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Lisbon Tips: Step Outside the City!

We all love Lisbon, Portugal’s charming capital city. But don’t forget that just outside the city there are so many amazing destinations to discover. Here’s a few of our favourite.


Hidden Gems & New Discoveries

There’s so much more to Portugal than most people see. While Lisbon is rightly a draw for many holidaymakers, you might be missing out some of the region’s best destinations.

Just a stone’s throw from lovely Lisbon, discover beautiful towns, seaside resorts, historic centres and so much more. Whether you’re staying for a night or two, or just passing through, see our highlights for destinations outside Lisbon right here.


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Easily accessible from the city centre, Belém is a charming seaside district about 5km from Lisbon city that plays host to some famous and historic landmarks. See local icon Belém Tower and stunning Jerónimos Monastery.

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What was once a humble fishing village and favourite summer retreat for Lisbon’s residents is now a popular holiday destination for all. Cascais offers a wonderful blend of the old and the new with its historic centre, family owned restaurants alongside modern hotels, resorts and nightlife.



Just a short train ride or drive from Lisbon is Estoril, a stunning seaside town packed with local Portuguese charm. Any visitor is sure to love the glorious beaches; Praia do Tamariz and Praia de Sao Pedro do Estoril are two of the town’s most popular sandy stretches. Perfect for long, lazy days by the beach!



An hour from Lisbon is this low-key seaside town. Popular with Portuguese tourists, Sesimbra is perfect if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture. Enjoy its stunning beaches, sweeping cliffs and wild walks.





Nestled among the hills of Serra de Sintra, the town of Sintra is full of historic attractions. Not least among them is the striking lemon-yellow palace called the Palácio Nacional da Pena, a splash of colour among the verdant green surrounds. Pair a visit to this palace with more gothic and sombre Palácio Nacional de Sintra. Then explore all the town has to offer.



Ericeira is both a surfer’s paradise and a perfect destination for a relaxing beachside holiday. Traditional cottages sit alongside trendy cafes and modern attractions is paired with local heritage. This has a real laid-back resort atmosphere.

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