Section 9 - Lisbon Region

Lisboa / Azenhas do Mar


You can get to Lisbon by boat (operated by Transtejo) or train (performed by Fertagus). The first landing option is done in Cais do Sodré and the second one in Campolide train station.

You can perform the reverse path if you are to follow to Section 8. In this case you take the train in Campolide station or the boat in Cais do Sodré station.


Lisbon provides unique and unforgettable experiences to anyone that visits the city. From the top of its hills through the viewpoints you can admire the city in its extent, and the 25 de Abril Bridge and ferries crossing the Tejo River.

Lisbon is a city rich in historic, cultural and built heritage. There are some essential sites that simply cannot be missed like the Terreiro do Paço along the river, the Baixa Pombalina and its squares and monuments, the Santa Justa Elevator, the São Jorge Castle and the religious buildings such as the Convent do Carmo and the Cathedral.

To visit the city and its historic neighborhoods – Alfama, Mouraria, Graça, Bairro Alto, Bica – tram is recommended, the 28 is the most popular. These neighbourhoods are the best places to hear Fado and in Alfama you can do a visit to the Fado Museum to find out more about the history of this Portuguese musical style.

It is recommended a walk through the busy streets of Chiado, go shopping and see the Portuguese sidewalk and the existing churches and a visit to Eduardo VII Park, the biggest park in the city.

Before continuing the route it is recommended a visit to Parque das Nações, in the eastern part of the city, located in the Natural Reserve of Tejo Estuary and where you can walk around the parks and gardens and visit the Oceanarium.

At Cais do Sodré it is recommended to visit the Ribeira Market that merges the traditional market with a restaurant area.

Further ahead the National Museum of Ancient Art invites you to a visit as well as the Oriente Museum.

Shortly after the Electricity Museum comes Belém. This region is located in the western part of the city and has a great historic and cultural heritage. To visit here: the Palace near to the famous pastry shop (where the Pastel de Belém is sold), Jerónimos Monastery, Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the Tower. You can also enjoy the view from the terrace of the Cultural Centre of Belém. About the museums Nacional dos Coches,  Marinha, Planetário Calouste Gulbenkian, Colecção Berardo and Combatentes are places to visit.

At Algés you can visit the Vasco da Gama Aquarium. The beaches – Santo Amaro, Torre, Carcavelos, S. Pedro do Estoril and Estoril beaches  begin here and extend along the coastline until Cascais.

From Cruz Quebrada forward it is advisable to board on the train (CP) and go on a trip through the line and enjoy the scenery until Carcavelos (Cascais).

Cascais begins at the mouth of the Tejo River and extends to Guincho with the backdrop of the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais. In this region in addition to the beaches you must also visit the village and the Fortress of Cidadela-Cascais where is the Artillery Museum, and the Boca do Inferno. The Guincho Beach is located in an area of dunes and given its characteristics is greatly sought by those who appreciate windsurf.

The route continues along the coast and Sintra begins. This region has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage under the Cultural Landscape Category. Before continuing the route it is recommended a visit to the village and to the Sintra Mountain, places with a natural and cultural landscape of great value. As places to visit there is the Village National Palace, the Quinta da Regaleira, the Moorish Castle, the Pena National Palace, the Seteais Palace, the Monserrate Palace and Convent of Capuchos. Before you leave the village you must try the typical cakes called queijadas and travesseiros.

Continuing the route you get to the Cabo da Roca. It is located 100 metres above the sea and is the westernmost point on the European mainland where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean and Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais.

Further on there are some beaches until Praia Grande known for its conditions for surfing and where you can see dinosaur’s footprints marked in the rocks.

The section ends in Azenhas do Mar, a picturesque village built on the rock.

 


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  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Information
  • Bike Shops
  • Accommodation - Campsite
  • Accommodation - Youth Hostels
  • Accommodation - Hotel
  • Transport - Train
  • Safety
  • Hospital/Health Center
  • Pharmacy