Awesome 1-Day Side Trips from Lisbon

by Vero

Sintra, Near Lisbon

This city was the holiday residence of nobles and monarchs, so the palaces are special and worth admiring. The Castle of Sintra has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cabo da Roca

The most western point of Continental Europe is one of the most beautiful natural landscapes we can find in Lisbon. You can buy a diploma proving you have been to the most western point of continental Europe.


It is the fishing town of Lisbon. The food costs and nightlife are very low compared to other cities, designed to satisfy residents, not tourists or foreigners.


Enjoy outdoor and water activities during your stay here, like, windsurfing. And if you’re not staying in hotels, the camping option also exists for a more flexible plan.


Cascais is a city that went from a fishing village to a Portuguese upper-class summer resort. You can stroll through its town, visit Praia dos Pescadores, enjoy some of its good fish restaurants, and visit the Boca do Inferno grotto.

Quinta Regaleira

Quinta Regaleira is my favorite place in Sintra because it has been taken from a fantasy movie. This palace includes a lake, a greenhouse, turrets, a beautiful chapel, and the spiral Initiation Well.

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

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.

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