- By Kevin
- On Dec 5, 2017
- Travel Tips
Lisbon city guide about the sights & activities in Lisbon. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal, and is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Western Europe. It is a city that effortlessly blends traditional heritage, with striking modernism and progressive thinking.
Day trip on the Lisbon Beach
For truly unspoilt beaches head to the Serra de Sintra National Park coastline (west of Sintra), a region of outstanding natural beauty but the remoteness requires a rental car. Praia de Guincho is an amazing surfing beach and considered one of the best beaches of Lisbon.
The beaches and resort towns of Lisbon are wonderful, and it is a shame that few foreign tourists consider them for a holiday or an alternative to the overly crowded Algarve. The weather is suitable for spending time on the beach from May until the end of September, if visiting during the winter consider spending a second day Sintra or a visiting Evora.
Mafra and National Palace
Mafra is a small town 25km northeast of Lisbon and is completely dominated by a single building, the magnificent Mafra Palace. This baroque palace has over 1,200 rooms and during its construction almost bankrupted the Portuguese nobility, in-part due to the staggering 45,000 workers who were on the site daily…. What was created was an immensely lavish palace, with beautiful church and vast monastery, surrounded by endless hunting grounds but unfortunately the palace was never liked Portuguese nobility!