Sustainable Ways to explore Lisbon

So, you have chosen to visit Lisbon, congratulations! You’re on the right track for an easy-going and great vacation in the capital of Portugal. Did you know that Lisbon is also one of the oldest cities in Europe and the 2020 European Green Capital Award winner?

For your trip, Lisbeyond shares some tips for a greener vacation. And not to worry, we always keep your joy and the planet earth in mind, because Tourism and Sustainability can go hand in hand.

Things to consider when Planning your Sustainable Trip

Did you know there are several ways to adapt your trip to leave a smaller ecological footprint behind? Check our tips:

1. Use the public transport system of Lisbon

While in Lisbon, you have several options to get around: Instead of cars, take the: metro, train, tram, an e-bike, or electric scooter, or the old-fashioned option: walk!
And when you really need a car to get around, try options like UberGreen. These are exclusively electric and hybrid cars!

Learn more details about Lisbon Public transport – here .

2. Reduce the use of single-use plastics

While being away from home it is quite tempting to use single-use plastics, from the classic straws to convenient water bottles. In Lisbon, you have water stations all over the place (even for pets!), by bringing your own reusable water bottle you can fill up your bottle wherever you go and reduce the plastic waste in the city. Also, most supermarkets nowadays sell wooden cutlery and plates, in case you plan to have a nice picnic outside.

3. Contribute to local businesses

Lisbon is a hotspot filled with new (and not so new) and interesting portuguese businesses with authentic products. These traditional shops have unique souvenirs that you will definitely love.

Here are some examples of some of our favourite local businesses, that just might be your cup of tea:

Store with Authentic and genuine traditional Portuguese products.

Here you will find several daily life products that are typical portuguese from all over the country: from Coutinho toothpaste, Marinha Grande glass and Gorreana Tea to the Ratinho study books and much more. Find all of this and much more in the A Vida Portuguesa stores or in their online store, bringing a piece Portuguese History to your day to day life.

Ceramics stores with high-quality products. 

We are sure you will not be dissapointed, keep some space in your luggage for their beautiful ceramic pieces. You can find them on their Instagram or their stores in Lisboa, Oeiras and/or Cascais.

A Clothing store, all pieces designed in Lisbon and made in Portugal. The brand has clean designs and is inspired by the Atlantic Ocean.

With Stores all over Lisbon (and the world), this brand is proud of its Portuguese ancestry and production, having high-quality products that will last a lifetime.

Also check the local markets, like Time Out Market in Cais do Sodré, and traditional flea markets like Feira da Ladra in Campo de Santa Clara, behind the national Pantheon!

4. Go Beyond the expected

While going on your stroll around the city (and in any other place for that matter), it is really important to be mindful of your waste. Leave any trash behind and treat Lisbon as if it were your own home.
Besides striving for being as low waste as possible, , did you know that on your vacation you can do more than just the tradition touristic things and contribute to the well being of the communities that you’re visiting?

There are associations like Movimento ajude a Limpar a Praia and Planet Caretakers that organise beach clean ups and other trash collecting actions that you can take part/help with.
It’s not the typical travel plan, but it is extremely rewarding and important.

5. And most important, relax and focus on local experiences!

Going to a bakery and eat a good Pastel de Nata, walk by the river, enjoy the sun in one of the many parks in Lisbon

And always remember to be mindful of your surroundings, don’t leave any trash behind, and be nice!

And don't forget, have a nice trip!

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