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Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

See all of Lisbon on an excursion that gives you the freedom to plan your own itinerary with this full-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour that covers four separate routes. With regular stops all along the way, you are in complete control. Hop on and off whenever and wherever, and visit as many sights, gardens, or shopping boulevards as you like. You can also take advantage of onboard audio guides in 16 languages. Belém Line (Red Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal Square Stop 2 - Restauradores Stop 3 – Príncipe Real Stop 4 – São Pedro Alcântara Belveder Stop 5 – Corpo Santo Stop 6 - Cais Sodré Stop 7 – Ancient Art Museum Stop 8 – Pilar 7 Stop 9 – Coach Museum Stop 10 – National Ajuda Palace Stop 11 – Jeronimos Monastery/CCB Stop 12 – Palácio do Governador Stop 13 – Belem Tower Stop 14 – Monument to Discoveries Stop 15 – Maat Stop 16 – Doclands Stop 17 – Basílica of Estrela Stop 18 - Amoreiras Stop 19 - El Corte Inglès Stop 20 - Eduard VII Park - Northside Stop 21 - Marquês of Pombal Square Oriente Line (Blue Line): Stop 1 - Marquês de Pombal Square Stop 2 - Duque Loulé Avenue Stop 3 - Saldanha/ José Fontana Stop 4 - Campo Pequeno Stop 5 - Oceanarium Stop 6 - Lisbon Casino Stop 7 - Vasco da Gama Shopping Center Stop 8 - Vasco da Gama Tower Stop 9 - Oriente Station Stop 10 - Tile Museum Stop 11 - Cruise Terminal Stop 12 - Santa Apolónia Station Stop 13 - Martim Moniz Stop 14 - Restauradores Stop 15 - Marquês de Pombal Square Castle Line (Green Line): Stop 1 - Praça Marquês de Pombal Stop 2 - Duque de Loulé Avenue Stop 3 - Martim Moniz (Mundial Hotel) Stop 4 - St. George Castle Stop 5 - Graça Belveder Stop 6 – National Pantheon Stop 7 - Martim Moniz/Praça da Figueira Stop 8 - Restauradores Stop 9 - Marquês de Pombal Square Cascais Line (Orange: Lisboa - Cascais): 1 - Marquês de Pombal 2 - Jerónimos 3 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué) 4 - Estoril (Tourism Office) 5 - Cascais (Hotel Baía) 6 - Guincho (Parque de Campismo Orbitur) *7 - Guincho (Rest. Porto Sta. Maria) *8 - Guincho (Forte dos Oitavos) *9 - Cascais (Boca do Inferno) 10 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego) Cascais Line (Yellow: Cascais - Lisboa): 1 - Cascais (Casa das Histórias - Paula Rego) 2 - Cascais (Hotel Baía) 3 - Estoril (Tourism Office) 4 - Carcavelos (Rua do Gurué) 5 -Monument to Discoveries 6 - Marquês de Pombal

Lisbon: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

2. Lisbon: 2-Hour Surf Lesson

Master the basic techniques of surfing at a 2-hour surf lesson on Praia de Carcavelos in Lisbon. Get a safety briefing on arrival and put on the provided wetsuit to start your journey to becoming a confident surfer. Practice pushing yourself off the board and find your balance on the beach before taking to the water with your tutor. Learn in a small group of no more than 15 participants to get personalized attention from an instructor accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation. Face up to the challenge and try to ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean as they rush in! Feel free to ask your instructor for tips, or revitalize on a shaded sun lounger before returning to the water.

Lisboa: Surf Lesson

3. Lisboa: Surf Lesson

Meet with your professional instructor at the surf school in Carcavelos. Get equipped with your surfing gear, including a wetsuit and board. From here, travel to the beach of Carcavelos or Guincho beach, depending on the most favorable weather conditions on the day. Enjoy a surfing lesson and learn the basics of surfing. Discover essential skills related to safety, how to read the ocean, and how to choose a wave. Learn the practical movements of paddling and standing up on your board to catch the perfect wave. Benefit from personalized instruction with an expert instructor throughout the lesson.

Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

4. Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

Experience the beautiful coast of Lisbon and see its historic coastal castles by kayak. Learn the basics of paddling and other techniques to make your experience as fun as possible. Paddle from Oeiras Harbor in the western part of the metropolitan area and see some of the most famous beaches, such as Praia de Carcavelos. Marvel at Saint Julian's Fort and the castles of Santo Amora and São João das Maias from the water. Discover the sheltered beach of Praia das Fontainhas along the way. Cool down with a dive in the crystal clear waters. Choose the length of your tour to suit your schedule, subject to the weather conditions, and benefit from the services of experienced guides, certified by the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation.  

Lisbon: Sunset Cruise on The Tagus River with Welcome Drink

5. Lisbon: Sunset Cruise on The Tagus River with Welcome Drink

Come and enjoy the magnificent panorama of the city of Lisbon and its most emblematic monuments and buildings - Belém Tower, Discoveries Monument, Electricity Museum, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology - MAAT, 25 de Abril Bridge, Terreiro do Paço, Sé of Lisbon, São Jorge Castle and the National Pantheon, among others. On the south bank of the Tagus River, you will pass through Cacilhas and go along the left bank to the 25 th April Bridge over the river, where you will see the Cristo-Rei, as well as the old buildings on that bank. Do you want to sail with your own group and your loved ones, a romantic sea tour or a meeting with your friends or family? In this case, we propose a day tour for up to 8 people lasting 2, 4 or 6 hours. You will be able to discover new landscapes and unique perspectives from the river, enjoy the beauty of the city of Lisbon on a relaxing and relaxed tour and live an unforgettable experience. You can sail on Tagus River in places you don't know and, if you wish, you can go for a swim, anchoring near the beach at Carcavelos or Cascais, then returning back to Belém. Choose the option that suits you best and enjoy!

Aulas de Surf/Surf Lesson - Lisboa

6. Aulas de Surf/Surf Lesson - Lisboa

Surf lessons are taught along the Cascais line of beaches (Torre, Carcavelos, Guincho and Praia Grande), meeting the best conditions and in accordance with the level of each student. All lessons are accompanied by teachers accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation and have a duration of 2 hours consisting of a theoretical part, general and specific warm-up, main part (surf) and stretches. Lessons include all materials (wetsuit, surfboard and leash) as well as personal accident insurance.

Cascais: Sailing Tour with Drink

7. Cascais: Sailing Tour with Drink

Start your cruise from Cascais, where you can adapt your route according to your preferences. Enjoy the beautiful coastline aboard a new sailboat.  Sail to Cabo the Roca, the most western point of Europe, or relax along the beautiful white sandy beaches of Cascais, Estoril, Parede, Carcavelos, and Oeiras. Drop anchor, enjoy the sun and swim in the clear blue seas. Another suggestion is to sail along Cascais Coast up to Lisbon and visit one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. From the sailing boat, you will have the opportunity to see Lisbon´s most famous monuments and views.

Lisbon Coast Tour: Paradise Beaches & Famous Beach Bars

8. Lisbon Coast Tour: Paradise Beaches & Famous Beach Bars

Start your day with a convenient pickup at your hotel. Take a short drive before stopping for a tasty breakfast at a breathtaking, secret restaurant that features panoramic ocean views where Portuguese friendliness and delicious food comes together. After eating and feeling excited, you're all set to begin your day. Head to the famous Adraga Beach, a secret spot hidden between tall cliffs and the wide Atlantic Ocean. Here, you pause to relax and feel the nature around you. Your guides will prepare the picture-perfect beach lounge set-up and serve you some bubbles and tasty refreshments. Enjoy the flavors, gentle breeze, and the soothing sound of the waves that create a peaceful atmosphere. Continue on to the second secret Beach Bar for a relaxed lunch with a view of the ocean where the waves reach 8-meters high. The beach bar menu is a perfect blend of ocean and land flavors. Fresh fish and dishes made from local products will be served, along with delightful drinks to complete your experience. While you enjoy your meal, you'll love how the flavors and the pretty scenery all come together. Take a walk on Guincho Beach, a place that's both exciting and peaceful. If you're into surfing, you'll have a chance to admire the best professional surfers from around the world. If you just want just to relax, you can enjoy the sun on the sandy shore coming from the mountain. Leaving Guincho Beach behind, pass through Cascais, a coastal old-world charm town. The streets are lined with tiny shops, colorful houses, and cafés inviting you to pause and soak in the local atmosphere. Your final adventure takes you to Carcavelos Beach – a place known as the Long Beach of Lisbon with a large sandy playground and waves that surfers dream of. The tour is designed to arrive at sunset, when the water will shimmer like a tempting oasis, practically begging for you to dive in. Don't miss the lively beach bars on the coastline that provide a hub of excitement, where locals and visitors gather to clink glasses, share stories, and witness the sky burst into a symphony of colors as the sun dips below the horizon. As the day draws to a close, reflect on memories saved in your mind and the rhythmic waves echoing in your heart. Make your way back to Lisbon, completing a day that's been nothing short of extraordinary.

Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

9. Lisbon: Guided Surfing Tour & Lessons

Start your surfing adventure in convenience with a pick-up from the pre arranged meeting point in Lisbon. From here you will take a short, scenic drive to either Carcavelos or Caparica, whichever has the best surf conditions on the day! Once you arrive at your destination, have a short meet and greet with your surfing instructors. Your professional instructors will give you a 2-hour surfing lesson - perfect for anyone just starting out! You will be given all the appropriate equipment you need to enjoy your surfing experience. Lessons will be tailored for all levels of surfing experience from complete new comer to experienced surfer. Enjoy the benefit of small groups meaning you will have plenty of time to spend with your instructor to learn everything you need.  In Summer you will be able to cross the "golden gate" bridge to go to the golden sandy beaches of Caparica (Praia do Infante) and in Winter time you will surf at Carcavelos, famous for hosting surfing events. Both beaches are only 10 to 20-minutes away from the city centre and your meeting point. After you've had plenty of time in the surf and put your lessons into practice you will be transferred back to your original meeting point, allowing you to end your day of fun in the sun in complete convenience. 

Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

10. Sintra: 2-Hour Group Surf Lesson at Praia Grande

Have an expert assess your surfing level on shore to see if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced surfer. Set targets according to the surfer's levels and the conditions of the sea/surf. Practice some technical and specific work according to the group or surfer's level on the sand. Work on the acquisition of skills and the necessary technique to progress in different levels. Get expert instruction from high-quality coaches that know how to work according to the characteristics of the beach, the surf, and the safety rules. Experience a 2 hours Surf lesson in the amazing Sintra beaches. An Experienced Coach will manage a small group with a maximum 5 surfers, each surfer will be included in a group formed according to ages and levels, to make sure all the group evolutes in the same context. All the equipment will also be adapted to your level in order to turn the experience as easier and fun as possible. The beach and time of the lesson can also be adapted to each group, to make sure you can take the best profit of each lesson in a safe un fun experience. If we need to move to a different beach we will take in our van with no extra cost. We are locals from Sintra beaches Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs, but we are also licenced to Carcavelos and Costa da Caparica. This way we can always have good conditions to all surfers.

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I think it's an excellent way to learn a little about the city's history. New buses, translated into several languages, making it much easier to get to know the city's main tourist attractions. I recommend doing the tour over two days to better explore the routes!

It's interesting, take the green and red lines to Lisbon because they are complementary. On the other hand, if you get off at Castelo you have to take the same stop, because you are not allowed to get on elsewhere

It was so much fun and there were no other participant, so we had a little private tour. Start and ending were easy and the guide could tell us a lot about the fortresses and brigdes. We higly recommend the tour!

Great value & excellent way of discovering Lisbon. You can hop off & on the bus all day long. We bought ticket for ond day.

Essential in my opinion for a first encounter with the city!