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Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

1. Lisbon: 1 or 2-Hour Cruise along the Tagus River

Climb aboard a luxurious yacht for a 1 or 2-hour sailing tour of the coast of Lisbon, departing from the Doca do Bom Sucesso near the historic Belém Tower. Cruise along the tranquil waters of the Tagus River, passing the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city for an appreciation of its maritime and fishing traditions, along with its strategic importance in the defense of Portugal against attack in less peaceful times. Your enthusiastic and experienced skipper will share their knowledge of sailing the Atlantic and Tagus Estuary, as well as provide stories of Lisbon and its surrounding coastline. Your safety is a top priority at all times. Relax on board the stylish boats, which are between 7 and 18 meters long, and feature onboard toilet facilities, a kitchenette, and a CD/MP3/radio audio system to provide the soundtrack to your experience. Choose from a 1-hour morning cruise, a 2-hour day cruise, or a romantic 2-hour sunset cruise.

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Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

2. Lisbon: Tagus River Yellow Boat Tour

On this Tagus River boat trip you’ll enjoy unique views of Lisbon and its hills. Starting in Terreiro do Paço, or downtown Lisbon, the boat passes under the 25 de Abril bridge, and on to Belém, one of the most interesting quarters of Lisbon.  Along the way, you’ll see some of the best known monuments in Belém, including the Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Heading back to Terreiro do Paço, you’ll be able to admire the stunning views of the Lisbon landscape.

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Lisbon Surf Experience

3. Lisbon Surf Experience

Experience the impressive waves of the Atlantic Ocean on a half-day or full-day surf adventure from Lisbon, and discover some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and surf spots for beginners or advanced surfers just 10 to 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. Get to surf some of the coolest hidden spots with a local surfer. Transfer from Lisbon Zoo, enjoying views of the rich coastline and its varied elements along the way. See deserted beaches and uncrowded waves. Go to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River (River Tagus) flows into the ocean. A place of unique natural heritage, the fossil cliffs of Caparica are a “Protected Landscape.” Carved by the fury of the waves and elements of erosion, the coastline receives swells of all kinds. It’s a consistent surf area, offering a variety of waves for all levels of surfing experience. Surf with different sized boards, depending on your skill set. Try different shapes, and discover the most suitable board for you. Full surf equipment and wetsuits are provided, along with optional video footage so you can check out your technique and make any adjustments as needed.

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Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

4. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

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Lisbon: 2-Hour Private Romantic Tagus River Cruise

5. Lisbon: 2-Hour Private Romantic Tagus River Cruise

Experience the best way to relax and get to know Lisbon from a different perspective from the river Tagus for wonderful coastline views. Imagine you and your better half sailing on an exclusive sailing yacht cruise under a magnificent blue sky for 2-hours. The wind will be blowing gently on your face as the yacht slides smoothly on the water, while you admire Lisbon's fascinating coastline. The discrete skipper will open a bottle of sparkling wine while keeping his eyes on the boat and the surroundings to guarantee maximum security on-board. Celebrate on-board special occasions such as being in love, being in Lisbon, marriage proposals, special dates or weddings.

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Lisbon: Sailboat Experience

6. Lisbon: Sailboat Experience

This tour departs from Doca de Santo Amaro, the yacht marina below 25th of April bridge, just 3.7 kilometers from downtown Lisbon. With its former warehouses having been transformed into bars and restaurants, it's a great place to meet. After welcoming you aboard “Mabi IV” a 45 feet luxury sailing yacht, the tour begins by sailing under the iconic bridge and past the Statue of Christ. This tour has a duration of 2 hours, enough time to relax and find out about all the river front history and enjoy the beautiful historic monuments, starting with the first electricity coal factory from the 19th century, followed by the recently finished museum of architecture (MAAT), passing the (in)famous Belem Tower, Praça do Comércio and many more fascinating places.

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From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. Join an easy activity that's suitable for all ages, ideal for groups of friends, couples, families and team building activities. Additionally, enjoy a boat tour of the Arrábida coast. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. Once there, feel free to explore the amazing seafloor and the aquatic life of Arrabida's crystal clear waters as well the small caves brimming with mussels and clamshells. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.

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Surfing and Yoga in Lisbon

8. Surfing and Yoga in Lisbon

Head to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River flows into the sea. A place of unique natural heritage, the fossil cliffs of Caparica are listed as a Protected Landscape. Book this 5-hour program and treat your body and mind to a special day on the Portuguese coast. Your day begins with a one-hour yoga workshop with a certified instructor who will guide in order to experience deep relaxation through simple movements and repetitions. After stretching and relaxing the body and mind, receive a two-hour surf lesson with all the equipment provided along with video footage so you can check out your technique and make any adjustments as needed. This active tour offers the perfect opportunity to see a beautiful part of Portugal while learning or practicing two healthy and fun activities.

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Lisbon: Full-Day Sesimbra Kayak Tour with Picnic

9. Lisbon: Full-Day Sesimbra Kayak Tour with Picnic

The Sesimbra Tour starts from a meeting point in Lisbon (Rua Jardim do Tabaco, number 2). Head to Sesimbra, a small fisherman's village, and set off from its port. Start paddling to reach beautiful cliffs, turquoise green waters, caves, and an inaccessible and wild beach, known as Ribeiro do Cavalo. On your tour, benefit from a transfer from the meeting point, a picnic lunch with fruits, water, sandwiches and juices at the beach, snorkeling masks to watch the exotic fish around the corals, and enjoy beach games.

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Lisbon Shore Excursion: 1.5-Hour Old Town Segway Tour

10. Lisbon Shore Excursion: 1.5-Hour Old Town Segway Tour

Experience the most exclusive city tour of Lisbon, specifically designed for people who want to see a lot of Lisbon in a small amount of time. Enjoy a 1.5-hour Segway tour with experienced and friendly guides that will have you well acquainted with this beautiful city. Start your tour at the Cruise Terminal where you will meet your guide and fellow participants. Your tour will start with an orientation session and once you feel comfortable riding the Segway, the journey to the Old Town area will start. First stop will be Alfama, a place full of memories where you can see and feel the presence of its Moorish past. Marvel at the area's architecture, the meandering streets and steep flights of steps, arcades, cozy squares and, whitewashed houses that make this place so picturesque. Follow this with a trip to the National Pantheon, also known as St. Engratia Church. Witness a majestic baroque monument that took three centuries to build (from 1682 to 1966) and see the resting place of the most important cultural and political figures in the country. You will also get the chance to take some time out to have a rest and take some beautiful holiday snaps.  Leaving the Pantheon behind you’ll arrive at the famous Flea Market location (which takes place only on Tuesdays and Saturdays). Venture through a large area where you can visit the Santa Clara Market (a building from 1877) and a beautiful garden called Botto Machado that has a beautiful view over the river. Enjoy another must-see destination on your Segway tour with a visit to Mouraria, Lisbon's most multicultural neighborhood. Before heading back to the Cruise Terminal you will also get to stop by the Lisbon Cathedral and admire it from the outside.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 71 reviews

This is a must do activity in Lisbon! We are surfing beginners (that may even be generous) but my husband and I had the best time! Nuno was a fantastic instructor, very patient and encouraging, but also was very observant in making sure that everybody was having fun and being safe. The transportation to and from Lisbon Zoo was also such a plus. From initially booking all the way until the activity everything was so well planned, Filipe checked in with us for the size of our wetsuits and let us know about a slight adjustment in our start time in order to make sure we had good waves. This is a can’t miss activity and probably our favourite day in Lisbon!

Filipe was very professional and helpful. Very knowledgable and full of general information too ! Good equipment and level of tuition very good. Highly recommend. Pity about the wind but unfortunately no control over it ,

Great orginisation, very nice instuctor with a great way of teaching. We would definitely take this course again. Really enjoyed our morning surfing! Would recommend this to others!

The trainer was such a nice person, explained everything very well and the whole experience felt exciting but very safe. I would definitely do this again. Thank you, Nuno!

Very nice trip. I thought they had wine and snacks available. We did not get any snacks.