Day trips: Sintra, Cascais, Alcochete..., Lisbon
Lisbon is surrounded by some natural reservations. The natural park of Sintra-Cascais, the Natural Reservation of the Tagus Estuary, the Natural Reservation of the Sado Estuary, the Fossil Cliffs of Caparica and the Arrábida National Park.
The first one I'll like to talk about is the Tejo Estuary Natural Reservation. It is one of the most important natural reservation in Europe and the biggest wetland in Portugal. There are more than 194 regular species of birds passing through this area, salt production areas and old canals.
How to visit it?
Alcochete city hall (town in the south bank of Tagus near the Vasco da Gama Bridge) has a boat (Alcatejo, a typical boat) travelling through the Tagus. A normal ticket costs 5,50€ (you can contact the tourist office of Alcochete +351 21 234 86 55 or e-mail them firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vila Franca de Xira city hall has also a boat that does tours in the river. It is a traditional boat from that village fully restored. Trips are held from May to November and you can contact them through the phone number +351 263 285600, +351 263 285 605 (Tourist Office), +351 969 022 529 (cell phone); Fax: 263 271516 or E-mail: email@example.com.
Tours for You is a tourist operator that does tours with experts on bird watching in several natural reservations. You can see more details in http://www.toursforyou.pt/Eng/Portugal/birdtagus.htm.
SPEA, a non profitable association of bird watching, does throughout the year, many field trips to watch the birds in several places of the country and many of them in the Tejo Estuary. Contact them through (www.spea.pt or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Birds and Nature Tours is another tourist operator that does tours in the Tejo Estuary to see the wildlife (http://www.birds.pt/indexen.html). Besides the tours they also offer courses on birds identification. The tour depends on the number of people going, but the 80€/half day is as expensive as it can get.
Transtroia does many cruises along the Tagus departing from the city of Lisbon. There are routes to see the birds, others for fishing, others just to see the city. (transtroia.com, phones(+351) 218 952 046, (+351) 213 712 205, (+351) 213 830 266, (+351) 935 375 805 e-mail: email@example.com).
There is also available a pedestrial walk starting in Alcochete town and automobile routes (check in Alcochete tourist office, in Largo da Misericórdia or the Natural Park Headquarters in Av. Combatentes da Grande Guerra,1, ALCOCHETE, Phone: 21 2341742).
The best time to visit is between Spring and Summer when there are more birds to see.
Take time and fly with the birds!
a visit to cascais is a very good thing when you have been to lisbon for a few days and need to breathe a little again after wonderful and chaotic lisbon.
cascais is a small seaside town in the outskirts of lisbon and a bit of a fancy place these days, but the place still has a lot of original charm too.
there is a nice beach there, s if you are lisbon and feel like a day on the beach, then cascais is not a bad choice.
Cabo da Roca is the most western point of the European continent.
At the cape stands a watchtower and a monument with geographical data and a text from Camões:
Onde a terra acaba e o mar começa (the place where the land ends and the sea begins).
There's also a restaurant where you can buy a certificate to prove you've been there.
Along the cliffs you can walk splendid. The view over the rough ocean is breathtaking.
Cabo da Roca is situated about 30 km west of Lisbon.
The busline between Sintra and Cascais stops here every hour.
If you have enough time (like 7 days) to visit Lisbon spear two days for the surroundings of Lisbon.
1 day for Sintra (38 min by train and the fare is very cheap) Check more info for my my Sintra page
1 day for Cascais and Estoril (35 min by train 1.60€) my Cascais page and my Estoril page
PS: I will put the info very soon...
One of the most spectacular of Portuguese beaches. On the other side of the river from Lisbon, 40kms of unbroken sands greet you a short bus ride from Almada. And with the Atlantic crashing on the white sands, its a stunning place to while away a day or two.
Not the easiest of places to get to from Lisbon - ferry or bus across the river to Almada and then the bus. Bus drops you at the busiest part of the beach. During the summer months, a little train runs along the beach - 20+ stops. Not surprisingly, the further you go with the train, the quieter the beach gets.
Built on the northern slopes of the Sierra de Sintra among wooded ravines and fresh water springs, although with the cool mountain air, it's easy to see why Sintra was a favourite summer retreat for royalty. With 2 palaces, a 9th century castle, some beautiful buildings, great walks etc it is easy to see why Sintra has now become a favourite tourist destination out of Lisbon. Easily reached from the capital by train or bus, Sintra has become the day-tripper's destination - more so following the fact that in 1995 it became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Costa do Estoril is waiting for you to discover it. Romantic, cosmopolitan, full of entertainment and with a unique character. Essentially, Estoril is a destination with a life of its own, providing a range of experiences, with romantic Sintra and the capital just a short hop away . if u´re a casino and gambler lover the estoril casino is....well !go ahead and gamble...
considered by many to be the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril and Cascais are full of glamour and charisma. They offer a great diversity of attractions and the experiences in a limited area and in a setting that is exceptional in terms of nature, culture and heritage along the whole of this marvellous coast.
special place for me because i lived there my adolescence and well u know... everybody, memories wise , remembers those times of everyones youth, right? so aloud me to present u this site and i garantee a wonderfull beach and also some touristic spots to visit and enjoy.
What a wonderful place.
I arrived here in the afternoon to a misty town.
I decided that I was not really going to see much so I went for lunch.
Lucky for me the cloud started to clear, and i headed into the Pala´cio Nacional.
When I came out I was amazed to see the mountian infront of me. That was not there when I went into the Pala´cio Nacional.
It looked amazing so I found the towns tourist dumping bus and went for a full ride around the town.
( You can only buy a day pass for the bus, which allows you to ride as much as you like.)
Then it was time to get off at the ruines of the castle.
It was still foggy and had a really eriey feel to the place which just added to the experience.
A day trip to Sintra takes you away from the daily hussle and bussle of Lisbon. Sintra brings you back in time as the palaces and cobble stoned roads stand before you. From Moorish influence to 21st century advances you will be thinkingto yourself have I stepped out of a time machine?
For the brave you can hike to the castle to the top of the serra, but for those faint of heart you can use the bus service that brings you to the top. You will get to enjoy the famous Portuguese driving skills, which in its own is an adventure.
The castle is pre-guarded by the mourish castle the sits atop of the first mountain. After you pass it the viewis of a magical fairy tale dream.
As you walk up to the castle you are surrounded by one of the most unique and variety of flora that could be put together in one place, the best of all the majority of these plants to be together would have to be ina greenhouse, guarded by the elements. Not here, it is a open air garden where evidence of the travels that the Portuguese have doen comes to be realized. From tropical to native european plants the gardens are exquisite. The view from a top of the palace is breathtaking, with the Atlantic in the horizon and the villages spread before your eyes below makes this dai trip worth it. A mental picture taht your will relive over and over again in your mind.
beautiful ocean, beaches, cafes, restaurants, castles and casino nearby. Take the train from Caixe do Sodre (subway) direct to Caiscais. Beautiful ride. Take a return trip. You can visit in a day. Train ride is about 35 min and quite cheap in price, say less than 5 Euros but spectacular view!
Estoril it is located not far from Lisbon and near Cascais.
Its surroundings offer a rich variety of cultural and leisure activities. You will find the largest casino in Europe and if you like Golf you will have a selection of seven 18 hole courses within the Estoril-Sintra area, including the Palácio’s renowned Estoril course just 1 km away.
Estoril coast is host to many international events such as the Portugal Golf Tour, the Estoril Open, the World Windsurfing championships and international car racing at the Estoril Autodrome.
Well, how can’t we go to Sintra since it is so near from Lisbon?
After leaving the Hotel in Oeiras the next stop it would be in the beautiful Sintra.
Arriving to Sintra it seems that we are in the north of Portugal, it is so green in the middle of the woods.
And of course, knowing that the famous pastries (pasteis de Sintra) are delicious we stopped at a traditional pastry shop and we bought some to take home.
Before we went to Lisbon everyone kept saying, if you take one day trip out of the city, go to Sintra. So, we did. Sintra is packed full of highlights, making it actually hard to do in one day, if your main objective is seeing the sights, that is. There is a train that runs from Lisbon to Sintra but we found it easiest to rent a car. Also, renting a car affords you an opportunity to see more in the area. Sintra is comprised of a steep and winding hill that takes you up to a castle and a palace, both of which are beautiful and worth seeing. We found after one day in Sintra, we needed more time and so we called the car rental company and arranged for one more day and still found ourselves rushed. This is a day trip, but if you have more time, plan to be there a couple of days at least. But be prepared! Sintra seems much more touristy than Lisbon and everything costs more money: sights, food, etc.