Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc during Lisboa Parade of Sail 2016 - Courtesy of James M Pilgrim – Source
An international fleet of tall ships takes over the city of Lisbon in Portugal for The Tall Ships Races Lisboa 2020. This event will offer a fantastic opportunity for visitors to step aboard many beautiful tall ships from across the world while thousands of crew members meet and compete with their counterparts, bringing international friendship and culture to the forefront of what is sure to be an event like no other.
Lisbon was the very first port of call for The Tall Ships Races in 1956 and has hosted many more editions since, the most recent of which was in 2016, an edition which our team of Tall Ships Network know-it-alls attended and afterward reported they would do so again in a heartbeat!
The event location (Lisbon Cruise Terminal*) makes for an unforgettable festival experience here - the last edition saw an international fleet of tall ships of all classes berthed end-to-end as far as the eye can see with almost all of them open to visitors to tour at some point throughout the weekend. Added to that is the proximity of Lisbon's beautiful city centre just a short walk away assuring it's not just the tall ships experience you'll be talking about when you get home.
If you're there for a while be sure not to miss the finale events - we expect there'll be fireworks on the final evening followed by a truly unmissable parade of sail the next day as the entire fleet waves goodbye to the city in a way only the tall ships can.
After Lisbon, The Tall Ships Races 2020 fleet will race South to Cadiz in Spain before the cruise-in-company takes them north to A Coruna, also Spain. From there they’ll race further North, across the Bay of Biscay to the finale in Dunkirk, France, a city which will be welcoming The Tall Ships Races for the very first time.
* According to our best research or the official organiser
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