If you know anything about Lisbon you already know that itâ€™s the European capital with the most sunshine hours per year and the closest to sandy beaches. But you donâ€™t have to head to the coast nearby to get a tan — you may return home with a bronzed glow by simply staying in the center of the city, and often with wonderful views. Hereâ€™s where:
RIBEIRA DAS NAUS
This waterfront promenade was renovated and reopened in 2013 and was already the â€œbeachâ€ of the center of the city on sunny April days. Itâ€™s found between Comercio Square and Cais do SodrÃ© station which takes you to the beaches of Cascais.
CAIS DAS COLUNAS
Across the road from Comercio Square is the â€œquay of columnsâ€ where ships docked throughout the centuries. Now itâ€™s a tourist magnet for the views and for sitting in the sun in the company of seagulls and with the breeze of the Atlantic.
Between Vasco da Gama Tower and Vasco da Gama Bridge is this green park which is used by joggers and soccer players throughout the year. During the summer, youâ€™ll find people in beachwear working on their tans on the lawns facing the bridge.
EDWARD VII PARK
The people of Lisbon head straight to the beaches and overlook their parks. Thatâ€™s why who you find here are usually foreign tourists, not just because the park is surrounded by many hotels but also because itâ€™s a wonderful attraction with city views. Many remove their shirts as early as April and make this their own private outdoor tanning salon.
TAPADAS DAS NECESSIDADES
Spread your towel on one of the cityâ€™s most tranquil spots, the little-known Necessidades Park next to a former palace thatâ€™s now home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Although mostly a picnic spot and site of outdoor jazz concerts, itâ€™s also a wonderful place to relax in the sun.
DOCAS DE SANTO AMARO
Itâ€™s one of the cityâ€™s cruise terminals and home to several restaurants facing a marina so itâ€™s only natural that youâ€™ll find many tourists enjoying the Lisbon sun on this spot throughout the year. Locals prefer to jog along the riverfront towards BelÃ©m and youâ€™ll find many sitting on the waterâ€™s edge relaxing in the sun or even fishing.
PORTAS DO SOL
Itâ€™s called â€œThe Gateway of the Sunâ€ for a reason. This is where you get the best sunrise views and where the sun shines all day long. Thereâ€™s a cafe serving meals and drinks throughout the day and on the terrace above it youâ€™ll find tourists aiming their cameras at the postcard views. You may simply sit there in the sun and do nothing.
MIRADOURO DE SÃƒO PEDRO DE ALCÃ‚NTARA
Arguably the most beautiful of Lisbonâ€™s several viewpoints, this romantic garden attracts tourists to the upper level and young couple to the lower terrace, the sunniest spot where you enjoy the sun and Lisbon before you.
JARDINS DE BELÃ‰M
Between Jeronimos Monastery and the famous Coaches Museum is a park thatâ€™s a family destination on weekends. In the summer, tourists use it to get some sun between sightseeing.
The cityâ€™s largest square is one sunny terrace. You may sit at one of the several cafÃ©s and restaurants, or sunbathe by the monumental statue in the center.