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 unique shops, 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 to direct you to the next point of interest.
If you don’t make any stops, the entire Lisbon tour could be completed in 45 minutes.
However, 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.
I would just be wary of the fact that because there is no physical tour guide, there isn’t anyone to warn you of the uneven surfaces that are in some parts of the tour. Some of the older shops you go into also have crooked stairs and floors that you can fall on. If you aren’t given a warning about unsafe surfaces through signs and end up falling and injuring yourself, you might want to contact someone like these Albuquerque Personal Injury Lawyers for to see if you could get compensation.
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