Going On A Sidecar Tour In Lisbon, Portugal

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

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I’ve done a lot of really cool things in my lifetime, but but far, one of the coolest things I’ve ever done was tour Lisbon by motorcycle and sidecar. While being hosted by Housetrip in Lisbon, myself and a group of travel bloggers, got to spend the evening with the friendly folks at Sidecar Touring Company.

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Going On A Sidecar Tour In Lisbon, Portugal

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

Our curious group of travel bloggers was pretty excited to meetup with our new “crew“.  As we came out of our flat, across the street waiting for us were four men from the Sidecar Touring Company with their big old vintage hogs. I squealed in delight and seriously could not wait to start the ride! I even started humming Born to Be Wild. Yes, really!

Being the hard working bloggers that we are, an extreme photo shoot ensued. We snapped pictures of the bikes, each other on the bikes, the drivers, us with the drivers … you get the “picture.” Finally, donning our “ultra sexy” helmets, we jumped into the sidecars or in the seats behind the driver and before we knew it were racing through the streets of Lisbon.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

The photographer in me wanted to capture everything and I mean everything! The derelict yet hauntingly beautiful buildings, the epic street art, the Moorish influenced tile facades but admittedly, it’s tough to properly take shots from the back of a moving vehicle (especially once it got dark).

I suppose it was one of those times when I should have sat back and enjoyed the ride but how could I not want to take photos of such a vibrant, charismatic and gorgeous city? I fell more in love with each passing moment. It was the perfect time for a ride as the sun was just beginning to slip away, leaving the city bathed in a seemingly heavenly light.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

Lucky for all of us, there were several stops along the way. Tour highlights included Bairro Alto, Almada, the Glass Elevator, the Belém district, and so much more (even Pastéis de Belém).

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

These crumbling facades never failed to make my heart swoon the entire time I was in Portugal.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

I felt very glamorous posing at this viewpoint and happy to lose that “man repelling” helmet for a moment.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

For me, the best part of the evening was when we went to another viewpoint and watched the sunset over Lisbon. It was in this exact moment that I began to fall really hard for this city.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.
Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

Then it was night and picture taking became a tad more difficult. Still I managed to get a few worthy night shots.

Sidecar Tour in Lisbon.

The tour lasted about 3 hours and I honestly cannot think of a better way to get acquainted with Lisbon. It’s a really fun and unique way to get that first taste of the city. As it’s a big place geographically speaking and takes time to get around, you manage to cover a lot of distance in a relatively short period of time. Based on your experience, you can choose which spots you’d like to revisit later.

What do you think? Would you take a sidecar tour in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments below.

Good To Know

1) Warning, when you take this tour people will stop and stare, even laugh and point. It’s pretty rare to witness a parade of motorcycles and sidecars making their way through the streets of Lisbon. Be good-natured and enjoy the attention. Smile, wave and secretly know they are jealous!

2) Sidecar Touring Company not only offers night but day tours through Lisbon as well. You can even go outside the city to places like Sintra, Cabo da Roca, and Arrabida. Up to two people can be allocated to one bike and you can switch spots whenever you stop so that one person doesn’t have to be stuck in one place for the entire tour. For our night tour it cost €85 euros per bike/sidecar. Prices will be higher for the longer half-day and day trips.

3) Book your accommodation in Lisbon with booking.com.

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4) Make your stay in Lisbon even better by going on other tours as well.

5) If you’re looking to drive around on your own, consider renting a car. I’d also recommend checking out these tips for renting a car in Portugal.

6) Looking for more inspiration about what to do in Portugal? Read over some of my popular blog posts:

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*Disclosure – My time in Lisbon was complimentary, courtesy of Housetrip. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own. This post contains some affiliate links. If you book a tour, car rental, or hotel through any of these links, I’ll earn a tiny commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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14 Comments

  1. Y’see, I visited Lisbon in 2003 and ever since it’s been my least favourite city in Europe. It was rubbish. I’m thinking that maybe it’s time I had another pop at it. Plus – sidecar travel is something I definitely have to try!

  2. @Andrea – It was great being your motorcycle partner in crime!

    @Chris – I loved Lisbon! Hope you’ll give the city another chance and the sidecar tour too, it was really a lot of fun.

  3. Great photos! I was in Lisbon last weekend, but it was very rainy and cloudy so couldn’t get any nice photos, but loved the city!

  4. @Jarmo – Thank you! Sorry the weather wasn’t better for you while you were in Lisbon but agree, Lisbon is easy to love. 🙂

    @ Michael – It really was a good day and night! Fond memories …

  5. @Sam – All of the vehicles were quite unique and beautiful. You can tell that the drivers really take pride in taking care of them. And thanks re: the pics! I love looking at them and remembering the fun ride …

  6. Nice motorcycle. It really stands out from the crowd. Anyway, thanks for sharing the photos!

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