Lisbon: a tour on the sustainable side of town

Lisbon is one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. Modern, trendy and ready to welcome you with open arms. A city that reinvents and adapts itself to become even better. In an era in which the concern with climate change gains stage, the city offers more conscious and sustainable choices, not only for those who live in Lisbon but also for the thousands of visitors who cross the country's capital every day. 

The small daily contributions and changes that everyone can make will help the environment, improve the quality of life, and act to preserve resources for future generations.

What is sustainable tourism?

The "sustainable traveller” is concerned with preserving the environment and minimising their ecological footprint. Choosing a low-carbon flight, opting for an eco-friendly hotel and choosing local shopping are choices that meet these concerns.

Discover our eco suggestions for November in Lisbon.

Culture: Evilution, by Bordalo II

In this unprecedented exhibition, artist Bordalo II warns of a society that claims to be evolved but continues to produce excess waste.  
Bordalo II's works are created from garbage and waste. In Evilution, you will be able to see pieces from the 'Smash trash animals' and 'Big trash animals' series, as well as new artworks with materials from destroyed habitats.  
Entry to this exhibition is free and you can visit it until December 11. 

Opening hours:
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 14:00 to 20:00
Until December 11 2022

Edu Hub Lisbon, Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa, 19

Tours: Lisbon Itineraries (guided tours)

During October and November, discover the city of Lisbon through the hands of those who know the capital best.
These tours were created around different themes, such as city life, heritage, streets and landscapes.
Being walking tours, they allow you to combine physical exercise with knowledge. Explore some of the most emblematic places in Lisbon on foot, taking care of the environment and your health.
For more information, visit the website

Projects: Zero Waste Lab

Zero Waste Lab, a non-profit association in Mouraria, alerts citizens of the need to change behaviours regarding the production and management of waste.  
This environmental organization develops many projects in the most diverse areas, always focused on contributing to a better world. Movement generates movement.  
An active community that is worth knowing.
Visit the website and Facebook page.

Dinner date

A modern and informal environment, which mixes the intersecting influences of Bairro Alto.
With sublime meals from breakfast to dinner, BAHR's cuisine follows the values of sustainability, respect for the environment and zero waste whenever possible.
A varied menu which seeks only the freshest nutrient-rich foods from local producers.
Visit the BAHR website to learn more about the menus and make your reservation.

Opening hours:
From Monday to Sunday, from 7:30 to 00:00

Praça Luís de Camões, 2

SEM Restaurant & wine bar
The concept of this restaurant is simple: supporting farmers and producers of regenerative agriculture (principles that aim to rehabilitate and conserve ecosystems) and combating food waste while delivering quality meals.
At SEM you will find a tasting menu, adjusted to what the land gives you. A menu that adapts to the availability of products and promises to surprise you on every visit.
Visit the SEM Restaurant website, where, in addition to being able to book, you can also see images of the partners that make this restaurant a safe choice for those looking to eat the best that Portugal offers.

Opening hours:
From Wednesday to Sunday, from 19:00 to 00:00

Escolas Gerais, 120

Don’t miss out: “Quentes e boas” chestnuts

The characteristic scent of roasted chestnuts is part of the city’s identity during autumn and winter. Although you can get them any time during the season, tradition dictates that you should eat chestnuts on November 11, Saint Martin's day.  

The legend tells that, one day, a soldier named Martin was on his way to his homeland when he found a freezing beggar. Martin tore his cloak in two and gave one to the beggar. Suddenly the cold stopped, and a warm sun appeared. It is believed that this change in the weather was the reward for Saint Martin's gesture of kindness towards the beggar.  
On almost every Saint Martin’s Day and its eve, the weather warms up and the sun shines in the sky — just as it happened in the legend. This event is known as the "Summer of Saint Martin".  
Take a stroll through downtown Lisbon and do not forget to buy a dozen of "quentes e boas" (hot and tasty) chestnuts.  

These are more than enough reasons to visit Lisbon this month. We are waiting for you!

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Live the best summer festivals in Lisbon

This is the year when summer festivals and events return to Lisbon. We missed them a lot and now more than ever it's time to sing, dance, vibrate and fall in love with the show. From music, cinema, art and opera, Lisbon has many options of events that will fill your summer with good memories and that are the perfect reason to enjoy and discover the city.

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