6 Best Places to Run in Lisbon in 2019

A view of Lisbon's classic red-roofed buildings overlooking some of the best spots to run in Lisbon.

6 Best Places to Run in Lisbon in 2019

Going for a run in Lisbon can be like jogging through a work of art.  The city is known for some amazing and beautiful races.  The Lisbon Marathon is considered to be one of the most beautiful races in the world, and the Lisbon Half Marathon isn’t far behind.

(Check out our recap of the Lisbon Half Marathon right here!)

But even a city as scenic as Lisbon can’t have a marathon every single day.  Fortunately, you’ll find plenty of sites to take in if you hit the streets for a jog.  Here are a few of our favorite places to go for a run in Lisbon:

1. Monsanto Forest Park

Looking to get away from the bustle of city life?  Monsanto Forest Park is a perfect getaway when you’re looking for a little peace and quiet while running in Lisbon.

This 2,500-acre green space is located in the middle of the city and offers everything from quiet nature walks to camping and light-to-moderate hiking.  Running tours pass through this area regularly, so be sure to check the local guides and online sites if you’re looking for partners while on your run.

While you’re out, bring a camera.  You’re sure to see more than trees.  The park is known for its panoramic views of Lisbon and Sintra.  If you’re out in the evening, you might wander into an extra bit of local culture.  The park is an organizing ground for concerts, exhibitions, theatre, and local fairs.

2. Cais do Sodré to the Torre de Belem

This 13.5km run in Lisbon is a great way to experience paradise on two feet.  Cais do Sodré is a waterfront district in south Lisbon known for its clubs and party scene.  However, it’s quiet in the early morning, which makes it a great starting point for a run to Belém Tower.

This route will take you along the Av. Brasilia and offers some great views of the Tagus River and a wide variety of city monuments on your way to the tower.

Once used as a defensive structure to protect the city, Belém Tower was later transformed into a lighthouse.  The tower is a world heritage site with a rich history.  Be prepared to take a break when you reach the tower to learn a little more about this nod to Lisbon’s maritime past.

When you’re finished, head back along the same route to complete your run.  If you’re early enough (start well before the riverside restaurants open for the day), you’ll enjoy an empty waterfront, minimal foot traffic, and a fresh breath of air coming off the coast.

3. The Boardwalk at Parque das Nacões

Spacious, safe, and quiet, the boardwalk at Parque das Nacões is a great way to get a glimpse of the trends and fashions on the west side of the city.  It’s also a popular spot to run in Lisbon.

This 6.4km run will take you past the Lisbon Oceanarium (worth a visit) and the Vasco da Gama Bridge.  You’ll also get a closer look at some of Lisbon’s urban art, modern architecture, and local parks.

The boardwalk runs the entire length of the district and to the Lisbon Marina.  It’s up to you whether you’d rather start at the north or south end of the trail, but you’re in for a great experience either way.

4. Eduardo VII Park and the Green Corridor

Eduardo VII Park marks the beginning of Lisbon’s Green Corridor, a set of trails and greenway systems designed to connect Lisbon’s Monsanto Forest Park to other green spaces in the city.

But don’t run off in search of greener pastures!

If you’re running in Lisbon and searching for a mix of green space and architecture, a lap around Eduardo VII Park might be for you.  The park enjoys a higher elevation than its surroundings, which makes it a great place to watch the city.

In addition to the views, you’ll find the Estufa Fria — a series of greenhouses built in the 1930s (tickets available!) — a lake, and the largest flag in Portugal all within the 2km loop around the edge of the park.

But the route doesn’t end there.  Look for the red pavement road in the northern section of the park.  Taking that road will connect you to the Green Corridor, which ends at Monsanto Forest Park, nearly 2.5km away.

5.  The Baxia District and Central Lisbon

Lisbon is an ancient city with roots going back as far as Phoenician times, but if you’re exploring the outskirts of the city, it’s sometimes easy to ignore that history.

To really get a good look at the heart of the city, plan a run in Lisbon through the Baxia district.  While there’s no specific route in this area, some of Lisbon’s iconic and historical markers are located among the shops and restaurants packed tightly in these narrow streets.

Consider an early morning run to beat the traffic, and be sure to plan a slow pace.  Between the various plazas and the rich history that surrounds you on every corner — as well as the small parks and plazas concealed in this district — there’s no doubt that you’ll want to stop for a fresh breath while taking in the sights.

6.  Bela Vista Park

One of the larger green spaces on the eastern side of the city, Bela Vista has served as a concert venue for superstar musicians passing through Lisbon.

When not in use as a concert hall, Bela Vista contains a string of sidewalk pathways that loop across one another, making it easy to create routes that match your distance needs.  There are fewer trees in this park, which makes this run sunnier than many of the others on our list, so be sure to wear additional protection if you’re staying out for a while.

This area backs up against Chelas, which is sometimes considered a sketchier area of Lisbon than the central or tourist districts.  Bela Vista is still a beloved greenspace and is well-traveled throughout the day, but stay safe during early morning or late-night outings.

Run in Lisbon — With Us!

You didn’t think we’d forget to ask, did you?  Live, Run, Travel is all about adding a little touch of wanderlust to your run.  If you’re planning to run in Lisbon and you don’t have a set date for your vacation getaway, why not tour with us?

Our itineraries feature marathon, half-marathon, and mini-marathon routes atop some of Europe’s historic landmarks (like the Vasco da Gamma Bridge!).  Some of these routes are only open once or twice each year, during a Lisbon marathon event.

On top of that, we visit the countryside and the city with assistance from local experts and supply all the resources you need to make sure your travel experience is incredible from the moment your feet touch the ground.

Interested?  Check out our upcoming fall itinerary to find out more.

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