Lisbon – Top 9 day trips to escape from the city

Looking for the best day trip from Lisbon, Portugal? If you want to escape from the capital’s buzz, here are the top day trips from Lisbon . Some are only known by the locals!

1. Sintra – Portugal’s Wonderland

Sintra is without a doubt the most charming place to visit in Portugal! It’s the most popular day trip from Lisbon. With beautiful vibrant palaces, it makes a great day trip as it’s only 40 minutes away by the train in Rossio Square. The most beautiful monuments are Pena Palaca, Quinta da Regaleira and the Castle of the Moors! Also don’t miss out on Sintra’s Queijadas, the popular Portuguese pastry which is made in Sintra and the ginjinha served in chocolate cup. You can read my full detailed guide here with all the information needed.

2.  Caldas da Rainha

Here’s a really unpopular place to visit that only locals know about! It is a town founded by the queen Eleanor of Viseu and nobility used to gather there. Caldas is best known for its hot springs and ceramic pottery. If you are looking for an off the beaten track places to visit, I would recommend you to go there. You can wander around the city centre, visit the local market and relax in the Parque Dom Carlos!  Also, don’t hesitate to “mingle” with the locals that would love to have a chat with you and talk about their town.

3. Obidos

Not very far from Caldas, you can find the medieval town of Obidos. Obidos, is like a town frozen in time. It takes you back to the Medieval Ages, as the municipality managed to maintain its identity. Many festivals are held during the year, such as the Medieval Festival, the Christmas Market and the Chocolate Festival! Obidos is a really small town and makes a very easy day trip. If you want to see my full experience, read here! You can also combine it with a day trips to Caldas.

4. Berlengas  Islands

Did you know that there are some really scenic islands not far from Lisbon ? If you are into dramatic cliffs, caves, beautiful nature and a little bit of adventure, you should definitely go! The whole place is a nature reserve and home to several protected species of birds and plants. In order to go there, you firstly need to go to Peniche. From Peniche, a ferry will take you directly to Berlengas. Don’t forget to visit the São João Baptista Fort, since historically Berlengas were an important location to defend.  This little fort is one of the most visually striking buildings in Portugal, rising from the turquoise waters and tied together by narrow arched bridges.



5. Cascais

Only thirty minutes from Lisbon,  Cascais is one of the most charming and exclusive villages of Portugal. What is really unique about the fisherman’s village, is that poor and the rich used to live next to each  other! I was also told that Johny Depp has a house in Cascais, so who knows? You might get lucky enough to meet him! The village is really popular among the locals and the tourists as it has really beautiful beaches and very good seafood restaurant. If history is more your scene, there are plenty of museums to enrich your knowledge like Palácio da Citadela de Cascais, Museu do Mar and the Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães. If you visit Cascais, don’t miss out on Boca do Inferno, a natural cliff formation which literally translates to Hell’s Mouth. A day trip from Lisbon takes only thirty minutes to the popular village.

6. Arrabida – a Portuguese heaven

Arrabida, has the most dramatic scenery that is overlooking over its beautiful, unspoiled beaches.  For nature enthusiasts, Arrabida should be at the top of your bucket list for a day trip from lisbon! It is a bit of a challenge to get there, but it’s worth it. If you make it at the top of the hill, you can see some breath taking views that are overlooking to the Atlantic Ocean. More details on how to get there, read my story.

7. Troia – a well kept secret

Just a ferry away from Setubal, is a very beautiful resort. Sandy white beaches, stunning clear waters and endless coastlines are what describe Troia the best. Troia blends outstanding natural beauty, historical Roman ruins and modern facilities. There are many things to do there such as dolphin watching , water sports or just relaxing at the beach and enjoying a meal at one of the best rated sea food restaurants.

8. Setubal

I had mixed feelings for adding Setubal in the list, since it’s not a town that really impressed me. I will add it to the list, as it could make a half day trip or the in between stop before going to Arrabida or Troia. When in Setubal, you can walk around the city centre and admire the artistic touch. It also has some really good restaurants, so check zomato for recommendations. Also, what is cool about this city, is that it’s mostly inhabited by Portuguese people so it could be a cultural experience.

9. Evora

Evora is a historic Portuguese city in the heart of Alentejo Region. It’s also known as the “Museum City” since in every corner you can find a historical landmark. Taking a stroll here, transports you on a journey through Portugal over the last 2000 years. Since 1986, it is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it has a unique make-up. Nowadays, Evora is a popular city for students and is a mixture blend of old and new.  Also, it could be a time consuming day trip from Lisbon, as it takes approximately 1,5 hours to arrive.

Have you been to any of these places above? If you have any questions feel free to comment! I’ll be more than happy to help you out with your next day trip from Lisbon!

 

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26 Replies to “Lisbon – Top 9 day trips to escape from the city”

  1. Fantastic post! I’ve been wanting to visit Portugal and want to go off the beaten track so Caldas da Rainha sounds perfect for me! Also, love Obidos has a chocolate festival. Would definitely want to check that out!

    1. Yess, highly recommended! you can combine them for a day trip, they are so close to each other !! That’s what I did!

  2. Oh man I’ve been thinking about Portugal lately and this makes me want to buy a plane ticket! I looooveeeed Lisbon when I was there as a kid, but I haven’t returned! Seeing that I’ve already seen some of the city, these seem like great places to explore!

    1. You don’t want to miss it! 🙂 Such a beautiful country, really!

  3. Lovely! I knew of Sintra, Obidos, and Evora, but not the others. I actually have a friend wanting to go to Portugal soon, so I’ll be sure to pass along some of these recommendations.

    1. Thank you very much dear!

  4. I can’t believe I had never heard of all these places before! Sintra And the Berlengas Islands look amazing. If I get the opportunity to visit Lisbon, I wouldn’t want to miss them. Thanks for sharing all this!

    1. I am really glad that it’s helpful!

  5. My son said he loved Portugal. Thanks for the great photos and day trips. I’d love to visit one day.

    1. Such an underrated country!

  6. I want to visit Portugal this year. I was thinking about Porto and Sintra. But now that I have read your post I think I could also love Obidos and Cascais 😊

    1. I am sure you will love both of these places, they are amazing!

  7. I’d love to do a road trip in Portugal some day. All these cities are a great option for a Portugal road trip, if I end up not having much time there!

    1. There’s not a better country for a road trip than Portugal actually! Hope you make it, such a beautiful country!

  8. I love the Portugal’s Wonderland. Hope I can go there in the future. What a great journey! 🙂

    1. Sintra is gorgeous! Thank you!

  9. I appreciate this post! I am not a big city fan, so thanks for these ideas. Now to get planning!

    1. Thank you so much!

  10. What an interesting post! I was in Lisbon for 4 days, and made a day trip to Sintra. Portugal is so beautiful in general, and I would love to come back to visit all the places that you introduced in the post. I should have read your post before going there!

    1. I am glad you found it interesting! It’s actually such a beautiful country and so many places that are not really known!

  11. I’ve been to Cascais a long 10 years ago and I loved it. It’s so close to Lisbon and easy to get to. I ate the best grilled fish ever. I like how colorful Obidos and Sintra are so will love to check them out one day. Thanks

  12. You should definitely go there! Really beautiful places!

  13. Wow! I am sold! Now I want to go to Portugal! Lovely post and pics!

    1. You should definitely go! Such a beautiful country!

  14. What a awesome post.. I would love to visit one day. What beautiful pictures

    1. Thank you so much!

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