Thanks to VoiceMap’s innovative GPS-triggered technology, I can guide you virtually around some of Lisbon’s most beautiful squares and viewing spots and share tales of the revolution, earthquake, beer factories and convents.
My Lisbon walking tour
Along the way from Largo do Chiado through Largo do Carmo and Principe Real to Praça das Flores I’ll point out places of interest and tell you their stories. Just think of me as your invisible friend showing you my favourite spots in Lisbon.
Here’s a snippet from the start of the walk:
“At the edge of the tables outside the café you should see a bronze statue of a man seated at a table. That’s Fernando Pessoa, one of Portugal’s most highly regarded poets. If you notice souvenirs sporting a guy wearing a trilby hat and round glasses, that will be him. Pessoa was an A Brasileira regular and would knock back an absinthe along with his coffee, which may have helped free his poetic imagination.”
You’ll learn about some of the key moments in Lisbon’s past but there’s much more to this tour than local history. I’ll show you some gorgeous azulejos (Portuguese painted tiles), quirky collections and cutting edge trendy stores, interspersed with countless opportunities to eat and drink.
How the GPS audio tour works
You need a smartphone or tablet for this audio tour because each direction or commentary I give is triggered automatically by GPS through an app. The beauty of this lies in the flexibility it gives you.
Once you’ve set off, you can linger as long as you like at any of the locations en route to take photos, shop for souvenirs, visit a museum or stop for a drink or bite to eat in any of the places I recommend, like these:
When you get to the next junction or point of interest, you’ll hear my dulcet tones again. If you don’t make any stops, the entire Lisbon tour can be completed in 45 minutes. Rather than rush through the city centre, I’d allow at least half a day to make your way slowly between cafés, shops, museums and squares.
How to get the VoiceMap app
You can download the app for free from Google Play or iTunes then simply pay for the tours you want. They have tours in other cities around the world and I’m already planning my next one for Portugal.