Weaving sightseeing seamlessly with a workout is an art, and Lisbon has done just that. Renowned for its culture, food scene and lively atmosphere, Lisbon is fast becoming a hub for all things health and wellness. Plus, you can expect sunshine all year round. Here is our ultimate Lisbon line-up.
For a chic stay with all the perks, head to Corinthia Lisbon. This hotel meets all your wellness wishes: a luxury fitness suite, a yoga garden and a swimming pool open until 9pm. The spa is a tranquil space to rest and rejuvenate away from the hustle and bustle, book a treatment (I swear Deep Muscle Massage is a full body rebirth) and make the most of the hydrotherapy circuit, sauna and of the steam room.
For sightseeing with a nostalgic edge, take a seat abroad on the famous Number 28 tram. Hop on Martim Moniz to guarantee a seat, then cruise through the city’s iconic winding streets. Get off at Estrela to visit the Basilica, then stroll down the road to the enchanting Jardim da Estrela park and watch life go by.
A few steps away you will find Santos-o-Velho. A charming but cosmopolitan neighborhood that has become Lisbon’s cool place.
Baraza – the best yoga spot in town – is located here. Carved beautifully into historic stone arches, the whitewashed studio space is divided by strips of hanging linen, giving it a spacious and airy feel – which is just as well as they specialize in power yoga, so expect to sweat. The atmosphere is pleasant with expert teachers with a penchant for a great playlist.
A short walk away is By Koji – a sushi restaurant with heart and chefs from São Paulo, Brazil. Eating here is truly an experience – a divine menu crafted from the freshest produce and every dish served is a work of art. Melt-in-your-mouth sashimi lychee and sake martinis, trust me, it doesn’t get any better than this. If you do a foodie thing in Lisbon, eat here.
Alfama, the oldest quadrant of the city is pretty as a postcard. You’ll easily spend an entire day here, meandering through the maze of colorful cobbled streets as you ascend towards St. George’s Castle. The view from the top is spectacular and well worth the climb, but there are other stunning hilltop viewpoints to bump up your step count, my favorite – Miradouro da Graça. If you want to see the sights at a faster pace, hire a tuk tuk and enjoy a bumpy ride and a history lesson all in one.
Whatever your itinerary, stop by Dahlia for dinner. Specialized in fresh and local products, this new opening is making a lot of noise. Think delicious small plates that you can mix and match and a great selection of local wines. The menu changes daily but if it’s up for grabs, don’t miss the fried chicken, kewpie mayonnaise and sesame.
You can keep the cocktails flowing at nearby Collect Records or the Java rooftop bar.
No party is complete without a day at the beach, and Lisbon’s Costa da Caparica is a 25-minute Uber ride from the city. As you cross the 25th of April Bridge, you will spot the statue of Christ overlooking the city – another sight to tick off your bucket list.
Head to Time To Surf in Praia de Mata and get ready for a water-based workout. This school offers excellent group or private surf lessons for all levels. Wetsuits and boards are provided, so all you need to bring is a good dose of enthusiasm and a good layer of FPS. Whether you’ve ever surfed or not, riding around trying to catch waves is guaranteed LOL and a scorching core.
Further along the coast is Casa Reîa – an exquisitely designed oceanfront beach house that spills onto the sand. Weaving wellness, gastronomy and live music, it not only offers the innovation of their cuisine (the menu is a kaleidoscope of fusions of colors and flavors) but also offers immersive wellness experiences, such as breathing work , the sound baths and their monthly bi-circle of ‘100 Drums’ – a bustling sunset celebration. At the very least, arrive at golden hour to enjoy the oysters, sunset, and live music.