Lisbon Riverside: Self-Drive and Private City Tour in E-Cars
Do you like to be near the Riverside?
Feel the symbiosis between land and river in the city of Lisbon and let yourself be amazed with all the historic monuments like the Belem Tower or the Jeronimos Monastery and the contemporary buildings like MAAT museum or the Champalimaud Fundation, a center of research for the unknown.
Discover Lisbon and the unique awe-inspiring sights in a 4-hour self-driving experience on board of a fully electric vehicle: the Renault Twizy!
AUTONOMY - You can customize your tour route
PRIVACY - Just your group. No more people
SAFETY (Covid-19) - We comply with all the safety measures of Portuguese Gov and EU
TECHNOLOGY - Free Wi-Fi; GPS Audio-Guide; Live streaming & Tour recording
SUSTAINABILITY - Our cars are 100% electric and we've a green policy in all that concerns our activity
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What's included :
- Rental of Renault Twizy (capacity: 2 people per car)
- GPS Audio Tour Guide with all the points of interest
- Free Parking in the city
- Free Wi-Fi
- Camera to Record and/or Stream Live the Whole Experience
- Civil Liability, Personal and Car Insurance
- Hotel/Apartment Pickup and Drop-off (extra 10€)
What's excluded :
- Entry/Admission - Jerónimos Monastery
- Entry/Admission - Belém Tower
- Entry/Admission - Padrão dos Descobrimentos
- Entry/Admission - MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: LX Factory, Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, Lisbon 1300-501 Portugal
A factory complex from 1846 was reborn in 2008 as a "factory" of creativity and experiences. It kept the industrial spaces and invited companies related to the arts, which later brought shops, cafés and restaurants. Today there’s a little bit of everything, from fashion to books, to vintage furniture and contemporary design, next to dining options that include pizza, sushi and burgers, in addition to the more creative cuisine. The interiors maintain many of the old pieces, while most of the façades are covered in street art.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Belem, Belem, Lisbon District, Central Portugal
Lisbon's most monumental and historical area is Belém. It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery: Prince Henry the Navigator and the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, Bartholomeu Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope, the first voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India, and Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way back to Europe after discovering the New World.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB, Praca Imperio, Belem 1449-003 Portugal
Lisbon's most important cultural center was originally built to host Portugal's presidency of the European Union in 1992. Today it regularly presents world-class performances and has the city's largest auditorium.
It's also home to the Berardo Musuem for Modern and Contemporary Art, and has cafés and restaurants looking over the river.
Its biggest annual event is the springtime "Dias da Música," a classical music festival.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Jerónimos Monastery, Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisboa, 1400-206 Lisboa, Portugal
This 16th-century monastery is Lisbon's must-see marvel, flashing back to the days of the Age of Discovery, when the spices of the East paid for the impressive architecture that has given it the status of World Heritage Site.
Riches from all over the world poured into Lisbon thanks to Vasco da Gama's discovery of the maritime route to India, and the explorer's tomb is found in the church, a space filled with carvings of sea motifs. Another tomb is that of poet Luís de Camões.
Coral, sea monsters and ropes are also represented in the even more magnificent cloisters, which are unlike any other in the world. They are sometimes used as a backdrop for major events, such as the signing of the Lisbon Treaty between all 27 European Union countries in 2007.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Belém Tower, Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Lisbon's most famous landmark stands in the middle of the Tagus River as it reaches the Atlantic, where it once protected the city in the 1500s.
Built in 1515, the Belem Tower is a beautiful fortress that also served as the departure point for many of the voyages of discovery, and due to its architecture and historical significance it has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The highlight of a visit is admiring the façade facing the river and the views from its loggias and windows. You'll see stonework relating to the Age of Discovery, including Our Lady of Safe Homecoming who was believed to protect sailors at sea, as well as a stone rhinoceros which inspired Dürer's depiction of the animal.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal
Inaugurated in 1960, the year of the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, this waterfront monument in the shape of a caravel heading into sea evokes the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
The monument is made of concrete, but the sculptures are in limestone and were created by prominent sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida.
The interior presents temporary exhibitions, and has an elevator that takes you to the lookout terrace at the top, offering a beautiful view of the several monuments nearby, such as the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower.
Before entering, you may walk all over the world, following the routes of the Portuguese explorers. That's a map in marble on a huge compass rose, measuring 50 meters in diameter (164ft), with caravels and dates marking the main routes of the Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. It's surrounded by the traditional Portuguese cobblestone pavement, with the famous wavy design which can be admired from the top of the monument.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Avenida Brasilia Central Tejo, Lisbon 1300-598 Portugal
the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) is a project of the EDP Foundation, and is spread over two buildings, a former power station and a modern building designed by British architect Amanda Levete. It has almost 3000 square meters for exhibitions and events, and is directed by the former curator of contemporary architecture of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Pedro Gadanho, who says that this museum in Lisbon is unique in the world, since no other crosses the disciplines of art, architecture and technology. It presents the relationship between art and new technologies, through contemporary and international exhibitions.
It will also have a restaurant looking out to 25 de Abril Bridge, and it's possible to walk over the new undulating shell-shaped building of curved lines. The exterior staircase descends into the water, creating a large public space.
Duration: 35 minutes
Stop At: Pastéis de Belém., R. de Belém 84 92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
The official name is "Antiga Confeitaria de Belém" ("Belem's Old confectionery") but everyone simply calls it "Pasteis de Belém" ("Belém Pastries"). Its pastries have become famous around the country and even the world, known internationally as "Portuguese custard tarts" or "pastéis de nata." "Pastel de Nata" is the name of the very same tart when not made at this shop, and those from here are not only the originals but also the best, made from a secret recipe since 1837. They come recommended in every guidebook, which explains the long lines outside the door. You may grab some to go, but also try them oven-warm in the beautifully tiled rooms inside.
Duration: 20 minutes
Pass By: Ponte 25 de Abril, Pte. 25 de Abril, Lisboa, Portugal
At first sight, the 25 de Abril Bridge seems to have a curious resemblance to the Golden Gate, but it was actually inspired by another San Francisco bridge, the Bay Bridge. It was, however, built by the same company as the Golden Gate, and inaugurated in 1966. It was called Salazar Bridge but was renamed after the 1974 revolution.
Its central span is longer than that of the Golden Gate, and it links the capital to the south of the country, especially to the beaches of Caparica coast, to which all of Lisbon seems to escape to in the summer.
Below the bridge are the St. Amaro Docks, with a marina and several restaurants in former warehouses, and that's where you can get up close to the monument. To see it from above, the best spot is the terrace of the Monument to Christ. The Monsanto Forest Park, the lookout points of Santo Amaro and Necessidades, the Ajuda Botanical Garden and the Prazeres Cemitery also offer good views.
Stop At: Terreiro do Paço, 1100-039 Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon's grandest square faces the river, and was originally designed to welcome those arriving in the city by boat.
What you see today is the 18th-century version, as the original square, named "Terreiro do Paço" and home to the royal palace, was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. It was rebuilt with a triumphal arch facing the Tagus, and the surrounding arcaded buildings held government offices for many years.
At the center is a monument to King José I.
The square is also home to the city's oldest café, "Martinho da Arcada", and to the monumental Pousada hotel.
There is also a tourist office, while across from it is the Lisboa Story Center, which presents the history of the city.
Under the arcades are cafés and restaurants with tables outside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Departure Point :R. Palmira 64B, 1170-133 Lisboa, Portugal
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Most travelers can participate
- Maximum of 2 persons (including the driver) per car. The Renault Twizy is a two-seater car.
- At the beginning of the tour is required a guarantee deposit of 100€ (to be refunded at the end of the tour)
- ID/Passport and Valid driving license required for the driver
- Children under 4 years old are not allowed for safety reasons
- Youth (between 4 and 17) must be accompanied by an adult
- Final Price is per car
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- For your safety, and in accordance with DGS and WHO standards, we have implemented extraordinary measures to protect you from the Covid-19 pandemic. We have adopted all published and approved standards so that you can enjoy your tour in a completely protected way.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.