11 Best team building activities in Lisbon

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Lisbon is a charming European city, where pastel-coloured buildings, Terracotta roofs and narrow cobbled streets dominate the cityscape. High above the rooftops lies São Jorge Castle, an ancient 1st-century structure that watches over the city like a protective older brother.

Amidst the enchanting cobbled streets, you’ll find countless team-building activities to fill your visit such as cooking classes, e-bike tours and treasure hunts, while just outside the city, in the Sintra-Cascais National Park, you can take a surf lesson at one of the many stunning beaches or take a guided tour through the historic streets of Sintra.

Lisbon is a modern, progressive city that offers the perfect location for an engaging team-building retreat. If you’re thinking of planning an offsite retreat to Lisbon, you might find the following list of team-building activity ideas in Lisbon useful.

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Learn to surf in the Costa da Caparica

  • Learn to surf with the guidance of professional surfing instructors, accredited by the Portuguese Surfing Federation.
  • The team of teachers provide simple instructions to get you up on your feet and riding as soon as possible.
  • A two-hour lesson covers all aspects of surfing from wave theory to practical techniques.
  • The surf school offers a vast selection of top-quality surfboards and wetsuits.
  • The facility is complete with male and female changing rooms with hot showers.
  • The staff are friendly and professional, eager to help with anything they can.

Explore Lisbon in style on an e-bike tour 

  • Explore Lisbon’s beautiful city centre with a comfortable e-bike.
  • E-bikes provide a fun and practical method for discovering the many landmarks throughout the city.
  • Learn your way around the city while listening to interesting facts and stories from your guide.
  • The full trip lasts approximately two and a half to three and a half hours.
  • To ensure maximum quality, group sizes are limited to 20 people.
  • All tours include an electric bike, helmet, snack and a bottle of water.

Solve the puzzles and escape the room

  • Escape rooms offer a fun and engaging team-building experience that promotes essential skills such as communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Teams must enter into a series of rooms where they’ll be faced with numerous challenges.
  • Try to escape the room within 60 minutes by uncovering hidden clues.
  • Experienced a range of rooms with unique decorations, challenges and storylines.
  • Well organised and captivating games with friendly and attentive staff.

Cruise down the River Tagus on a boat tour

  • Sailing boat tours are the perfect way to discover Lisbon from a unique perspective.
  • From the boat, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the city and its most emblematic monuments.
  • The “light regatta” allows everyone to take part in the action of sailing a 40 to 45 feet yacht.
  • Choose from a range of experiences lasting anywhere from two hours to a full weekend.
  • Complete your experience with a sightseeing tour, beach party or any other group experience.
  • The staff speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Learn to bake traditional Portuguese delicacies

  • This is the only cooking class in Lisbon that takes place inside a real working kitchen of a bakery near Bairro Alto.
  • Learn how to bake authentic Portuguese Custard Tarts, from pastry rolling techniques to making custard from scratch and bake it all inside a professional oven.
  • Tuck into a delicious Pastél de Nata while drinking a juice or a coffee and bonding with your colleagues.
  • Corporate events have full private use of the cooking facility.
  • The full duration of the course is approximately one and a half hours.
  • The course is provided in English.

Explore Lisbon’s first craft brewery 

  • Peak behind the scenes at Lisbon’s first craft brewery, located in the Marvila neighbourhood. 
  • The brewery is well known for its wide selection of beers, ranging from crisp IPAs to barrel-aged stouts.
  • This tour lasts about one hour, during which you will see from the first row how beer is made.
  • The tour includes four beer tastings of 12cl, to be enjoyed while learning and walking around the production area. 
  • To conclude the tour, you can choose to try other beers and food at the brewery’s lively taproom.
  • Tours are limited to 15 people.

Take a trip to the historical town of Sintra

  • Discover the awe-inspiring viewpoint at Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Continental Europe, the beach town of Cascais, and one of the best and most unexpected hidden views in Lisbon.
  • The picturesque town of Sintra is located just minutes from Lisbon and is home to numerous fairy-tale palaces.
  • Learn interesting stories and facts about this former playground for Portuguese royalty.
  • Groups will be escorted through the town by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.
  • The full duration of the trip is approximately five hours.

Embark on a treasure hunt through the city

  • Teams explore the city’s ancient cobbled streets while completing a series of fun and engaging challenges.
  • This is a fun team-building activity where players try to find hidden mysteries and places of Lisbon by using a series of clues.
  • A treasure is the best way for large groups to explore the city while improving vital team skills such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.
  • The inter-city treasure hunts typically last between two and a half to three hours.
  • Group sizes can range anywhere between nine and 300 people.

Create colourful Portuguese dishes

  • You will learn all the secrets of some of the most traditional Portuguese recipes with a local chef/instructor in a cosy and fun environment.
  • By the end of the class, you will know how to prepare a traditional Portuguese fish dish, meat dish and a dessert that will delight your senses.
  • Sit down to enjoy the meal you have prepared with your new foodie friends together with excellent Portuguese wines.
  • For an exclusive event, a reservation for at least 12 people must be made.
  • The staff are very attentive and provide clear, simple instructions. 

Discover Lisbon’s hidden street art portfolio

  • Explore Lisbon’s art and get to know the city from a whole different perspective.
  • Portugal is ranked in the top 10 countries for outstanding street art. 
  • Lisbon’s decorated walls are without a doubt the true hidden artistic beauty of this city.
  • The tour takes your group on a two and a half to three hours walk through Lisbon’s urban landscape.
  • You’ll discover impressive works of art littered throughout the city, hidden between bars, restaurants and other hotspots.
  • Part of the revenue generated by this tour is used to support local street artists and commission new projects.

Enjoy a traditional Portuguese dinner and live music

  • Bond with your colleagues with a traditional Portuguese experience.
  • Taste the delicious flavours in Portuguese cuisine while listening to the soulful sounds of Fado music.
  • Discover the city with a real Lisbon local as you’re guided to three authentic locations.
  • Your local guide shows you the hidden corners of the city, off the well-beaten tourist trail.
  • Taste the highest quality Portuguese dishes while listening to talented Fado musicians.

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