Tours by Certified Guides

Members of AGIC – Associação Portuguesa dos Guias-Intérpretes e Correios de Turismo

The Legacy of the “Estado Novo” in Belém Quarter

1940 was a year of great celebrations in Portugal and, particularly, in Lisbon with the Exhibition of the Portuguese World, which completely altered the Bairro de Belém, giving it many of the elements that are still remarkable in its landscape today.
With this tour we intend to present the legacy left by the “Estado Novo” in this neighbourhood, which has become one of the most important tourist areas in the capital. For two hours we will have the opportunity to know an important moment in the history of this country and the profound urban transformations introduced in this beautiful area. Next to the Tagus River, just before it flows into the sea and in the precise place where the Portuguese maritime epic began, we find the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, which will be our meeting point. There, we will start a trail that will take us to the fantastic Tropical Botanical Garden (entrance not included), which, in addition to its importance in botanical terms, was also one of the main centers of the exhibition.
We would like you to accompany us to discover interesting details, small stories from the history of a time so marked by the ideology and architecture of the “Estado Novo”. Come and discover a little bit of Portugal!

The tour takes 2 to 2,5 hours and will be guided by a certified guide
Being a walking tour comfortable shoes are recommended
The tour is recommended for families and it presents a certain difficulty for persons with walking limitations (40 steps and some unevenness in the botanical garden)
The entrance fee in the botanical garden is not included (4 euros)
-Confirmation after payment
-The guide has the Clean & Safe course
Due to pandemic:
-Masks are mandatory
-Social distance must be kept
-Maximum of 5 persons (covid limitation)


Level 1 – Easy

Flat terrain without obstacles. Wheelchair accessible. Duration 2h

Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

Mainly flat terrain (about 70% flat), gentle climbs and descents. Some steps. Wheelchair accessible only with the help of a third party. Duration is around 2 to 3 hours.

Level 3 – Moderate

Terrain about 40 to 60% flat. Moderate climbs and descents. Steps. not wheelchair accessible. Duration 3 hours 

Level 4 – Demanding

 Terrain about 20% to 40% flat. Some steep climbs and descends. Steps and uneven surfaces. Recommend for fit travelers. Duration between 3 to 5 hours.

Level 5 – Difficult 

Rolling and often steep terrain, 10 to 20% flat terrain. Uneven surfaces. Recommended for travelers used to hiking tours in nature. 

Stufe 1 – Leicht

Flaches Gelände ohne Höhenunterschiede und Hindernisse. Geeignet für Rollstuhlfahrer. Dauer 2 Stunden.

Stufe 2 – Leicht bis moderat

Überwiegend flaches Gelände (70%) mit leichten Höhenunterschieden sowie einigen Stufen. Für Rollstuhlfahrer nur bedingt und mit einer Begleitperson geeignet. Dauer 2 – 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 3 – Moderat

Gelände (40-60% flach) mit moderaten Steigungen und Treppen. Nicht für Rollstuhlfahrer geeignet. Dauer 3 Stunden. 

Stufe 4 – Anspruchsvoll

Gelände mit Höhenunterschieden (20-40% flach). Auf – und Abstiege, Treppen und unbefestigte Wege. Eine gute Kondition und festes Schuhwerk sind erforderlich. Dauer 3 bis 5 Stunden. 

Stufe 5 – Schwierig

Gelände mit großen Höhenunterschieden (10-20% flach), steilen Auf – und Abstiegen auf unbefestigten Wegen und teils holprigen Boden. Geeignet für erfahrene Wanderer.