Explore Europe's second oldest capital city through...

The Lisbon Music Marathon


Lisbon’s full (42km) and half (21km) marathon give you a scenic and unique view along the race. 

Not enough? Enjoy 10 live music stages along the coastal course and celebrate your achievement with a post-race concert! 

The full marathon is 100% sea and river side, whilst the half marathon is part riverside, part historic Lisbon town.

You'll have plenty of time to explore Europe's second oldest capital city, Lisbon, from riding on a 1930's tram, to exploring UNESCO world heritage sites to eating delicious Portuguese custard tarts.

Inclusive of accommodation, food, and in-country transport.


Lisbon Music FULL Marathon


October 4 - 7 2024· 3 nights

Lisbon Music FULL Marathon

"Probably" the most beautiful marathon in the world!


Lisbon Music HALF Marathon


October 4 - 7 2024· 3 nights

Lisbon Music HALF Marathon

An extraordinary journey on the historic streets of Lisbon...



Arrive in Europe's second oldest capital, Lisbon, Portugal, where you will be greeted by an Endeavours Adventures representative. You will then:

  • Check into your hotel
  • Collect your kitbag from the Sport Expo 
  • Have a free afternoon to enjoy exploring this bustling capital, from riding the famous Tram 28 through the old winding streets and past Lisbon's most famous sites, to discovering 11th century St George Castle located on top of a hill with beautiful views overseeing all of Lisbon

Why not enjoy some delicious, fresh fish in a local restaurant accompanied by traditional fado music? 

Accommodation: Hostel

Today you'll have the opportunity to explore this beautiful coastal capital. Visit Belem, home to Portugal's most notable monuments, from its many museums, to its important statues around the town. Marvel at Jerónimos Monastery's incredible architecture, and wonder at Tour de Belem. 

Whilst in Belem, why not try their popular pasteis de Belem that have been around since 1837. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hostel

Marathon day! The moment you've been waiting for, for months is finally here! 


  • Start line: 8am from Cascais
  • Course: Throughout the 26.2 miles / 42.195 km 100% sea & river side route, you will enjoy 10 live music stages and beautiful views! You'll start in Cascais running along the Atlantic, past the beautiful gardens of Oeiras, and along the banks of the Tagus river, touring the heart of old Lisbon. 


  • Start line: 10:30am from Vasco de Gama Bridge
  • Course: Starting from one of Lisbon's most famous bridges, the majestic Vasco da Gama Bridge, you will run along the Tagus river before continuing your extraordinary journey through the historic streets of Lisbon - accompanied by live music stages along the scenic 13.2 miles / 21.0975 km route.


  • Finish line: at Praça do Comercio where you will be welcomed with Portugal's award winning Olá ice cream and a post-race concert!

Relax with your team mates after your incredible achievement 

Did you know that less than 1% of the world's population will ever run a marathon? You'll be in this top 1%! 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hostel

Enjoy a free morning in Lisbon, exploring any last few places, and buying any last minute souvenirs. In the afternoon, you will be taken back to the airport for your journey home. 

Meals: Breakfast 


  • Airport transfer to and from your accommodation 
  • Accommodation in Lisbon 
  • All meals specified 
  • Kit bag with an official Lisbon Marathon technical t-shirt
  • BIB with chip and runner bag 
  • Free public transport in Lisbon on the marathon day 
  • Marathon entry 
  • Music along route 
  • Water and Powerade supply 
  • PowerBar gel station Insurance 
  • Finisher medal 
  • Olá Ice Cream at finish 
  • Finish line concert 
  • Finisher diploma 
  • Training guide 
  • In-person support from an Endeavours Adventures representative in-country throughout the challenge
  • Fundraising support 
  • 24/7 UK emergency line and support whilst on the challenge 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Activities in Lisbon 
  • All meals not specified 
  • Personal spending money 
  • Flights to & from Lisbon 
  • Visa's (if applicable) 


Choose your category below to discover FAQ's related to that topic. 

Should you not be able to find an answer to your question please get in touch with our team. 

You will be looked after by accredited, English speaking local guides along with an Endeavours Adventures representative. 

Group sizes normally range from between 10-35 participants from across the UK. With our university challenge groups comprised of fellow students (and your future friends!) from one, or multiple organisations. 

This trek is rated 4/5 on its challenge level of difficulty. This is an intense challenge as you will be running continuously for 42km (26.2 miles).

Whether you've done a marathon before, or you're completely new to running - you will need to do some training before the big day. We recommend to start training 12-16 weeks before the marathon. There are plenty of free training guides available online and the EA team are always on hand to help. 

Don't let this stop you though! You will supported throughout the challenge by your guide and fellow team-mates. Even if you've never run a marathon before, or even thought about it, it's never too late to start training. 

If you're complete novice to running, we suggest signing up for the Lisbon Half Marathon first. However, don't let us hold you back from achieving your big dreams!

Participants of the Lisbon Music Marathon must be at least 18 years of age as of 6th October 2024 in order to participate.

If you feel that you will be unable to complete your distance and need to drop out, walk and look for a course volunteer for assistance. 

Yes, the race course is duly marked and officials will be located along the route. 

Bicycles, skates and other wheeling vehicles are not permitted on the course race, except wheelchairs that have a special ranking, or the official vehicles. 

Yes, there will be pacemakers for, 3:00 / 3:15 / 3:30 / 3:45 / 4:00 / 4:30 and 5:00 - follow your rabbit! 

Yes, you can use your finisher time at the EDP Lisbon Marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. 

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal.

Below are a couple of useful phrases for travellers in Portugal.

Portuguese Phrases:

  • Hello: Olá 
  • Please: Por favor 
  • Thank you: Obrigado 
  • Do you speak English?: Falas inglês?
  • Help me!: Ajuda-me!

Every effort is made to manage safety and security throughout our challenges whilst still ensuring the challenges can be memorable and exciting.  If at any time you feel unsafe or see something you are unsure of, you can contact your nearest guide, or your Endeavours rep.  

Endeavours Adventures is covered by comprehensive travel and tour operators’ liability and we make sure to work with accredited and reputable safe local suppliers with good insurance and knowledge. 

You do not need vaccinations for this challenge. However, we recommend that you are up to date with your health vaccinations recommended in the UK. You may also want to consider getting a Tetanus jab, yet this is not compulsory. 

If you are concerned, please feel free to contact your GP about the challenge and see if there you need any vaccinations.

We strongly recommend that you bring certain medication as a precaution for your challenge. This includes: painkillers, re-hydration sachets, anti-sickness and diarrhoea medication. 

We strongly recommend that you start training as soon as you sign up! The sooner you start training regularly, the easier the marathon will be. However, you know your body best, so train in a way that works best for you.

Also, committing yourself to enough regular fitness training beforehand will make the run more comfortable for you.

The team at Endeavours Adventures do not offer training sessions. However, this may be something that your challenge leader or team could organise throughout the year with you 

Currently, we do not have a training plan for the Lisbon Music Marathon. 

Again, we strongly recommend that you start training at least 20-24 weeks before the marathon. This will help prepare your body for the day. Also, committing yourself to enough regular fitness training beforehand will make the run more comfortable for you.

Flights are not included in the registration fee, and must be arranged by participants themselves. This is because it is cheaper and provides you with more flexibility in terms of when you arrive and depart from the country, should you wish to stay for longer before or after. 

A kit list will be available on the website soon, so stay tuned! 

In Portugal, the power plug sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 Volts and the frequency is 50 Hz. Check your appliances and battery chargers and make sure they are dual voltage.

Type F plug: Round, two-pin plug used in Europe and other countries. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.  

The currency in Portugal is Euro. 

You will not need much cash with you on the trip, since accommodation and some meals are provided. However, we suggest bringing 20-50 Euros cash. 

Most places accept card, so we recommend also bringing your Monzo or Revolut card and withdrawing some cash in-country just in case. 

UK citizens can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. 

However, if you are an international citizen, it is your responsibility to arrange your own visa to cover the duration of your challenge. You can contact the team at Endeavours Adventures should you need support in this process. 

For our Lisbon Music Marathon, it is your responsibility to arrange your own travel insurance for the whole duration of your challenge.

If you have any questions regarding this, please email

You are welcome to source your own insurance, but we recommend booking through our suppliers. 

The 23-24 fundraising target for our Lisbon Music Marathon is £695. 

With a variety of options available, you can choose to pay our standard registration and fundraising target, or alter the total amount paid at sign up in order to receive a proportionate change of the total amount you will have to fundraise. No matter the registration fee chosen, each can be split across different payment plans. 

2023/24 options available for the Lisbon Music Marathon:

  • STANDARD - Standard Registration Fee (£75) and Fundraising Target (£695)
  • FLEXI 2 - Max Registration Fee (£150) and Low Fundraising Target (£495)

Yes! In signing up and paying the registration fee for this challenge, you must also reach your fundraising target to guarantee your place on the challenge. 

But fear not! We have an expert team of fundraising guides and support available to help you alongside the incredible support you shall receive directly from the charity.

In most cases, you are able to change your fundraising option for your challenge, provided that it is before your final fundraising deadline. 

Your charity representative must approve this change, and you must email your charity rep AND a member of the Endeavours Adventures' team about this before this can be confirmed. 

A change in your fundraising option will incur a £25 administration fee.

NOTE: If you are fundraising for Dig Deep, you CANNOT request to lower your fundraising target.

You will have an immense amount of support through every step of your challenge experience. The team at Endeavours Adventures all have an extensive background in student fundraising and have tip and tricks to give to you. 

You will also have a challenge leader who will be your main point of call to voice any fundraising concerns or worries. 

Most challenges will have a charity representative, who will lead on supporting your fundraising progress, and will offer different resources and events to help boost your donations. If a challenge does not have a charity representative, the team at Endeavours will lead on fundraising support.

Endeavours Adventures have a lot to offer you in terms of fundraising support! Once you sign up to your challenge, you will receive a welcome email which will include the different ways the team will support you. 

This support will include a monthly fundraising newsletter, monthly fundraising support sessions, an online fundraising resources pack, and regular communication with the Endeavours Adventures’ team.

Charity challenges are usually split 50:50, where 50% of your fundraising goes straight to the charity, and the remaining 50% goes towards the costs of running the challenge. At Endeavours Adventures, we want to go above and beyond and ensure that we are giving as much to the charity as possible. 

For our Lisbon Music Marathon, the split is 51% to the charity, and 49% to the costs of the challenge. 

On top of this, 100% of the money that you raise above your fundraising target goes directly to the charity to support the incredible work they do.

Your fundraising deadline will usually be between 6-8 weeks before your challenge start date, which is dependent on the charity you are fundraising for.