Lisbon Walks


Modern Lisbon Transformation- 17th November | 2 p.m. – Registration closed

Limited capacity (by order of enrollment)

Payment in advance: 3,00€ (Reserved to students, teachers and staff from NOVA)

5,00€ (outside NOVA community)


IBAN: PT50 0035 0841 00000020430 38



The duration of the walls is approximately 3 hours.

Meeting point – communicated via e-mail until the day before the walk


Lisbon through Miradouros- 20th October | 2 p.m. 
A tour to discover Lisbon and its urban evolution, climbing from terrace to terrace (Miradouros) and enjoying different panoramic views of the city. This is the best way to have an insight of the city, Lisbon’s development and its history. Where were located the first settlements? Who were the people who inhabit Lisbon during throughout the centuries? When did Lisbon become the capital of Portugal? How did Lisbon’s operate as capital of an empire? How is reflected its strong connection with the sea? How do urban development reflect social and class organization? How do earthquakes influence the city development?


Traditional Lisbon: Alfama and Mouraria- 27th October | 2 p.m.
This tour will lead you to the oldest part of the city, Alfama and Mouraria. Those were the places where Moorish, Judaic, and Christian interacted during old times. Politic conquest, religious imposition, mundane superstitions, and the erection of architectural landmarks, defined the history of both places. We will dive through tiny streets, winding alleyways, talking about history and tales, while feeling the atmosphere and the daily life of the inhabitants of the most charismatic neighborhoods of Lisbon.


Lisbon before and after the earthquake- 10th November | 2 p.m.
On the 1st November 1755, Lisbon suffered the most striking known earthquake of its history. The subsequent tsunami and fire were equally, if not more, devastating. It is not an exaggeration to speak about a Lisbon before and after that day. In this tour, you will visit some buildings which survived, travelling from a disappeared Lisbon to a reborn city in a new order. How did Lisbon look like before it? And which transformations were implemented upon it? How did Lisbon’s people live the aftermath of the event, and how was it reported in Europe? What was its impact? Which new urban and safety policies and which sanitarian regulations were implemented? The tour will end with an insight into Lisbon’s modern development in the 19th century, with special focus on constructions on iron boosted by industrialization.


Modern Lisbon Transformation- 17th November | 2 p.m.
This tour will be focused on Lisbon’s modernization. We invite you to bike or tour through «Avenidas Novas», literally «New Avenues», a name revealing a new urban planning, dated from the late 19th century, and later fuelled by Estado Novo, between de 1930’s and the 1940’s. We will look at the symbols of a city and its society in progression: new traffic arteries, new construction techniques, new decorative arts, electrification, steam machines, elevators, new entertainment such as the cinemas. It will be pointed out the architectural landmarks, from art nouveau  to the so-called new modernism’s buildings and contemporary architecture. The tour will end at Reitoria – NOVA University, which was awarded the Valmor prize, and which is the symbol of an institution that since its foundation, in 1973, aimed at an innovative response to university education in Portugal.

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