The interest in environmental conservation and in understanding the impact of tourism in a given destination has been growing in recent years and that is why there are already several suggestions available in Lisbon to meet the demands of visitors and residents who intend to practice a more sustainable way of life than contributing to the reduction of the ecological footprint.
Here is an ecological guide for those looking for this type of accommodation, commerce, and alternative urban mobility solutions.
INSPIRA SANTA MARTA HOTEL & SPA
Located in the center of Lisbon, close to Avenida da Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal, Inspira Santa Marta has a policy of environmental sustainability and social commitment, which has earned it several awards.
The rooms are organized and decorated according to the principles of Feng Shui and are specially equipped and cleaned guests with allergy problems, using a System Recommended and Certified by ECARF (European Center for Allergy Research), one of the main European foundations in the allergy prevention sector.
NEYA LISBOA HOTEL
This urban and sustainable hotel is located in the residential neighborhood of Arroios, has been guiding its entire activity by an efficient management model and by an enormous respect for the environment and society.
The hotel’s restaurant serves healthy Mediterranean dishes made with fair trade products and the rooms have air conditioning units and low-consumption lamps.
This eco-friendly hotel also offers free bicycles for guests who want to visit the city without haste and in a non-polluting way.
EVOLUTION HOTEL LISBOA
This is the first interactive hotel in Portugal with a strong technological component that makes it stands out for its functionality, quick service, innovation, and freedom given to the customer, offering them control over issues such as lighting and air conditioning in common areas and hotel rooms.
Besides interactive and intelligent Evolution Hotel is also highly sustainable because its integration guarantees the optimized operation of all systems, with an annual energy saving of 40%.
Located in one of the most important business centers in Lisbon, Saldanha, this hotel also stands as an excellent co-working and networking space for residents and visitors.
The entrance lobby and the upstairs floor, with a modern decoration offers different spaces for meetings, work stations, with a great free Wi-Fi connection, iMacs and a Sonic Chair for a break to the sound of our playlist.
It is a fantastic environment that we want to be part of.
Since we are talking about Co-working spaces it is impossible not to mention this Lisbon hub.
Forbes has chosen it as one of the four most disruptive coworks in the world and the motto of “reducing, recycling and reusing” is putted into practice here, in its true sense.
It is an ideal hub for creative people who are looking for an unusual work environment, as the place is known for double-decker buses and sea containers transformed into shared offices.
In this alternative workspace, there is also a recording studio, a restaurant and a conference room, in addition to happy hours, cultural events, parties, exhibitions, cinema or theater, given the versatility of the space.
As for your daily needs here are some stores and spots that offers a more sustainable commerce.
This is one of my favorite groceryshops in Lisbon.
The whole concept of the store is based on zero waste and the foods are of superior quality, nutritious and organic, promoting healthy eating and responsible and conscious consumption, buying by weight, contributing to the reduction of waste and, as such, to the sustainability of the planet.
They also have products for home, kitchen, cleaning and hygiene care, in addition to books that help us to put into practice some more sustainable lifestyle habits.
This brand also promotes workshops and other events that teach us to live more ecologically and healthily.
Maria Granel has two stores open to the public in Alvalade and Campo de Ourique and is also available with an online store.
Celeiro is a chain of shops that sells a range of natural and wholefoods, cosmetics and food supplements, many of them certified organic.
There’s also a particularly good selection of gluten-free items and other food intolerances products as well as foods and alternatives for diabetes and other health conditions.
MERCADO BIOLÓGICO DO PRINCIPE REAL
Principe Real biological market is an established organic farmers market that takes place in Príncipe Real every Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Small farmers come and sell their seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables and many people prefer this seasonality in their diet, in addition to the advice of these farmers and connoisseurs.
It is here in this market that I find the best and most varied dried fruits and nuts of sold by weight by FruTorres producers.
As for mobility, the paradigm has changed radically in all European cities and Lisbon also has a series of solutions available for public and shared transport.
The Lisbon Metro network has 4 lines distinguished by different colors – blue, green, yellow and red – and 56 stations that cover most of Lisbon’s neighborhoods in addition to some locations on the outskirts of the city such as Odivelas and Amadora.
The red line also has a direct connection to the airport and connection with the transport platform of the Gare do Oriente station, which includes trains and buses to different locations and cities in the north and south of the country.
Carris is a public transportation company in Lisbon, that operates Lisbon’s buses, trams, and funiculars, in an extensive network of journeys.
The tickets can also be integrated with other offer of transfers.
There are also new services for shared mobility that can be used by anyone with a smartphone. And for those who live or work in Lisbon, they represent more convenience and also more savings.
Lisbon already has 60 kilometers of cycle paths and the Gira system, the bikes of the Municipal Chamber of Lisbon, are available for rent in various areas of the city, including classic and electric bikes.
Just download the Gira app to have everything you need to use the service: choosing the pass, unlocking bikes, finding stations, and more.
Individual transport services such as Ubber are also available in Lisbon, with plenty of cars at service at very affordable prices.