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Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

1. Lisbon: 3-Hour Tour of Historic Belém by Electric Bike

Cycle the banks of the Tagus River, and discover the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Belém on a 3-hour electric bike tour of Lisbon. Meet your guide at a central meeting point for a short briefing on how the bikes work. Then, glide off towards the renovated Ribeira Market, where you will find an abundance of traditional stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. A separate area features more than 30 restaurants where you can taste food recommended by highly regarded chefs. Next, bike down the former red light district of the Rua Nova de Carvalho (also known as “Pink Street”), famous for its animated nightlife, and recently named by the New York Times as one of the best streets in Europe. Pass the Cais do Sodré area, a hub of maritime activities since the 15th century and now the ferry terminal for the cacilheiros boats that connect Lisbon and Cacilhas. Cycle alongside the River Tagus to the Torre Belém, and feast your eyes on the 25th of April Bridge, a symbol of the 25th of April Revolution that put an end to 41 years of dictatorship. Continue past the former thermoelectric plant that is now home to the Electricity Museum, and admire one of the best examples of Industrial architecture in Lisbon. Next, go to the Monument of the Discoveries, built in 1940 for the Exhibition of the Portuguese World. Admire the depictions of Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries,” before looking at the 16th-century fortifications of the Torre Belém, part of a defensive system that protected Lisbon from pirates. Enjoy a quite coffee break away from the tourist traps, before cycling to the 16th-century Monastery of Saint Jerome, one of the finest example of Manueline style architecture in the city. There will be the chance to taste one of the famous Belém custard tartlets in the magnificent gardens, before it’s time to cycle back to the meeting point.

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South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

2. South Lisbon: 3-Hour Christ the King Electric Bike Tour

Explore southern Lisbon on this electric bike tour. Cross the Tagus River, and let your bike take the strain as you climb to the outstretched arms of Christ the King. Meet your group at Largo da Severa 7A for a safety briefing on how the bikes work. Then, bike to the large commercial square of Praça da Figueira, and learn about its mercantile past. Continue along Ruas dos Douradores, passing the site where the poet Fernando Pessoa got the inspiration for his book “Livro do Desassossego.” Admire the ironwork lift of the Santa Justa Elevator en route to Praça Comércio, Lisbon’s largest square. Next, discover the recent developments of Ribeira das Naus, the former shipyard area where many of the Portuguese ships that set sail to discover new worlds were built. Upon arrival at Cais do Sodré, take the orange cacilheiro (ferry) across the River Tagus. Once on the south bank, cycle through the Cais do Ginjal, a former warehouse that used to supply bait and ice to the cod fishing boats of the North Seas. Next, take the Boca do Vento lift to get closer to the statue of Christ the King, or cycle up the hill with no sweat on your electric bike! Enjoy magnificent views of Lisbon and the 25 of April Bridge. After a short coffee break in the botanic gardens of Casa da Cerca, climb to the top of the Sanctuary of Christ the King for the best view of the city. Bike back downhill towards the river, and explore the narrow streets of Almada. Visit the Medieval Museum to see relics of Islamic life in Portugal in the Middle Ages. Then, cross the river again to return to the meeting point and the end of the tour.

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Lisbon: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

3. Lisbon: Go Tejo 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Explore Lisbon on a unique 3-hour tour with an electric bike. The city may seem small at first glance, but you'll soon realize that using a bike will maximize your time and the ground you cover. Ride along the waterfront, seeing many of the sites the city has to offer. Your guide will lead the way, pointing out places of importance and explaining their cultural and historical significance. Visit some of the main city squares, including Praça do Comércio and Praça do Império. At the latter, stop off to visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of late-Gothic Jerónimos Monastery and the nearby Belém Tower, designed in the Portuguese Manueline style. You'll also learn about the exploration of the Portuguese when you visit the imposing Monument to the Discoveries. Find out about the artistic tradition in Lisbon when you pass by the Belém Cultural Center. Then see Cais do Sodré, a train station and one of the main travel hubs in the area, and cruise along the waterfront at the Santo Amaro docks.

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Lisbon: Riverside E-Bike Tour

4. Lisbon: Riverside E-Bike Tour

Ride along the Tagus riverside and learn all about the importance of various areas on the past, present, and future of Lisbon. See it all on a e-bike, perfect for exploring with no effort. Your guide will show you how to control your bike and then you’ll be ready to go. You can choose between a 90 minute tour or a 150 minutes tour. On the shorter tour you can decide between the western part of the city or the eastern part. The western part starts in the neighbourhood of Belém, known as the District of the Age of Discoveries, heading to Cais de Sodré or vice versa. Belem is a waterfront area where Vasco de Gama and other explorers departed on their voyages. Cais do Sodré is an important bohemian area that connects everyone in the city. Right next to Cais do Sodré is the city center of Lisbon, where you’ll visit the central square of Praça do Comércio with its important shipping dock. Ride under the 25th of April Bridge, and arrive in the Docas area, which hosts the main nightlife centers of the capital. You will pass by Ribeira das Naus, a recently rehabilitated place for people to enjoy the wonderful view over the Tagus River in a calm and welcoming space that connects directly to the city center. The Eastern part you can start on Cais do Sodre, heading to Parque das Nações or vice versa. You’ll visit the more industrial area of Lisbon, but also very trendy quarters, where music and cultural life are developing. Parque das Nações, used to be an ugly industrial area until it was chosen to host the last world fair of the 20th century, Expo 98. It has since then been reborn into a futuristic glass-and-steel district, home to wonderful examples of modern architecture.

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Lisbon: Alfama Culinary E-Bike Tour

5. Lisbon: Alfama Culinary E-Bike Tour

Your tour begins at Ribeira das Naus, where many of the old Portuguese ships were built. Near Praça do Comércio you will see Cais das Colunas, an old shipping dock where both people and goods entered Lisbon during the Age of Discovery. Next up, discover Alfama, where some of the city's most authentic cafés and restaurants open their doors to serve delicious traditional cuisine and plenty of bonhomie. The ancient neighborhood is also home to traditional Fado houses, and this unique Portuguese musical expression can be appreciated in these rustic and romantic surroundings. Next up you will have the perfect opportunity to taste some of the most famous Portuguese tapas, stopping in one of Alfama's typical restaurants. There you will try codfish pastry, roasted Portuguese sausage (chorizo), cheese and honey with Portuguese bread and olives, and special canned sardines. All of this food will of course be accompanied by Portuguese red or white wine. To finish the experience, you will enjoy a famous pastel de nata (a custard tart) accompanied by Ginginha, a typical Portuguese sour-cherry liquor.

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What people are saying about Cais do Sodré

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 87 reviews

It was a private tour for all practical reasons with me and my friend. Was easy to find the guide on a sunday. They had some choice of bikes and I picked one similar to the Uber Jump bike. The guide Pedro (?) was super nice guy, very knowledgeable and gave his personal opnions and inside scoop on things as well as the history. It is a nice ride to Belem and the bridge and the monastery. Less cultural than the alfama tour but he answered all my questions, was super friendly, hooked me up with Tapas, brought some spare raincoats incase it rained (how nice is that?) Overall, fantastic guide. The Belem tour includes the famous Pastel de Nata and is more of a relaxed ride along the water, a bit different from the Hill tours.

What a recommendation. Did this trip with brothers and sisters. Seen a lot of Lisbon and what a nice guide we had. He really took his time with us and was enthusiastic about telling us. We have been on the road longer than the 3 hours we paid for, but this was no problem either. The hills were easy to do because of the e-bikes. All in all, especially do it!

Xavier Martins was out guide and we thoroughly enjoyed both the ride and treat at the end. You will definitely enjoy the bike ride with him as he takes you through some of the most beautiful parts of Belem. If you love conversations as well as details about a particular place / monument, Xavier is your guy.

What a fantastic way to experience Lisbon and in particular the area around Belem. We learnt about the history, about the food and the people of Lisbon through the centuries. Can’t recommend it more highly!

Xzavior was excellent. Very very knowledgable and made us feel so comfortable as my wife is not really riding on the streets.