Pena Palace in Sintra near Lisbon
For many years I have had the opportunity to make numerous trips to Lisbon, many of them for professional reasons, but also several for tourist reasons.
And I have to tell you that for me,travel to Lisbon Not only does it involve visiting the most attractive corners of the Portuguese capital, but it implicitly includes making visits in its surroundings.
Moreover, I consider that the trip is incomplete if you do not take the opportunity to discover any of the beautiful villages or landscape corners that this region known as Estoril Coast.
Santa Marta lighthouse in Cascais near Lisbon
On your trip you have the option to sign up for a excursion around Lisbon with a Spanish guide to know some of the most interesting corners.
But if you prefer to go on your own, it will be useful to know what are the 12 most beautiful places to see and visit in and around Lisbon during your next Tourism trip to the Portuguese capital.
What to see and visit in and around Lisbon
The first thing you need to know is that everything is very, very close to Lisbon, and not everyone is aware of this reality.
Yes you travel by car, in a radius of no more than 35 kilometers you access all the attractions of the area.
Cabo Roca in Sintra near Lisbon
And I mean Cascais and theGuincho beachor Sintra, center of a leafy mountain range, with various palaces and gardens among which the imposing stands outPena Palace.
And you even have thevilla of Mafra, with its imposing convent, which is just 43 kilometers away.
And I don't want to forget about Obidos, although it is already outside this coastal region, a fortified town, perhaps the most beautiful and flirtatious you find just an hour's drive north of Lisbon.
Also, if you don't have a car, you should know thatfrom Lisbon you can arrive by train to Cascais or Sintra In less than half an hour.
Excursions to Cascais and Sierra de Sintra
Now, you also have the option of joining one of thetours and excursions than in a comfortable minibus and with the company of a Spanish guide, allow you to know the most prominent corners of this area, such as the Sintra Saw or Cascais.
Entrance to the Pena Palace in Sintra near Lisbon
So, you have this excursion to Sintra and Cascais in which you will visit the Palacio da Pena, and you will also know Cabo de Roca, Guincho beach, Boca del Infierno and Cascais; here you have another similar option.
This other excursion to Sintra It will allow you to visit Quinta de Regaleira, and you will also have time to walk around Cascais.
And in this one excursion to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril You will visit the aforementioned Pena Palace and Quinta de Regaleira.
What to see in the Sierra de Sintra
This surrounding region Lisbon its spectacular geographic center Sintra Saw, a mountainous enclave with eucalyptus forests of great leafiness, which will surely remind you of the Galicia landscapes.
Sintra mountain range in Portugal
But the contrast between the leafy ones is also very attractive Landscapes and gardens of Sintra Park and the monumental corners that it encloses, whose center is the town of Sintra.
In advance of your trip, here you can buy the tickets to visit the monuments of Sintra.
National Palace of Sintra
So you have your own Sintra, town whose history dates back to Roman times and was occupied by Muslims, although the most interesting places to visit are in the surrounding area, in various corners of the lush forest.
Specifically it is about Pena Palace, the Quinta de Regaleira, he Two Moors Castle and the Capuchin Convent.
In the old town you can visit the building of the National Palace of Sintra, built at the time of the Muslim occupation, and which in 1147 passed to the first king of Portugal.
Terrace of the Queen in the Pena de Sintra Palace
Its importance is that it is the only one preserved in Portugal at that time, although the building you can now visit is from the early fifteenth century, and in which the elements of Manueline architecture and the Mudejar tiles.
Pena Palace in Sintra
When you go to Sintra you should know that the center of your visit must be thePena Palace, which was the summer residence of the last kings of Portugal, and which in its majestic enclave seems more drawn from a story.
This imposing palace was built in the mid-19th century and is the expression of the Portuguese romanticism.
In said enclave there was an old monastery, whose structure is preserved in a part of the palatial building that you are now going to visit.
He Pena Palace today it is a declared monument World Heritage by Unesco.
Quinta de Regaleira in the Sierra de Sintra in Portugal
In you visit of the Pena Palace you will see its architectural element icon, the El Tritón portico and window. as well as various rooms and rooms, among which the Arab Hall or the Indian Hall.
Here you can buy in advance of your trip the tickets to visit the Pena Palace, and so you make sure you don't wait in line.
Quinta de Regaleira in Sintra
Other corner to visit near Sintra is the Quinta de Regaleira, a palace located between large gardens and the lush forest of the mountains, which was built in the early twentieth century.
Said mansion was built in style french gothic, although in the visit of its interior you will see other architectural styles such as Italian Renaissance.
On your walk in the park you will also see the Regaleira Chapel with its striking Manueline style, as well as the Iniciático Well 27 meters deep.
Monserrate Palace in Sintra
Of the places you can visit near Sintra, there is one that from my point of view has a special charm, the monserrate palace And its gardens.
It is a mid-19th century palace that was built in romantic style with arabic influences commissioned by a British millionaire.
The palace is located in a lush centennial gardens that, as a curiosity, have the first lawn with irrigation that was installed in Portugal.
Inside the palace stands out its interior decoration, with its large arches and the spectacular Music room.
Here you can buy the tickets to visit the palace of Monserrate.
Azenhas do Mar near Lisbon in Portugal
Azenhas de Mar
A characteristic of this region is the great diversity of its attractions.
First of all it is a coastal area where you can see from recoletos villages like Azenhas de Mar, located in a beautiful enclave on a cliff.
Naturally crowded swimming pools open in summer, and Azenhas de Mar It is also, because of its special location, a very nice place to go to eat fish in one of its restaurants with terrace overlooking the sea.
Guincho beach near Cascais in Portugal
On the road that takes you along the coast from Cascais to Sintra you will go through the most famous beach from this area near Lisbon.
It's about the Guincho beach, an unfriendly enclave to go alone to bathe or sunbathe for its special location open to the Atlantic.
Instead Guincho It is a beach very frequented by practitioners ofsurf by the great waves that form, and at wind surf because of the strong winds that are common throughout the year.
Adraga beach near Sintra in Portugal
In the section of beaches, there are other places with special charm, such as the Adraga beach, which opens between cliffs and rock formations.
You find it north of Cabo de Roca, in the coastal area west of Sintra.
Cabo de Roca
Did you know that on the Atlantic coast near Lisbon is the most western geographical point of Europe?
Cabo Roca in Sintra near Lisbon
Indeed, it is the enclave of Cabo de Roca, where the strong wind reminds us that we are at the gateway of the Atlantic currents.
When you go to this coastal area, you will reach a meadow located on high cliffs, where there is a viewpoint with a monument and a plaque that reminds you of the geographical landmark, as well as a nearby lighthouse.
Mouth of Hell
Already close to Cascais there is another natural enclave very visited by tourists, which is known as the Mouth of Hell.
In this way it is called a large hole that opens in a rocky cliff, where in certain circumstances the waves strike with great force.
It will be easy for you to know where on the coast you can find the large car park and the restaurant that announce that it is a very tourist spot.
Undoubted protagonists of the area are Cascais Y Estoril, towns that show you buildings that denote their long stately history, with a style that will remind you to some extent Saint Sebastian.
Cascais Town Hall around Lisbon
This stately style is currently expressed with the wide range of five-star hotels in which leisure and rest (spa, golf ...) are its great attractions.
Located at the entrance to Estuary of the Tagus River, Cascais It has a history as a place of residence for European monarchies during the last century,
This stately town where you can see large mansions and mansions, in its urban area it shows houses with bright white facades and tiles.
Among the corners you can see is the Palace of the Counts Castro de Guimaraes, which now houses a museum, the Santa Marta Lighthouse and the old fortress where the Pousada de Cascais.
Estoril Casino near Lisbon in Portugal
Also with a very stately style, I remind you that in Estoril is the mansion known asVilla Giraldaresided Don Juanfather of King Juan Carlos II.
This environment has a reference in the hotel Palace of Estoril which has a long tradition of residence of kings ... and spies during the Second World War.
If you decide to visit it, in your Royal Gallery You will see numerous portraits of the passage of the monarchs through its halls and restaurants.
And we can't talk about Estoril without referring to its historical casino, which today, beyond the game, is a great leisure center.