The best nature and adventure plans in Lisbon


Lisbon is a multipurpose destination, popular with travelers from all over the world for its wide range of cultural, leisure and exquisite gastronomy. A perfect option for those who want to enjoy a few days with the family.

And if there is something that stands out in Lisbon, it is its dreamy panoramic views in the middle of nature, places to remember with a thousand and one different species of flora and fauna. Beaches of infinite sand where the waves of the Atlantic mix with the fine brown earth, leaving a gradient of color and a unique image to remember. In this sense, and for those globetrotters who prefer to live a wilder and more natural Lisbon, Lisboa Tourism selects four corners full of nature, which will make the most restless visitors who bet on living a unique experience fall in love.

Impressive roads and dream views from Cabo de Roca

The more adventurous will not be able to miss the panoramic views offered by the cliffs of Cape Roca, some of which exceed 140 meters in height. A magical corner between Cascais and Sintra where the sea merges with the land, and in which the slow and meandering rise indicates the magnitude of the views of the westernmost point of continental Europe. Hiking lovers cannot fail to include this route in their itinerary, although this stop is also a must for those who bet on road trips or short family trips, since their route includes some of the most impressive roads in Lisbon. Its lighthouse has been in operation since 1772 and still serves as a guide for ships and sailors that cruise the Portuguese coast.

Natural enclaves with idyllic panoramic views for those in love with nature

If there is something that stands out about Lisbon, in addition to its gastronomy and wide cultural offer, it is its natural panoramic views, with multiple spaces and reserves that are perfect to enjoy a day out with family or friends. In this sense, the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve, a short distance from the city, offers large swampy areas in which to spot some species of birds resident in the area and enjoy a unique walk. On the other hand, the Arrábida Natural Park is also another of the most incredible natural enclaves in Lisbon. Surrounded by idyllic beaches, secret inlets and a stone’s throw from Setúbal, a peaceful, natural and protected encounter between land and sea. Finally, the Sintra-Cascais Nature Park is one of the essential road trips if you are going to visit Lisbon. This natural area surrounds the area of ​​the dunes of Guincho and the Sierra de Sintra, in an area with 17,000 hectares of nature, where the most impressive rocks and cliffs coexist with the sand of the dunes and the nature of the valley.

Discover Lisbon’s marine life at any time of the year

Diving lovers are in luck, and the marine views offered by dives in the Arrábida mountain range with its large cliffs and numerous bays are experiences to remember. Beginners will be able to dive between five and ten meters deep, while more advanced divers will be able to venture and descend below 30 meters. The seabed of the Arrábida mountain range offers a great diversity of natural settings and allows the observation of numerous species. In fact, currently, more than 1,100 species of marine macro-organisms are known. In addition, thanks to the pleasant climate of Lisbon, it is possible to make fascinating night dives in complete safety almost all year round.

A garden route for botany lovers

For the more urbanites, but who bet on giving a touch of adventure and nature to their getaway, Lisbon offers a multitude of green enclaves with a wide diversity of vegetation and animal species both in the city and its surroundings. The Jardim da Estrela, for example, is a perfect space for families, lovers and visitors in Lisbon, as it is considered one of the liveliest places in the city at dusk and on weekends. In it there are numerous plant species, and the little ones can visit the lakes with ducks, swans, geese and carp; among other species. The Garden of the Gulbenkian Foundation is perfect for a break, after a hard day of hiking or discovering Lisbon. This space was designed in 1957, and has a lake and a stream, several trails and different plant species. Finally, the Tropical Botanical Garden also known as the Colonial Garden was created in 1906 and is aimed at teaching and scientific knowledge. This enclave has more than 500 perennial species, of tropical or subtropical origin, which have even ended up becoming extinct in their natural habitats. Without a doubt, a perfect place to transport yourself to other stops through a pleasant walk.

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