9-13 of October
Let’s visit the beautiful Southern part of Portugal: the magical palaces, gardens and castles of Sintra; the picturesque coves and beaches of Cascais; and the city of Lisbon, where we will spend 3 nights.
Day 1. October 9
Valencia – Madrid – Lisbon
We will leave Valencia in the morning with AVE and spend the whole day discovering Madrid. We’ll walk through Parque de Retiro, visit the centre of the city and Porta del Sol, go to the Royal Palace and take a walk in Jardines de Sabatini. In the evening we’ll take the Renfe Lusitania trainhotel and the next morning we’ll already be in Lisbon.
Day 2. October 10
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 3. October 11
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 4. October 12
Since it is impossible to visit all the attractions of Sintra in one day we will return there after a day on the coast. The activities of the day will depend on what we do during the first visit, but the initial plan is to visit Castelo dos Mouros and Palacio de Pena on the first day and leave Quinta da Regaleira and Monasterio de Monserrate till second. All of that while walking through charming parks and gardens, abundant in the area.
Day 5. October 13
Even though the apartment we will stay in is in Lisbon, we will dedicate the fifth 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 go to the airport and take the direct flight to Valencia.
We will stay in a hotel next to Marquês de Pombal metro station. The facilities offer a patio, washing machine and outdoor dining area. The hotel is also only 20 minute walking from train station, which will be useful to get to Sintra and Cascais.