Day trips & Excursions

Lisbon is a fascinating city and the surrounding areas have much to offer as well. The area of Setubal is perfect for a wine tour, which is usually including also a visity to the National Park of Arrabida. The wine tours are certainly fun, and on your journey there, you will cross the Tagus River via the Vasco de Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe at 17 km. Heading the same route initially, the former Roman city of Evora and the beautiful olive oil produced today makes this tour appealing. The towns of Sintra, Estoril and Cascais can be combined into an interesting day out. Sintra is a UNESCO World Heritage site while the nearby Pena Palace was built in the 16th Century on the site of an old monastery. You will certainly have your camera out throughout the day. Those interested in history will enjoy the tour that heads to Constancia and Tomar where they will learn more about the Knights Templar who built the Almourol Castle to help defend their territories.

Sintra

Sintra is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Only 40 minutes from Lisbon, this city, full of palaces and castles, is a jewel of architecture. The Pena Palace, a beautiful 19th century Renaissance building, has given Sintra the recognition of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At that point in time, Sintra was the summer residence of the kings of Portugal, leaving Lisbon due to its hot temperature.

Arrábida National Park

The Natural Park of Arrabida, located between Sesimbra and Setubal, 50km away from Lisbon, is a protected area from 1976. Mediterranean vegetation covers this area, which streches between sandy beaches and high mountain peaks. The fauna and flora of the region are also really rich with 213 species of animals and several different plants from the atlantic to the mediterranean origins. The park is also known for being in the film of James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Cascais

Cascais is a coastal town nearby Lisbon. Known for its sandy beach and busy marina it is the perfect place for sunbathing and water sports practicing. From Cascais, you can also lead to Cabo Da Roca which is, in Europe, the nearest point to America. Besides the famous beach and the Cabo da Roca, there is also a lot of points of interest that are really nice to see, among which Boca Do Inferno.

Berlenga Islands

The Berlengas archipelago is a group of islands, 10 to 15 kilometers away from the Portuguese coast, west of the town of Peniche. These islands were traditionally known to British navigators as "the Burlings". The only livable island is the largest island, Berlenga Grande, although there is no continual habitation there, at present. The other islands are merged into two groups of islets, the Estelas Islets, and the Farilhões-Forcados Islets. The Berlengas can be reached with tours departing daily from Lisbon.
One of the real highlights of the Berlengas is the Archipelago of the Berlengas Nature Reserve. The islands in general are attractive for exploration, especially Berlenga Grande, the largest of the three. The landscape in general is amazing with plenty of marine life that can be seen in the clear seas; it is a snorkeler’s dream although you can take a glass-bottomed boat to see much of the same things as well as reach marine caves. The birdlife on the islands is also impressive although it is largely the gulls you will see and hear. You can hike the trails if you have the energy because the hills are steep. There is an old fort, Sao Joao Baptista to explore as well. Outside the summer months, tours are not guaranteed as the seas can start to get rough in late autumn and remain so for several months until summer beckons.