Day Trips from Lisbon: The Best Tours

29 April 2023
Day Trips from Lisbon: The Best Tours

All these destinations are located less than two hours by car from Lisbon and are all exceptional. Also, if you live in the Portuguese capital, know that there are a large number of day trips that can be made from Lisbon.


We offer you some suggestions for day trips from Lisbon, taking advantage of its privileged location.




The visit to the Parque Natural da Serra da Arrábida is, without a doubt, one of the best day trips that can be made from Lisbon. As soon as we arrive, we are amazed by the exuberant contrast between the blue waters and the green of the hills, an instant immersion in nature. Here, we will bet on walks along the hiking trails, which offer a unique experience, a complete escape, with wonderful views of the Atlantic. The convent, forts , and abandoned palaces are also worth a visit, and it will also be necessary to plan time for a swim at one of the beaches if the weather permits, before returning to Lisbon. The Portinho de Arrábida Beach and the Galapos Beach, or that of Galapinhos, are obligatory passages, as are the Fort of Santa Maria da Arrábida, a national monument, and the Palácio da Comenda , one of the most impressive works of the   architect Raul Lino, and which in the past served as a refuge for Jackie Kennedy.


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Cascais is a place not to be missed, for those who live in Lisbon. We will enjoy a magnificent view, along the way, along the Avenida Marginal. Once arrived, in the footsteps of the kings and princes who chose the city as a summer resort destination, we will stroll through the streets of the historic center, on the seafront, we will visit the Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, the Mercado da Vila, the   Cidadela, and Parque Marechal Carmona. The beaches, the Boca do Inferno, a rock formation on the coast, the Farol de Santa Marta, the Casa da Guia, the    Casa das Histórias Paula Rego and, of course, we will not forget to go to the Praia do Guincho, where you can appreciate nature in an impressive dimension, facing the ocean. At the end of the day, enjoy a drink in front of the sunset, at the  Núcleo de Interpretação das Dunas da Cresmina.


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It was, a few decades ago, one of the best secrets of the coast and today everyone talks about it as an ideal destination to spend the day, the weekend or even a holiday. One of its strengths is its proximity to the Portuguese capital, making it a very good choice for a day trip from Lisbon. In Comporta you will find a long cordon of wonderful beach, with calm  sea , fish and seafood restaurants  , but also burgers and simpler dishes. Fashionable ready-to-wear and furniture shops are also part of the experience, Just like the festivals, many in the region. Visit the Herdade da Comporta and taste the high quality wines produced locally. Nearby you can also visit the Roman Ruins of Troia.


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The names of Ribeira d'Ilhas, Coxos, Calada, and Foz do Lizandro are day trip destinations from Lisbon absolutely essential for the beauty of the beaches of  the Ericeira region and , even more,  for surf lovers  , which consider them among the best spots in Europe for the practice of this sport. Ericeira is, without a doubt, a sought-after place, especially in summer, but it is all year round that it is worth going there to admire the beauty of its coastline. Here, the fish is always fresh, and the restaurants have a wide and varied offer. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy the view of the sea from the terrace of one of the many bars, with music.  A visit to the Casa da Cultura, a remarkable building, which in the 20s of the last century was a casino, is a beautiful experience, as is that of the  Parque de Santa Marta, where you will discover a music room, an amphitheater, an ice rink, a squash room, tennis courts and mini-golf. You can also extend the day with a visit to the Buddhist Monastery of Sumedhãrãma and why not, sign up for a meditation workshop?


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For a day trip from Lisbon on the theme of history and culture, it can be interesting to go to Lourinhã to discover a territory of reference when it comes to dinosaurs. With an area of almost 10 hectares, the Dino Parque is the largest open-air museum in Portugal, and consists of a theme park dedicated to dinosaurs where you can admire more than 180 life-size reproductions of different species. As a coastal region, Lourinhã also has many beaches, such as Praia da Areia Branca, Areal,  Valmitão and Zimbral. Pass by the Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo, fourteenth century, Gothic style. Visit the Museu da Lourinhã and admire the incredible view from the seventeenth-century Forte do Paimogo, near which an ancient dinosaur nesting area was discovered. If you have some time left, you can catch your breath as you stroll through the Parque de Fonte Lima.


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In Mafra, the offer in terms of natural spaces or historical places is very large, which is worth a visit. Discover the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, created in 1747 and which served as a leisure park for King D. João V, on a territory of 819 hectares. You will be able to observe many forest species and with a little luck come across deer, roe deer,  wild boar and other game that live there in freedom. For an even more intense experience, visit the Centro de Recuperação do Lobo Ibérico, where, on a plot of 17 hectares, you can observe wolves, which are welcomed with a view to reintroduction into the natural environment, after often being victims of trapping. This is a unique opportunity to observe this majestic and fascinating animal up close. The Aldeia Típica José Franco is another point of interest not to be missed. You will admire a miniature replica of a typical Portuguese village. An excursion to Mafra will also have as obligatory passage a visit to the Palácio Nacional e Convento de Mafra, of the seventeenth century, which represents the most important building of the Baroque period in Portugal. It contains an impressive library, including nearly 40,000 books. The chimes and organs of its basilica are also remarkable points of interest.


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In the Alto Alentejo, almost 100 kilometers from Lisbon is the Montargil Dam, a natural refuge where peace and tranquility are the watchwords, ideal place for swimmingsport fishing and  water sports. It is also in this region that we can visit the Núcleo Regional do Megalitismo, experience wakeboarding, make hot air balloon flights, boat ridesbicycle,  horseback riding or canoeing.



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For a medieval experience, there is nothing better than going to Óbidos, and starting with a visit to the Castle, a place where the picturesque town nestles in its walls and where you can enjoy a ginginha, served in a chocolate glass. Nearby is the Lagoa de Óbidos, which offers breathtaking scenery and the possibility of practicing water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing,  kiteboarding,   and stand up paddleboarding. Other beaches are located nearby:      Foz do Arelho, Bom Sucesso and Baleal.


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So close to Lisbon, but at the same time so distinct, Sintra is one of the most sought-after options for those who wish to take a day trip from Lisbon, not only because of its rich cultural and natural offer, but also because it is an enchanting city,  appearing to come out of a dream. The historic center is unmissable, revealing at every moment the unique characteristics of this city that invites you to walk, in the nearby forests and pine forests  . Before, you will have to go to the Periquita to taste the typical travesseiros and recharge your batteries. Nearby, near Colares, you can discover one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, Praia da Ursa, whose access is earned, on a path that guarantees a moment of adventure. The second and fourth Sundays of the month are held nearby in São Pedro, a market where you can find fruits and vegetables of very high quality and meet the locals.

Visits to the Palácio da Pena, Palácio da Vila and Quinta da Regaleira are a must, but don't forget to set aside some time to get to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe,  described by Camões as the point "where the land ends and the sea begins".


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Cardinal D. Henrique created a leper colony there, and in 1901 Queen D. Amelia went there to inaugurate the first Portuguese seaside resort. Today the area seduces by the typical life that still takes place there. The journey to Trafaria can be done from Belém on a ferry, which in itself is a pleasant experience. There, in Costas de Cão, lived Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, where today the Quinta do Tagus Village is located, meanwhile converted into a luxurious tourist complex, which overlooks the river offering a breathtaking view of the capital, the serra de Sintra, the  Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Torre de Belém and the  Bridge 25 de Abril. At the table, we will obviously bet on fish, of the best freshness, served in the fashion of fishermen who have long occupied this area. Then you can relax enjoying the authentic and serene atmosphere of the place, regaining strength before joining the hustle and bustle of the capital.


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