The idyllic Portuguese coastline makes Lisbon the perfect destination to rent a boat for a day of cruising. Boat tours, catamaran charters, sailing yachts, speedboats, and water sports rentals are fantastic options to get the most out of your vacation.
Renting a boat or chartering a yacht for a day of sailing is a romantic and luxurious way to experience Lisbon. A private tour will give you an intimate look at the coastline of Lisbon. Your captain can take you to quieter beaches or the nearby beach towns of Cascais and Estoril for a day of swimming and sunbathing.
Lagoon sailing catamarans are great for larger groups and more casual experience. Enjoy a day of drinks and touring around the coast, soaking up the sun with friends. Because of its position on the western coast of Portugal, Lisbon is a fantastic place to take a sunset cruise. The glow of the sun going down over the horizon seen from the deck of a boat is a breathtaking experience not to miss out on while you’re there.
Private fishing charters are a popular choice for adventurous travelers looking to reel in a big catch out in the Atlantic. Professional guides will take you out for a day of fishing. You’ll have the opportunity to catch anything from octopus to sea bream, enjoy a lunch on the boat and get the chance to see pods of dolphins swimming out in the Atlantic.
Surfing is by far the most popular water sport for travelers to try while in Lisbon. Some of the top beaches to check out to rent a surfboard or take a lesson include Caracavelos, Costa de Caparica, and Praia de Poca. Stand up paddleboarding is also popular among sporty travelers in Lisbon.
There are a variety of boating events that take place in Lisbon throughout the year. The Volvo Ocean Race has a leg starting from Lisbon in November. It's an intense sporting event with sailing professionals from around the world. A more laidback sailing event in Lisbon is the Lisbon Tagus River Regatta, where groups of 10+ can register for the friendly competition and spend a day sailing around the waters of Lisbon.
While on land, there are countless things to experience while traveling in Lisbon. To marvel at the beautiful architecture, check out the Jeronimos Monastery. It has interior halls and entryways that rival the Vatican. Its location is not far from the beautiful Tagus River. There is more to tour on the river with the Castle of Almourol that dates back to the Medieval Era. A short distance inland is the Queluz National Palace showcasing the splendor of the 1700s.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is another point of interest, a great place to take kids or anyone passionate about ocean conservation. It is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe.
A day trip to Sintra is something not to leave off your Lisbon to-do list. A short, 45-minute train ride away, this magical city is something straight out of a fairytale. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as much of the walking is on ancient cobblestone streets. There are beautiful palaces and quaint villages to explore in Sintra, be sure not to miss Quinta de Regaleira.
Portugal is also famous for its incredible cuisine. For the best restaurants in Lisbon, be sure to check out the Bairro Alto neighborhood. Here you can find everything from tiny hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine dining.
There are many marinas around Lisbon for all your charter and rental needs. The Marina Park of Nations and Marina of Belem are two with spectacular views and dozens of yachts in their berths. They are full-service facilities that are worth checking out on a stroll around the beautiful city of Lisbon.
Drenched in the Portuguese sun on the Atlantic Ocean is a jewel called Lisbon. This special city is also the capital and cultural center of the country. Lisbon is also the westernmost tip of the European continent. In Lisbon, the modern world has seamlessly integrated with old world architecture. The climate is a bonus with mild Mediterranean temperatures year round and spectacular beaches.
Lisbon holds its own when it comes to jaw-dropping attractions including several monasteries, palaces, and museums. The whitewashed limestone buildings with red roofs that line the hills of the city make every viewpoint of the city picturesque.
The best time to visit Lisbon is during the months of April & May or September & October. This will give you the best chance at enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures, while not having to pay high, peak season prices. Lisbon is a very popular tourist destination in the summer, so the months of June-August are expensive and draw in huge crowds. The winters are mild but will be too cold to enjoy time swimming and can be rainy.
Getting from the Lisbon airport to the city center is easy by public transport or taxi, it’s located 10 km away. While in Lisbon, the public transport system is well connected, so there is no real need to rent a car unless you plan on spending time venturing to other cities.
The best time of year to go to Lisbon is in the late spring/early summer, or autumn months. April, May, and June will give you great weather without the massive crowds that flock here in July and August. September and October can also be very pleasant, with warm temperatures so you can still swim and enjoy water activities in Lisbon.
Some of the best sailing trips you can enjoy in Lisbon are on cruising catamarans. Book yourself a ticket on a group catamaran tour or even charter a whole catamaran to yourself and see the gorgeous coastline around Lisbon. See the Tower of Belem, enjoy lunch while cruising, stop for a swim, see the beaches of Cascais and enjoy seeing the city from the Tagus River.
Yes! Surfing is a popular activity in Lisbon. Some of the best beaches for surfing include:
Surfing lessons in Lisbon start around $30 per person per hour. You can also rent surfboards and go on your own for as little as $20/hour in Lisbon.
Even better than expected ! very good communication with the crew to meet on the dock ! incredible boat ! perfect service on board - very kind staff. We loved our experience ! it was perfect
Vanda and team did a great job, and very reliable and a great experience. Recommended also to see a different part of Portugal and especially the nature and history in the area.
I couldn’t recommend Marlin tours enough. I’ve rented two boats from them on different occasions and everything was always so smooth from beginning to end. Marta is THE BEST at answering inquiries, very clear communications with her. On the day, Catarina was in charge of our trip and she was so tremendously great and attentive to all of us. The crew was lovely and so friendly as well. We had BBQ on board and it was delicious! Thank you! Every one of my guests had a blast!
Excellent service, and smooth riding. On the fish as soon as we dropped and just a wonderful experience. Captain was attentive and assistant spoke good English. Snacks and refreshments were also good, and cannot recommend them enough. Very good sized boat.
Had a great time would recommend
Great fun for a stag do, boat was very good
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