Lisbon is one of those cities where one wants to stay and live, not only for its seven hills, typical tiles, medieval neighborhoods, its nightlife or traditional music (the “Fado”); but also for its enviable weather (the one that does not alter you with abrupt changes), its friendly and hospitable people, and the fact that it is one of the oldest capitals in Europe… In the end it’s a complete and beautiful city that you should visit.
When you finish the tour in this legendary metropolis, I invite you to explore nearby areas so that you have an unbeatable experience during your holiday.
Its transport system is very good but you will have to comply with its schedules, so when you visit the tourist areas you will not be able to stay a little longer in this respect, when traveling in Lisbon we recommend renting a vehicle, which is the option that many tourists prefer to make most of the time.
Four day trips near Lisbon that will complete your trip
Sintra, near Lisbon
This Portuguese villa has been taken out of a fairytale. It’s my first recommendation, but to know all its majesty, it will be necessary to take advantage of every minute of the day because, I’m not lying, Sintra drives everyone crazy with its beauty.
This city was the holiday residence of nobles and monarchs, so, you can already imagine that each of their palaces is special and worth admiring.
In one day you will appreciate:
- Palacio da Pena: It stands out of all places for its beauty, its design, its gardens, and the breathtaking view, as the palace is located at the top of a hill 12 minutes from the center of Sintra if you travel by car. Pay attention to the visiting hours and when a majority of the people go. If you are driving, it is best to go early so you can park easily.
- Cabo da Roca: “Where the earth ends and the sea begins,” is the westernmost place in Eastern Europe and for that reason it is so famous. With its stunning 140-metre cliffs, you’ll be able to see beautiful views of the sea and how the waves break with unsettling force.
- Praia da Duquesa: On this beautiful beach you can take a boat ride or go canoeing, partying, have a cocktail night or just swim, tan, and try a delicious traditional dish in one of its many beachfront restaurants.
- Quinta Regaleira: This is my favorite place in Sintra because it just seems to have been taken from a fantasy movie. This is a palace that includes a lake, a greenhouse, turrets, a beautiful chapel and my favorite… the Initiation Well that has spiral shape and nine floors.
- Castelo dos Mouros: Nestled in the middle of lush forests and next to the Palacio da Pena, is this medieval fortress that despite being in ruins, has ostentatious views that leave many with their mouths open.
Costa de Caparica
At 30 kilometers’ long, it is the greatest beach across Europe, loved by Portuguese tourists but not well known by foreign travellers; it’s an ideal destination if you want to surf or party until the early hours of the morning.
But if you want something quiet, it is equally excellent and after a long day of tanning, swimming or drinking some ginjinha (traditional liquor from Lisbon), going to dinner and eating some delicious local cod would be the cherry on top at the end of the day.
Beaches I invite you to:
- Fonte da Telha Beach: Great if you’re going with family or friends and you’re looking for peace of mind.
- Praia da Morena: Ideal for surfing.
- Praia da Cova do Vapor: It’s the best place to do flysurfing. It has small ports and free parking if you are traveling by car.
- Praia da Bela Vista, Praia 19 or Praia de Adica: if you like to practice nudism.
It is the fishing town of Lisbon and independent of being an industrial area, has paradisiac beaches and lots of vegetation; the food costs and nightlife are very low compared to other cities, as it is designed to satisfy residents and not tourists foreigners. In this way it becomes an incredible option if you want to save money; the great thing is that you can go fishing with the sailors and have that local experience.
Four essential tours:
- Troia Peninsula: It is a unique paradisiacal peninsula where you can perform hikes or bike to deserted forests and beaches.
- Parque Natural da Arrábida: Located between Setúbal and Sesimbra. It has unparalleled beauty; cliffs and plenty of vegetation, where you can play sports such as climbing, scuba diving or have a guided hike by the park.
- Jose Maria da Fonseca Wines House Museum: It’s an old winery that has existed since 1834, where you can taste some of the best wines from Europe.
- Fort of San Felipe: It’s a Castle where you’re going to find beautiful views of the city, the Sierra de Arrábida, the Troia peninsula and the estuary of the Sado River.
It was a fishing village, but now with the great travel demand and construction of hotels, has become a place of holidays not only for its beaches, but because it still has activities such as windsurfing.
And if you’re not staying in hotels, the camping option also exists for a more relaxed plan.
Activities in this beautiful area:
- Castelo de Sesimbra: You can go by day to admire the beautiful views of the sea, or at night to appreciate the brightness of the wings; visit the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo or have a picnic in the park.
- Beach Bicas: You can kayak, go on a tour, swim and give your palate a taste with a delicious and freshly caught fish from the area.
- Cape Espichel: At the end of the day, you can go to see the lighthouse, the small chapel of Ermida da Memória, remains and footprints of dinosaurs or just watch the radiant sunset.
Lisbon and its surroundings have so much beauty and history that I assure you, you will want to return and especially because it is a place where the traditional and the modern mix.
That said, so you can go more comfortably, Booking a car will always be my main recommendation, it is not expensive unless you want a luxury car, but in any case you can opt for a car that will fit your budget: I guarantee you will not regret it.
Prepare your trip to Portugal
- What to see in Porto in 2 days
- Legend of the Rooster of Portugal
- Algarve beaches
- Portugal in 15 days
- What to see in Lisbon
- Guided Tour in Lisbon
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