“Patricia is a special gem of a person. She organized an unforgettable tour of Lisbon for us last Fall. She arranged a sunset sailing cruise which was very memorable. We also got to see wonderful Fado singers in a very intimate setting.
Patricia knows restaurants that we couldn’t find if we had the best GPS on earth. We ate delicious local food and wine which added greatly to our experience. My wife suffers from early dementia and Patricia was so kind to her, accommodating our program to her every way she could.
In short Patricia is a very intelligent, organized and caring individual. We have such fond memories of Lisbon thanks entirely to her.”
“Let me put this way: if Patricia offered curated tours of New York, a place where I live and know extremely well, I would not hesitate to use her service on a regular basis. She is that good. Her warm, enthusiastic and expert guidance enabled me to connect with the heart and soul of Lisbon and it has become one of my favorite cities in the world.“
“Our weekend was made so special taking advice from friends to take a walking tour with Pats. Wanting to get a real local sense of Portuguese life, culture art and music. Pats opened a Pandora’s box of an incredible insight and vast knowledge of history and hidden gems.
I’m so glad we booked 2 days as we really enjoyed Pats company. Leaving us with having given us a real insight into the soul of the city of Lisbon.
My husband is a lover of museums. Here Pats showed us a young vibrant feel of architecture Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. I love music, which wafts through the streets, bars and restaurants. Each night playing host to the performance of Fado a uniquely traditional form of Portuguese song.
We will return and meet up again to walk with our now Portuguese friend Pats who’s local passion and love of this beautiful city of Lisbon.
A lasting memory, hoping I find a ‘Pats’ in other cities of Europe I intend to visit.”
“Thanks so much for the wonderful day touring Lisbon. Pats’ knowledge of the town is incredible. I especially liked the Moorish house she brought me to off the main street. It was wonderful and unlikely to be included on most tours. I would do it again without hesitation.”
“In my pedometer, I walked 14,824steps during our half-day tour. By my each step, I felt affinity with Lisbon.
Let me call your tour, “BURA-PAT”. One of my favorite TV programs in Japan, “BURA-TAMORI”, a very popular TV-show. TAMORI, the Japanese star comedian walks “BURABURA” various cities with a historian and a topographist and discover new attractions of the cities. “BURABURA” is an adverb, a Japanese onomatopoeia means wandering around without any goal or purpose. Walk “BURABURA” means walk around or hang around, but in this program means “walk freely, according to your interest.”
Like this program, your tour is full of eye-opening discoveries and carefree, relaxed atmosphere. It was a joy walking “BURABURA” with you!”
“Pats was an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable about the history, the architecture, the food and the culture. Pat was also very flexible and willing to accommodate the tour to fit my interests and needs. I only had about 4 hours of free time in Lisbon, and Pats really helped me make the most of the time. I arrived on a red-eye flight, and I appreciated her willingness to adjust the time of the tour so I could get a couple hours sleep.
Once on the tour, she did a great job of organizing it so we could see a lot of things in a very short time. In four hours, I definitely got a good sense of the city. I especially liked the time down near the water front and seeing many of the major monuments in the city. Although 4 hours just isn’t enough time to see everything, Pats did such a great job coordinating our stops and was very tentative to ensure I was getting my needs met the entire time.
If you’re coming to Lisbon, I highly suggest you set up a tour with Pats. I really loved her flexibility and willingness to customize a tour to fit your individual interests and needs.”
“Thank you so much Pats for a day I will never forget.
Experiencing Pat’s unique tour of Lisbon has finally opened my eyes to this amazing city and culture.
My request to Pats was to ‘feel’ Lisbon – now I get it and would recommend Lisbon as a world class city to visit, but without a doubt this was enriched by Pat’s knowledge of Lisbon, especially its history. Pat’s crafted her tour to our requests, rather than your bog standard tour or gimmicks, it was a new experience for me that she listened and worked out what we wanted to see and how much detail interested us or not.
Then she added a range of suggestions and gems to consider – a totally personalised experience. That’s why it was special. Pat’s is passionate about her city and wants to share its wonders.
I have to return!”
“It was our first time in Lisbon and Patricia helped to make it all more memorable. She is an amazing tour guide with great character and sense of humor, flexible, and knowledgeable.
Patricia planned our trip to Lisbon from start to finish and it was amazing. In the beginning of the planning process, she asked for what we wanted to experience in our visit and tailored the trip to our needs and desires. She gave us very helpful recommendations and suggestions followed by the creation of an initial itinerary for us to review. The hotel she suggested to us was great and restaurant recommendations were superb!
Thank you Patricia to help us to have great time in Lisbon!”
“We had a memorable afternoon in downtown Lisbon with Pats. She is a massive source of local knowledge about the history, culture and current trends in both the capital and the country. She showed great sensitivity to our interests and needs (always finding a suitable ‘watering hole’ when necessary!) and the afternoon literally flew by, ending with a well-deserved drink in a beautiful bar in the Alfama. Her passion for where she lives and what she does is infectious and only our sore leg muscles the next day reminded us of just how much ground we had covered!!!”
“In the afternoon we met with Pats. She is a local and took us to all the hidden gems in Lisboa. It was great to walk around the city with someone who knows the city secrets and the hidden spots that a regular tourist might miss. We walked for a long time through the small alleys full of stories and every stop felt like a scene taken out of the movie.”
“This was my second time in Lisbon and I wanted to know more about the history, monuments, and food scene. I filled out the easy questionnaire that Pats emailed to me, and she tailored the half day tour perfectly. She has a deep knowledge of the history of Lisbon, and she was very good at pacing the tour and clearly explaining what she was showing me. I could not ask for a better tour or tour guide. I highly recommend taking a tour with Pats, it is worth it.”
“After close to 22 hours of travel time, full of delays and airport transfers, we landed in Lisbon and were welcomed by not only the most professional, knowledgeable, easy going and thoughtful Pats, but also the most patient, competent and original guide in her approach. Lisbon is a fascinating city, and to experience it with Pats was a particular treat. Many thanks for taking such a great care of us. We will be back!”
“Excellent tour guide. We couldn’t ask for more… Pats was warm friendly and very helpful. We would highly recommend Pats to anyone visiting Lisbon. She made us fall in love with Portugal and its people. Pats keep it up.”
“My family and I did a half-day tour of Lisbon with Pats that spanned several neighborhoods and sites.
She definitely knew her stuff-table stakes for a tour guide. But what pushed her into five star territory was the passion with which she shared her city. Hard to describe, but you could tell that after years of living there, she remains enchanted, excited, and proud; and that’s contagious.
I’d highly recommend spending some time with her and, if you do, spending some time upfront discussing what you’d like to see and learn about.”
“Patrícia is friendly, has a great sense of humor and Lisbon and the Portuguese history do not have secrets for her! Me and my group really enjoyed our tour and highly recommend her to everyone willing to know more about the Portuguese capital and have great moments. Obrigada, Patrícia!”
“My cup of tea!
I enjoyed touring Lisbon with Pats for several reasons. It was my first time visiting Lisbon and I had no clue where to start from. Luckily I reached out to Pats and she was able to accommodate me for a half day tour on a very short notice. I love sightseeing by walking and the tour worked perfectly for me.
Pats showed me around the central part of Lisbon and she extensively told me about its history. Pats is very knowledgeable and I definitely don’t think I could have learned so much about Lisbon on my own. I liked it so much that I booked another half day tour the next day to see the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery – I just knew I would benefit more than by going on my own.
I would definitely recommend Lisbon with Pats, especially if you are in town for a limited time and still want your trip to be memorable!”
“Tiles of Portugal!
I have a passion for the ceramic tiles of Portugal, and Pats was able to tailor a tour for me and my husband that took us to beautiful museums that I had never heard of, with collections that were stunning and satisfied all of my tile lust! I cannot tell you how happy we were to have her as our tour guide, and we would strongly recommend her to anyone who wants to have an in-depth personal tour of Lisbon!”
“My husband and I just returned from 10 wonderful days in Portugal. The first full day began with a tour with Pats, which was the perfect introduction to Lisbon. Even though she had very little notice, she took us on a perfect tour, suited to our tastes. She knows the city and its history well and shared this with us as we visited sites. Pats was wonderful company and helped us get develop a comfort level with our new surroundings. It was like spending a day with a good friend! Thank you, Pats!”
“Tour of Lisbon
Fantastic. Pats is so knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. She will structure the tour to you interests. I will definitely use again. I learnt so much and had a wonderful time. Thank you, Pats!”
“Pats is not your typical tour guide.
Before your tour, she contacts you to learn what you want to get from your tour, and then customizes your experience to ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for during your time in Lisbon.
In our case, we wanted to see major Lisbon tour destinations and learn their historical significance as well as their eventual impact on the city today.
Pat is a highly intelligent Lisbon native who constantly provided these insights.
Her international travel experience also provided useful perspectives on how Lisbon compares on a global basis.
Pat is very personable with a good sense of humor. She is proud of Lisbon and her passion for the city helps create a very enjoyable time.
She is very flexible and makes the experience more like a day hanging out with a friend, rather than a forced march through rigid tour schedule.
I highly recommend Pats. Your time with Pats will be very well spent.”
“A fantastic day in Lisbon with Pats!
We spent a fantastic day seeing Lisbon with Pats! She created an itinerary that was perfect for our first full day in Portugal and her knowledge of the city and country’s history is extensive. We visited places that we wouldn’t have found on our own, and her perspective added so much to the experience. There’s so much to see in this beautiful and historic city, so we know we’ll contact her again the next time we’re in Lisbon, to see the sights that we couldn’t fit in on this trip. We had a blast with Pats!”
“A journey through history and experiencing beautiful views of Lisbon
I wanted to make it an extra special trip to Lisbon with my family and planned our first day with Lisbon with Pats! We said our interest was to visit cultural places and learn more about the history of Lisbon. Patricia not only personalised a plan way before our trip but guided us through a walk through time with engaging stories for the whole family to understand.
In-between our trip together, we stopped for a cheeky shot of liquor, egg tarts, a drink at a rooftop and introduced to a lovely restaurant for dinner where we had a heartwarming bowl of fish stew! I’ll definitely recommend Lisbon with Pats for anyone who is travelling to Lisbon! Thank you Pat for a memorable tour!”
“A great introduction to Lisbon!
We booked Pats for two, half-day tours when we arrived in Lisbon to help us get our bearings. We couldn’t have chosen a better guide. Pats had contacted us ahead of time to find out what we wanted and what our preferences were. She tailored the tours to our wishes and was very flexible, stopping for rests when we wanted and suggesting changes in the middle of the tour when we expressed certain interests. Her knowledge of history and culture is astounding; we learned so much!
Pats also took us to places we never would have found and also to private places we wouldn’t have gotten into. She also made notes for us for suggestions as we continue to travel around Portugal and these have helped immensely. Thanks for an amazing introduction to Lisbon and Portugal, Pats.”
“Pats helped me with food finds in Lisbon
I emailed Pats with my specific half day tour plans and she fulfilled my list! Since I concentrate on food, she had a tour planned to try the highlights of Lisbon’s foods. We visited a market where locals shopped for produce, meats, fish and breads. All beautifully displayed. Next we took the metro to see the different art and tile work in the metro stations and exited close to a cheese shop. We sampled cheeses and crackers and I learned the history about dried cod fish which is plentiful in Portugal. On to a small shop which sells shots and bottles of their sour cherry liqueur which was fun and invigorating. Of course, custard tarts are a must to eat throughout the region and that I did on our route. We ended with lunch at a neighborhood cafe and dined on typical Portuguese foods. The tour was well organized and Pats worked with my needs, making it an enjoyable time.”
“Walking Tour of Lisbon with Pats
We loved our recent walking tour in Lisbon with Pats. There were four of us, staying in the Chiado neighborhood, and she met us right outside of our rented apartment. She worked with us to customize a four hour tour, covering the highlights of Lisbon and neighborhoods near us.
Along the way, we stopped in a former convent, visited a small shop that is “the place to buy the famous Lisbon tiles” or azulejos, and enjoyed a drink of ginjinha at one of Pats favorite little places, to mention a few. Pats is extremely knowledgeable and likes to show her customers an “insiders” tour of her home town.
We ended the tour with a special wine and petiscos (appetizers) tasting at a popular wine bar near our apartment, a place that Pats picked out. She stayed with us during the tasting to ensure that everything went as planned. The afternoon was delightful! I highly recommend her!”
“Lisbon with Pats was a fabulous intro the city!
Pats was perfect for us. We are an active family with 2 boys, (ages 11 and 17). With our short-attention-span kids, we like half day tours and we did two: 1 focusing on western Lisbon/Belém and the other for historic Lisbon/ Alfama. They were both very well thought out and fantastic.
What’s really special about Pats is that she gets a lot of information about your interests/tastes, general tour goals and travel style before she puts together a very personal itinerary.
It was also great because while we covered a lot of ground and learned a good bit of history, we also did a lot of fun/active things, stopping for special treats and snacks (custards in Belém and sour cherry liquor in Alfama just to name a couple), popping into castles, and riding the tram. We honestly wouldn’t have known all the treasures that surrounded us had we not toured with Pats. Highly recommend.”
“Our tour with Pats was a great overview of the part of Lisbon where we’re staying (Alfama), plus interesting side trips into neighborhoods that are close by. Walking around the city now, we are surprised by how much ground we covered during the tour. Not only that, Pats informed us about things we wanted to see more of, things we should avoid, and gave us insights into the history and culture of Portugal.
After the tour, we felt the beginnings of being comfortable being in the city, which is exactly what we wanted.”
“WONDERFUL, AMAZING, family friendly tour with Lisbon with Pats
Our family of 2 adults and three teenage children spent a wonderful 3 days with Pats. We had a variety of interests and wanted to see architecture and art, learn about history, and taste Portuguese food. Pats created a personalized plan for all three days, coordinated all of the trains, cabs, and walking directions. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Lisbon, very friendly, and our whole family loved her!!! She made our time in Lisbon wonderful!!!”
“A terrific time in Lisbon
Pats is a wonderful guide, filled with knowledge and love of Lisbon! She is a generous, warm, and funny gal with great insights. We will definitely go with her again!”
“Fabulous customized tour!
I have never taken a private tour and wasn’t sure what to expect. When we booked the tour, Pats sent us a questionnaire asking what we hoped to see on our tour. There were 4 of us, so Pats made sure to touch upon each of our interests. We visited places that are usually not open to the public. I have breathing issues, so Pats made sure to choose routes that would not tax me too much (hard to avoid hills in Lisbon!)
Pats is very personable, very knowledgeable and obviously loves what she does. I can’t recommend her enough. I wouldn’t hesitate to hire her again to get the inside scoop of this incredible city. Thanks, Pats!”
“Made our short trip worthwhile
Pats was an incredible guide. Her English was great, the selection of things to see and the options for delicious things to try was excellent. The pace was perfect and we enjoyed her candid answers and sense of humor. I feel like this tour allowed us to make the most of a very short trip to Lisbon and we have such a better appreciation for the city. I would absolutely recommend her.”
“We spent a lovely afternoon/evening with Pats
It was truly the highlight of our trip, which included many tours and excursions in various ports in Spain on a 9 day cruise, which ended here in Lisbon. Her obvious enthusiasm and in depth knowledge of the city was shared freely and made for a delightful experience! Not only did she spend far more time than agreed upon, she took us to a great restaurant so we could enjoy dinner like locals. On the day after our tour, she also shared information on places to shop, dine and even made arrangements for us to see a Fado show in the Alfama. I truly cannot image a single thing that could have made the tour any better. She was simply amazing!! ”
“We spent a fantastic day in Lisbon with Pats
There were four of us and she really made us feel as if we were her family that she was taking around her hometown. Her personal approach allows her to tailor the days agenda to your interests as well as allow for changes as the day progresses. She took us to places that we never would have discovered without her guidance and her knowledge of the city and Portugal is extensive. We would highly recommend that you contact Pats for your next trip to Lisbon!”
“Interesting and Gorgeous!
Pats was so much fun to be with. She really expanded our knowledge of Lisbon and Portugal in an interesting and entertaining way. We are very grateful for her service.”
“An outstanding day in Lisbon with Pats!
I came across Pats name on a Portugal FB page. I was impressed with all the positive reviews, so contacted her. She responded immediately, and sent me a short questionnaire to get a sense of what I wanted in the tour. She then put together an itinerary, and made herself available for any questions. We spent a generous “half day” exploring the many different neighborhoods and hidden gems of Lisbon. I hate crowds, and Pats took me off the beaten path and gave an excellent glimpse into the heart and soul of Lisbon, as well as the more notable areas. All through the tour, checking in to give me options, and if I needed a rest! Pats is so very personable, and her wealth of knowledge is amazing! As a solo traveler she even extended a discount. I highly recommend booking with Pats to get your Lisbon stay off to a good start!”
“Knowledgeable and wonderful guide
Pats had been recommended to us by a friend, and she did not disappoint! Every interaction we had with her (by email, What’s App, and in person) was professional, informative, and fun. When you book your tour, Pats sends out a questionnaire so that she can tailor the tour to your needs, so it never feels cookie cutter, but rather very personal. When Pats tells you information, it never feels rote, always fresh. She clearly loves the city, and knows an incredible amount of information about Portuguese history, culture, and lore, all of which she ably imparts during the tour. We loved our time with her! And best of all, we stayed in touch with Pats after the tour and she made some wonderful recs for our time in Porto, and happily answered any questions we had about Lisboa during our stay. We HIGHLY recommend Lisbon with Pats.”
“The best way to experience Lisbon. Period!
What a treat! A private tour with Pats is a fantastic way to not just “see” Lisbon but to truly experience it with a local. We are Americans who moved to Lisbon a few years ago. We know a lot and have seen a lot, but based on following Pats on social media I knew we would learn so much with her. It was a great day. We had a blast. Pats not only knows plenty, but is darn lovely to hang with. What makes Lisbon with Pats special is that she asks a lot of questions ahead of your tour date to make sure she builds a customized tour based on what you want, and she wants to know what doesn’t interest you. It is truly a customized experience. Treat yourself–you’ll be so glad.”
“Pats has full knowledge of the history of Lisbon. She has a warm, generous, and caring personality.
My friend and I had a walking tour in Lisbon. We were shown some hidden gems, that we had never noticed or overlooked in the past. We had fabulous time and re-learned Lisbon is such a beautiful and interesting city. The views from the Castelo de S. Jorge were special. We recommend her without hesitation.”
“Since the pandemic started, I’ve still managed to travel!
First it was to the Faroe Islands with a group of friends in NY and London for their fabulous weekly virtual tours….and now we have now discovered Pats Madeira who has been whisking us away each week for an hour tour through the different neighborhoods of Portugal. We just booked our fourth week and can’t recommend this enough!
It’s simple to set up…she’s very accommodating on what you want to see and it’s a ton of fun…best of all Lisbon is a city of 8 hills and you don’t have to walk up any of them as Pats does it for you! Grab a few friends and book an hour escape!”
“Such a great tour with Pats
I’ve just moved to Lisboa and my friend is already a resident here. We’ve been following Pats for some time and decided that even though we are “locals” now, we wanted a tour to learn more about our new home town!
Pats did not disappoint! We learned a lot and had so much fun. Nothing like a local guide who knows her stuff. It was also special because Pats made a real effort to customize the tour to our interests. Wonderful and professional! We look forward to the next one.”
“Just finished an amazing virtual tour with Pats!!
Pats curated a lovely tour of Chiado and Downtown ending in the beautiful praca commercio along the Tagus. Half our group was in San Francisco and the other half was in Texas! Pats’ knowledge of the history and architecture of Lisbon was superb! We took in some art, with the cobblestone patterns, azulejo tiles, we even went to a cafe and deli!!! In these times, it’s great to leave, in only for a short time, and remember there is a world waiting for us all!!! Bjs Pat and muito obrigada!!!!
“It’s been a wonderful escape!
My friends and I have been touring live with Pats multiple times over the past few months. Pats is funny, charming and super knowledgeable. Sometimes we use her Lisbon itineraries, but a couple times now we have asked for something a little more bespoke. On our tour this past week, we asked Pats if she would take us on a Lisbon Christmas lights tour. She did, and she knocked it out of the park. Lots of beautiful holiday lights, a visit to the bakery for traditional Portuguese holiday pastries, a trip through one of the Christmas markets and the history of Christmas in Portugal!! We just loved it!!”
“Thank you, Pats Madeira, for an outstanding virtual tour visiting the sites around Belém and the memories of the great navigations and navigators. We appreciated the nice balance you gave between the aesthetics, the landmarks and History. Being unable to be at this time in Lisbon, you made the place very real and we felt like being there. Looking forward to the next tour/visit. Hopefully soon we will meet in the Alfama!”
“Thank you for another outstanding virtual tour.
The Alfama visit was wonderful. The combination you provided, showing the nicest spots with beautiful views, the architecture and History, in addition to the key touristic features, was the right dose. This was a well balanced visit to explore the neighborhood. Finishing the visit by seeing Saramago’s museum was remarkable. We thank you with a short and huge citation of the author: “Each day is a little bit of history”.