, ordered the construction of the vast Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Torre de Belém. Fortunately, these both survived the great earthquake of 1755 and today are two of the most cherished historic buildings in the country; both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also here is the impressive Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a contemporary monument to the Golden Age of Discovery that soars over the riverfront.

Complemented by a cluster of superb museums and a world-class cultural center, family-friendly Belem is easily reached from the city by train or tram. The wide esplanade that flanks the river provides a wonderful seaside stroll with excellent cafes and restaurants along the way.

Meeting point
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How to find me: At the ferry terminal just on the river after you exit the train station southwards.

Tour schedule

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give 5, some people give 50, you choose the price.

Reservations in advance are mandatory because if the 'guru' doesn't see any bookings one day, she will not show up at the meeting point. Or if she has too many 'walkers' that day, won't allow you to join without the reservation. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Ratings (1)

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Evgeni

4 months ago

The guy did not show up, and did not call. Few hours prior to the tour I had received email confirming that the tour will take place. Not happy.

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Response from Luis:

Thank you for your constructive criticism... In fact it was Christmas eve and Christmas day. This is a Christian country and that season is very family-oriented and not the best for hiring last minute services especially of the "free" kind. I ("the guy") never confirmed my presence and I spoke with you on the phone and I told you that I wasnt able to do it. However the guy understands your frustration and is sorry you feel that way. Happy 2019!
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