Lisbon is waiting for you
27,000 runners flock to Portugal’s capital every year for the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon and Vodafone 10k, creating a festival of sport and making this Portugal’s biggest running event.
The course follows the shores of the River Tagus, with an unforgettable start crossing the impressive 25 de Abril bridge and a finish overlooked by the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monument. The race attracts athletes from all walks of life and at a range of ability levels, from elites to first time runners.
Celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2022, the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon promises runners a great chance at a PB, with a course that has twice played host to the half marathon world record, in 2000, 2010 and 2021.
Lisbon is one of Europe’s most enchanting cities to visit. This old imperial outpost sits on the steep hills around the River Tagus and has some charming sites and a small manageable feel which only adds to its attraction. Get a street map and head out to wander, as this is a city that will reward you for exploring.
Top 5 things to do in Lisbon:
Lisbon’s historic quarters
Discover the genuine quarters of Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto and, along the way, also admire the narrow streets and unmissable points of interest such as the Carmo Convent, the cathedral Sé Catedral, the monastery Mosteiro de São Vicente de Fora.
Stroll through the historic quarters and stop at the viewpoints to admire the city and its monuments like São Jorge Castle and the National Pantheon. Among the favourite viewpoints, I must point out the ones of Senhora do Monte, Portas do Sol, São Pedro de Alcântara and Santa Catarina.
25 de April Bridge
The 25 de April Bridge is one of Lisbon's most famous landmarks. A massive, red suspension bridge with glass floors and walls that looks a lot like San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge connects the city of Lisbon to the city of Almada, on the south bank of the Tagus River. In 2017, a viewpoint was opened on the bridge next to the deck where cars circulate, allowing a privileged view of the city. You can admire the bridge from many viewpoints in Lisbon.
Praça do Comércio
The square Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is one of the most famous places in Lisbon and is located in Baixa Pombalina (downtown), facing Tagus river. This is definitely a place to consider when thinking of what to see in Lisbon.
Hieronymites Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)
National Monument and inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List (1983), this monument is also one of the most important symbols of Manueline style and it is today one of the most visited places in Portugal. Apart from its architectural beauty, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the amazing tombs of Portuguese figures such as Camões, Vasco da Gama and D. Manuel I.