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Sustainable Tours in Lisbon for a green travel experience

by Marilyn Sánchez
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Would you like to explore Lisbon environmentally friendly but don’t know how? Here we provide the best green travel experiences in Lisbon and sorounding areas.

Whether you like to ride the tram, bike, walk, or surf, Lisbon has everything for you to enjoy a green travel experience. Here we go!

Lisbon Yellow Tram

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Tram 28 passing through Santa Luzia street in Alfama’s historic neighborhood.

The yellow tram number 28 is one of Lisbon icons and runs through the narrow streets of the historical neighborhoods of Graça, Alfama, Baixa, and Estrela. This historic tram runs through the 10 most important places in Lisbon and it’s very easy to hop on and off!

The first electric tram line started to operate on August 31, 1901. In the following years, the metro and bus increasingly took over the transport system and much of the tram system was closed. However, due to its importance for the tourist industry, the line continued working.

With the tourist tram ticket, you have access to the historic Lisbon tram for 24 hours.  A unique experience and the best way to see the city!

Electric TukTuk

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Enjoy sunny Lisbon on an eco-friendly tuk-tuk drive. Credit: TukOnMe

Tuk Tuk is a widely used form of urban transport in many countries around the world including Portugal. Originally, Tuk Tuks are fueled with gasoline being responsible for CO2 emissions and pollution.

There are several companies that provide Tuk Tuk guided sightseeing tours in Lisbon, however, only a few run eco-friendly vehicles. TukOnMe is an environmentally friendly option as it runs 100% electric vehicles, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and sound pollution-free.

Their tours are known to be safe, covid-free, and customer-oriented. One of the most recommended tours is Alfama-Graça (some of the most iconic neighborhoods of Lisbon) where they stop at the most historic sites of the city. Tour guides are multilingual, friendly, and know the best-hidden views of the city.

TukOnMe also provides tours to Sintra and Cascais, as well as walking tours in the Lisbon center. Don’t miss it!

E-bike tour

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Serra da Arrabida e-bike tour. Credit: Lisboa Autentica

Electric bikes, also known as e-bikes, are an excellent and sustainable alternative to the car as they help with traffic by reducing congestion, pollution, and noise within cities and towns.

The greatest advantage of e-vehicles like e-bikes is that they don’t use fuels such as diesel and petrol and hence do not emit GHG, detrimental for the environment and our health. So what better way to explore the city and its nearby attractions than on an e-bike?

Lisboa Autentica offers e-bike rental services and excursions to Lisbon center and metropolitan areas such as Sintra and Cascais, Serra da Arrábida, and the nearby beaches in Costa da Caparica. They also offer walking tours to the Lisbon center.

Eco-hikes

The Fisherman Route
The Route of Fisherman. Credit: Portugal Walk Hike

If you like the outdoors, Lisbon has many nearby hiking routes available. Portugal Walk Hike offers walking tours in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, along with wine tasting experiences. Their aim is to make visitors aware of one of the most beautiful and enigmatic landscapes in Portugal, the Sintra Sierra, with its unique forest and the majestic Atlantic Ocean views.

They also promote sustainable tourism in local communities by introducing you to the local people and food. Undoublty an enriching experience for those who want to feel closer to nature!

Eco-surf experience

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Lisbon has several surf points and surf schools that offer from single surf lessons to surfaries and intensive camps, however very few are concerned about sustainability.

Future Ecosurf is located in the Algarve region 2.5 hours south of Lisbon. It’s one of the few surf schools that offers a truly sustainable experience to visitors. They have been renovating all the essential materials for their activity, such as surfboards, suits, leashes, wax, and sunscreen for ecological and certified materials.

They work with environmentally friendly glues, 100% recycled leashes, 100% eco-wax with no impact on marine ecosystems, as well as bio sunscreens harmless to fish and corals. What better way to experience the waves than surfing without harming the ocean?

Sustainable accomodation in Lisbon

BAIRRO ALTO HOTEL

Bairro Alto Hotel
Enjoy the comfort of a stylish room after a day of exploring Lisbon.

This Boutique Hotel is set in a historical building from the 18th century and features 87 guestrooms, including two signature suites, 8 Suites, and 12 Junior Suites. The rooms offer views over either the Tagus River or the most iconic districts in Lisbon; Chiado and Bairro Alto.

The hotel encompasses the high-end restaurant BAHR with an award-winning Chef. Lisbon has many terraces, but none like the rooftop of BAHR. This is the place for those who want to enjoy incomparable views over the city and the Tejo river. Whether to taste the seasonal menu, by Creative Chef Nuno Mendes, or just to enjoy a cocktail, you will experience unforgettable moments on BAHR’s terrace.

In addition, the hotel offers a relaxing wellness center, a fully-equipped gym, and four meeting rooms, all with natural light and separate entrances for private meetings or events.

Sustainable accommodation in Portimão

PESTANA ALVOR SOUTH BEACH PREMIUM SUITE HOTEL

Pestana Alvor South Beach Premium Suite Hotel
Breakfast next to the pool is the perfect way to start your day.

The Pestana Alvor South Beach is a 4-star hotel in Alvor. The hotel is contrasted by its relaxed atmosphere. It has direct access to Três Irmão beach. It is just 1 minute on foot to the beach and 5 minutes on foot to the center of town. Here, you’ll find Algarve’s more vibrant area. To visit the nearby city of Portimão, use the free Shuttle service.

The hotel offers 3 successive infinity swimming pools, surrounded by lounge chairs where you can enjoy a peaceful rest. It also offers a restaurant, bar and outdoor fitness center as well as a private car park.

Disclaimer

EcoHotels.com is not responsible for the delivery of any services listed here. This list was made with the sole purpose of promoting eco-friendly activities in the tourist destinations where our hotel partners operate.

COVID-19 travel recommendations

Before traveling to any of these destinations make sure to check out the World Health Organization Covid-19 Dashboard for continuously updated information.

For requirements to enter the countries and recommendations on travel destinations, consult the national and local warnings available at the destination.

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