Sunset sailing trip in Lisbon: the best way to see the city

We invited our friend, Flávia Mota from the blog “Almost Locals”, to experience our sunset sailing trip in Lisbon. Flávia, from Brazil, shares her experience about the Sunset sailing trip in Lisbon in this article. It’s a great way to get to know the city and enjoy the Tagus River by sunset:

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The sight over the North Bank of the River

There is something magical about sunsets in Lisbon. The (usually amazing) sky gets even prettier in dawn time, changing from blue into shades of orange, pink and purple, before the night arrives. But watching the sun go down in the Portuguese capital is even more special when you do it by the river, on a sunset sailing trip in Lisbon.

The sunset sailing trip in Lisbon departs from Docas de Bom Sucesso, a small harbor nearby the famous Belém Tower. This amazing monument is the first one you can see once the sail begins and you will get a very privileged sight of it from the water of the Tagus.

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The famous 25th of April Bridge

For the first hour of the sunset sailing trip in Lisbon, the boat goes up river, as close as possible to the North bank of the Tagus. From the boat, you’ll get a glimpse of the Cais do Sodré area, Ribeira das Naus, the very beautiful yellow buildings surrounding Praça do Comércio, and the uphill white maze that is Alfama.

If you are not familiar with Lisbon sights, don’t worry. During the sunset sailing trip in Lisbon the skipper will keep you informed about what you see and share some interesting facts about the city and about the sailing experience itself.

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Cristo Rei on the South Bank

Once the boat turns back, the second part of this sunset sailing trip in Lisbon starts: closer to the South Bank of the Tagus you will see the statue of Cristo Rei and the remainings of the fishing industry that once was set in Almada.

As the boat goes down the Tagus, you pass by cargo ships, ferries and other kinds of boats coming and going, passing by. But the most amazing sight is, of course, the sun going down. The beauty of the colors when the end of the day comes is the cherry top of this sunset sailing trip in Lisbon.

Tips for your sunset sailing trip in Lisbon:

  • Sailing through the Tagus is great even if you are travelling alone, but if you are in a group, arrangements can be made so that you can have it all for you and your family / friends;
  • Wear comfortable shoes, so you can move easily inside the boat;
  • Always bring a coat, because it might get too windy even during summer;
  • Make sure you have enough battery and memory space on your camera / phone. You will take amazing pictures during this sunset sailing;
  • If you want to eat something before the sunset sailing, choose something light;
  • You’ll get complimentary beverages and drinks on the boat;
  • Arrive on time on the departure point;
  • There are sunset sailings all year long, no matter when you are coming, jump aboard. But book on time, so you can make sure your spot is secured!
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Flávia enjoying her time while sailing in  Lisbon

Many thanks to Flávia for translating this unforgettable experience of the sunset sailing tour in Lisbon into words. Now, grab a group of friends, set a date and enjoy Lisbon from a different perspective with a stunning sunset! Happy sailing!

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Things to do in Lisbon during the Web Summit 2018

We live in Lisbon. We love Lisbon. The capital of Portugal is a very welcoming city. These days, a lot of people, more than 70.000 to be more exact, will be visiting Lisbon to attend the Web Summit, one of the greatest tech conferences in the world. If you are one of those lucky people, read on, we’ve selected the best things to do in Lisbon just for you!

Lisbon, the city of the seven hills, is known for its nice blend of richness in culture, history, shopping, nightlife and startup scene. From all of its seven hills, you can find many “miradouros” – viewpoints – to enjoy the stunning sights over the imposing São Jorge Castle, the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, the Tagus Estuary and the 25 de Abril Bridge. Being a coastal capital city, some of the best things to do in Lisbon are related to the ocean or the river. Just outside the city, you’ll find a beautiful string of Atlantic beaches, from Estoril to Cascais.

The Web Summit takes place from November 6th to 9th. Usually, the weather in Lisbon is already a bit “winterish” this time of the year. For now, temperatures are expected to range between 14 and 22 degrees celcius and it seem to be some sunny days. We recommend bringing an umbrella as you never know. Keep up with the local weather here.

In our personal opinion, and as locals, the best things to do in Lisbon are:

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One of the best thing to do in Lisbon: eat!

1. Eat codfish and other fresh fish

Yes, if you love fish and other seafood, Lisbon is a paradise. In fact, you can eat a freshly grilled fish on every corner of the street in Lisbon. The fish is always fresh and usually served with boiled potatoes and veggies. Codfish is served in many different styles: grilled, cooked, baked with cream in the oven, fried with grated potato, and so on.

Of course, there are many meat and vegetarian options too. Our favorite restaurant for some freshly grilled fish and meat is “O Último Porto”. It’s not that easy to get there, but a taxi or a nice walk will take you there and you won’t regret 😉

If you want to get a truly local experience, why not join a walking food tour? Our friend Luciana is a specialist in all of Lisbon’s foodie secrets 😉

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The number one things to do in Lisbon: Oceanarium

2. Go to the Oceanarium

I remember going to the Oceanarium back in 1999 when it opened. Since then, of course, I’ve been there again. The Oceanarium is one of the best things to do in Lisbon on a rainy day. The Oceanarium actually ranks #1 on the things to do in Lisbon by TripAdvisor! You can spend and entire morning or afternoon here. It’s very educational (for all ages), very friendly and easy to access, especially if you’re staying near Parque das Nações for the Web Summit.

One of our favorite museums: Contemporary Art

3. Enjoy Portuguese art at the National Museum of Contemporary Art

Personally one of my favorite museums of Lisbon. Another great thing to do if the weather is not helping. Located in Chiado, in the heart of the city, only the building is worth a visit. The building has a neo-modern architectural style that respects and honors the pre-existing historical vestiges. I really enjoyed the temporary exhibition that is on at the moment: a retrospective exhibition of the stereoscopic photographs of Francisco Afonso Chaves, a Azorean naturalist. The permanent collection crosses the history of Portuguese art from the second half of the 19th century until today. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays: 10am-6am and costs 4,50€.

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Sailing is one of the best things to do in Lisbon as you get a unique perspective over the city

4. Feel the city vibe from a different perspective on a sunset sailing tour in Lisbon

On the blog of SeaBookings, of course, we have to recommend a boat tour. This 2h boat tour gives you a unique perspective over the city. It’s one of the most special things to do in Lisbon as it takes place during sunset, giving the trip a magical touch. Recently, Brazilian blogger Flávia tried the sailing tour in Lisbon and shared her experience on the blog. Make sure to book on time to assure your seat.

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Feel the surf trend on a surf trip from Lisbon!

5. Grab your first wave during a surfing lesson

Lisbon has been in the news as a candidate to the new tech capital with sun, startups and surf. Yes, within 20min from the city center of Lisbon, you can go surfing. Surfing is a very popular sport under the locals and expats in Lisbon and going on a surf trip is a great way to feel this trend. Surfing in Lisbon will also count as the workout you needed during those days away from home!

We recommend booking a full surf trip. A local surfer will pick you up at your accommodation and take you to the best surf spot according to the conditions and your level of experience. You’ll get a theoretical introduction on the beach before jumping into the waves. A lot of fun is guaranteed and believe us, by the end of the day, you’ll be happy to be in bed!

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Wander or run around the narrow alleys and stunning “miradouros”

6. Get lost in Alfama / Mouraria

Alfama and Mouraria are our favorite neighborhoods in Lisbon. If feels great to wander around the narrow streets and cute squares to stumble upon hidden “miradouros”. Grab a coffee and a pastry so now and then or have a glass of Portuguese wine with a view. You can explore these neighborhoods on your own or you can get a local to walk you through or even run you to the most exciting points of interest.

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The imponent monument of the Discoveries in Belém

7. Discover Belém

Belém is the “Discovery” neigborhood of Lisbon. From here, the discoverers left Portugal to conquer the world. You can find several touristic attractions and monuments related to the Age of the Discoveries in Belém: Torre de Belém (the tower), Padrão dos Descobrimentos (the Discovery monument) and the impotent Monastery of Jerónimos. Don’t leave Belém without having one of the famous and delicious pastries – pastel de Belém. The cue to get them may look big, but it’s rather fast. You can eat the pastel in the cafe itself with a nice coffee or take away and sit on the grass by the river to grab some sun.

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Having a drink in Cais do Sodré is one of the must things to do in Lisbon

8. Grab a drink in Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré

Lisbon’s nightlife is amazing. In the famous Bairro Alto the idea is to grab a drink in one of the little bars and drink it on the street. You’ll be surrounded by hipsters, Erasmus students, LGBT, or others, depending on the street you’re in. Accept the challenge to find the cheapest beer: 0,50€ for 33cl or discover the best Caipirinha in town! After Bairro Alto, go with the flow down to Cais do Sodre for some more drinks on the streets or try some dance moves. Wanna dance a bit more? Grab an Uber or Taxify to Lux, the best discotheque of town and choose your music genre on one of the three dancing floors.

That’s Lisbon. What else. Of course there are many more things to do. Tourist things, like grabbing tram number 28 or going to a Fado concert, for example. Depending on your taste and available time, go and have some fun. We love Lisbon and are happy to share some  more tips & tricks with you, so feel free to throw some questions or suggestions! And enjoy the Web Summit! See you there!

Sailing in Lisbon – Sunset, Friends and Fun

Our client and friend, Inês, offered us to share her experience about sailing in Lisbon. It’s a great way to get to know the city and enjoy the Tagus River by sunset. Check it out:

Sunset, Sailing, Friends and Fun

Junta um grupo para um passeio de barco no Tejo

Join a group of friends and come sailing in Lisbon!

The Dock of Belém, Lisbon, on a late afternoon of a beautiful summer Saturday, friends and a sailboat just for us, with skippers, beer, champagne and fresh cherries waiting for us. We’re gonna go sailing in Lisbon!

Yes, I know it sounds like a scene from a movie or who is a multimillionaire, but is not the case, I assure you!

It was just what I did last weekend and (yet) with a smile, here I share this fantastic experience that SeaBookings has given us and that is accessible to all (to have an idea, rather than going out to dinner I went sailing in Lisbon).

Champagne e amigos num passeio de barco no Tejo

Champagneand friends while sailing in Lisbon

Once we embarked on Blangai, Gonçalo and Filipe, our skippers, kindly explained in detail how our tour would be (we could even decide what route would be!). The also explained all the specifics of the vessel and some sailing techniques and all the security measures. “Above all, we want you to have fun!”, they told us and so we did.

We set sail in the direction of Santa Apolonia, while Gonçalo enthusiastically explained some technical sailing stuff.

Vistas únicas!

Unique views over the city!

We crossed the bridge of the 25th of April and dazzled with that architectural colossus. On the right side we contemplate the margin of Almada, Cristo Rei, the beauty of Gingal Pier. On the left the hills of Lisbon show up and we realize the urban history of the city with this point of view.

We passed Cais do Sodre and the renewed Ribeira da Naus and remember the courage Portuguese sailors had over 500 years ago when they conquered the oceans from that place! Sailing in Lisbon, without engine, without fuel, just with the mastery of natural resources: the tides, the wind and the stars.

O majestoso Tereiro do Paço, Sé e Castelo

The majestic Terreiro do Paço, Sé and Castelo

We arrived at Terreiro do Paço and looked at this square from a magnificent viewpoint. This image represents the city of the Tagus, which so many times seen in the history books, now there live and in color!

I see the São Jorge Castle, the Cathedral, the typical neighborhoods of old Lisbon, the Pantheon. Even with the views and thoughts back in history, I quickly return to the twenty-first century, with my friends who give me a glass of champagne to do a toast (some with beer, others with champagne!). We do three “cheers”: to life, to friendship and to this spectacular evening!

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Tall Ships Races in Lisbon ’16

The day was particularly special for sailing in Lisbon, as in Santa Apolónia the largest free nautical festival in Europe took place: the Tall Ships Races, the traditions of the great sailing ships. And we visited this event from the best point of view: there were 50 tall ships from around the world and crew members of various nationalities, right there next to us!

We then turned around. The skippers warned us as the boat turned while we playfully let ourselves slip, laughing and splashing water with our legs. Our concern was not to spill the drinks!

Os skippers: Gonçalo e Filipe

The skippers: Gonçalo and Filipe

We started to sail down the river while the sun began to set, a true “Kodak” moment (I confess that I lost count of the number of photos we took I am not “photo-addicted” but it was impossible to not capture the moments and unique landscapes we enjoyed during that ride).

In zen-mode, I closed my eyes and felt the warm breeze, the boat and the freshness of the river. It gave me the feeling of complete relaxation. I do not know how much time had passed, but it had the effect of 25 massages, 5 yoga classes 5 and at least 3 meditation sessions.

Torre de Belém ao pôr-do-sol

Torre de Belém by sunset

After this “time for myself,” I went back to friends and the toasts! We passed the Monument to the Discoveries and arrived at the Belém Tower. This tower is UNESCO World -Heritage and voted one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It was a privilege to watch this monument from the river and we realized its defense function of the Tagus estuary.

The tour was already over and it was time to return to the dock. The tide and the wind changed and even the engine could not move us. No, no one came into stress because we knew we were in total safety. Gonçalo and Filipe quickly opened the front of the sail. In the end, for us it was even better because we experienced to “sail the bowline” (follow in the opposite direction of the wind).

Momentos de amizade

Moments of friendship while sailing in Lisbon

We enjoyed the final part of the ride to the fullest, in between champagne and fresh cherries the crew kindly offered us. I’m sure that you now think: “I want that too”.

The best of it all is that this experience was not only for me, you can do it too! Join a group of friends and contact SeaBookings! I will definitely repeat! It’s even much more accessible than we think and is at a distance of a click through SeaBookings! Let’s go? 🙂

Inês

Momentos Kodak!

Kodak moments!

Many thanks to Inês for translating this unforgettable experience of sailing in Lisbon into words. As Inês said, we’re happy to organize the same for you. Just grab a group of friends and tell us when and where and we’ll arrange a unique and unforgettable experience just for you, according to your budget! Happy sailing!