African Presence in Lisbon

A Lisbon Walking Tour between what was once the biggest slave district of Europe, and Belém, forever associated with the Discoveries endeavor.

Private Tour

Book your own tour for any day at any time.

Spices and Slaves trade were without a shadow of a doubt, two of the most important drivers of the Portuguese discoveries enterprise and colonial exploration. The massive trade of African slaves became an essential component of the triangular commerce in the Atlantic Ocean and marked the darkest page in the History of the Discoveries. On the other hand, the spices market led the city of Lisbon to the summit of Europe’s trade.
A particular attention will be devoted to the life of the slaves in the metropolis, and how spices influenced the economy, the social life and the country’s gastronomy.
The route also includes a tram ride, across the old Mocambo, now known as Madragoa – the ancient slaves district of Lisbon – and ends in Belém, where cinnamon is still today the favourite seasoning of one of Lisbon’s must-taste symbols, the Pastel de Belém (a secret recipe custard tart).


In this Walking Tour you will submerge into:


  • History of slavery and spices
  • Slaves origin and daily life
  • The Mocambo
  • Slaves celebrations and brotherhoods
  • Spices influence in status, medicine, spirituality and sexuality
  • The House of India
  • Madragoa quarter
  • From Downtown to Belém


“Carries burning pepper, he had bought;
The dried flower of Banda was not left;
The nut and the dark clove that lightens
The new island of Molucca, with the cinnamon
That makes Seilan rich, illustrious and beautiful.”

Luís Vaz de Camões


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