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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: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour 48-Hour Pass

3. Lisbon: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour 48-Hour Pass

Make the most of your time in Lisbon with this 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat pass. Board the vessel from either Ribeira das Naus, Belém River Station, or Princesa Pier (next to Torre de Belém), then set sail on a sightseeing tour of the city. From your unique vantage point on the water, admire Lisbon’s stunning skyline while looking out for iconic monuments and buildings. Highlights of the tour include Belém, where you can hop-off the boat to explore on foot and try a traditional 'pastel de Belém'. The tour also sails by Terreiro do Paço, an impressive 18th century building, as well as the strikingly modern MAAT building. Onboard enjoy free Wi-Fi so you can upload your snaps right away, and listen to fascinating information about the city and the landmarks you can see.

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Lisbon: River Tagus Sightseeing Cruise in Traditional Vessel

4. Lisbon: River Tagus Sightseeing Cruise in Traditional Vessel

Board your boat, hand-painted with flowers for a touch of charm and authenticity. Only seven boats of this size remain, all of them inscribed in the Navy Museum, which makes this tour quite unique. Discover the waterfront area between Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré, and Ribeira das Naus, where many of the Portuguese explorers' ships were built. Move on to the Commerce Square, the largest square in Lisbon and also one of the most iconic symbols of the city, rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1755. Admire the amazing monuments and buildings of the city. Look out for Castelo de São Jorge, a Moorish castle overlooking the historic center. Spot Lisbon Cathedral, the oldest church in the city, built in 114. See the Church of Santa Engrácia, a 17th-century monument converted into the National Pantheon. Move on to see Christ the King and learn its interesting background. Next, see Belém, home to two unique monuments, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Belém Tower, both World Heritage Sites. Both in Gothic Manueline style, they easily impress. Marvel at Padrão dos Descobrimentos, a monument where ships departed to trade with the East. Finally, return to the Cais do Sodré River Station 1 hour and 45 minutes later.

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Lisbon: Portuguese Petiscos Tasting Tour by E-Bike

5. Lisbon: Portuguese Petiscos Tasting Tour by E-Bike

Combine 2 activities in one tour on a food tasting tour of Lisbon by electric bike. Discover some of the Portuguese capital’s most enchanting areas, while exploring the food culture of the Portuguese “petiscos.” The petiscos are small portions of food that can make a full meal when served with rice or a salad. The list of petiscos is endless, but popular examples include salads of peppers, watercress, codfish, fish spawn, and pig ear; Bolhão Pato clams; Peixinhos da Horta (deep fried battered green beans); snails; shrimp stuffed patties; Pipis (chicken giblets stewed in a rich tomato, garlic and onion sauce); hot pork sandwiches; and the famous Pastéis de Bacalhau made with codfish. Meet your guide at a central location for a short briefing on how to use the bike. Then, glide off to taste ancient recipes that have been creatively adapted for more modern tastes. Go to the renovated Ribeira Market to find an abundance of traditional stalls selling fish, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. A separate area features more than 30 restaurants where you can taste petiscos recommended by highly regarded chefs. You will also discover the pedestrianized Nova de Carvalho (also known as “Pink Street”), known for its pubs and clubs, and named by the New York Times as one of Europe’s best streets. Continue to the renovated Ribeira das Naus waterfront promenade, where many of Portugal’s ships were built during the 16th century “Age of Discoveries.” Enter the Pombaline Downtown, rebuilt after the devastating earthquake of 1755, and explore wide streets full of restaurants and coffee shops, many of which have been there for centuries. Continue to the bohemian Chiado neighborhood for a 3rd petiscos tasting, before cycling through the historic Bairro Alto to experience 500 years of history and your 4th and last tasting experience.

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Lisbon: Alfama Culinary E-Bike Tour

6. 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 Ribeira das Naus

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 239 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.