Adventure Travel Tips: Lisbon

From surfing to sensory exploration, the Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon guides you to the city’s action-packed activities.

Apr 10, 2013
  • Lisbon Zoo, Portugal
  • Sensorial Tour, Lisbon, Four Season Hotels and Resorts Ritz Lisbon
  • Sailing Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Surfing lessons, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
  • A Ginjinha, Lisbon, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
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Meet a meerkat and other curious critters during a private backstage visit at the Lisbon Zoo.
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Experience Lisbon through sound and sensation during a simulated “blind” tour by the Portuguese Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted.
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See Lisbon and its many historical sites from the water during a sailing trip along the Tagus River.
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Surfers of all ages and abilities can hone their wave-riding skills with expert instruction during a surfing clinic.
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Head to A Ginjinha, a bar dating to the 1840s, and try the local liqueur, Ginjinha.
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Head Concierge Luis Miguel of Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon suggests a day in and around Lisbon that will satisfy anyone looking to find adventure in Portugal’s capital city, whether it’s surfing, sailing, or an exclusive encounter with wildlife.

Backstage at the Lisbon Zoo
Get up close and personal with some of the Lisbon Zoo’s 2,000 animals through a private “backstage” visit. The experience offers insight into the Zoo’s more rare or unusual species, such as meerkats and koalas. Watch dolphin acrobatics in Dolphins’ Bay, the zoo’s largest attraction, before ending your visit with a private encounter with the beloved marine mammals.

A nautical jaunt
Enjoy a picnic lunch while sailing along the historic north shore of Lisbon’s Tagus River. Starting at Praça do Comércio, the original maritime entry to Lisbon, sail to Belém, the point from which explorer Vasco da Gama departed for India in 1497. Sit back and enjoy the historic shoreline’s sites. Those wanting a more hands-on excursion can learn to sail from the experienced on-board crew.

Hang ten
Learn to wave-ride on Portugal’s “Dream Coast,” known internationally as a prime destination for surfers of all abilities. Experts will teach you everything from where to mount your board to how to conquer difficult waves. Your board is provided, and is matched to suit your height, weight and personal riding style.

Gastronomic discoveries
Sampling Lisbon’s culinary delights is an adventure itself. After sampling Belém’s custard tarts (a local specialty), make your way to A Ginjinha, a bar dating to the 1840s. Try the traditional Portuguese liqueur Ginjinha, made from a cherry-like ginja berry.


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