Moto-sidecar Tour & Photo Workshop
Discover the city from the ground up in this exhilarating tour from the sidecar of a motorcycle, driven by an experienced rider. Ascend through the narrow cobbled streets and atmospheric surrounds of the ancient Alfama quarter to the breathtaking views of the city as seen from the reconstructed ramparts of Castelo São Jorge (Castle of St George). Descend to the historical vastness of Belém and its UNESCO-listed tower that marks the end of the land and the beginning of the sea. Pay tribute to Portugal’s maritime past at the Monument of Discoveries, then savor the essence of Lisbon in the form of traditional Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts) at Antiga Confeitaria de Belém—you can even take a private peek into the kitchen that has housed the secret recipe since 1837! End your tour with a stop at the 15th century Jerónimos Monastery, the pinnacle of Manueline-Portuguese Gothic architecture, built to commemorate the discovery of the sea route to India. Visit the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões, Portugal’s national poet, before whizzing back to the Hotel through Lisbon’s labyrinthine streets. A tour that’s as exhilarating as it is educational: don’t miss out!
MOTO-SIDECAR PHOTO WORKSHOP
Team up with a locally based professional photographer on this insider’s-eye tour of Lisbon’s top photographic hotspots—as experienced from the sidecar of a motorcycle. After a quick briefing and check of your photographic equipment, embark on a thrilling ride through winding streets and leafy squares to discover glimpses of daily life alongside the city’s most spectacular miradouros (viewpoints). The photographer will follow on his scooter offering top tips and advice on how to frame the perfect shot, maximize the exquisite Lisboan light or capture the city’s most evocative scene…You’ll drive down the tree-lined Avenida da Liberdade, crossing the squares and visiting the traditional quarters of Alfama and Castelo São Jorge before stopping in Bairro Alto and Chiado, birthplace of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. Proceed onwards to the old port of Santos and Belém (pausing for a quick bica and Pastéis de Belém), before clicking to you heart’s content beneath the imposing Manueline towers of the Jerónimos Monastery. Your holiday snaps will never be the same again.