A city seen from the water has a totally different charm and Lisbon makes no exception. Lisbonians move daily from one side of the Tagus to the other; the river crosses the city and flows into the ocean. It is not a coincidence if there are several boat services crossing the river. You should indulge yourself with something even more spectacular: a cruise on the Tagus river is by far the most charming way to discover a new perspective to enjoy the architectural and landscape beauties of the city.
Do not miss the opportunity to see the iconic 25 de Abril Bridge and the Vasco da Gama Bridge from such an exceptional point of view, that is to say… from below! Sail by many famous monuments such as the Monument to the Discoveries, the Belém Tower and the statue of Christ the King. Admire a suggestive view over the city, maybe at sunset or when the light of the sun paints the city with new, romantic feelings.
There are several companies offering cruises on the Tagos river. Itineraries, time, duration, and rates change according to the company.
There are some short cruises that only last 90 minutes, while others that can last up to 2-3 hours. Some evening cruises include an appetiser and some wine tasting, or dinners with local products. Some other companies offer the “hop on hop off” option, that allows you to get on and off as many times as you want within 24 hours since the validation of your ticket.
All cruises start from the central Commerce Square or from Belém.
An alternative for nature lovers is the cruise on the estuary of the Tagus river, a different experience that focuses on the natural beauties of the landscape rather than on its architectonic side. The estuary is a natural reserve and thanks to its flora and fauna it is considered one of the most important wet areas of Europe.
If you don’t know which one to choose, the one below is the best seller: the reviews are very positive and the price among the lowest.
If you are a group of up to 4 people, you can reserve a whole yacht for yourself: a private cruise on the Tagus is definitely the most impressive choice to admire Lisbon from the sea.
If you are looking for something more special, a sunset cruise or maybe one with a glass of wine or champagne included, book one of the following.
A cruise on the Tagus is certainly one of the top experiences to have in Lisbon at any time of the year, but on New Year’s Eve it is an absolute must! Admiring the fireworks on New Year’s Eve that light up the city directly from the river is a magical spectacle; some also include dinner and/or unlimited drinks, choose the one that suits you best!
Finally, if you have bought or are planning to buy the Lisboa Card, consider that some operators affiliated with the city’s city card offer discounts on tickets for their boat tours.
Tagus River, Tejo in Portuguese, begins in the Sierra de Albarracín, in Spain, and after more than 800 km it arrives to Portugal, where after about another 200km it flows into the ocean. With its 1100 km, the Tagus river is not only the longest river of Portugal, but it is the longest river of the Iberian Peninsula.
The mouth of the Tagus river is located near Lisbon, making it the only European capital characterized by a river that flows into the ocean.
City Card allow you to save on public transport and / or on the entrances to the main tourist attractions.