Last June I spent 72 hours in the country of Portugal, which I know that isn’t enough for this extremely gorgeous and warm place, but I tried to get the best of it.
Lisbon is truly an amazing hilly city, tremendously different from what I’ve seen to this day. It really has that special vibe, colorful architecture, great food and extremely friendly people. And let’s not forget about quite cheaper prices than the rest of the Europe.
Even though I had only 3 days in Lisbon, I realized that I can not miss the opportunity to see the coast of the Atlantic ocean, especially the western-most point of the Europe – Cabo da Roca, which is located less than one hour from the capital. So If you ever find yourself in Lisbon, and I hope you will, you cannot miss this short day trip!
HOW TO GET THERE?
I’ll show you how to get to each location! This was my route:
Lisbon – Cascais – Cabo da Roca – Sintra – Lisbon
Cascais is situated just 30km to the west of Lisbon, and it’s a pretty, petite Portuguese town. It has interesting historical tourist attractions, and gorgeous sandy ocean beaches , where you can rest from walking through the hilly streets of Lisbon. You can easily get there by the Cascais urban railway. To catch the train, that usually goes every 20 minutes, you have to get to the Cais de Sodre train station. TIP: Try to get to your place on the left side of the train, because the train goes all the way along the ocean and you can enjoy in a wonderful view. It’s amazing.
After spending two hours here, I headed for the location I was most excited about – Cabo da Roca. As I said, it is the western-most point of the continental Europe, and it is a can’t-miss-location in Portugal. It is located on an exceptionally high cape, 140 meters above the Atlantic ocean. This dramatic landscape with huge waves crushing into the cliffs makes this place magical. There is nothing but pure nature and a lighthouse to see there. Reasonably, it gets extremely windy there, even in the summer, so bring one more layer of clothes.
Famous Portuguese poet Luís de Camões described this place as ‘Where the lands ends, and the sea begins’
You can get there by taking the bus number 403 from Cascais, the bus station is very close to the bus station.
After spending some time here, I took the same bus just in front of this place, and headed to Sintra, a picturesque fairy tale. Usually people say that you need a full day or even two to visit Sintra, which is fine, if you are into castles and history. Unfortunately, I arrived a bit late, so I didn’t got the chance to visit everything of it, but I truly recommend it.
You could see interesting colorful castles, including Moorish Castle, gardens and parks…
From Sintra you can easily catch the train back to Lisbon, which will leave you to the other train station – Rossio.
Portugal has so many things to offer, and I really hope I’ll get back soon! I’ll probably write a whole post about Lisbon only. What are your thoughts about this country?
Thanks for reading,