The Best Chea Day Trips from Lisbon

Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities in Western Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and liberal thinking. As a holiday destination, Lisbon offers a rich and varied history, lively nightlife and is blessed with a glorious year round climate. Lisbon city perfectly reflects the Portuguese culture, which embraces modern culture while maintaining its unique heritage and traditions. Lisbon is constantly recognized as one of the greatest cities in the world. Surprisingly enough, it still is one of the least visited capital cities in Europe. It's a friendly city with a cosmopolitan population, welcoming to all visitors and families with children. It's one of the world's great historical cities, with characteristic and surprising sights, cultural treasures, and a beautiful setting that make it a paradise for walkers and photographers. With all of these fabulous attributes, Lisbon is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting activities and tours in or near the city.
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Revel in Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, with a breathtaking tour of Pena Palace, an astonishing fairytale castle, located on one of the highest peaks of the lush Sintra Mountain Range, followed by a stop in Sintra Village. Stroll the streets of Sintra Village, which enchanted Kings and inspired poets. Enjoy local handicraft shops and tea-rooms to taste delectable sweets like queijadas and travesseiros. Then travel to Colares, a region recognized for its table wines, before going to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in continental Europe. Relish scenic coastal views of Guincho Beach, a windsurfer's paradise, and Boca do Inferno, a famous seaside chasm with crashing waves, until you reach Cascais, a former fishing village which is now one of the richest municipalities in Portugal.

Return to Lisbon via the Estoril Coast to enjoy a panoramic view of the Casino and gardens of this Portuguese area.

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Take a trip by bus along the Douro River to discover charming riverside towns and landscapes on this full-day bus tour from Porto. Enjoy picturesque views of the famous river that flows between mountains, experience local traditions and food, and visit the birthplace of one of the world's most beloved drinks, Port. Stop at the town of Amarante on the bank of the river, and see the historic Monastery of Saint Goncalo, which dates back to the 16th century. From there continue to Lamego to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Remedios. Enjoy an authentic local lunch with a magnificent view over the Douro and its slopes, the origin of Port wine. Enjoy a tasting of some of the region's finest Port before continuing to the Pinhao parish on the rolling hills of the Alijo area. Take in more spectacular views of the hillside vineyards and the lush valleys. Explore more of this UNESCO World Heritage site and see historic Roman settlements before returning to Porto in the evening.

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Discover the jewels of Portuguese history on this private 9-hour tour. The tour starts in Obidos, also known as the town of queens. You will visit the picturesque village and admire its fortress walls. Explore the Alcobaca Monastery, which is as old as Portugal itself. Here you can immerse yourself in its fascinating secrets. Drive to the fishing village of Nazare and enjoy a lunch break. Sample the famous Portuguese fish stew "Caldeirada" and visit the Batalha Monastery, a building in late Gothic style. At the end of the tour you will experience Fatima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal, which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims throughout the year. Here, people from all over the world come to worship the Virgin Mary and the three little shepherds.

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Portugal's maritime history is represented no better than in the riverfront zone known as Belem. It is here that Vasco da Gama, one of the world's greatest explorers, set sail on his route to India. You will discover this, and many more fascinating facts about this area during your tour of this incredible neighborhood.

On this tour, you will encounter the Monastery of Jeronimos, as well as the magnificent Praca do Imperio. These monuments have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and are worthy of a few pictures. Then you'll head to the Tower of Belem, another UNESCO site. After all this history, enter into the Electricity Museum. Here you can learn all about the equipment and techniques used in energy productions from antiquity to the present. Keeping with the scientific mindset, head into the Gulbenkian Planetarium for a beautiful exploration of astrophysics and space exploration. This living Science Center is an amazing place to take in the night sky and observe up to 9,000 stars and Via Galaxy. Next, head to the exquisite Coaches museum, which displays a wide variety of parade coaches from the 17-19th centuries. Imagine yourself a debutante arriving to a ball in one of these lavish carriages. Finish your trip with a taste of a yummy Belem custard tart, one of the most iconic pastries in Lisbon.


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