3 Beautiful Day Trips from Lisbon

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  • International Travel

  • Portugal

  • Lisbon

  • Beaches

  • Food & Wine

  • Day Trips

  • Local Culture

  • Local Food

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Curator’s statement

The capital Lisbon is known for its historic monuments, great shopping, lively cafes and a buzzing nightlife. Lisbon is a great base for your Portuguese adventure with its special boutique hotels and easy day trips to escape the city. By renting a car or hopping on a train, you can visit beautiful natural parks, wine regions, medieval towns and historical sites.

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Where to stay

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The Ivens, Lisbon, Autograph Collection

Elegant oasis located in a 19th-century Portuguese building with three well-appointed Italian restaurants.

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Palácio Ludovice

Set in what was once the residence of João Frederico Ludovice, this small and stylish luxury hotel is a historical gem located a short walk from Rossio Square.

Torel Palace Lisbon

Located in the heart of Lisbon, Torel Palace is an oasis within the city, featuring a refreshing plunge pool and unique Portuguese gastronomy.

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Day trips from Lisbon

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Day Trips from Lisbon

North: Ericeira is known as “Onde O Mar É Mais Azul” (the place where the sea is bluer). It is a beautiful fishing village to visit for a quick city escape. It is known as being Europe’s first world surfing reserve and surfers travel near and far to enjoy these waves. The town also offers stunning natural landscape, rich Portuguese culture and great seafood restaurants. The best part is that it’s only a 40-minute drive from Lisbon.

East: Visit Evora, the capital city of Alentejo. The best way to travel here is by train and will take you an hour and half. Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage site and because of its historical architecture is known as Portugal’s “Museum City”.

South: The Arrábida Natural Park provides some of the most stunning natural landscapes in Portugal. It is the ideal day trip for visitors looking for beautiful hiking trails, as well as some of the best beaches in Europe including Portinho da Arrábida, Praia do Creiro and Praia dos Galapinhos. I do want to note some of these beaches are a bit harder to access due to steep pathways. The drive along the coast is one of the most scenic routes in Portugal and will take around 40 minutes by car from Lisbon.

Places to eat & drink

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Places to eat & drink in Ericeira

Mar das Latas: Take in the sunset at one of their outside bar tables and order some wine & cheese.

Mar d'Areia: Excellent local spot to have fresh, grilled fish straight from the sea.

La Popular: Wonderful tapas spot run by a Spanish couple.

Places to eat & drink in Evora

Taberna Típica Quarta-feira: Cozy restaurant for local cuisine.

Cartuxa Quinta de Valbom: Beautiful location for olive oil & wine tastings.

Places to eat & drink in Arrábida

Casa Mateus: Come for dinner for typical Portuguese food in Sesimbra.

Need to Know

For more Portugal travel tips, check out this guide to Portugal by Fora Advisor Arlette Diederiks: Nature Getaway to Comporta Portugal.

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