5 of the best places to enjoy the river in Lisbon
1) Cais do Ginjal
The Cais do Ginjal is located on the other side of the river and it’s accessible by taking the ferry that departs from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas. The trip across the river is a great experience in itself but the cherry on the cake is walking along the river with Lisbon as scenery. There are a few restaurants on the boardwalk with stunning views.
2) Passeio das Docas
The lively Lisbon docks, located right under the bridge, are basically a series of reconverted warehouses that now house a multitude of restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. There is something happening here every hour of the day. The marina in front is a pleasant place and there are also several paddle tennis courts.
3) Parco do Tejo
This waterfront park is popular with residents of eastern Lisbon who go there on weekends to walk, run or cycle, while enjoying the views of the Vasco da Gama bridge and the tower. If you bring a pair of binoculars you might spot aquatic birds and even flamingos that reside in the Tagus estuary during certain months of the year.
The promenade between the 25th of April bridge and Belém is a favourite with locals, who are to be found there every day of the week jogging, cycling, fishing, walking their dogs or simply enjoying the river views with their loved ones. Along the promenade there are several lawns and terraces where you can relax while gazing at the scenery.
5) Ribeira das Naus
This boardwalk links the Terreiro do Paço square to Cais do Sodré. It was opened in 2013, and it’s the nicest place to enjoy the river in old Lisbon. The area was a naval shipyard during the Age of Discovery and it was here that the ships sailed off to the Portuguese lands overseas. On warmer days hundreds of people lie on the grass enjoying the sun.
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