We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

We went on a morning boat trip in Lisbon

By Bo, co-founder of SeaBookings, working from Lisbon:

I love it when my colleague and friend, Lianne from the Netherlands, is around!

I love it when my colleague and friend, Lianne from the Netherlands, is around!

When my colleague Lianne was visiting us for a few days in Lisbon, of course, we wanted to go on a sailing trip in Lisbon. We contacted one of our newest tour operators in Lisbon, to grab this opportunity to meet them and their boats in person. We scheduled a morning boat trip in Lisbon, departing from Belém.

Most boat tours on the Tagus River in Lisbon depart from Belém. From the city center, you can reach Belém by several means. There are a train, a bus and a tram. Or you can go by Uber or even be more adventurous and go by bike or one of the many electric kick scooters you can find around town. I and Lianne went on an even more original way to Belém. Lianne went on my bike and I went running. Like that, I’d have my daily exercise done, with about 7K 🙂

About our morning boat trip in Lisbon

Some adventure on a electric kick scooter is always fun!

Some adventure on an electric kick scooter is always fun!

At the gate in Belém, we were welcomed by our skippers and guides, Zé and Luís. They guided us to the boat. Lucky us! It was one of the biggest and fanciest sailing yachts in the dock! The boat was a Bavaria 36 Cruiser of 11,50m. After a small briefing of which route we’d be taking, we were ready to go out to the Tagus River. In a small group, you have a more intimate experience and can ask the captains everything you like.

Actually, this was my first morning boat trip in Lisbon as the ones before were all sunset tours. A sunset cruise is great as the colors of the sky can become really impressive. But I really appreciated seeing my beautiful city with this different morning light. We first cruised in Western direction to observe the Monument of Discoveries and the Belém Tower. Luís, one of the guides, is an enthusiastic local who proudly explained who were the main figures represented on the Monument of Discoveries as well as the history behind the Belém Tower. In fact, I never had such a detailed explanation of these two landmarks of Lisbon. I’m not going to tell all to you here, but if you’re interested, just book this sightseeing tour to discover Lisbon 😉

The emblematic Belém Tower

The emblematic Belém Tower

After the turn in direction of Lisbon’s downtown, we had the wind in our back and managed to feel the art of sailing for a while. While passing by some other boats, Luís showed me how the AIS (Automatic Identification System) worked. Quite cool how you can see a lot of information about each boat, like its ID, brand, owner and even next destination in some cases.

These tours are also cool to get to know a little bit more about the sailing itself

These tours are also cool to get to know a little bit more about the sailing itself

On the way to Praça do Comércio, we passed by “Cordoaria Nacional”. Luís explained that the Cordoaria, is a former naval rope-making factory. It now functions as an exhibition centre. Then, we sailed by the Electricity Museum, which was a charcoal power plant back in the days. Next to it, you’ll find the famous MAAT museum with its characteristic architecture. Praça do Comércio, or Terreiro do Paço, was one of the highlights of this morning boat trip in Lisbon. You get a great perspective over this majestic square. From a sailing boat, you get unique views of Lisbon.

Unique views from the Tagus River

Unique views from the Tagus River

On our way back to the dock, along the South bench of the River, it started raining a bit. The rain was quite unexpected in June, but fortunately, the skippers had already prepared the boat with a cover in the back. Like this, we could still sit outside and enjoy the views of the city despite the rain. We could see the famous Cristo Rei and the 25th of April Bridge too.

We strongly recommend this Dourada after the trip!

We strongly recommend this Dourada after the trip!

Once we arrived at the dock, we were rather hungry and asked the skippers to recommend a restaurant. Well, that was a great recommendation. We had a delicious Golden Bream with white wine and a view over the Tagus River at “O Pedrouços”.

On our way back home, I was a bit too full to run, so along with the bike, we rented a kick scooter and had a lot of fun! A perfect morning I would say! I actually even learned a lot about my city! This program is also a nice day trip if you’re staying in Cascais.

sunset boat trip in Lisbon

We went on a sunset boat trip in Lisbon on a typical boat!

By Bo, founder of SeaBookings, who finally went to try out our sunset boat trip in Lisbon on a typical boat.

Welcome aboard of Seja Feliz!

Welcome aboard of Seja Feliz!

Oh wow, this sunset boat trip in Lisbon made me fall so in love with this city! I’m a Lisbon lover, it’s true. I fall in love with this city day after day. Do you want to feel this too? Then you should definitely, try our sunset boat trip in Lisbon on a typical boat.

Stunning views over the city

Stunning views over the city

The sunset boat trip in Lisbon departs from the city center, Ribeira das Naus. This is, in my point of view a big advantage compared to departing from Belém, which can be quite a hassle to reach from the city center. After getting our ticket at the boat terminal of Cais do Sodré, we walked to the boarding pontoon at Ribeira das Naus. Soon, the beautiful “Seja Feliz”, which means “Be Happy” arrived. This boat is a typical boat from the Tagus estuary from 1947. It was used to transport wine and meat from the South bench of Lisbon to the Northern one. The boat was converted to a touristic vessel, with an engine, comfortable seats, inflatable rescue boats, life jackets and even a toilet on board. It can take up to 47 people!

This sunset boat trip in Lisbon takes about 2 hours. In my point of view, this is just enough. Two hours is enough to cruise along Terreiro do Paço to Santa Apolónia and then turn and cruise all the way to the Tower of Belém. Along the way, the sunset boat trip in Lisbon passed by several landmarks of the city. You can see the different neighbourhoods, like Baixa, Alfama, Cais do Sodré, Santos and Belém. You can also observe some of the most emblematic monuments of town, like the Tower of Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Monument of the Discoveries. In addition, some architectural highlights, like the 25th of April Bridge, MAAT Museum and the Champalimaud Foundation can be observed from the Tagus River.

We did the tour as a couple and it's ideal for families and groups of friends too!

We did the tour as a couple and it’s ideal for families and groups of friends too!

One thing we particularly liked on this tour was the staff. Si, Joana and Luís, were constantly interacting with the people on board. Si knows a lot about the history of the city of Lisbon and proudly shares some interesting facts along this sunset boat trip in Lisbon. In the meantime, Joana and Luís were manoeuvring the boat and serving us some water and a delicious cold white wine.

Sailing by the impressive MAAT when the sun had already set

Sailing by the impressive MAAT when the sun had already set

We highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Lisbon. This sunset boat trip in Lisbon is the perfect way to end the day. Especially on a hot day, where the Tagus River has a delicious refreshing effect! On board of our tour were families with kids, groups of friends and couples. We’re sure everybody loved it. You could see it by the beautiful smiles while we disembarked. Many thanks, Rui and his team for this great experience. We’ll be back soon!

"Seja Feliz"! Be Happy!

Seja Feliz! Be Happy!