For some, Lisbon is still considered an insider tip by European comparison, for others the old trading and seafaring city has long been their favourite destination. Because the city, spread over 7 hills, has charisma, is beautiful to fall in love with and such a wonderful place for discovery tours and excursions of all kinds. The Atlantic is just outside the front door and the Tejo flows into the ocean after a long journey through Spain and Portugal in a broad and detailed form. Not only the climate, but also the Mediterranean style of Lisbon is influenced by the proximity to river and sea.
The Portuguese capital is famous and popular for its many facets: for its picturesque quarters, the nostalgia in the streets, for the old castles, impressive sights such as the Bridge of 25 April, the Torre de Belém, for the romantic tram 28 as well as the many viewpoints, for the sinfully delicious Pastéis de Belém and for the Fado, which you can hear during an evening city tour in one of Lisbon's streets.
Lisbon is still where the world meets today. Holidaymakers and visitors appreciate the many cultural influences that have left their mark and flair in the city, the architecture of the centuries, the mild climate all year round with many hours of sunshine, the Atlantic breeze and the wide range of excursions and leisure activities on offer in Lisbon. Just a day trip from the centre and you are at the westernmost point of Europe: Cabo de Roca. Just one ride on the suburban train and you can sunbathe at Praia de Galapinhos, which was named Europe's most beautiful beach in 2017.
Sightseeing is high on the list in this old and modern metropolis. In Lisbon, the historical and the new often lie close together. If you have more time than a long weekend, you can go on many excursions in the surroundings of Lisbon and become an active holidaymaker. Gourmets, however, appreciate adventure tours through the fine and fresh cuisine of the city - whether seafood, national dishes with stockfish or one of the full-bodied wines. Specialities are best tasted where they are cooked like at home.
You can do sightseeing in Lisbon not only on the Segway, by bike or on foot, but also from the water. If you want to explore Lisbon by boat, you can take a boat taxi or sailing boat on the Tagus River past the skyline or take a private sunset cruise. The ferry takes you to the Christo-Rei statue in Almada. The tour from Lisbon centre takes just a quarter of an hour and leads to the other side of the river. The widely visible statue, measuring 28 metres and set on a 75 metre high pedestal, is a major attraction. It is an indispensable destination because of its platform, which offers a breathtaking view of Lisbon.
If you are afraid of the hustle and bustle of the hilly city landscape, take an e-bike or a hop-on/hop-off bus on a guided city tour in Lisbon. If you are looking for a destination for a day trip to Lisbon, a tour to Sintra (World Heritage) is recommended. A city like out of a picture book. A fairytale destination in the middle of the stunning scenery of a nature park and equipped with magnificent architecture, castles and palaces.
Do you dream of an adventure in Lisbon or a tour with some thrills? Then a jeep safari in the Arrábida mountains should be part of the excursion programme - there you can expect a dramatic coastal landscape piled up to the Atlantic, Mediterranean greenery and dense cork oak forests, wild, rough land.
Thanks to numerous beaches close to the centre, holidaymakers also come to Lisbon for swimming, surfing or a beach holiday. Thanks to the comfortable conditions and good infrastructure, water sports and Lisbon belong together with numerous marinas and marinas. Especially on the coast north of Lisbon, surfers will find perfect conditions for their sport and Ericeira, just 35 kilometres away, is a world-renowned and popular surfing refuge.
Beach walkers will love the Costa de Caparica - only 20 minutes away from Lisbon's city centre and easy to reach by shuttle, a holiday and bathing paradise opens up by the sea. Light sandy beaches, promenades and above all surf spots line the shoreline on almost 15 kilometres. Riders also enjoy the luck on horseback at this section of the Atlantic. An active holiday in Lisbon is not only possible, but almost inevitable. The topography brings a constant ups and downs with it and you will find out on excursions and tours in Lisbon how much more a city holiday can be.