Lisbon is considered one of the most pleasant cities in Europe and also one of the most economical. You have direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, a perfect place to sail in the warm waters of the ocean but don’t pass on the idea of going to sail in Spain, its next-door neighbour. Lisbon has a special atmosphere with its very colourful houses tagged with graffiti. In a holiday atmosphere, its nightlife is also incomparable, and thousands of tourists stay in Lisbon every year to experience the best of what this unforgettable city has to offer.
8 ‘must-visit’ attractions during your sailboat charter in Lisbon
Lisbon is known for its history and atmosphere, but it is also very popular with veteran sailors who choose the port of Lisbon as their No. 1 port of departure when cruising in Portugal.
1. The charming district of Alfama
2. Climb the city’s steepest hills by cable car
3. Discover some of its stunning panoramic viewpoints: Lisbon is known as the "city of the seven hills", which gives it exceptional views of the whole city and its surroundings
4. Relax in a café along the iconic "Praça de Comercio"
5. Discover the cathedral
6. Admire the Covento de Carmo
7. Visit the historic LX Factory district
8. Visit the 16th century Tower of Belem
What sailing licence do I need to sail in Portugal?
If you rent a boat in Portugal, regardless of the type of boat, a boat licence will always be required, regardless of the vessel category. Licences issued in member states of the European Union will automatically be valid and accepted in Portugal. However, if you do not have a boat licence, you will be able to rent a boat with a skipper. The skipper will act as your local guide and teach you the basics of sailing.
In-depth: Portugal’s stunning landscape
Tower of Bélem
A must-see monument during a sailboat charter in Lisbon, the Tower of Bélem is an architectural gem listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the 16th century, it reflects the Portuguese architectural style and Manueline art. Taken over by tourists in summer, a visit to the Tower of Bélem is a must during your visit to Lisbon, with its sublime interior and gardens and a breathtaking view over the heights of the city. Not far away, in the same district of Belem, you will find the Hieronymites Monastery.
Cape St. Vincent
To discover a wild green setting when you come to visit Portugal, go to Cape Saint Vincent, the most south-western tip of Europe, in the Algarve. In addition to discovering a rich marine fauna, you can visit the lighthouse and the monastery built on the cape, and take a walk in the beautiful town of Sagres.
Located in the historic centre of Sintra, the Regaleira Palace surprises as much for its busy architecture as for its enchanting park. With its references to alchemy, freemasonry and the order of the Templars in its facades, this palace will offer you a surprising visit. Don't forget to take a tour of the gardens, which were designed "as an image of the cosmos". Sintra and the sites that surround it are certainly a must to do in Portugal, and more specifically in Lisbon.
Just 150 metres from Benagil beach, the Benagil cave is a geological wonder: constantly eroded by the movement of the water, its rocky walls have naturally created a kind of dome where light comes to reflect. Only accessible by boat or swim, the Benagil cave is ideally visited aboard a sailboat charter in Lisbon!
Serra da Estrela Natural Park
With nearly 101,000 hectares under its belt, the Serra da Estrela Natural Park is the largest protected area in Portugal. On the programme: hikes in mountainous scenery, the discovery of the highest point in continental Portugal, Torre, which is 1993 metres high, or skiing on Portugal's only snow-covered piste.
In addition to the colour of its water, the beach of the Lord of Stone (or locally Praia do Senhor da Pedra) is distinguished by a chapel built in the 18th century in some rocks on the ocean shore. On days when the ocean is more agitated, the beach of the Lord of the Stone becomes an ideal spot for surfing.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ribeira district is considered the soul of Porto and is a must to visit in Portugal. With its medieval alleys, colourful houses, famous Dom Luis bridge (Eiffel style) and boats full of Porto's barrels, the Ribeira offers a quiet and soothing atmosphere that makes tourists and locals alike dream every day.
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