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Lisbon

The city

Lisbon is a special city with unique peculiarities: the sound of the old trams going up and down the cobbled streets, the echoing of Fado in several places around the city, a real treasure of historical buildings, but it’s also the coolest city in Portugal, open to new tendencies, and a shopper’s paradise. 

According to the legend, Lisbon was originally built on the seven hills, and spreads out along the Tagus River in an undulating landscape full of Art Nouveau buildings, magnificent monuments, countless museums, fabulous hotels, sidewalk cafes and beautiful viewpoints.

Full of history and culture, Lisbon is known for its unique light and unparalleled charm. It has become one of Europe’s favourite destinations thanks to its amazing diversity, magnificent landscapes and enviable sunny weather. Every place in the city keeps a touch of tradition – Lisbon was able to preserve the old beauty and charm in the streets full of flower or roasted chestnut vendors, in the splendid buildings adorned with traditional tiles, in the emblematic patisseries or the restaurants inspired in old cellars. As the country’s capital, it was also here that some of the most influential moments of Portuguese History took place, including 400 years of Arab occupation, the flourishing era of the Discoveries, the end of an 800 year old monarchy, the years of the dictatorship and the 25th April peaceful revolution.

Lisbon is a city that you feel like getting to know little by little, seeing what comes up in each neighbourhood, on each street. It’s a friendly and safe city. With a lot to see but relatively small. It’s ideal to spend several days or as a starting point to visit the rest of the country. It’s old. It’s modern. It is, without any doubt, always surprising.

On 1st December, the City was awarded the prize for the “World’s Leading City Break Destination 2018”, at the ceremony of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards, considered by many as being the “Oscars” of worldwide tourism.

 

Points of interest

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Torre de Belém

Castelo de São Jorge

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

Sé de Lisboa

Panteão Nacional

Igreja da Graça

Elevador de Santa Justa

Basílica da Estrela

Palácio de São Bento

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

Museu Nacional de Arqueologia

Museu Nacional dos Coches

Museu do Oriente

Centro Cultural de Belém

Parque das Nações

Jardim Botânico de Lisboa

Tapada das Necessidades

Estufa Fria 

Parque Eduardo VII

Cascais

The village

Renowned for its magnificent white sandy beach, the countless shops and charming commercial streets, the fishing village of Cascais reinvented itself and became a refined seaside resort and one of the most sophisticated destinations around Lisbon.

The city, located only a few kilometres from the mouth of the Tagus River, is nestled between the sunny bay of Cascais and the majestic Serra de Sintra. It displays a deliciously maritime and sophisticated atmosphere, attracting visitors throughout the year.

Cascais was once an elegant summer retreat for the Portuguese monarchy during the 19th Century, and a safe haven for the European royalty during the Second World War, thanks to Portugal’s status as a neutral country. With time, this peculiar atmosphere changed and the city became a refined cultural hub, with a vibrant night life and an enviable quality of life. However, the splendour and the icons from its maritime heyday have survived until today, in the elegant lighthouses, fortresses and the 17th Century Citadel.

 

Points of interest

Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais

Boca do Inferno

Cabo da Roca

Praia do Guincho

Fortaleza do Guincho

Praia do Tamariz

Museu do Mar

Museu Casa das Histórias Paula Rego

Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães

Casa Seixas 

Sintra

The village

Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town, located in the middle of the Serra de Sintra hills. This slightly cooler climate attracted the Portuguese elite and nobility, leading to the construction of exquisite palaces, extravagant homes and decorative gardens.

The variety of fascinating historical buildings and the stunning landscapes have established Sintra as one of the best tourist destinations, and also as the most popular complementary trip being made from Lisbon. 

For a relatively small city, there is an array of historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions. Within Sintra, there are more than 10 national monuments, including opulent palaces, old ruins and decorative homes. These attractions are spread throughout the local hills, and the active visitor will find a series of challenging trails to explore on foot.

Sintra received the status of World Heritage, in the category of Cultural Landscape, on 6th December 1995, during the 19th Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee Meeting that took place in Berlin.

 

Points of interest

Castelo dos Mouros

Palácio Nacional da Pena

Palácio Nacional e Jardins de Queluz

Parque e Palácio de Monserrate

Convento dos Capuchos

Quinta da Regaleira

Chalé e Jardim da Condessa D’Edla

Mafra

The village

When we talk about Mafra we must mention its Palace-Convent. The famous library, the imposing carillons and its organs - unique in the world, designed to be played together – have already ensured a place among the most emblematic monuments in the country.

Also unmissable are the natural beauty of the Tapada Nacional de Mafra, and, without a doubt, the exceptional beaches of Ericeira. On top of its success as a beach destination, in 2011 it was awarded the status of World Surfing Reserve. The first in Europe and second in the world.

All of this, together with a gastronomy of reference and the diversity of traditions that have been preserved despite its proximity to the capital, make Mafra a unique destination… it cannot be missed!

 

Points of interest

Palácio nacional e Convento de Mafra

Biblioteca do Palácio Nacional de Mafra

Tapada de Mafra

Rota dos Orgãos Históricos

Aldeia-Museu José Franco

Penedo do Lexim

Praia do Sul

Praia do norte

Praia de Ribeira d’Ilhas

Praia Foz do Lizandro

Oeiras

The village

Once surrounded by fortifications to protect it from enemy attacks, today the municipality has its arms open to welcome visitors. Find out here the places we must really visit in Oeiras.

Over 250 years old, Oeiras looks into the future but treasures the legacy of centuries past. Therefore, it preserves some surprising historical heritage that deserves to be discovered. And if its coastline is the destination where eventually all roads lead to, its green spaces are also a good option for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

 

Points of interest

Farol do Bugio

Forte de São Bruno

Forte de São Julião da Barra

Praia Oceânica de Oeiras

Parque dos Poetas

Fábrica da Pólvora

Aquário Vasco da Gama

Palácio do Marquês do Pombal

Centro de Arte - Colecção Manuel de Brito

Palácio Ribamar

Museu do Automóvel Antigo