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.

Lisbon in Winter

3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter

Lisbon is probably one of the most booming cities in the south of Europe. No wonder – with the colorful mix of culture, cuisine, sea and sun it’s the perfect destination for a city trip. The fact that you can get cheap flights from pretty much every other European country facilitates it even more! And there’s more! Wanna know what? Here are our top 3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter!

Lisbon's colors by night

Lisbon’s colors by night

  1. There are fewer crowds at the tourist attractions in Lisbon in Winter

The first and probably most obvious one of the top 3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter is the fact, that there are a lot fewer tourists in the city! This way, you can visit all the main tourist attractions without having to wait for too long in the queues and take pictures of the monuments without many people around!

The tower of Belém, Jeronimos monastery, São Jorge castle and the famous Cristo Rei are just some of the main attractions in Lisbon you can enjoy and admire during your short trip to Lisbon in Winter without them being overcrowded! If you want, you can also join one of our sightseeing boat tours in Lisbon. In our opinion, it’s the best way to explore the main attractions from the River Tagus!

Get aboard of "Évora" for a sightseeing cruise

Get aboard of “Évora” for a sightseeing cruise

Sitting on the deck of a comfortable boat in the sun, sipping on a coffee and at the same time admiring all the historic attractions of Lisbon while cruising past them – there’s no better way to relax! Who said boat tours are only fun in summer? In winter you get to enjoy them just as much, we promise!

  1. The mild weather 

Did you also know, that Lisbon has 3x more hours of sunshine during the winter months than the average of northern Europe? And that in the coldest month, which is January, the average temperature is between 11°C and 19°C. Doesn’t sound too bad for winter, hey? Surely if you come from Nothern Europe, these mild temperatures will be a total plus for you and one of the top 3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter!

On some days, your can even enjoy a coffee in the sun wearing only a t-shirt!

On some days, you can even enjoy a coffee in the sun wearing only a t-shirt!

Walking around the cute little streets of Lisbon without a big coat and a lot of layers to keep you warm sounds pretty inviting, don’t you think!? If you visit Lisbon in winter, you can enjoy your “bica”, a small coffee, and the delicious pastry Pastel de Nata sitting on the terrace of a cute café in the sunshine. If you sit there long enough, you’ll even be able to get a little tan  in the sweet sun of Lisbon! Surely this is a great alternative to those dark and cold winter days!

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Stall along Lisbon’s narrow streets or catch the tram

Another reason for the mild weather being one of the top 3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter is that you can actually walk around the city without getting too hot! The temperatures in summer can get pretty high in Lisbon! All those hilly streets don’t look too inviting if you’re pouring down sweat! In winter you can explore the city walking, and don’t start sweating like a pig!

  1.   More affordable accommodation and meals

Obviously, most of the prices for hotels, etc. are lower during the off-season than they are in high season! So if you look around, you might find some pretty amazing deals for your short break in Lisbon in winter! From flights, hotel, to boat tours and any other kind of activity, like dolphin watching for example – mostly you will find cheaper prices and pretty good deals during the winter months!

Lisbon Yellow bus

Enjoy a walk along the monuments in Belém without too many tourists

In fact, January is actually the time of the year where you can get the cheapest hotel rooms! Flights are generally the cheapest in November, but really they are still super cheap in January! If you’re lucky, you can, for example, fly from Germany to Lisbon and back for only 20€! That’s definitely a reason for a short trip to Lisbon, right!? As we saw, you can actually enjoy the city better than during summer and spend a lot less money!

Even some restaurants and cafés have the low season and high season prices. And compared to northern european countries, the cost of eating out in Lisbon and Portugal in general is a lot cheaper! So if you visit Lisbon in winter and save money for hotel and flights, you actually can spend more money on yummy food and other fun stuff! Why not try surfing in Lisbon with the extra money? 

Surfing in Lisbon

Surfing in Lisbon is done all year round

As you can see, Lisbon is a perfect destination for a little winter getaway! These were our top 3 reasons for a short trip to Lisbon in winter, but we can assure you that there are maaaaany more!

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We experienced an amazing sunset tour in Lisbon

It was a nice and sunny day in Lisbon and at night we had a delicious dinner by the river with a nice view. I saw boats passing by and I thought to myself, that would be an awesome thing to do. Sailing along the river on a sunset tour in Lisbon and seeing the city from another perspective.

Together with my boyfriend and two friends we decided to do a sunset tour in Lisbon on a smaller boat. I really like to have some quality time with friends and I think sailing on a smaller boat makes that possible! We went to the Doca de Belém and with only 8 other people we went on the boat.

Feel welcome on this cute motor catamaran

Feel welcome on this cute motor catamaran

There were seats in de back and front of the boat. We were sitting on the front of the boat where the couch was covered with bean bags. The environment was immediately what I hoped for. Nice people on board and everyone was excited to see the skyline of Lisbon and an amazing sunset from the boat.

When the sunset tour in Lisbon started it was still nice and warm and because there is always a breeze on board it made it even more comfortable. During daytime, it was so hot, that a refreshing boat tour was just what we needed.

The other people on board were also enjoying

The other people on board were also enjoying

When everyone was sitting relaxed and enjoying the view, André explained us about the highlights of Lisbon. We passed by MAAT, the 25 de Abril bridge and Cristo Rei. Look how amazing this view is while passing under this impressive bridge. Another thing what really impressed me was the sound of cars, buses and trains that are driving over the bridge!

The beautiful bridge

The beautiful bridge

After a nice explanation of some of the highlights, André offered us a cold drink and some snacks. There was even this fish pate with different kinds of flavors; typical of Lisbon, delicious! It was so nice because everyone was chatting with each other and I could see that everyone was enjoying this sunset tour in Lisbon to the fullest.

Enjoy the magical colors!

Enjoy the magical colors!

The most wonderful thing for me was the tower of Belém. I didn’t know that from the river this tower looks even more beautiful. It appears that all the buildings are built with the best side facing the river, so from the boat, we could admire these amazing highlights even more. Did you know that the tower of Belém was built as the first line of defence from invaders on the river Tejo? This beautiful tower is even more impressive to see from the river during sunset!

sunset tour in Lisbon

Great activity to do with friends!

Thank you so much, André, for the nice stories you told us during the sunset boat tour in Lisbon and thank you, Daniel, for navigating safely over the river showing us all the places we needed to see. The next time I visit Lisbon I will surely do a boat tour with you again. Maybe in the morning as you really recommended this? 😉

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!

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How to get from Lisbon to Setúbal

Portugal is a beautiful destination for curious travellers! There are so many hidden gems all across the country! Even if you’re staying in Lisbon, you can still explore so many different regions of the country, since everything is so close!

Have you ever heard about Setúbal for example? It’s a beautiful city about 48km South of Lisbon that has A LOT to offer! It is located right next to the beautiful Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, where nature lovers can explore beautiful landscapes and untouched nature. South of the city you also have the enchanting Sado River. And guess who lives in that river? A dolphin colony! That’s why our dolphin watching in Setúbal is so popular! The chance to get to see the wild dolphin colony in the Sado River is extremely high!

Sehenswürdigkeiten in Setúbal

Setúbal is a stunning destination for nature lovers

If you have time, you can even get on a ferry across the river and visit the peninsula Tróia. Its beautiful white-sanded beaches make you feel like you’re in paradise!

Do you need any more reasons to visit Setúbal? We don’t think so! That’s why we want to help you by showing the best ways to get from Lisbon to Setúbal. That way, you can plan a little day trip during your stay in Lisbon. So here are the best ways of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal!

Best ways to get from Lisbon to Setúbal

By train the ride is more comfortable

By train the ride is more comfortable

  1. Train from Lisbon to Setúbal

Probably the easiest, fastest and cheapest way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal! You can catch a train from the stations Roma-Areeiro, Entrecampos, Sete Rios or Campolide straight to Setúbal! The train is operated by www.fertagus.pt and costs about 4,50€ one way.

The advantage of catching a train is that you don’t run any risk of getting caught in traffic at the Bridge 25 de Abril leaving the city. That’s why this is a good option!

There is also the possibility to catch one of the state-run trains from cp.pt. For that, you just have to cross the River Tagus by ferry! To get from Lisbon to Setúbal by ferry, catch the ferry from Terreiro do paço to Barreiro. This takes about 15-20 minutes, costs around 2€  and is a fun experience! From Barreiro, check cp.pt for timetables going to Setúbal!

As you can see, it is quite easy to get from Lisbon to Setúbal by train! You can choose to do the longer and more exciting route by catching a ferry or opt for the fast way and go straight from Lisbon to Setúbal!

The bus is a cheap option

The bus is a cheap option

  1. Bus from Lisbon to Setúbal

There is also the option to catch a bus to get from Lisbon to Setúbal. The bus company that goes there is TST. You can catch line 561 from Praça da Espanha, which is connected to the blue metro line. Otherwise, you also have the option to catch line 562 from Oriente if you need a stop connected to the red metro line!

The busses also take around an hour and cost 4,45€ one way. But be careful – if you catch a bus during rush hour, you might get into heavy traffic leaving or entering the city, as there are many people living in Setúbal and working in Lisbon.

However, the fact that the bus is an easy and cheap option makes it a great way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal! Check www.tsuldotejo.pt for timetables of the bus lines.

Another reason to visit Setúbal - Choco Frito

Another reason to visit Setúbal – Choco Frito

  1. Taxi, Uber or Rental Car from Lisbon to Setúbal

If you’re travelling with your family or a group of friends, a taxi or Uber might also be a good option. It costs around 45-50€ to get from Lisbon to Setúbal by taxi or Uber! Personally, we prefer Uber (or Taxify) as it’s cheaper and the cars and drivers are generally nicer.

Or why not rent a car? That way you’re even more flexible and can explore more of the region around Setúbal as well! During high season, prices per day for a rental car start at around 50-55€. In low season, you can rent cars a lot cheaper. Just be aware that a lot of car rental companies ask for a deposit of 1.000€ on your credit card.

Another alternative are the private transfers from Lisbon to Setúbal. A private driver will pick you up and take you to your desired destination. We recommend RobustPerfection, with a “perfect” transfer service all around Portugal.

Getting from Lisbon to Setúbal by taxi or car takes around 40 minutes! So it is definitely the fastest way of how to get from Lisbon to Setúbal!

The dolphins will welcome you in Setúbal!

The dolphins will welcome you in Setúbal!

Once you made it to Setúbal, make sure to get the most of this beautiful region. The Arrábida Natural Park is definitely worth a visit, as well as the Estuary of the Sado River. And as mentioned above, our dolphin watching tour in Setúbal will be the highlight of your day trip from Lisbon to Setúbal! Observing the wild dolphins that live in the Sado is a beautiful experience!

We hope you have a beautiful stay in Portugal and enjoy everything to the fullest!

How to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra

How to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra

Lisbon is a great city to spend your holidays. You have everything there – culture, good food, party, beaches, a river and much more. And what makes it even better are the many possibilities for awesome day trips to discover more of Portugal! One of these day trips is a trip to Sesimbra!

Because we want to help you make the most of your stay in Lisbon, we decided to make a post about how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra! The easiest way to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra are our transfers, which start at 25€ per person and pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Lisbon.

canoeing in Sesimbra

Sesimbra is a nice day trip for nature lovers

Sesimbra is an authentic little beach resort about 40 km south of Lisbon. Its stunning landscapes and relaxing beaches will enchant you. We have plenty of boat tours and exciting activities like scuba diving and coasteering in Sesimbra! Lots of reasons to plan your day trip from Lisbon to Sesimbra now!

Here are the best and easiest ways how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra:

The bus is a cheap option

The bus is a cheap option

  1. Bus

This is the easiest option to consider when thinking about how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra! The bus is operated by TST and departs from the bus station in Praça da Espanha (blue metro line) or Alcantara to Sesimbra. The bus number is either 207 or 260. They both take about an hour and cost you 4,35€ to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra.

Make sure you arrive with some time if you’re departing from Praça da Espanha, as it can be a little confusing finding the right bus station the first time. The ticket is purchased with the bus driver and is not part of the Viva Viagem ticket. On www.tsuldotejo.pt you can find the timetables for the two busses. They usually depart once an hour and more frequently during weekdays.

The Bus is really the cheapest and easiest option to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra. You just hop in and hop out at the last stop, which is the bus station at Avenida da Liberdade in Sesimbra! From there, you arrive right in the town centre and have about a 5-minute walk to the beach!

By train the ride is more comfortable

By train the ride is more comfortable

  1. Train

There is also an option to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra by train. However, it is longer and a bit more expensive than catching the bus. You have to take the Fertagus train from the station Entrecampos in Lisbon to Setúbal. In Setúbal, you need to get off the train and get on the 230 bus. However, this bus doesn’t run very often. So if you’re unlucky, you’ll have to wait quite some time until you catch a bus.

A taxi from Setúbal to Sesimbra will cost around 20€. If you need to wait too long for the bus, this might be a good alternative to get from Setúbal to Sesimbra. The train departs every 20 minutes during the week. On www.fertagus.pt you can consult the timetables and fares.

The train is a good option if you have a little more time and no rush when thinking about how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra!

Boat tour in Sesimbra

Taxi is the quickest to get on your boat tour in Sesimbra

  1. Taxi or Uber

If you’re travelling with more people, you can also consider getting a taxi (or Uber – cheaper and safer in our opinion) to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra. This is the easiest and most comfortable way to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra. A taxi to Sesimbra takes about 35 minutes, depending on traffic. If you pre-book a transfer from the airport, for example, you pay only 35€. Otherwise, the price will be around 40-50€ to Sesimbra.

Another alternative are the private transfers. A private driver will pick you up where and when you want and take you to your destination. We recommend RobustPerfection, with a “perfect” transfer service all around Portugal.

For groups and people who are not travelling on a budget, getting a taxi from Lisbon to Sesimbra might be a great option to consider!

Ferry is nice if you're got more time

Ferry is nice if you’re got more time

  1. Ferry and Bus

If you love the water, you should also consider taking a ferry to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra! From Cais do Sodré in Lisbon, you can take the ferry to Cacilhas. Once you get to Cacilhas, get on the bus number 203 which goes directly to Sesimbra. Consult www.tsuldotejo.pt for the timetable!

This is a nice option for sunny days, to enjoy the way to Sesimbra by doing a little tour on a ferry on the Tagus! The ferry runs every few minutes, so you’ll don’t have to wait long. The price for the ferry is 1,20€, the bus costs around 4€.

Where do the sea tours in Sesimbra depart from?

Coasteering in Sesimbra

We have plenty of awesome activities in Sesimbra like coasteering

Once you’re in Sesimbra, you can enjoy the sun and the relaxed atmosphere outside of Lisbon! If you’re up for some action, why not consider one of our fun activities? We have a lot of scuba diving, snorkeling and beautiful boat tours in Sesimbra! Or if you wanna do something more active, you can try Coasteering in Sesimbra. It’s a very fun activity, where you also get to explore the beautiful nature of this region.

If you do one of our activities, you’ll have to go to Porto de Abrigo. It is about a 30-minute walk along the coast from the centre of Sesimbra. Or you get a taxi for about 10€ if you want to save your energy!

Whatever you decide to do, we hope we could help you with this post about how to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra! Enjoy your day trip to this beautiful Portuguese town!

Top 10 Things to do on the Lisbon Coast

This is a guest post by Chris Holt from 360GolfHolidays

Lisbon is a gorgeous location on the Atlantic coast with amazing year-round weather. As the largest city in Portugal, it has developed as a centre of culture and activity, making it a great destination for families, backpackers and any other type of traveller.

Below is a list of 10 possible activities to do along the city and Lisbon coast, many of which may convince you to consider the city for your next great city break or long vacation.

Visit the Beautiful and Sunny Lisbon Beaches

One of the biggest draws of Portugal’s capital city is its stunning beaches. There are also beaches situated in the small nearby town of Cascais, like Guincho Beach which make for a relaxing day in the sun. In addition, beaches such as Praia da Ursa and Pinhal de Leiria are great for all kinds of water activities such as swimming, surfing, sailing and more.

Lisbon Coast in Portugal

Lisbon Coast in Portugal

Step Back in Time at Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto is a neighbourhood that dates back to the 16th century and features an old town feel including some amazing architecture. While the area is relatively quiet during the day, it offers an amazing nightlife scene. Over 250 bars, restaurants and clubs populate the area, making the neighbourhood a fluster of activity during the night as people hustle into popular spots such as Lust, Ministerium, and Lux.

Taste Pasteis de Belem

The Pastel de Belem is a traditional egg tart pastry that is one of Portugal’s most popular creations. In fact, The Guardian newspaper publication even named the tart the 15th most tasty delicacy in the world. While an imitation known as the Pastel de Nata exists, nothing beats the Pasteis de Belem original that is found at the Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, the large bakery cafe that continues to keep the tart’s secret recipe under lock and key to this day.

Take a Swing on Lisbon’s Many Golf Courses

This location is also great for golfers and features many great courses along the coast of this city. Great courses can be found in the Cascais and Estoril areas as well as the Sintra hills. Lisbon Golf holiday resorts such as the Palmela Village Golf complex and the Penha Longa Golf Resort offer amazing courses, beautiful sights and exquisite accommodations that will spoil even the most experienced golfers.

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Penha Longa Golf Course

Visit the National Coach Museum

Lisbon is a centre of culture and the arts and plays host to many excellent museums and art galleries. Unique among these is The National Coach Museum which features an extensive collection of historical coaches. The museum allows visitors to take a step back in time while viewing many rare items and carriages which once belonged to members of the Portuguese royal family.

Sail Along the Paths Once Taken by Portuguese Explorers

Like many Portuguese explorers throughout history, you can also set sail on the Lisbon coast, braving the rocking ocean waves in search of adventure. The waves along the Lisbon coast are perfect for a day of sailing. Clubs such as The Clube Naval de Cascais feature training, competitions and function as hotspots for visiting sailors in the area. We also recommend the sailing cruises in the Tagus river.

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From the Tagus River you can get a unique sight over the city of Lisbon

Relax by the Waters Along the River Tagus

In addition to the amazing Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon also has the Tagus river which runs through the city. The Tagus river flow can be seen from old town as well as the city’s newer districts. There are lots of vantage points dotted along the Tagus all of which help the river become of the great characteristics of this gorgeous capital city.

Experience Lisbon’s Traditional Fado Music

It’s difficult to leave out a mention of Fado not least because the music has a large influence on the culture of the city. Tourists can be seen crowded into the various Fado Houses of the city enjoying the sounds of this unique musical style. For those who would like to take a more in-depth look at this important music style of Portugal, the city also features the popular Museum of Fado.

Discover Wildlife at Tapada Nacional de Mafra

For those looking to get back to nature, you can visit the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, a park of natural heritage that was founded in 1747. The park features many types of wildlife that you can view including deer, fallow deer, wild boars, birds of prey and foxes. The species coexist in a beautiful forest which spans a huge area just a small distance outside of Lisbon.

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Surfing along the Lisbon coast is a fun thing to do with a group of friends

Surf Lisbon’s Amazing Waves

Well known by water sports enthusiasts the Lisbon coast offers no shortage of great surfing spots. Lisbon is a great place to take surfing lessons and learn how to ride the coast’s rolling waves. In addition to the facilities and natural surf on offer, many come to take advantage of the cool breezes and great beaches whilst getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets.

Final Thoughts about the Lisbon Coast

The above list highlights some of the best things to do when visiting the Lisbon coast. This all year-round destination offers a huge range of activities and cultural discoveries including gorgeous beaches, watersports, amazing culture, music, food, wine and stunning views.

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How to get from Lisbon to Benagil

If you are planning your holidays to Portugal, you probably already heard about the famous Benagil sea caves. They are located in Algarve, the Southern part of Portugal. One question a lot of people seem to be asking themselves is how to get from Lisbon to Benagil. In fact, many people arrive in Lisbon or want to visit Lisbon and Benagil on the same trip. This is why we decided to make a blogpost about how to get from Lisbon to Benagil!

Only because you prefer staying in a big city doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the famous Benagil cave! Portugal is not that big a country, and it is quite easy to get from Lisbon to Benagil. We will present to you the best options of how to get from Lisbon to Benagil.

It is possible to do this is a day tour. However, if you can spare one night, it is much more relaxed if you take your time and make it a two-day trip. But that’s just a recommendation. 🙂

Here are the options for how to get from Lisbon to Benagil, or better, to some of the locations out trips to Benagil depart from:

You can go from Lisbon to Benagil by bus

You can go from Lisbon to Benagil by bus

  1. Bus from Lisbon to Benagil

This is the cheapest and probably the easiest option to get from Lisbon to Benagil. There are numerous bus companies to choose from and they all offer more or less the same service at the same prices.

If you go on renex.pt, you can choose Lisbon Sete Rios or Lisbon Oriente as your starting point. The easiest is to go to Lagoa (careful, LagoA not LagoS). The direct bus drive takes a bit over 3 hours and costs around 20€. There is a bathroom on board and the busses have air conditioning and are very comfortable.

From Lagoa, you can grab a taxi for about 10€ to Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo or Praia de Benagil. There you can get on one of the boat tours, kayak tours or SUP Tours to Benagil. We have a lot to choose from! We also have departures from Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira and Vilamoura. Just check what’s easiest for you or what town appeals most to you.

By train the ride is more comfortable

By train the ride is more comfortable

  1. Train from Lisbon to Benagil

The second option to get from Lisbon to Benagil is by train. On cp.pt you have a few more starting points in Lisbon to choose from, so it is more likely that you have one close to your hotel or accommodation. You can go to Estombar-Lagoa by train too. However, you have to change trains in Tunes.

The train takes only around 3,5 hours and the price is only a few euros higher than if you choose to go by bus. Once you get to the train station in Lagoa, you can get a taxi to Praia do Carvoeiro or Praia do Benagil. From here a taxi will cost you around 10-15€.

The train is also a great option to consider when you plan on how to get from Lisbon to Benagil. It’s easy, comfortable and you get to see some beautiful landscapes along the way.

By rental car you're more independent

By rental car you’re more independent

  1. Rental Car from Lisbon to Benagil

If you are travelling with more people or just want to be more independent, renting a car for a day might be a good option for you to get from Lisbon to Benagil. In Lisbon, there are numerous car rental companies to choose from.

During high season, prices per day for a rental car start at around 50-55€. In low season, you can rent cars a lot cheaper. Just be aware that a lot of car rental companies ask for a deposit of 1.000€ on your credit card.

If you choose to rent a car to get from Lisbon to Benagil, you have two options: You take the long route on the national road which will take you about 5 hours. Or you can go on the freeway, where you have to pay tolls but you only take about 2,5-3 hours. To get from Lisbon to Benagil and back, you will be charged around 50€ for tolls.

For the tolls on the freeway, you can either get a transponder in your rental car for a small extra fee. That’s the easiest way because you don’t have to worry about anything and just pay the toll on the rental car company. If you don’t get a transponder, you can pay the tolls 2 days after driving on the freeway in a payshop. For this, you just need to have your license plate and then you pay with your bank card in the payshop or at a post office.

Another alternative are the private transfers. A private driver will pick you up where and when you want and take you to your destination in Portugal. We recommend RobustPerfection, with a “perfect” transfer service all around Portugal.

Benagil Grottenfahrt

The famous rock formations of Marinha

These are the three best options when it comes to how to get from Lisbon to Benagil. It’s up to you which one suits you best!  The Benagil caves are definitely worth a visit! Whichever way you decide to get there, we wish you a great trip and a lot of fun!We have several departure point for the tours to the Benagil caves: Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo or Praia de Benagil. There you can get on one of the boat tourskayak tours or SUP Tours to Benagil. We have a lot to choose from! We also have boat trip departures from LagosPortimãoAlbufeira and Vilamoura.

we’ve been receiving a lot of requests for boat tours for groups in Lisbon. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we’ve chosen the best boat tours for groups in Lisbon.

The best boat tours for groups in Lisbon

Lisbon is becoming a very popular holiday destination. Also for events for special occasions, Lisbon is very sought for. In fact, we’ve been receiving a lot of requests for boat tours for groups in Lisbon. To give you an idea of the possibilities, we’ve chosen the best boat tours for groups in Lisbon.

The options we present here are private options, so you’ll have the boat for your group and crew.

Boat tours for groups in Lisbon up to 12 pax

Most sailing yachts are up to 12 pax. So for up to 12 pax we have many options for boat tours for groups in Lisbon.

Tour privado num veleiro vintage em Lisboa

1. Tour on a vintage sailboat in Lisbon

  • Max 12 pax
  • 2 hours – 300 €
  • 60 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Includes: wine, rosé, water and soda and some “petiscos”
  • Optional: BBQ on board for 25 € per person (the BBQ includes starters (cheese, chouriço and ham), 3 types of meat (pork, veal, chicken), dessert and fruit).

During this is a tour on a vintage sailboat in Lisbon you’ll enjoy a special view over the fascinating and astonishing Portuguese capital with music, drinks and time to relax. This boat tour is ideal for travellers who like sailing, relaxing and history too. Along the tour, we’ll pass by some of Lisbon’s most emblematic symbols. The red 25th of April Bridge, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the majestic Jerónimos Monastery are some of the points of interest. Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is one of the main highlights of this tour. The view from the Tagus River to this historical square is impressive. You’ll be able to take some great pictures here.

Private boat party in Lisbon

2. Private boat party in Lisbon

  • Max 12 pax
  • 2 hours – 300 €
  • 60 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: beer, wine, soda and water and “petsicos” (you may also bring your own drinks)
  • Optional: BBQ on board for 25 € per person (the BBQ includes starters (cheese, chouriço and ham), 3 types of meat (pork, veal, chicken), dessert and fruit).

This private boat party in Lisbon will take you to discover the most beautiful spots of the Tagus river during an incredible sunset. This boat party is perfect for hen or stag parties in Portugal but also for other celebrations, of course! A private boat party in Lisbon would not be called a party boat without some good music and beer, wine and soda, of course! You can count on some good tunes and you can bring your own too!

Discover Lisbon's most emblematic symbols

3. Private sailing tour in Lisbon on a modern yacht

  • Max 12 pax
  • 2 hours – 250 €
  • 3 hours – 295 €
  • 4 hours – 395 €
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

Like option number 1, this tour will take you to enjoy Lisbon’s most emblematic symbols from the Tagus River. The yachts are luxury and modern yachts: BENETEAU –  Cyclades 43 and JEANNEAU – Sun Odyssey 43.

Boat tours for groups in Lisbon over 12 pax

Our catamaran is irresistable

4. Catamaran FOUNTAINE PAJOT – Casamance 42

  • Max 14 pax
  • 2 hours – 395 €
  • 3 hours – 495 €
  • 4 hours – 595 €
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

This catamaran is a dream. It only has a capacity for 2 people more than the previous options but is a lot more spacious and luxurious. This catamaran is our favourite among all boat tours for groups in Lisbon. It’s ideal to celebrate in style!

Feel welcome on out motor catamaran

5. Catamaran “Manito”

  • Max 14 pax
  • 1,5 hours – 250 € / 2,5 hours – 350€
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

This cosy catamaran has a comfortable deck where you can enjoy some background music while enjoying the stunning sights over Lisbon. We can arrange everything you wish for your private tour upon request: catering, wine tasting, photography and video service, music, guide in several languages and special wishes. Tour duration and price is variable, according to the number of people, desired location and additional services requested.

Regarding the destinations, for the 2-hour trips, we will go to the area of Alfama and Santa Apolónia and we will return. Alternatively, we can go to the beach of Caxias / Paço de Arcos. For the trips of 3 and 4h, the idea is to go to the beaches of the area of Oeiras and return.

Ideal for parties and a swim by the beach

6. FOUNTAINE PAJOT – Motor Yacht 37

  • Max 18 pax
  • 2 hours – 550 €
  • 3 hours – 750 €
  • 4 hours – 950 €
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

On this fancy and faster motorboat, even 2 hours are enough to cruise to Oeiras’ beaches for a swim. If you prefer we can stay in the Tagus River, or do both, on the 3 and 4-hour trips.

This is THE party boat

7. Motorboat “Tejo Azul”

  • Max 40 pax
  • 2 hours – 550 € (< 16 pax) or 650 € (< 30 pax) or 750 € (< 40 pax)
  • 3 hours – 650 € (< 16 pax) or 750 € (< 30 pax) or 850 € (< 40 pax)
  • 4 hours – 750 € (< 16 pax) or 850 € (< 30 pax) or 950 € (< 40 pax)
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

This motorboat is not the fanciest but it’s ideal for a party boat tour. On the 2 hour tour, we’ll cruise along Tagus River up to Santa Apolónia and back. On the 3 and 4 hours trip, we can cruise to Oeiras’ beaches for a swim.

Sailing side by side is a nice option too

8. Split the group into several sailing yachts and do a “regatta

  • Max 10 pax per boat
  • Departure: Belém, Lisbon
  • Included: one drink per person – beer, wine, soda and water and snack
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

This team building Regatta in Lisbon is an ideal and fun team building event for all types of companies. It motivates the employees and encourages communication and teamwork. Check out all the details and our suggested program here!

Lisbon boat tour

9. Boat trip on a traditional boat

  • Max 47 pax
  • 2 hours – 750 €
  • 4 hours – 1000 € (< 35 pax) or 1400 € (> 35 pax)
  • Departure: Cais do Sodré, Lisbon
  • Included: no drinks or snacks but feel free to bring your own
  • Optional: catering and DJ

The big advantage of this tour is its central departure and arrival point at Cais do Sodré. The boats are enchanting traditional boats from the Tagus which you’ll love.

Welcome aboard this luxury yacht in Lisbon

Welcome aboard this luxury yacht in Lisbon

10. Luxurious motor yacht

  • Max 50 pax
  • BOAT PARTY from 20 € per person in the Summer
  • 2 hours – from 1200 € up to 25 pax
  • 650 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Doca de Santo Amaro, Lisbon
  • Optional: catering and DJ. More details here.

We’d like to introduce you to this luxurious private yacht in Lisbon up to 50 guests. It’s a motor yacht ideal for corporate and private events. We’ve organized many successful networking cocktails and parties like bachelor and birthday parties on this yacht in Lisbon.

This boat is ideal for big groups

11. The big classy one

  • Max 220 pax
  • 2 hours – from 2500 €
  • 650 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Doca do Espanhol, Alcântara, Lisbon
  • Included: no drinks included
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each

This historical boat, a genuine GermaniaWerft from 1931 with its unmistakable romantic architecture, offers great conditions for bigger events. The Portuguese culture and soul is evident in all the details, in all the experiences on this boat. We have many different catering options for this boat. It’s ideal for weddings or other ceremonies. Or even the wildest parties!

sunset boat party in Lisbon

12. The big classy sailing yacht

  • Max 200 pax
  • BOAT PARTY from 29€ per person in the Summer
  • 2 hours – from 2200 €
  • from 500 € per extra hour
  • Departure: Doca do Espanhol, Alcântara, Lisbon
  • Included: no drinks included
  • Optional: drinks on board cost around 2 € each or we have nice catering packages

On board of our enchanting sailing ship “Principe Perfeito”, Portuguese for the perfect prince, you will feel like a real sailor exploring the city of Lisbon! Did you know this yacht is one of the biggest sailing ships in Europe? We have many different catering options for this boat. It’s ideal for weddings or other ceremonies.

Please note:

  1. All tours are private and include a skipper, fuel, insurance and taxes.
  2. Schedules are flexible. Let us know if you prefer a morning, afternoon or sunset trip.
  3. Catering options vary according to each boat, so feel free to contact us about that according to the boat you prefer.
  4. Most boats have a sound system and you can bring your own music on your phone.
  5. We presented 2 to 4-hour tours but of course, we can also do 5 – 8 hours. If you wish that, let us know.

We hope you liked these boat tours for groups in Lisbon. Of course, we have many more options. Feel free to contact us at any time with your queries or suggestions. Also for bookings, feel free to contact our Lisbon-specialist, Bo: [email protected]

We went surfing in Lisbon! And it was AWESOME!

Last Saturday finally I joined one of the surf days in Lisbon. Surfing in Lisbon had been on my list of the activities to test for a long while. I’ve been a surfer myself for many years. Me and my sister (and co-founder of SeaBookings.com) were pretty good surfers when we were kids. From our 12 to 18 years old we even used to participate in national surf competitions.

surfing in Lisbon

Good times we had while surfing along the whole Portuguese coast and participating in surfing competitions with our surf school. Then, at 18, when I moved to Lisbon to study, slowly I quitted surfing. It’s a pity because I love the sport. The close contact with the ocean in undescribable.

Surfing in Lisbon is hot. Young people who visit the Portuguese capital like its surf scene which is booming. For surfing in Lisbon, SeaBookings partnered up with a surf school owned by two young surfers who we know for many years. Tomás and António are pro surfers themselves and decided to create a school to share their passion for surfing in Lisbon.

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Our experience surfing in Lisbon

It was 9AM on a saturday morning when we were picked up by António at the previously agreed meeting point in the center of Lisbon. From there António drove me, my friend Ella and a customer, Tiago, to the best surf spot for that day. The flexibility of choosing the beach on the day and according to the level of the participants allows for a great surf experience.

Within about 20 minutes drive, we arrived at Praia da Torre. Here, the waves seemed tiny but in fact they were perfect for a first time surf lesson. We got our wetsuits and went down to the beach where we could drop our stuff and get our wetsuit on. It was an amazing day in Spring, ideal for a day surfing in Lisbon. After suiting up, Tomás guided us through a short warming up to get our bodies ready to get into the fresh Atlantic.

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After the warming up it was time to practice the “standup” movement on the beach. Tomás showed us first and then we repeated several times. When Tomás though we understood the movement well enough, there was no further time to waste in the sand, and we got into the ocean. The surf lesson was very personalized and therefore Ella and Tiago learned very fast. Tomás was helping them to choose and catch the right waves. I was impressed by how quick both Ella and Tiago were able to stand up on their boards and ride a wave.

As you can see in this video we had a lot of fun. The surf day in Lisbon consists of the surfing lesson as I described here and in the afternoon, you’ll can use the gear to catch some waves yourself. Lunch is not provided, so you can either bring it from home or buy something at the beach. We recommend to bring a hat, sunscreen, swimming gear, a towel and water and a snack. Booking a few days ahead is recommended as some days the surfing trips in Lisbon may become fully booked.

Enjoy surfing in Lisbon and let us know if you’ve got any further tips, suggestions or questions!