Best Day trips from Lisbon

Best Day Trips from Lisbon

Best Day trips from Lisbon

Complete with cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo, Lisbon is counted as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals make Lisbon one of the must visit destinations in Europe. This city is one filled with after sun activities, catering to the large student population. However, despite the ancient castles, sumptuous palaces, and a host of other historic monuments waiting to be discovered, beyond Lisbon lies a wealth of countless day trip options. So while basking in the ancient glory, following is an index of the best day trips from Lisbon:

1. Sintra

Arriving straight out of a storybook, Sintra is one place full of pastel-hued castles and verdant gardens. Considered as one of the most important day trip from Lisbon, it is an incredible blend of a cliff-top castle, along with colourful antique mansions, and Celtic dedications to the moon god, bewitching gardens, and a wide caboodle of history and romance. One of the major attractions in the place is Pena's Palace, a beautiful reminder of the Germany’s Neuschwanstein. One of the fastest means of transport in the lot would be a cab or self drive, costing you 30-40 mins. Other options include taking a train of 40 minutes or a bus of 1h 15min.

2. Cascais

A summertime playground, Cascais has rocketed from a laid-back and sleepy fishing village to a much-loved summertime tourist destination for the travel bugs. Though mainly renowned for its beautiful beach life, its post- beach culture is just as happening, featuring a maze of cobbled lanes leading to quaint museums, beautiful gardens, a rushed marina and a pedestrianised old town dotted with designer boutiques and alfresco fish restaurants. After the sun is set, there are a number of things you can witness in the place with the lively bars constantly fuelling the party. One of the fastest methods of commutation is a car or cab, taking 40-45 minutes of travel time. Another way to travel from Lisbon to Cascais would be taking a bus, costing you 1h and 30min.

3. Obido

A meander of cobblestoned streets and gorgeous flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint, Obidos boasts a medieval puzzle of culture and traditions, bringing you the heart and soul of authentic Europa. One of the most delightful places to spend the day around Lisbon, you will catch beguiling sights of the village from panoramic hilltop castles. The main street of the town, thanks you its popularity, are ridiculously touristy, especially on weekends and during festivals. The place serves the dual purpose of tourist's historical theme park inside the old city walls, as well as a small outer town that houses most of the inhabitants. One preferred mode of transport by most tourists is the bus, costing you 2h 15 min of journey time. Other options include cabs and driving the way taking a little over an hour.

4. Evora

If you seek a sojourn to delve deep into the past, then Evora is your calling! Portugal's most beautifully preserved medieval towns, the enchanting and charming lanes of Evora will lead you straight to the 14th century glory. Complete with an elaborate medieval cathedral and cloisters, the Templo Romano and picturesque town square, the town defines a word of beauty itself. Standing today as a lively university town, it is brimming with many attractive restaurants serving up hearty Alentejan cuisine. Circling the walled centre, there is a ring road through which you can enter the town on one of several ‘spoke’ roads, leading you to the town's focal point, Praça do Giraldo. Located at a distance of 137kms, the average train time is 2 hours, providing you with feasible, although long, day trip from Lisbon. Other options in the list include taking the bus taking 1h 50min and driving the way or taking a cab taking 1hr 30min.

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