There are many natural wonders in Europe which have to be seen to be believed. The majestic Tagus River certainly falls within this category. Originating in Eastern Spain and snaking its way through Portugal before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, the beauty of this journey cannot be denied. Thankfully, our sunset cruise Lisbon will provide an up-close-and-personal view of all that this river has to offer. Let’s quickly take a look at some of the main attractions along the way. You can thereafter plan your excursion accordingly.


The Praça do Comércio

Translated into English as “Commerce Square”, this urban attraction is one of the most important commercial markets within Portugal. The Tagus River provides panoramic views of the nearby cityscape as well as well-known landmarks such as the statue of King Dom Jose I. The gleaming white façade of the Arc de Triomphe should also not be missed.

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos

This is yet another attraction which can be viewed from a sunset cruise. The Monument of the Discoveries pays homage to Prince Henry the Navigator and it celebrates Portugal’s rich history in maritime exploration. As this statue is an impressive 56 metres in height, it is also one of the most well-known local sights.

Belem Lighthouse and Tower

This iconic lighthouse is nestled upon the banks of the Tagus River. Originally erected in 1940, it is still an important navigational aid in these modern times. The lighthouse is also unique in the fact that while it is a well-known landmark, it never functioned as a lighthouse in the traditional sense. Be sure to snap a few pictures before moving on!

Ascending to a height of 35 metres, it can be argued that the Belem Tower is the most recognisable sight within Lisbon. Its castle-like exterior and its whitewashed tones reflect an incredible amount of light and this structure can be clearly seen at a distance. It was originally constructed in 1521 and unlike some other nearby structures, this tower somehow managed to survive the devastating Lisbon earthquake of 1755.

Sanctuary of Christ the King

This final attraction displays a statue of Christ with his arms outstretched (somewhat similar to Christ the Redeemer). Standing at a dizzying height of 103 metres, the Sanctuary of Christ the King is one of the tallest religious monuments on the planet. It was constructed in 1959 and the interior contains an elevator which leads to a panoramic observation platform.

More than the Sights Alone

Although the allure of these attractions cannot be denied, let’s remember that the amenities to be enjoyed during the cruise are just as impressive. Tourists can learn to truly appreciate the tastes of Portugal thanks to servings of olives, cured cheeses and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. Those who wish to become immersed within the beauty of the Tagus River will therefore love what is in store. Still, be sure to plan your itinerary in advance so that nothing is left to chance!