Lisbon, Portugal is a hilly, coastal capital city. It’s Europe’s westernmost city and the only one on the Atlantic coast. From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril. At 2.7 million people, it’s the 11th most populous city in Europe. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world and the oldest in Western Europe.
The city’s geography, weather, and history make it a great city for running. There’s a terrific 5-mile path along the Tagus (Tejo) River, going by important museums and landmarks. A lovely downtown (Baixa) run along Av. de Liberdade takes you by important squares and buildings, to Eduardo VII Park. For hills, run the narrow streets and lanes of the Bairro Alto or Alfama neighborhoods, up to the Castle or one of the Miradouros (view points). The largest park is Monsanto, which is now well connected to downtown via a recently completed ‘green corridor’– a path through a linear park. And if you like hill running, this is your city!
The weather is mild year-round, and summers are hot but not terribly so. There’s good transport, from historic tram lines up some of the hills (Elevador), to a metro system that covers a good part of the city. High speed trains connect to other important spots in Portugal.
Note: Pedestrians are not allowed across the 25 Abril Bridge, except the EDP Half Marathon, when 35,000 runners do it….