Explore Portugal: Top 5 Day Trips From Lisbon

Top 5 day trips from Lisbon

Portugal's capital, Lisbon, boasts a unique charm with its picturesque streets, historic architecture, and vibrant culture. But venture just a stone's throw away from the bustling city, and you'll find a treasure trove of enchanting destinations waiting to be discovered. From fairytale castles to sun-kissed beaches and ancient towns steeped in history, here are five unforgettable day trips from Lisbon.

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Related: Portugal Travel Guide: Everything You Need To Know

Aerial view of Pena Palace in Sintra, PortugalFreepik

1. Sintra

Distance from Lisbon: Approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles)
How to get there: Take a 40-minute train ride from Lisbon's Rossio Station to Sintra.

This UNESCO World Heritage site is a destination straight out of a storybook. Nestled amidst lush greenery and rolling hills, Sintra is renowned for its romantic palaces, extravagant estates, and mystical forests. Explore Pena Palace, perched atop a hill with its vibrant colors and eclectic architecture. Wander through the intricate gardens of Quinta da Regaleira, which hide secret tunnels. Don't miss the Moorish Castle, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Sintra's charm and beauty make it a must-visit day trip from Lisbon.

Fort Of São João Baptista in Peniche, PortugalUnsplash

2. Peniche

Distance from Lisbon: Approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles)
How to get there: Drive for about an hour or take a bus from Lisbon's Sete Rios Station to Peniche.

Peniche is a coastal gem known for its rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, and world-class surfing. This charming fishing town offers a laid-back atmosphere and stunning natural scenery. Spend your day lounging on the golden sands of Baleal Beach or catching waves at renowned surf spots like Supertubos. Explore the historic center with its picturesque streets, lively markets, and fresh seafood restaurants. For nature enthusiasts, a visit to the Berlengas Archipelago, a protected nature reserve just off the coast of Peniche, is a must.

Cathedral rooftop in Evora, PortugalFreepik

3. Évora

Distance from Lisbon: Approximately 130 kilometers (81 miles)
How to get there: Take a 90-minute train ride from Lisbon's Oriente Station to Évora.

This ancient city, dating back to Roman times, boasts several architectural marvels, including a stunning Roman temple, a Gothic cathedral, and a mesmerizing bone chapel. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the well-preserved old town, lined with whitewashed houses and charming squares. Don't miss the opportunity to sample local delicacies like Alentejo's famous cuisine and wines. With its rich heritage and timeless beauty, Évora offers a captivating glimpse into Portugal's past.

Houses and fortress wall in Obidos, PortugalFreepik

4. Óbidos

Distance from Lisbon: Approximately 85 kilometers (53 miles)
How to get there: Drive for about an hour or take a bus from Lisbon's Campo Grande Station to Óbidos.

Encircled by ancient walls and crowned by a majestic castle, this historic town exudes old-world charm and romance at every turn. Wander through its cobblestone streets lined with colorful houses, artisan shops, and cozy cafés. Explore the imposing castle and walk along the ramparts for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Be sure to visit during the annual Óbidos Medieval Festival in July, when the town comes alive with jousting tournaments, costumed characters, and lively street performances. 

Ocean waves in Comporta, PortugalUnsplash

5. Comporta

Distance from Lisbon: Approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles)
How to get there: Drive for about an hour and a half from Lisbon to Comporta.

Comporta is a hidden gem tucked away along Portugal's pristine coastline. This idyllic beach destination is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, vast sand dunes, and crystal-clear waters. Spend your day soaking up the sun on Comporta Beach, known for its golden sands and azure sea. Explore the surrounding nature reserve, home to diverse wildlife and rare bird species. Indulge in fresh seafood at one of the beachfront restaurants or enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings. With its laid-back vibe and unspoiled landscapes, Comporta offers the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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