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Make your trip to Lisbon an unforgettable experience. Doesn’t matter if you´re a foodie, a nautical or urban explorer, or even traveling with the family. There is a whole world of things to do in the city and surroundings. Here are our best tips:
For a really different and unexpected experience, why not Dolphin watching? Head to Setúbal and the estuary of the Sado river, take a catamaran boat to search for the pod of around 30 resident bottlenose dolphins that live here all year long. And why not visit a wine cellar afterwards? Sounds weird, but trust us, it makes perfect sense. Going to the region on your own (if you have a car) or in a tour, you can check more information here.
Lisbon is known for its seven hills and the wonderful views they provide. But why not discover this, but from a totally new perspective and with all the comfort, without having to climb its cobbled streets? And do all this while the sun is setting? It is possible to do so by joining a sunset sailing tour. It’s a great idea to do it at the end of your stay in Lisbon, when you already know the main sights of the city. We have regular and private departures. But if you already have plans for your late afternoons while in Lisbon, you can also make a sailing tour during the day, you can make a longer trip and go all the way to Cascais, or, why not, spend one of your nights in a catamaran.
If you want to feel the adrenaline and not having to drive for hours, the best option is to head to the Arrabida Natural Park, one hour away from Lisbon. Arrabida it’s a mountainous area (maximum 500-m high) that borders the Atlantic Ocean, so you get the best of being in the wildness and having some of the best beaches and stretches of coastline in the whole of Portugal. You can have a full day full of Rock Climbing, Canoeing and Hiking in the Adventure in Arrábida Experience, or if you just want to stay by the water, just spend a morning or an afternoon, Canoeing in Arrábida.
The Portuguese coast has more than 800 km extension, a lot of them are beaches. That means we have plenty of sandy beaches for surfing. There is no other place in the world with so much vast number of spots to surf in a short distance from Lisbon, maximum 30 minutes driving. So why not try a surf day: we will take you to the best surf spots, considering weather, sea status and pupil skills level, in order to offer you the best time ever. More information here.
Discover the most hidden-away places in Sintra, experiencing all the thrills of “off-road” driving, plunging through mud and water, penetrating luxuriant vegetation, or enjoying the magnificent views from the top of the hill. Best way if you want to avoid the tours and routes that everybody do. More information here.
Portugal is, in its essence, a country of sailors and fishermen. One of the best ways to experience the Portuguese coastline is to take a fishing boat and go into the open sea, to search for fish in the blue waters of the Atlantic. The west coast of Portugal is windy, so be prepared for some waves and winds if you decide to go out for this experience. You can get more information here.
Visiting Lisbon with your kids? There are several options to keep you and your family entertained while experiencing Lisbon in a different way. We have special walks for your family, like the Essential Lisbon Family Tour, where in a fun and interactive way you and your kids will get to know the old neighborhoods of the city. If you are a family of foodies, we didn’t forget about you. The Food Tour for Kids was designed to learn the eating habits of the Portuguese and there is nothing like tasting the local food. And for something completely different, enjoy the thrill of plunging into the Tagus River “in a bus” in the Hippo Trip. You and your kids will love it!
Alentejo is one of the main wine regions of Portugal, not only in quantity but above all in quality. Some of the most famous Wine Houses of the country are located in this region, like the famous Cartuxa and Esporão. It’s possible to do them both in the same day, with the extra of having the beautiful medieval town of Évora in between. Which makes it the perfect place for lunch. You can do it on your own if you rent a car, the Alentejo roads are great for driving, but you can also join a tour and have everything under control. If you want to go for some wine tasting but in a less known region, Palmela e Azeitão is the place to go.
When you are short in time, don’t want to walk much and want to see the most of Lisbon, taking a Hop On Hop Off bus is a great option. It allows you to explore the city on two or three different lines with stops located around the city, giving you the opportunity to hop on and hop off at your convenience, with a ticket valid for 48 hours. From Belém on the Western part of Lisbon to the Parque das Nações on the Eastern part, and everything in between, there aren’t many places you can’t go. More information here.
With it’s narrow and steep streets, the city center of Lisbon is not the easiest one to navigate. If discovering a city on foot is not your thing and if you prefer not to get lost (even though Lisbon is not that big, so that you would be lost for long), taking a tour in a eco Tuk Tuk is a great and fun option. Going to the more inaccessible viewpoints, being able to stop where a car can not, some things are only possible to do in these tiny and eco-friendly vehicles.