9-13 of October
Let’s visit the beautiful Southern part of Portugal: the city of Lisbon, where we will spend the nights; picturesque coves and beaches of Cascais; and magical palaces and castles of Sintra.
There is a possibility of using a train as the only mode of transportation in this trip. This has several advantages: it is more eco-friendly, cheaper and more comfortable, plus you get to enjoy some scenery. There are daily trainhotel service from Madrid to Lisbon, therefore we can enjoy travelling without actually losing time. Renfe Lusitania
Day 1. October 9
Valencia – Madrid – Lisbon
If we go by train we can leave Valencia in the morning with AVE and spend the whole day discovering Madrid. We’ll learn some things about the history of Madrid and visit several places of cultural interest, such as Plaza Mayor, Paseo del Prado, el Parque de Retiro. In the evening we’ll take the trainhotel and the next morning we’ll already be in Lisbon.
Day 2. October 10
Cascais, a former fishing village, is a small coastal town located just 30 kilometers from Lisbon. Since the beginning of the 20th century it has been a destination for artists and aristocrats (among them, the Spanish royal family during their exile). Today Cascais is one of the most visited places near Lisbon and has the best atmosphere.
We will take the train from Lisbon to Estoril in the morning, and then walk along the promenade to Cascais. There we walk around the old town and have lunch and then go to see the cliffs of Boca do Inferno. In the afternoon we will return to Lisbon by train.
More info: Lisboando.com
Day 3. October 11
Located about 30 kilometers from the city of Lisbon, Sintra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. A perfect place to escape from the city and burn the calories, gained by eating cod and Pastéis de Belém, following its routes (although in Sintra they also make two kinds of sweet temptations: queijadas and travesseiros).
The remains of Castelo dos Mouros, dating from the eighth century, show the presence of the Arabs in the area at some point in history. Inside the Palacio da Pena, which is an example of Romanticism, you can see how its inhabitants lived as they are represented in the rooms. If the curiosity about the architecture of the ‘jet set’ is still present: the Monserrate palace or Quinta da Regaleira are two mandatory stops.
More info: EscapadaRural.es
Day 4. October 12
Even though the apartment we will stay in is in Lisbon, we will dedicate the fourth day of the trip to fully explore the beauty of Portugal’s capital city. There are lots of things to see in Lisbon: we will walk around the old quarters, go up São Pedro de Alcântara and Senhora do Monte lookout points to contemplate the views, take the famous Lisbon tram and, of course, indluge in trying out some local cuisine.
In the evening we’ll take the trainhotel again and will be back in Madrid by Sunday morning.
Day 5. October 13
Madrid – Valencia
We can take the AVE train on Sunday morning and be in Valencia by early afternoon or spend another day in Madrid.
Our accomodation is an apartment in the centre of Lisbon, just 800m from the castle. There are 4 rooms, which allow 8 people to sleep inside, kitchen, washing machine and a bathroom. In case we want to have breakfast/dinner in the apartment – the possibility is always there.