Are you planning a trip to Lisbon and want to discover everything this city has to offer? Wait no more! Read below my suggestions for the best Lisbon day trips. Apart from these suggestions I’ll give you others to discover destinations outside Lisbon.
Best Lisbon day trips
The first activity I suggest in this article is, at the same time, one of the best Lisbon day trips. By booking this activity, you’ll have the possibility to explore the beautiful Portuguese capital in a unique 3-hour experience!
Enjoy this activity with a guide that speaks your language and that will take you to some of the must-see places in Lisbon. Explore Alfama and Chiado historic quarters (among others), go to some of the most beautiful viewpoints in the city and admire some of the most wonderful monuments.
The guide will tell you more about Lisbon’s history and its reconstruction after the 1755 earthquake, will talk about the world-famous Portuguese music genre, fado, and will show you the museum and some fado houses located in the historic centre.
Aside from this personalised experience you’ll also have the possibility of riding one of the capital’s typical trams that will take you to most of the points of interest and taste a delicious pastel de nata (an egg tart pastry) and savour a fine wine. Definitely an experience you can’t miss!
This activity will make you discover Lisbon in a very different way! Most of the people are used to admire the city from the inside but, if you book this activity, you’ll have the chance to contemplate Lisbon from the outside, by sailing Tagus river.
This 2-hour activity is done aboard a luxury yacht that offers all the comfort one could ask. You’ll have the possibility to enjoy the calm waters of Tagus river while admiring some of the historic quarters of the Portuguese capital and other points of interest like Belém Tower, the bridge Ponte 25 de Abril and the square Praça do Comércio.
One of the things that makes this cruise more special is the fact that it takes place during sunset, making this experience one to remember!
In this electric bike tour you’ll get to know some of the most beautiful historic quarters in Lisbon, in an experience you won’t forget! Know that, before you start the activity, you’ll get basic safety instructions so that everything goes well during this 2.5-hour tour.
During this activity, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide so that you learn some of Lisbon’s history apart from exploring the streets, admiring the monuments and enjoying the views from amazing viewpoints.
This is, definitely, one of the Lisbon tours you must consider since it will be a different way of exploring the historic quarters of Alfama, Mouraria and Graça and much more.
If you still haven’t clicked on the links from the above-mentioned activities, then you can choose below the one(s) you want to book!
Best Lisbon day trips (surrounding area)
Many people book activities to explore the surrounding area of the Portuguese capital. The reasons why this happens is because this way you don’t have to hire a car to go to certain places. In addition, you’ll be accompanied by guides that know the region very well.
Below, discover my suggestions to explore amazing places relatively close to Lisbon!
Leaving from the avenue Avenida da Liberdade in Lisbon, this is definitely one of the favourite tours for people who want to explore the beautiful town of Sintra, Cabo da Roca and Cascais.
This magnificent 8-hour tour starts in Sintra, one of the most beautiful locations in Portugal. Here, you’ll be dazzled by the beauty of Pena Park with its amazing trees and caves as well as Pena National Palace, a fairy-tale location!
While you explore this place, you’ll learn more about its history since you’ll be accompanied by an experienced guide throughout the tour. The following stop is the historic centre and there you can use your free time to discover the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira or Sintra National Palace.
Next, you’ll leave towards the westernmost point of continental Europe, Cabo da Roca, where you can admire the cliffs and the beautiful lighthouse. Lastly, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know the beautiful bay of Cascais. This is definitely one of the best Lisbon day trips you could ask for!
Do you have a fascination for the Knights Templar and medieval cities, towns and castles? Then this 8-hour tour is perfect for you!
Leave Lisbon and go discover the wonderful small city of Tomar. Be amazed by the historic centre, a cross-shaped location with a convent in each of the cardinal points and the magnificent church Igreja de São João Baptista at the centre, in the square Praça da República.
The convent you surely won’t want to miss is the Convent of Christ (Convento de Cristo), a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and a remarkable building in Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance styles. Discover this place that was once the headquarters of the Knights Templar in Portugal!
By booking this day trip, you’ll also have the opportunity to go to one of the most beautiful Portuguese castles, located on a small island in the middle of Tagus river – Almourol Castle. While you’re there, you can enjoy the wonderful landscape of this area, just 6 km away from the beautiful town of Constância.
Leaving from Lisbon, this 8-hour tour will take you across the beautiful Tagus river and to the amazing Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, a place where you can admire the lush landscape and much more!
Discover the authentic paradise just a few minutes from the Portuguese capital. Here, you can admire nature at its best, where amazing beaches are protected by the lush slopes of the mountain range and where the 16th century Convent of Nossa Senhora da Arrábida hides.
During this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to go to the cape Cabo Espichel where you can admire the sanctuary and the amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean. Palmela and Setúbal castles are also places you’ll want to discover as well as the beautiful towns of Azeitão and Sesimbra.
You should also know that you’ll have the possibility to choose from a 3-hour cruise to watch dolphins or, if it is summer, spend some time at the idyllic beaches you’ll find there.
In this 8-hour experience, your destination will be the amazing city of Évora and its beautiful historic centre, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is truly a “city-museum” and there are lots of points of interest to discover.
As part of this experience, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the majestic Évora Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Portugal. Built between the 12th and 13th centuries, this cathedral has features from both the Romanesque and Gothic styles as well as others that came afterwards.
Enjoy your tour in the city of Évora and discover the magnificent Roman Temple, the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos) located at the Church of São Francisco, the Água de Prata Aqueduct and lose yourself in the streets that lead to the beautiful square Praça do Giraldo.
But this tour still has a few more surprises for you, more specifically a trip to the town of Arraiolos, a location known for its tapestry, and a visit to a winery where you can savour wine and olive oil. This is definitely one of the best Lisbon day trips!
Did you like these suggestions for Lisbon day trips? Then don’t wait any longer and choose one of the experiences so that you can have a wonderful day away from the Portuguese capital.
But don’t worry! If none of these Lisbon day trips convinced you, then know that I have some more suggestions so that you can fully enjoy this wonderful region. Choose below the one(s) that most suit you.
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