One of my favorite things about Lisbon (although there are many) is the city’s public transportation system. It’s so easy to explore neighboring towns and landmarks off of the Metropolitano de Lisboa and is actually extremely affordable as well.
Although there are many other trips accessible from the city, I’m giving you all of the details on my top three recommendations for day trips from Lisbon.
Cascais (pictured above & below) – If you’re looking for a mini beach getaway under an hour train ride from Lisbon, this is the spot. You can grab the metro from Cais do Sodre to the Cascais stop. The train station is only a short walk from the city center and the beaches.
This was by far one of my favorite stops on our trip. We had a great time walking around, exploring the quaint town and enjoying some much-needed beach time. There are so many beautiful things to see here, whether you’re walking on the main strip or exploring hidden streets. If you’re looking to grab some lunch, I recommend the Jardim dos Frangos. It may look a bit touristy, but the food was actually very good! I recommend the octopus and the half chicken.
Sintra (pictured above & below) – Only around a 45 minute train ride from the Rossio metro stop in Lisbon, this is an essential day trip if you’re staying in the area. While I debated whether or not to visit Pena Palace or the Castle of Moors in Sintra, we went with the road less traveled, the Castle of Moors. If you’re planning to visit, I highly recommend putting on your walking shoes because there are tons of stone stairs that you’ll need to climb.
While there are buses that you can pay to take you up to the castle, we of course chose to take the long route and walked up, which I would not recommend. The route is a bit confusing, with no clear signs so it took us a bit longer to get there than expected.
After we explored the beautiful castle, we walked a few minutes over to Pena Palace to check it out. While we thought about going in, it was significantly more crowded than the castle and was more expensive so we opted it.
We then had an Uber pick us up and he actually recommended a spot for lunch – Natalia. Though it ended up being about a 15 minute walk from town, I’d highly recommend stopping here for a bite.
Estoril (pictured below) – The closest of the three day trips, Estoril is a quick 25 minute train ride from Cais de Sodre and is one of the local Lisboa beach spots – think what the Hamptons is to NYC. We headed here in the early afternoon and spent our day lounging on the beach and catching the last of our rays in Portugal. If you’re looking for a convenient beach trip, this is it. Food and drinks are a bit pricey, but the views of the Atlantic and the convenience of the trip from Lisbon is worth it.