Side Trips from Lisbon: Places to Explore

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  • Azoia and Cabo da Roca

    Azoia is a quaint village in the district of Leira that has maintained a genuine rural charm. Surrounded by flora typical of the Serra de Sintra but perched on the edge of the Atlantic, it is an...

  • Cacilhas

    Although a town in its own right, Cacilhas appears little more than a suburb of Lisbon, albeit one with the bonus of several reliable seafood restaurants along its main street, Rua do...

  • Cascais and Boca do Inferno

    Once a mere fishing village, the town of Cascais—with three small, sandy bays—is now a heavily developed resort packed with shops, restaurants, and hotels. Despite the masses of people,...

  • Costa da Caparica

    Costa da Caparica is a 20-km (12-mile) stretch of beach on the northwestern coast of the Setúbal Peninsula. White sand and a laid-back holiday vibe make it Lisbon’s answer to the Algarve, and...

  • Estoril

    Having long ago established its reputation as an affluent enclave, Estoril is still the place to go for glitz and glamour. In the 19th century, it was favored by the European aristocracy, who...

  • Guincho

    The wide beach at Guincho is one of the most famous—and most visited—in the country. Atlantic waves pound the sand even on the calmest of days, providing perfect conditions for windsurfing...

  • Palmela

    The small town of Palmela lies in the center of a prosperous wine-growing area, and every September the community holds a good-natured Festa das Vindimas (Grape Harvest Festival) that draws...

  • Peninsula de Tróia

    Across the estuary from Setúbal is the Peninsula de Tróia—a long spit of land blessed with clean water and fine beaches on both the Sado and the Atlantic side.

  • Queluz

    Halfway between Lisbon and Sintra, the town of Queluz is dominated by its magnificent palace and gardens, located in the plaza of the town’s center. Across from the palace stand the rebuilt...

  • São Pedro de Sintra

    This little hillside village is most famous for its fair, the Feira de São Pedro, held every second and fourth Sunday of the month in the vast Praça Dom Fernando II (also called the Largo da...

  • Sesimbra

    Sesimbra, a lively fishing village surrounded by mountains and isolated bays and coves, owes its popularity to its proximity to the capital. And, despite high-rise apartments that now mar the...

  • Setúbal

    An exceptional pousada (Fort de São Filipe) and the promise of an inexpensive seafood feast make this a logical place to spend the night before driving on to the Algarve. But there’s more to...

  • Vila Nogueira de Azeitão

    The region around the small town of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, on the western side of the Serra da Arrábida, retains a disproportionately large number of fine manor houses and palaces. In earlier...

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