The 5 most beautiful destinations in the Lisbon area
Lisbon itself offers numerous opportunities for activities and excursions through the city. But also the area around Lisbon invites you to adventures in the midst of fairytale nature, surrounded by enchanting castles or along the pulsating city. Discover the best day tours in Lisbon.
In the region around the small town of Sintra the climate is much milder than in the middle of the big city of Lisbon. Especially the nobility settled here in magnificent residences during the hot months of the year. In Sintra you can visit the royal palaces, ancient ruins and countless summer residences of the rich and beautiful of the 19th century. Not without good reason Sintra is called the "Neuschwanstein of Portugal" (in Germany).
2. Cascais and Estoril
If you want to spend a day on the Atlantic coast, the cosy little towns of Cascais and Estoril should be on the agenda. The neighbouring seaside resorts are only a stone's throw away from Lisbon. Take an exceptional walk from Estoril to Cascais along the seafront promenade. For Cascais you should plan some hours in the lively old town with many bars, restaurants and small boutiques.
3. Cabo da Roca
Steep rocky coasts, amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. The excursion to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe, is one of the most popular excursions in the Lisbon area. There you can find an old romantic lighthouse and a small sign that tells you where you are. Great photo locations! Are you taking a souvenir photo, too?
4. Cristo Rei statue
Although the statue of Christ is not even in Lisbon, it somehow belongs to the Portuguese capital. But actually it is located in Almada. A small town about one hour from Lisbon on the other side of the river Tejo. The tour takes at least half a day, but the ferry ride is picturesque!
For a day trip to beautiful Porto about three hours are needed for the journey. The charming city welcomes its visitors with an exciting mix of history, sights, great views and the world famous wine. Visit the famous Lello library, enjoy a view of the Douro and Gustav Eiffel bridges and look forward to a glass of port wine.
Tips for your Lisbon excursion
A trip to the sea
The city trip to Lisbon is one of the few tours that can be combined with a trip to the sea. Many excursion destinations in the surroundings of the Portuguese capital are located directly on the Atlantic Ocean and invite you to spend a few cosy hours on the beach. After a 35-minute train ride, for example, you can reach the cosy coastal town of Cascais. Look forward to a great beach promenade and numerous city beaches.
By bike to Praia do Guincho
An absolute favourite beach is only about 8 kilometres from the centre of the former fishing village of Cascais. The Praia do Guincho seduces with soft sand but also with cosy bars and restaurants. The partly high waves enable adventurers to surf and surf schools invite you to try out the board for the first time. The beach can be reached quickly by rental bike, a shuttle bus leaves every 30 minutes.
The most western point of Europe
"Where the land ends and the sea begins" is written on a pedestal on top of the cliffs of Cabo da Roca. A quotation from the poet Luis Camoes, who once tried to describe this magical place in this way. The coast here is very rocky, sometimes you can find a small beach but you will face strong wind blows. The westernmost point of Europe is just under 40 km away from Lisbon. You should plan at least half a day for the excursion. By train you first go from Lisbon to Sintra and from there by bus to Cabo da Roca.
The statue of Christ in Almada
The Cristo Rei statue cannot be missing in the list of top attractions in Lisbon. But strictly speaking, it does not belong to Lisbon but to the city of Almada. Almada is only a few minutes by ferry from Lisbon. The trip to one of the highest statues in the world is doubly worthwhile: the ferry ride alone is particularly worth seeing and the panoramic view from the viewing platform rewards its visitors a second time for the journey of about 1 hour. You should plan at least three hours for the excursion.
Sintra in one day
The small town of Sintra, about 25 kilometres west of Lisbon, was the summer residence of the Portuguese kings for more than 800 years. Castles and palaces almost shake hands here, the nature in the surrounding area is like something out of a fairy tale book. The city itself is easy to reach by train but due to their distance from each other it is difficult to discover the sights on your own in one day. Private guides will show you the whole diversity of the region on private and public day trips.
Hands off the rental car
If you like to go on excursions you can make use of organised day trips and train connections as well as a rental car. Such that a trip to the beaches at the Atlantic coast close to Lisbon is no problem. We strongly advise against a trip to Sintra by rental car! Narrow alleys, misleading one-way street regulations and the lack of parking spaces bring many tourists to the stress limit.