It would be extremely difficult to find anything that could be considered a major fault with Camping Lisboa. Generally, we’ve found that campsites located close to cities are small and carpark-y, overpriced due to their proximity to some decadent metropolis and exceptionally noisy.
True Camping Lisboa does suffer from road noise. It’s surrounded by major roads, but once you are within the campsite grounds, noise pollution aside, you might think you are in the countryside.
Camping Lisboa is vast – probably the largest campsite I’ve ever stayed in, and as such, during quiet periods at least, it’s easy to find a quiet enclave without another happy camper in site.
Set on a hill, 6km from the centre of Lisbon, there are regular buses that pass just outside the gates of Camping Lisboa to take you to the capital and return you tired and happy, some hours later. The buses run regularly between 5.30am and 9pm towards Lisbon, with return buses available up until after midnight.
The layout of Camping Lisbon is beautiful, with so many trees it is like being in a magic forest. Many areas include parking spaces and picnic tables (for each pitch) and others are more free and easy. The free camping zones could do with having a few more electricity points, otherwise all those who drink electricity will find themselves closer to each other than they really need or want to be.
Facilities are excellent at Camping Lisboa, with large toilet blocks with hot showers, hot water in the sinks and toilet paper – which saves the ignominy of carrying a roll of toilet stationery to and from the bogs each time you have brown business to attend to. The showers are hot and the pressure is good.
There is a large pool, an airy wi-fi zone and a café/restaurant that serves hot and cold meals.
The staff is multilingual and very helpful and bursting with local knowledge.
I imagine during August it might be pretty hellish at Camping Lisboa if it gets really full, although Portuguese folk are more likely to want to holiday on the coast than in the city when it’s super hot.
Camping Lisboa is a very likeable campsite with plenty of dog walking within the site. Walking slowly, it’s possible to spend an hour going around the back of the site and back if you have befurred progeny to exercise. Plenty of sticks and cones for doggies too. Whilst I’m on the subject of canines, there is a doggy hotel to one side of the site. You need to go via the main road to access it. We took Sweep in to Lisbon by taxi however, as we didn’t want the stress of parking a camper in the centre of Lisbon and didn’t want to shell out for doggie hotel bills. From the site into the very centre of the city it cost around ten euros each way. There is a charge of €1.60 for carrying a dog. The buses don’t allow doggies.