Being good on foot - this applies perhaps to hardly any other European capital as much as it does to Lisbon. Pretty much all roads in the city on the Tejo lead uphill at some point. Those who like active holidays can already reach their daily workload with a single city excursion in Lisbon. Of course, with Segway or E-Bike tours, there are now also comfortable alternatives to explore the many sights on and between the hills.
Because the Tejo is the lifeline of the city and the skyline from the water is different and at least as beautiful to look at, boat tours in Lisbon are actually a must. Besides a river cruise or a city tour on a ship, sailing trips on the Atlantic and catamaran tours from Lisbon are a great holiday experience.
In the category sport and active holidays Lisbon, the many hiking tours are definitely included, especially in the nature park Arrábida, but also bicycle tours through the city and into the green surroundings of Lisbon. Thanks to its location by the river and the sea, water sports can take up a lot of space during your holiday in Portugal. On the coast you will find fabulous diving spots and some of the best surfing areas in the Atlantic. By jeep safari or buggy tour you go out in the meantime into the wild part of the landscape of Lisbon - where the adventure is at home.
Excursions Lisbon: category boat trips
A city by the river and only a draught away from the sea is naturally a seafaring town. In Lisbon, there are of course many ways to go by water taxi, excursion boat, motor boat or catamaran. Even for sightseeing, you can get on the water in Lisbon - by river cruise. Private boat trips along the coast of Lisbon or a day trip by ship through the historic part of the city are particularly popular.
On a day trip you can also start from Lisbon to watch dolphins or go swimming and snorkelling in the Atlantic on a beautiful sailing yacht. Many Lisbon boat tours include a transfer to the meeting point as well as meals and other extras on board. It becomes romantic to sail in Lisbon at sunset, when the city shines like a starry sky and the captain navigates you past the sights on the shore, while snacks and drinks are served by candlelight.
If you have something to celebrate, then perhaps a boat party in Lisbon to your taste - whether in a larger group or on a smaller scale, with a trip through the city or out to sea. You can also rent a motorboat in Lisbon with or without a driving licence and drive your own course on the Tagus.
Excursions Lisbon: category sports and active holidays
For many it is nearly inconceivable that a fantastic hilly and coastal landscape stretches out before the gates of Lisbon, with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and dense, unspoilt forests at its back. Lisbon's surroundings are perfect for hiking. For example, in the Sintra Nature Park, you can see one or two wonders on a shoemaker's centime. The Sintra hike leads through a gentle hilly and coastal landscape.
When it comes to water sports in Lisbon, you don't have to do without anything. Diving, snorkeling, stand up paddling. On the south coast of Lisbon you can learn to surf and wakeboard on the Tejo. Or you can combine your stay in Lisbon with yoga courses on the beach or surfboard. In the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, open-air sports enthusiasts will find a breathtaking climbing area. Especially for beginners there are some exciting walls on the rocks above the sea and experienced trainers who will help you to use the right technique. Also south of Lisbon, in the Arrábida mountains, there are sport climbing routes for all levels.
Excursions Lisbon: category Sightseeing and Culture
Given the wide range of sights and city tours in Lisbon, it is difficult to make a decision. The fortress Castelo de São Jorge, the Torre de Belém, the monastery Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the historical quarters or viewpoints like the Miradouro da Graça - nothing should be missed when visiting Portugal's capital. One way to discover the city of the hills and some of the most important monuments in an unusual way is a Tuk Tuk city tour. With up to 6 people, you can chug through Lisbon's alleys in one of the fun mobiles and follow the stories of a local guide. On 2 wheels and quite comfortably it goes with a Sightseeing tour on the Sit Segway by Lisbon.
Almost a classic is the Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour, which takes you through the city on 2 different routes. There are 40 stops on the tour and you can get off wherever you like. One ticket is valid for 24 hours, so you have plenty of time to explore the city's neighborhoods and streets. A crazy sightseeing amphibious bus runs on land and water in Lisbon. First you roll to the historic sights and then swim past the Torre de Belém. On the way, animators will make sure you learn more about the history of the capital and the mentality of its inhabitants.
Excursions Lisbon: category adventure holidays
The Sintra Nature Park is the setting for the off-road experience of your Lisbon holiday: a jeep safari takes you from the beautiful coast off Cascais through the hilly landscape and woodlands to Sintra. A detour to the westernmost point of Europe, the Cabo de Roca, is planned.
No less thrilling is an adventure rally in a buggy in this fantastic natural landscape. Take the rugged paths of the Sintra Nature Park under the wheels, chase through riverbeds and rattle up the hills with power to finally enjoy the coast and the Atlantic Ocean.
Coasteering in the coastal region of Arrábida offers an intense nature experience. The combination of climbing and cliff jumping, abseiling and swimming has made this trend sport so great. Imagine getting on a helicopter on the banks of the Lisbon River and taking a private scenic flight over the city's skyline as you fly over the city's landmarks or coastline.
Excursions Lisbon: category with children
A holiday with children in Lisbon is surprisingly uncomplicated for a city trip. Whether with baby, toddler or teenager, the city is also made for little heroes. A beach day in Lisbon, a trip on the Elevador de Santa Justa or a boat trip on the Tejo are just as exciting for children as a castle adventure in the Castelo de São Jorge. While the adults might moan over some steps and hills, the children climb the next steps up to one of the view points.
Not only for one of the rare rainy days, the Lisbon Ozenarium on the former Expo site on the banks of the Tejo is recommended for a visit. Europe's largest seawater aquarium is home to more than 12,000 sea creatures from around the world, including sharks and lunar fish, and its unique architecture makes it a family destination. Even more animals can be seen in Lisbon Zoo - also a good address for parents and children in Lisbon. Family tours, which show the city in an entertaining and child-friendly way, are also available in Lisbon.
Excursions Lisbon: category by car
For a pure city holiday in Lisbon you don't necessarily need a car. The local transport network is well developed. Those who still want to be mobile and flexible and want to explore destinations such as Sintra or Cascais with their own car will find good rental car offers and can arrange their routes individually. The surroundings of Lisbon in particular offer some charming landscapes and destinations worth seeing.