- Lovers' destination. Sintra—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—has gorgeous palaces and gardens, and a landscape that inspires poetry. The combination makes it ripe for romantics.
- Endless beaches. All along the Estoril Coast and from Costa da Caparica to Cabo Espichel and around Arrabida, beautiful beaches await. If lively ones are your style, head to Cascais and Caparica; tranquil alternatives are hidden among the cliffs around Guincho, Cabo da Roca, and Cabo Espichel.
- Divine wine. The Setúbal Peninsula is home to Moscatel de Setúbal (a much-admired fortified wine) and to several well-known wine producers, including JM Fonseca, Quinta da Bacalhoa, and João Pires (J.P. Vinhos). North of the Tejo are other historical wine regions, most notably Colares, near Sintra.
- Fabulous seafood. Marisqueiras (seafood restaurants) are an essential component of Portuguese culture, and this region has some renowned ones. The selection is particularly broad in Sesimbra and Setúbal.
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