Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills, with its beautiful viewpoints and outstanding views over the city. This geographic feature turns cycling in Lisbon a bit challenging. However, which bike lover does not like challenges? The city center is probably one of the most hilly areas of the city including the neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, Principe Real and Chiado. There are always options that you can take in order to overcome this challenge. If you want to explore the area of Baixa and then go up and visit the Castle of São Jorge and appreciate this beautiful views, you can always take a lift at Rua dos Fanqueiros 170-178 and from there take a second panoramic lift that will take you to the castle. And the good news is that both lift are free of charge!
If you want to explore the area of Chiado while you are in the Baixa area, there is also a good trick to avoid the way up: you can go into the metro station of Baixa/Chiado and take the opposite exit to the Camões square using the huge escalators without any need to pay any transportation title as you will just use the exits of the tube station. Well on your way down, no excuses! Just pedal on and preferably use the brakes (probably a good advice is to check whether they are in good conditions first!). In the remaining areas of Lisbon cycling is a very good way to commute between different areas. The elevations are moderate and so not a big deal!
One of our preferred cycling routes goes along the Tagus River connecting the areas of Parque das Nações (Expo area), until the area of Belém, fulfilled with beautiful 16th century monuments. In this route you will appreciate the area of Parque das Nações, where the Expo 98 exhibition took place, the beautiful riverside banks, the charming square of Terreiro do Paço, the areas of Santos and Alcantara and, finally, Belém. This route is about 16km long and at the end, in Belém, you can always indulge a mouth-watering pastel de Belém, one of the most typical Portuguese pastries to get the energy for the ride back!