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If you’re planning on travelling to Lisbon and want to explore the most beautiful places closest to the city, we leave you with the top 6 places you definitely can’t miss out on!
Know that near the city there are charming places that should be on your bucket list of tours to go on while in Portugal.
With very particular weather, Sintra mountains are mystically surrounded by a mist that frequently roams throughout the entire natural park. Within this charming scenery, it’s mandatory that you visit Quinta da Regaleira and discover all the symbols hidden in its gardens and statues. If you climb to the top of the mountains, you will find Palácio Nacional da Pena (palace) and, at the top, you will find Castelo dos Mouros (castle). For the return journey, don’t forget to take with you the region’s traditional delicacy, the famous queijadinhas de Sintra.
- Serra da Arrábida
Arrábida mountains are part of the Arrábida natural park and are one of the largest natural treasures in Portugal. Extending from Setúbal to Sesimbra, this natural park follows the seashore. Here, the mountains and the beach come together in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. For those in search of a unique summer experience, we proudly suggest Galapinhos beach, considered Europe’s best beach, by the European Best Destinations in 2017.
The importance of the sea is truly felt in Sesimbra. This fishing village stretches from the slope of Arrábida mountains to the beach and its shore is much appreciated by those who love walking. The Castelo de Sesimbra (castle) rises up from the landscape and for those adventurers who dare to reach it on foot, be aware that it requires a good physical preparation, but also that the view from the top is amazing and the climb totally worth it.
The town of Cascais is located a few minutes from Lisbon, between the sea and the mountains. Its unique location gives it a privileged identity and is frequently referred to as the Portuguese Riviera. In its historical centre you can visit Palácio da Cidadela (palace), a place that was the summer retreat for Portuguese royalty. If you’re a fan of art, Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (museum) is a great suggestion that shouldn’t be missed.
The town of Óbidos is known for its medieval setting, preserving the walls of its castle until today. The narrow streets, between the white houses, form a web that lead their visitors to all town’s nooks and crannies. Here, events such as the International the Chocolate Festival and the Christmas Market are organised every year. If you visit Óbidos, don’t forget to taste the famous Ginjinha in a chocolate cup, a combination of typical local flavours.
Peniche is a town with a strong connection to the sea, where the fishing tradition is alive. Its privileged geographic position and the beauty of the local beaches turn Peniche into an excellent touristic attraction in the summer. Located a few kilometres from the shore is a small natural treasure, the Berlengas archipelago, which you can visit by boat. For those that prefer to stay on dry land, there are other historical attractions such as the Forte de Peniche (fort) and the Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (sanctuary).
All these places will amaze you during your trip to Portugal!
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