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Ideal Day Trips From Lisbon

May 4, 2016

If you’re staying in Lisbon for an extended period of time, you might find you want to get away from the big city and go on a day trip. Here are my suggestions on places to get away to.

SintraSintra is the World Heritage town with romantic architecture, castles and tourist attractions galore. Sintra has something for everyone and you could stay overnight here if you want an opportunity to experience more of what this beautiful town has to offer.

Popular attractions include the Pena National Palace, Quinta da Regaleria, the Moorish Palace, Monserrate Palace, galleries and museums.

Getting there:

Trains to Sintra depart four times an hour from Rossio train station in the heart of Lisbon from 6:08am to 0:40am. The journey takes 30-40 minutes. Once there, the tourist bus (service 434) connects the main tourist destinations and the train station for an easier route. However, if you choose not to get the bus, the major tourist sights are neatly sign posted from the station and within walking distance.

ÉvoraÉvora is another gorgeous World Heritage town in the Alentejo district of Portugal. It may not be the most conventional day trip from Lisbon, but hey, doesn’t that make it more desirable?

Popular sights in Évora include the Bone Chapel, the Roman Temple of Évora and the São Francisco Church.

Getting there:

Trains depart from Lisbon’s Oriente station four times a day (three times at weekends) and it takes 90 minutes to arrive in Évora. However, there are so many interesting things to see here, the long journey is worth it.

CascaisCascais is one of the most popular day trips from Lisbon as the town offers a variety of museums, historical monuments, high-society homes and beaches. It is a coastal town known as the town of Kings and Fishes and you certainly get this vibe as everything has a sophisticated, regal atmosphere.

Popular attractions include Casa De Santa Maria, Cascais Castle, Castro Museum, Boca do Inferno (Hell’s Mouth pictured above) and the beaches.

Getting there:

Trains to Cascais depart every 20 minutes during daylight hours from the Cais do Sodre train station in Lisbon and take roughly 30 minutes to arrive in Cascais.

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ÓbidosÓbidos is a walled town in the Oeste subregion of Portugal with charming cobbled streets, culture, castles and tiles. It is known as one of the most typically Portuguese towns in Portugal and is certainly a gorgeous sight to see.

Popular attractions here include the Porta de Vila, Óbidos Castle, the aqueduct and the opportunity to walk along the town walls.

Getting there:

The best way to travel to Óbidos from Lisbon is by bus. Catch the bus from the Campo Grande bus station departing 10 times per day on weekdays with the Rapida Verde operated by the Rodotejo bus company. The journey will take roughly one hour.

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