Is sailing one of your favorite activities? The Tagus river is a true paradise for those who love to sail. So, hop on board with us at the docks in Lisbon and we will set off at cruising speed. There is something magical about watching a sunset reflected on the water and listening to the boat masters as if you were in a completely different world made up of water and light.
Below, we recommend a few unforgettable trips you can take along the Tagus, with useful information provided to help you make your choice. Which one is your favorite?
The most affordable
If you have the ‘Lisboa Viva’ card, the same one we use to take the bus, tram or metro, you can hop on the Transtejo boats in Belém to visit Porto Brandão and Trafaria; in Cais do Sodré to go in the direction of Montijo, Seixal or Cacilhas; or in Terreiro do Paço to head to Barreiro. Actually, this is the same public transport used by thousands of people who live on the southern shores and who commute to Lisbon every day to work.
Price: from €1.25 per journey
Duration: Between 10 and 25 minutes
The most original
Hippotrip is an amphibious vehicle, used on land and water. The “Hop-On Hop-Off” route is full of fun and interesting things to see, from the Santo Amaro Dock in Alcântara, Cais do Sodré, Commerce Square, Rossio Square, Marquês de Pombal Square, Jardim da Estrela park, Electricity Museum, Jerónimos Monastery, and Belém Tower, all leading to the Tagus. From here, it passes the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument and 25 de Abril Bridge, goes to the VTS tower in Algés and then returns to land. As the company itself says, it is “Lisbon with a splash”!
Price: From €16 (children and seniors); €28 (adults)
Duration: 90 minutes
The most touristic
The CarrisTur combines practical information and an enjoyable tour, offering travelers two cruises along the Tagus. So, the “Yellow Boat River Tour” lets you take in Lisbon from the river and takes you to Cacilhas and Almada, on the other side of the river. It departs from Terreiro do Paço, stopping at Cacilhas, the Belém Tower and the MAAT museum.
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Next up, the “Boat & Monumental Belém” trip combines the experience aboard a ‘cacilheiro’ boat with a tourist bus. The boat departs from Jerónimos Monastery and passes under the 25 de Abril Bridge to head up to Cristo Rei. The bus takes you to discover the beautiful area of Belém.
Duration: 50 minutes
*CR7 TIPS: With the same ticket, you will have free access to the Carris trams, the Santa Justa Lift and other funiculars, the Aerobus and discounts at attractions, museums and on leisure activities.
The most traditional
Before the 25 de Abril Bridge (opened in 1966), the transport of goods and people was carried out on colorful boats, including frigates, canoes, ‘catraias’, ‘faluas’ or ‘varinos’ (with a flat bottom). Luckily, the municipalities of Seixal and Moita, both located on the south bank of the Tagus, decided to reinstate this tradition and give people the chance to spend a special day on the Tagus river.
So, between April and October, we recommend a trip onboard the “Boa Viagem” varino boat from Moita through the Tagus estuary, through its salt marshes to learn about its historical heritage.
Price: Up to 6 years of age: free; 7 to 12 years old: €2.06; adults: €4.11
Duration: 3 hours
Buy your tickets here: Moita Tourism Centre, telephone: 21 085 23 40
Also, we recommend hopping on the “Baía do Seixal” fragata boat or the “Amoroso” varino boat from Seixal to check out the riverside areas and tide mills while sailing.
Contacts: Municipal Tourism Centre
Price: from €7,50/hour
Duration: 4 hours (approximately)
The most exclusive
There are many companies licensed to offer incredible sailing experiences. Lisbon By Boat is one of these and offers boat trips featuring wine tasting and snacks, an unforgettable sunset and super private parties on board a yacht. And all of this including an experienced crew, there for your safety, technical equipment, and on top of that all the crew members have a great sense of humor. The tours departing from Lisbon are also very varied. You can visit the beaches on the opposite shore, Cascais, Troia, the Algarve… the choice is yours.
Price: from €38 to €300
Duration: from 1 hour to 3 days
The most educational
Then, Clube Naval de Lisboa is the best option for those who would love to learn how to sail. Its aim is to teach sports, namely sailing (the sailing school is aimed at children between 8 and 14 years old and is located on the Belém dock) and rowing (no age limit; rowing activities take place at the Cais do Sodré Nautical Centre). The club regularly takes part in various competitions and regattas.
Price: on request