Enjoy the beautiful Portuguese capital and take advance of the cool sights nearby with our choice of the best day trips to take from Lisbon.
The Best Day Trips to Take from Lisbon
With historic castles, hill top towns and coastal fishing villages, surf beaches and wildlife reserves; there’s plenty of sights worth seeing around Lisbon. Jump on the bus or train and within an hour you can be in a completely different world.
Only 30km Northeast of Lisbon and perched on a scenic hilltop is the picturesque UNESCO town of Sintra. The town itself is beautiful to wonder around and its historic castle and 14th century Palácio Nacional de Sintra – the former summer house for Portuguese royalty, are enjoyable sights to visit. For an awesome view of the surrounding mountains then head up through the pretty winding streets in the town to the 8th century ancient Castelo dos Mouros at the top (or take the shuttle). From here you can see the whimsical Palácio da Pena in the forests below eight the famous towers and opulent decor inside. This is a further walk or shuttle ride but worth seeing up close. Another beautiful site in Sintra is the landscaped gardens of the palace of Monserrat. There are turrets and fountains, secret pools and pathways to explore in these fairytale gardens.
The seaside resort of Costa da Caparica is popular with residents and tourists alike as 30km of sweeping beaches and sand dunes fill up with sun seekers all summer long. It’s often crowded at peak times but has a relaxed vibe and some good surf in winter. It’s south of the river and you can take the bus in half an hour from Lisbon.
The fishing town of Cascais is a charming yet modern town with a pleasant marina and parks, and is a quick trip from Lisbon along the scenic coastal train route. With its surrounding palaces and as a former port it has a rich history and is charming to explore the old town, the waterfront and lighthouse. There are museums here as well as the Parque do Marechal Carmona and the citadel – now a hotel – to explore. You can also visit the 17th century Palácio da Cidadela on the waterfront.
From Cascais you can also visit Boca do Inferno (the Mouth of Hell) on the coast – it has a great view of the waves crashing into the cliffs.
Praia do Guincho is a renowned surf beach with great swells and winds, making it a favourite for the local pro-surfers. It’s a beautiful long sandy beach and great for windsurfing or surfing – but not so great for swimming due to the currents. Grab a picnic in nearby Cascais and enjoy this scenery of this idyllic beach setting in the Sierra de Sintra national park. On a windy day you can see some great dramatic waves here as one of the best surf spots in Europe!
Cabo da Roca is the most westerly point in Europe (on the mainland)! You can stand at the lighthouse here and look out at the Atlantic Ocean stretched before you on the windy cliff top. You can only reach it by car but it’s not far from Cascais, and is a worth while diversion on a coastal drive. The cliff drops steeply into the ocean but there’s a great view in front of just azure blue.
Stay at Equity Point Lisbon
If you’re staying in Lisbon then why not stay at Equity Point Hostel? Centrally located in a former palace, our hostel is an ideal place to stay for good value and a great location. We have private rooms, as well as shared dormitories and are close to all the sites in Lisbon. Find out more here
We hope you enjoyed our guide to The Best Day Trips to Take from Lisbon!