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ONLINE EXPERIENCE

Lisbon, my Grandmother and the Locals

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 60 reviews.Lisboa, PortugalPart of Airbnb Online Experiences

Online experience hosted by Sílvia

90 mins
Up to 10 people. Private groups available for up to 30
Join from your computer, phone, or tablet
Hosted in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

What you'll do

You will be joining me in my home, in Alfama, to go on a walk inside this district, through its narrow streets, meeting some locals, unveiling secrets.

To guide our steps we will follow an emotional itinerary draw by some Alfama's old postcards, that my grandmother wrote to me when I lived abroad (there is even a postcard with the grocery where we shopped when I was 5).

We will be searching for those images now, wandering in Alfama streets, confronting the 'past' and the 'present'.

In between, there will be time to meet some locals, live musicians, discover hidden secrets, while Lisbon historical context is also emphasized, namely the Arabic origins of Alfama and how it influenced our gastronomy. But also the Roman presence, the city landscape transformation, the 1755 earthquake.

Our virtual walk will be a combination of videos filmed now, photos, postcards, sounds, filmed objects, all smoothly integrated into our live talks and group interactions, in order to provide you with the experience of being here and together.

During my daily walks, I will keep shooting Alfama's life & people, replacing some 'old' videos with new ones, to provide a dynamic and real-time experience.

By the end this promenade we will be back home to see Lisbon from my balcony, on the 5th floor, facing the river, whether it shines or rains, doing a toast to our future!

Instagram: @suckmycodtour
You will be joining me in my home, in Alfama, to go on a walk inside this district, through its narrow streets, meeting some locals, unveiling secrets.

To guide our steps we will follow an emotional itinerary draw by some Alfama's old postcards, that my grandmother wrote to me when I lived abroad (there is even a postcard with the grocery where we shopped when I was 5).

We will be searching for those images now, wandering i…

How to participate

  • Join a video call
    Download Zoom for free on a desktop or mobile device. After you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.
  • Book a private group
    Sílvia can host private groups of any size, up to 30 guests. Private group rates start at $86.

What to bring

  • Immediatly after you book this experience I will point something that you you can bring to our session. No worries, because you already have it at home!
  • Get a drink (or several). But at least one to cheers once we go on the balcony!
  • Know more about our tours on Instagram: @suckmycodtour
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Mon, Sep 21
4:00 AM - 5:30 AM (EDT)
$13 per person
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Tue, Sep 22
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Join 3 other guests
$15 per person
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Wed, Sep 23
4:00 AM - 5:30 AM (EDT)
$13 per person
$13 per person

Meet your host, Sílvia

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 60 Reviews
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I was born in Alfama, where I spend my childhood and adolescence. I'm a foodie, a cook without cultural limits and for the last years, I've welcomed thousands of guests in my food and cultural tour walk (check my Airbnb Experiences with more than 1400 reviews)! I am also a clinical psychologist & anthropologist (working with migrants & refugees) and an amateur photographer. With 24 years I started to live abroad and never stop to travel again. But I always return to Lisbon. I've lived in France, Morocco and Turkey.

During some of these periods abroad, I exchanged letters with my grandmother every week. Since the two of us were passionate by Lisbon, she frequently wrote to me on the backside of Lisbon postcards. She also loved to travel and was quite adventurous.

So, let our Alfama adventure begin!

Instagram: @suckmycodtours
I was born in Alfama, where I spend my childhood and adolescence. I'm a foodie, a cook without cultural limits and for the last years, I've welcomed thousands of guests in my food and cultural tour walk (check my Airbnb Experiences with more than 1400 reviews)! I am also a clinical psychologist & anthropologist (working with migrants & refugees) and an amateur photographer. With 24 years I started to live abroad and never stop to travel again. But I always return to Lisbon. I've lived in France…
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Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 60 reviews.

Laura
September 2020
This is a very fun and very interesting experience. Sylvia is a wonderful host who adds humor and a very personal touch to the tour. It was so enjoyable that I want to experience her in-person food tour as soon as we are able to travel again. I highly recommend this virtual experience.
This is a very fun and very interesting experience. Sylvia is a wonderful host who adds humor and a very personal touch to the tour. It was so enjoyable that I want to experience h…
Samantha
September 2020
Silvia was absolutely amazing. My grandmother lived in Lisbon as a child, and always wanted to go back but was afraid of traveling. For her 84th birthday, Silvia helped me give my grandmother a gift I never thought I'd be able to give her- the gift of returning to her mother country. Silvia was so patient and kind with my grandmother, listening to her as she recounted memories from her childhood. The experience truly made us feel like we were in Lisbon and it is one my family will never forget.
Silvia was absolutely amazing. My grandmother lived in Lisbon as a child, and always wanted to go back but was afraid of traveling. For her 84th birthday, Silvia helped me give my…
Carissa
August 2020
Booked this tour privately with my friends on my 30th birthday and did not disappoint! My friends and I were amazed by this experience and we appreciate how Silvia was very accommodating in answering our questions =) Thank you Silvia for organizing this tour with me! Lisbon is definitely included on places that we'll visit in our lifetime and we'll surely book a tour with you when arrive there!! :)
Booked this tour privately with my friends on my 30th birthday and did not disappoint! My friends and I were amazed by this experience and we appreciate how Silvia was very accommo…
LiElla
August 2020
My mom, sister and I joined Silvia as she showed us around her beloved Alfama. We thoroughly enjoyed the immersion into her neighborhood. It was fun to see bits of the locale through the eyes of its' residents. Silvia's grandmother's thoughts were a lovely, personal addition to the tour. What a creative backdrop for a culture "walk". If we have the opportunity in the future, we will gladly seek out more tours from Silvia.
My mom, sister and I joined Silvia as she showed us around her beloved Alfama. We thoroughly enjoyed the immersion into her neighborhood. It was fun to see bits of the locale throu…
Elli
August 2020
This was our first Airbnb online experience and it exceeded our expectations! Silvia was an excellent guide and has put together an amazing, thoughtful and very immersive experience. The personal stories made it even more special. We left feeling inspired and like we had a new friend. We can't wait to visit Lisbon in person. Thank you Silvia for creating this experience for us all to 'travel' from home and still explore the world.
This was our first Airbnb online experience and it exceeded our expectations! Silvia was an excellent guide and has put together an amazing, thoughtful and very immersive experien…
Mary
August 2020
Silvia is super friendly and extremely knowledgeable about history, culture, architecture, food and people in general! She is also a wonderful and engaging storyteller, who made our 'virtual' walk through the historic Alfama district in Lisbon seem like we were actually there. She also had many personal touches, sharing stories of her grandmother, family and herself, as well as encouraging all of us to share some of our stories as well as interests and questions. I had been to Lisbon a few years back, but I learned so much more from Silvia's tour, and am really psyched to go back again, when that becomes possible. Meanwhile, I highly recommend Silvia's virtual walking tour to everyone, whether you've been to Lisbon already or not - this was an amazing and unforgettable experience!
Silvia is super friendly and extremely knowledgeable about history, culture, architecture, food and people in general! She is also a wonderful and engaging storyteller, who made…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

This experience is ideal for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays as well as for team-building events at work. If you’d like to book for a private tour!