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Lisbon Roman Ruins Day Event

Roman Ruins Day

2-14 people

Lisbon -> Lisbon

~6.5 hours


Quick Bite: On this day-long excursion to Setubal and Troia, we’ll go deep into Portugal’s fishing industry and it’s bounty including a visit to the biggest fish market in the country, an exclusive tour of a Roman-era fish sauce facility and a fish-focused feast al fresca, prepared by a renowned chef.   

We’ll head south out of Lisbon to the center of Portugal’s fishing industry, Setubal. Known today for its lively fish market and tinned fish factories, the industry is rooted in Roman times, back when this area was the biggest producer of the garum, that funky fermented fish sauce beloved by the Romans. We’ll visit the fish market to get some perspective and have a quick snack there at a timeless spot tucked into the fish and produce market stalls. We’ll then take the ferry across the Sado estuary to the Troia Peninsula, where we’ll visit the Roman ruins with local archaeologists. We’ll learn about garum production and even have a taste of it during our picnic among the ruins, catered by Filipe Rodrigues, chef of Taberna Do Mar, one of Lisbon’s finest and most inventive fish restaurants.

Fee includes everything consumed on the walk. Some special features:

Cannot accommodate a vegetarian diet Children welcome
Can accommodate a gluten-free diet Not stroller – friendly
Pork is served Can accommodate a pescatarian diet







What is included in the fee? In addition to your Culinary Backstreets guide, all food consumed on the walk – almost a dozen different edible specialties – are included in the price.  A limited selection of alcohol is served on the walks and is included in the price.

Why is the Culinary Backstreet tour more expensive than some other walking tours? Our approach is different than most tour companies. Each of our culinary walks is the outcome of considerable research. We work with academics in the field and our own team of experienced professionals – both guides and local journalists. Our ongoing publishing of articles, from restaurant reviews to features about the intersection of food and culture, constantly feeds new material into the culinary walks, so they evolve and constantly improve. Though costly, we believe that this is how to create the quality experiences we strive for. We practice honest tourism  and would never accept a free lunch or any sort of commission. On the contrary, we are proud to know that the money spent during the culinary walk goes to support businesses that we believe in, helping to preserve the social and cultural fabric of the cities we love so dearly.

How does the payment process work? Once you have made a reservation, we require the full fee to be paid in order to complete the online booking.   Your card will not be charged until the booking is accepted.  Our online booking system uses Stripe to process secure payments.

What is your cancellation policy? 100% will be refunded if given 1 week notice prior to walk and 50% will be refunded if given 72 hours notice or more.

Are your walks suitable for people with food allergies? This can vary based on a number of factors, including the food item in question. Please email us at to discuss your situation before booking.

Are your walks suitable for vegetarians and pescatarians? Pescatarians will be very comfortable with the exception of one stop.  We can also accommodate vegetarians on this walk, however, many of the Portuguese classics contain meat or seafood.  Please note all dietary restrictions during booking so that your guide can prepare accordingly.

How physically demanding are the walks? The walk covers a few kilometers of fairly flat terrain, broken up into almost a dozen stops over almost 6 hours. Please note that Lisbon does have many hills and the streets and sidewalks of Lisbon can be cobblestone, therefore, we do recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes.

Can children join the walks? Of course! We offer a 50% discount to children ages 12 and under, and we do not charge for children under the ages 6 and under.

Can you pick me up from my hotel? How will I return, once the tour is over? Our tour prices don’t include transportation. If you book a tour, you’re responsible for arriving to the pre-arranged meeting spot on your own. Once the tour is over, we will help you get an authorized, safe taxi to your hotel, or provide directions on public transportation, if you’re interested in that.

How much food will I get to try? This is really up to you. We generally make between 9 and 12 eating stops on our walk and try to include some breaks from eating along the way. The price includes as much food as you’re open to trying. We offer a suggested portion size at each stop and you can take our recommendation if you’d like. Our walks often involve street food and sharing food.

US $200/adult


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