Tourist Attractions in Lisbon

The Lisbon area is known for its culture, history and beautiful nature. Below are some options for tours and activities while visiting the city or the area.

Belém: Hop-On Hop-Off Monument Bus Tour

This tour comes with the option of audio guides in Chinese, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

The Lisbon area called Belém is steeped in history and this Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour experience will take you to all the vital historical places. You can choose to get the general views and knowledge by staying on the bus for the full route, around 35 minutes, to see the locations and the outside of the buildings or you can choose to use the bus as transportation between the different sites.

Some of the places included in this tour are Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Culture Centre of Belém (CCB) and the National Coach Museum.

This tour does not include any entrance tickets, but it does offer the convenience of hopping on and off the bus as it suits you at the sites included.

Lisbon: Alternative Walking Tour

This tour is all about creativity and art, and experiencing the works of both local and international artists, from graffiti to master pieces, from small to large, sculptures to posters while at the same time learning about the social history of Portugal.

The walking tour is around 3 hours long, beginning at 02.00 pm, and it starts in the city center before going off the beaten track to areas such as Alfama, Bairro Alto, Baixa and Chiado. You will visit both old and new neighbourhoods and learn about the poets who lived in Lisbon and how their literature contributes to the cultural charm and grace of the city.

You will also take a break at a local ice-cream shop where you can try Portuguese empanadas paired with fresh lemonade before making your way to the most astonishing viewpoint of Lisbon before tracking your way back.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/Transfers

This 4-tour to the area of the Arrábida Mountains with its unique fauna and vegetation and it includes a choice of landmarks and attractions.

Some of the landmarks and attractions available are:

  • Albufeira Lagoon with its warm waters is known as the perfect place for kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing.
  • Praia das Bicas, an unexplored beach in the Sesimbra area that is almost wild, with cliffs that offer wonderful views.
  • Cabo Espichel, an impressive cliff with a sanctuary, the Church of Nossa Senhora de Cabo, and an aqueduct.
  • Zambujal offers the opportunity to see real dinosaur footprints.
  • Sesimbra Castle overlooking Sesimbra, a fishing village situated in a calm water bay.
  • Portinho da Arrábida, a white sandy beach with crystal clear waters in the mouth of the river Sodo.
  • Serra de Arrábida at the top of the ridge with views over the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luis, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros to the north and the crystal clear blue sea, the Tróia peninsula, the islets and the city of Setúbal in other directions.
  • Azeitão in the cellars of José Maria de Fonseca for a tasting of the best regional wines and the local delicacy of Tortas de Azeitão.

This tour includes the hotel pick-up and drop-off, but everything else is at your own expense.

Lisbon Bike Tour: Downtown Lisbon to Belém

This 4 hours Bike Tour of Lisbon provides both the activity of riding a bike with the leisure of flat or descending terrain, without any climbs, making it approachable for most people who can ride a bike. This does however mean that the tour doesn’t end where it starts and if you wish to return to where you started you are on your own getting there. The options are by public transportation – bus, tram or train – or by taxi.

The tour begins at the top of Parque Eduardo VII and will descend down the hills through downtown Lisbon all the way to Lisbon’s historic district Belém.

You will make short stops downtown including a stop where you are offered to try a Portuguese specialty along with a typical drink, and you will make another stop hallway through the tour, at an old café, where you get to try a Portuguese pastry, use the restroom or have another drink (drinks not included at this location).

Your guide will bring their own personal background and experiences of the city and country and you will stop at interesting points in Lisbon for some history and insights.

The tour is approximately 10km long which means it is conducted at a slow pace allowing you to enjoy the panoramic views of the surroundings on your way.

When the tour ends in Belém your guide will gladly suggest some nice restaurants for lunch or sites to visit in the area.

Lisbon: City Cruise by Sailboat at Sunset with Drinks

This unforgettable 2-hour cruise takes place on a sailboat on the Tagus River as the sun sets over Lisbon. Admire the city’s iconic landmarks, the beautiful waterfront scenery and the historical monuments from the water.

Your skipper will greet you and help you settle comfortably into the sailboat and after a welcome toast you will set off to discover the waterways of Lisbon.

The crew will tell you some curiosities and fun facts about the places you are passing as you take in the stunning sights of ships, bridges and golden-lit buildings reflecting the sunset.

Some of the sights you will see on this sailing trip are the Monument to the Discoveries, the grandiose 25 of April Bridge, Commerce Square, Basilica de Estrela and the Castle of Sao Jorge sitting atop the highest peak in Lisbon.

The groups are up to 10 people so the boat will feel peaceful and relaxed as you watch the sun go down over this beautiful and exciting city.

Lisbon: Pena Palace, Sintra, Cabo de Roca & Cascais Daytrip

The tour is a full day experience that starts at 08.20 in the morning and continues for 8 hours.

The tour comes with options of entry tickets to and guided tour of Pena Palace, as well as with the options of hotel pick-up and drop-off for the private tour option.

The journey starts from Lisbon and the first stop is the famous city of Sintra with its Romanticist architecture, historic estates and villas, and numerous royal palaces and castles that has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You can either opt for the entry to Pena Palace or enjoy some free time at this point and since you arrive in Sintra early the chances of avoiding long lines to some of the sights are greater. You will also get to enjoy some free time to wander around Sintra on your own and your guide will give you recommendations of must-see locations and restaurants.

After Sintra the journey continues to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe where you can take in the impressive and powerful views of the ocean crashing against the high rocky cliffs. If the weather permits the journey will then make a stop at Guincho Beach, famous for the strong winds and high swells that make it a popular destination for surfers.

The last stop is in Cascais, an elegant seaside resort town on the Portuguese Riviera with a charming fishing port, a luxurious marina and the restored fort that houses many of the local craftsmen before heading back to Lisbon in the air-conditioned minivan while admiring some more stunning views of the coastline.

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