15 Best Day Trips from Lisbon


Portugal is a small country and easy to get around, which is why Lisbon can make an excellent base for day trips.

There are so many beautiful places to see in Portugal, and some of the best are day trips from Lisbon. Many are closer to the city centre than you might think.

Cascais (35 minutes)

There is plenty of charming cafes, great restaurants and shopping. Wander down the waterfront past the Citadel past some of Cascais’s most beautiful homes.

Praia do Guincho  (35 minutes)

Famed for its great surf, when the weather is calm, Praia do Guincho is a lovely beach for swimming and sunbathing in summer.

Sintra (40 minutes)

Nestled amongst thickly wooded forests, the small town of Sintra is surrounded by opulent palaces and Moorish castles and some of the most majestic views anywhere in Portugal.

Cabo da Roca West Coast Sintra Cascais Natural Park (50 min)

Cabo do Roca is not just dramatic vistas of cliffs that slip into the wild Atlantic Ocean. It’s also the westernmost point of Portugal and the European continent.

Costa de Caparica (20 min)

You can take the historic Comboio da Caparica mini railway, which traces the dunes along the Atlantic coast for around 9 km, to Fonte da Telha where you can find some more remote beaches.

Cacilhas and Cristo Rei (15 minutes)

Cacilhas offers epic views of Lisbon city, especially at sunset. A popular combination is a sunset seafood dinner at the famous waterfront restaurant Ponto Final.

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