With an average of over 300 sunny days in Lisbon each year, there are plenty of opportunities to seek out your favourite place to watch the sunset. But, with so much choice of where to go as dusk approaches, where should you start? The Siesta Campers team has years of experience in exploring Lisbon by campervan and narrowed an extensive list into our top picks. Make sure your campervan hire from Lisbon starts with success and read on.
1 – Belém
Whether your time in Lisbon is a short visit or a longer break, a trip to Belém is time well spent.
Our top tip is to drive southwest from Lisbon’s centre, heading towards the ferry terminal, which is an ideal (and totally free!) place to open a bottle of wine, watch a beautiful sunset and spend a cosy first night in your campervan, right in the heart of Lisbon.
After a restful night’s sleep, it’s time for breakfast. You could rustle something up in the fully-equipped camper kitchen, or you could head to the Pasteis de Belém for a coffee and one of their famous pastries, made fresh each day according to their secret recipe.
Next, it’s time for a little culture! Conveniently located a stone’s throw from your camp spot is the Museu Coleção Berardo.
This wonderful gallery of modern and contemporary art is Lisbon’s most visited museum and is free all day Saturday. Also, it’s just over the road from your free Lisbon campervan parking.
If you have a little extra time in Belém, we also recommend:
- Museu Nacional dos Coches – Close to your camp spot is Portugal’s National Coach Museum, home to one of the finest collections of historical carriages in the world.
- MAAT – The Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology is a testament to Lisbon’s dedication to the advancement of culture, regularly hosting prestigious national and international exhibitions.
2 – Alcântara
If you want a combination of a beautiful sunset and some nightlife, we recommend driving your campervan to the Alcântara waterfront. This former port on the Tagus River is now a busy hub of trendy bars, waterside restaurants and clubs.
Housed in the converted warehouses of Santo Amaro Docks, near Lisbon’s iconic 25 de Abril Bridge, this location is well suited for afternoon coffee by the river or dinner and drinks prior to a big night out.
If the previous night’s fun didn’t leave you in shambles, you might like to indulge in some retail therapy. Walk or drive over to the LxFactory, also known as ‘Lisbon’s trendiest quarter’, and check out a huge variety of cool cafés, restaurants, shops (including Lisbon’s prettiest bookshop, Ler Devagar) and other interesting cultural and artistic projects.
If you’re considering spending another 24 hours in Alcântara, check out some more suggestions below.
- Museu da Carris – Everyone loves watching the distinctive yellow trams roll through Lisbon’s narrow streets. This is the perfect place to learn about the history of Lisbon’s public transportation.
- Ponte 25 de Abril – Drive your van underneath Lisbon’s famous ‘25 of April Bridge’ to take a photo or two of one of the city’s most enduring landmarks. Bonus points for managing to squeeze the Cristo Rei monument in the background of your selfie!
3 – Monsanto
To escape the hustle and bustle of Lisbon, we recommend driving your campervan to Parque Florestal de Monsanto. Within its 10km of natural beauty, you will find the Parque Municipal de Campismo de Monsanto.
Wondering how to make the most of your night stay in Monsanto? Grab a coffee and take a scenic walk through Lisbon’s old aqueduct!
The Águas Livres Aqueduct is one of Lisbon‘s most iconic sights, steeped in historical significance and architectural magnificence. Missed by most, it’s possible to walk across offering incredible views without much effort.
Before leaving Monsanto you could also:
- Cycle into the city – Swap four wheels for two and see some of Lisbon’s most picturesque parts at a slower pace. Many of the trails weave through a lush forest and offer wonderful city views.
- See something different – If you’re feeling a little adventurous you could drive your campervan up to the Restaurante Panorâmico de Monsanto. This long-abandoned restaurant may no longer be open for business, but it still serves up the best views of the city. It’s certainly one of Lisbon’s best kept secrets!
There are countless choices of beautiful parking spots throughout Portugal. From the interior of the country to hidden coastal retreats and enclaves, those in the know are fully prepared to enjoy the country’s amazing scenery. When you get back from your trip, let us know some of your favourite places to watch the sun go down!