A thirty-minute drive from the capital, Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a top attraction for the region. As a historic royal sanctuary, the area surrounding Sintra is dotted with pastel-coloured villas and palaces including Sintra National Palace and Pena National Palace. This enchanting area can easily be visited on a day trip from Lisbon.
Two hours by road from Lisbon, the Tróia Peninsula is located beyond both Tagus Estuary National Reserve and Sado River Estuary. These beaches are well worth the trek and stretch for miles across the Atlantic coast. Here, you’ll find some of the best beaches in lower Alentejo with soft sands and calm waters.
Known for old tram lines, you have to ride a rattling relic before you leave Lisbon. Tram 28 is a well-known line as it has been running in the Alfama district for decades. The journey begins in the hills of Graça, climbs up the alleyways of Escolas Gerais, and finally stops near the beautiful domes of the Estrela Basilica.
Standing proudly against the Lisbon skyline, this seafront attraction is a true masterpiece. Belem Tower’s architecture is a blend of Gothic and Romanesque inspired designs. Stationed over the mouth of the Tagus River and looking out across the vast Atlantic Ocean, this is probably the most iconic building in Lisbon. Belem Tower is a must-see attraction on your luxury holiday.
The sizeable Lisbon Oceanarium sits out in the waters of the Tagus Estuary. With a wide array of marine-related exhibits, kids of all ages will love this attraction. Meet exotic puffer fish and view fascinating species of sharks. The oceanarium is also home to creatures ranging from moray eels to penguins and sea anemones to corals.