Lisbon Area / August 05, 2020. By Susan Connolly
Journey outside the capital to explore breathtaking beaches, fairy-tale castles and fascinating historic towns near Lisbon. These day trips from Lisbon will show you the absolute best of the surrounding region. Pick a tour that targets your personal interests. Want to taste some of the region’s best wines at one of the oldest wineries in Portugal? go castle-hopping ? head off-shore in search of dolphins ? or learn about the history of the Knights Templar? The best day tips from Lisbon can make it happen, they are a great way to experience a different part of the country especially if it is you first trip to Portugal.
A Sintra day trip is for castle lovers as there are numerous regal monuments scattered everywhere. The main attraction is Pena Palace Palácio Nacional da Pena. Surounded by a a beautiful park it was one of the royal family’s’s homes until after the 1910 revolution. In addition to all this royalty there’s an old Moorish castle from the 9th century and a 19th century mansion inspired by Islamic architecture, Palácio de Monserrate. Sintra is also located near Cabo da Rocha, the westernmost point in continental Europe. For our complete guide to Sintra click here
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Óbidos is a short drive or bus ride from the capital making it an easy day trip from Lisbon. Óbidos is a pretty hill town with whitewashed houses, hanging baskets and cobblestoned streets. The real joy of a visit to Óbidos is stumbling upon its historic treasures. The 15th century aqueduct, quaint churches, the castle now a beautifully restored hotel and the intact Moorish walls where you can get the best views of the town. No visit to Óbidos is complete without tasting the local ginjinha d’ Óbidos – a cherry liquer that’s served in an edibile chocolate cup! You can read our complete guide to Óbidos here
Reserve here: Obidos Medieval Tales and Secret Spots Tour.
Tomar is a charming town 140 km north east of Lisbon. During the 12th and 13th centuries the crusading Order of the Knights Templar helped the Portuguese in their battle against the Moors. In return they were rewarded with extensive lands and political power. They were based in Convento de Cristo, an expansive religious complex that dominates Tomar. The magnificent compound of chapels, cloisters and a medieval castle still retains some reminders of the monk-knights.
Book here: Knights Templar Day Tour from Lisbon
Head south from Lisbon to Sétubal best known for its fishing port and explore the coastline on this dolphin watching tour. This is one of the Lisbon trips that also takes in Serra de Arrábida one of two natural parks within the vicinity of the Lisbon offering some of the finest natural scenery of the region.
Book here: Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon
Travel through the mountains of the Arrábida Natural park and experience a wine tasting in the Azeitão, at one of Portugal’s oldest wineries near Lisbon.
Are you looking for the best Évora tour from Lisbon? Then check out these full-day trips. Évora is situated in the heart of the Alentejo region and has been a UNESCO heritage site since 1986. The town rose to prominence under the Romans and flourished throughout the Middle Ages. There is a lot to see in and around Évora, history buffs will love learning about places like the Roman Temple of Diana, the Sé Cathedral with its amazing views over the city and the macabre Chapel of Bones.
About half an hours drive from Évora you can visit the standing stones of Almendres Cromlech regarded as the finest examples of Neolithic structures that remain on the Iberian Penninsula.
Reserve here: Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon
Located 120km north of Lisbon the sanctuary of Fátima is Catholic pligrimage site on a par with Lourdes in France. It is very important in Portuguese popular culture and each year thousands of people make the pilgrimage on foot. If it is your first trip to Portugal you’ll probably want to visit Fátima, a half day is long enough to see the sights or you can combine a trip to Fátima with some other attractions nearby such as the UNESCO World Heritage monastery at Batalha, the lovely seaside resort of Nazaré and the pretty medieval town of Óbidos. Below you’ll find some of the best Fátima tours from Lisbon.
Book here: From Lisbon Half-Day Fátima Tour
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