Strolling along the Tagus River is one of the incredible experiences you can have when traveling on an electric scooter through the streets of Lisbon. The Portuguese city capital has many reasons of interest, including monuments, museums or beautiful gardens, in addition to presenting a much appreciated cuisine. Reasons that make it, annually, welcome millions of visitors who, since 2018, can use electric scooters from different companies to move between its numerous tourist spots. Accept All About Portugal's suggestions and make the most of three easy-to-follow routes using this fun, inexpensive means of transport that focuses on environmental sustainability.
From Terreiro do Paço to Belém
The starting point for our first route suggestion is Praça do Comércio, an iconic place in Lisbon and one of its most visited spots. Also known as Terreiro do Paço, it is the largest square in Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. After properly appreciating the beauty of the square, the views over the Tagus River and the beautiful Arco da Rua Augusta, make the most of the wide space and test the scooter's velocity and brakes before heading down the path that will take you to the Belém area, in one of the city's easy routes with an approximate length of eight kilometers.
We suggest that the next stop be made in the Cais do Sodré area, a historic district of the capital city, known for its bohemian nightlife, but also for its train and metro stations and the pier from which boats depart for the other side. Walk along the equally famous Avenida 24 de Julho and enjoy the pleasant Docas de Santos, Alcântara and Santo Amaro. Continue along Avenida Brasília until you reach the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology. Stop, get off the scooter and enjoy the views: to the contemporary and differentiating architecture of the Museum, but also to the Tagus and the 25 de Abril Bridge. If you have time for that, visit MAAT and you will certainly won't be disappointed.
In the Belém area, the difficult thing is to choose where to start, given the diversity of points of historical and cultural interest. A must-stop, and with strong links to the Age of Discovery, are the imposing Belém Tower and the beautiful Jerónimos Monastery, both classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, as well as the enigmatic Monument to the Discoveries. Other attractions in this area are the Centro Cultural de Belém, the Museu Coleção Berardo and the Museu de Marinha. To end this journey in a sweet way, nothing better than sitting down and enjoying one or several Pastéis de Belém.
Enjoy green areas in the heart of Lisbon
Always with the concern of environmental and ecological sustainability in mind, our next suggestion of easy routes to do on an electric scooter connects the Restauradores area, another large square located in the historic area of Lisbon, to the Parque Florestal de Monsanto. Before starting, take the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful Palácio Foz. Most likely, you can't resist stopping at one of the many shops on the busy and well-known Avenida da Liberdade, the artery that connects Restauradores to the Marquês de Pombal roundabout, one of the most emblematic in the Portuguese capital, and which boasts a statue in the central area of the former Portuguese politician and diplomat.
On the “back” of the roundabout is the verdant Parque Eduardo VII, one of the largest in the city, which offers a wonderful panoramic view over the Tagus River and the city itself. Not far away is another green area of choice in the center of Lisbon, the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Gardens. The Águas Livres Aqueduct is another magnificent piece of architecture that can be seen in this area. To get to Monsanto, you can use the existing bike paths and have fun with the electric scooter for about five kilometers.
End by the Tagus River
The beautiful Campo Grande Garden, one of the largest green spaces that the center of Lisbon offers, is the starting point for another of the easy routes. This is the shortest route we propose and will take us to the pleasant area of Parque das Nações by electric scooter. If you like football, we suggest you take a slight detour and visit or at least go to the vicinity of Estádio José Alvalade, “home” of Sporting Clube de Portugal, one of the biggest clubs in the country.
Back in Campo Grande, the Bordalo Pinheiro Museum, considered the most fun in Lisbon, is the reason that justifies another stop on the electric scooter. From there, take Avenida do Brasil to the Vale do Silêncio Urban Park, another very pleasant and quiet green area, located in the Olivais area. Get back on the scooter and when you reach the Parque das Nações area, there is plenty to see and visit, such as the fascinating Oceanário, the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, the largest science center in Portugal, or the Vasco da Gama Tower, one of tallest buildings in the country. There are a lot of places to walk peacefully along the river and enjoy the Marina. Also go to Gare do Oriente and observe its distinctive architecture. Among the routes we suggest you, if you feel hungry, to go to one of the many quality restaurants and taste the Portuguese cuisine where codfish continues to delight those who visit the country.