5 Great Day Trips From Lisbon

From palaces to fishing huts and beaches to vineyards, Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon can arrange day trips that show off the many faces of Portugal.

Feb 6, 2012
  • Sintra’s Moorish Castle in Lisbon
  • Lisbon's Ribeira d’Ilhas Beach
  • Alentejo’s Main Plaza, Praca do Giraldo
  • Vineyard in Azeitao, Lisbon
  • Beach of Comporta in Lisbon
Day Trip #1: Mountain Castles at Sintra
Just an hour outside Lisbon, Sintra offers a fairy-tale landscape of lush green mountains topped by magnificent palaces and royal retreats. The first castles were built here by the Moors in the eighth and ninth centuries. When Sintra became the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family, the town attracted wealthy aristocrats who built huge mansions and villas, reflecting architectural styles from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Be sure to visit the Pena National Palace with its ice-cream-coloured towers and turrets—befitting a storybook princess. See Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes for additional details.
Photography Robert Miller/Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Day Trip #2: World Surfing Reserve at Ericeira
Ericeira is a lively resort town perched on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. On the shore, you’ll find Europe’s first World Surfing Reserve, a 4-km (2.5-mile) stretch of outstanding natural surf breaks. It’s one of only a handful of international protected surf reserves—joining Malibu and Santa Cruz, California, and Manly, Australia. Within the reserve lies Ribeira d’Ilhas Beach, one of Europe’s best surfing beaches and host to the ASP World Tour Surf Championship. See Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes for additional details.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Day Trip #3: Quaint Country Towns at Alentejo
For a laid-back day in the country, head east to the region of Alentejo, known as Portugal’s Tuscany. The gently rolling plains are dominated by vineyards and olive groves, and the baking sun inspires a slower pace of life. Explore the tiny walled village of Monsaraz, straight out of medieval times, or visit Vila Viçosa, a whole town constructed from nearly all local white marble. A must-see highlight is Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, widely considered one of Portugal’s most picturesque towns. See Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes for additional details.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Day Trip #4: Famous Portuguese Wineries at Azeitão
Travel an hour southeast of Lisbon and you’ll discover one of Portugal’s most important wine regions, focused around the charming villages of Azeitão. Enjoy a tour and tasting at Bacalhôa Wines, an innovative winery located in a royal estate dating back to the 15th century. Another delicious destination is José Maria da Fonseca, creator of Moscatel de Setubal, the sweet fortified wine, and also known for Periquita, a more versatile table wine with fruity, spicy character. It’s the perfect day trip for wine collectors! See Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes for additional details.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotles and Resorts
Day Trip #5: Wild Natural Beaches at Comporta
A favourite hideaway for Princess Caroline of Monaco and Christian Louboutin, Comporta is gaining a reputation as Lisbon’s trendiest—and most chilled-out—summer beach retreat. The soft, powdery sands are wild and natural, and a rustic bohemian vibe abounds. Find a deserted spot to call your own and indulge in the serious art of relaxation—from playing cards on the sand to savouring the grilled catch of the day in a waterfront fish shack. See Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes for additional details.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

With shopping, museums and galleries, Lisbon’s city centre can keep you very busy. But be sure to save a few days for exploring the nearby countryside. In just an hour or two, you can discover completely different worlds.

You can learn about five multifaceted day trips in the new city guide, Lisbon Through Four Seasons Eyes, produced by Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.


10 Comments about 5 Great Day Trips From Lisbon

  1. Linds says:

    Spent a day in Sintra in May 2013 – definitely plan on spending the full day there, it is soooo well worth it. It was such a magical day, and we had so much fun taking pictures at both the castle and the palace. Bring a good camera and extra battery. One of my favorite trips yet!

  2. John Smith says:

    I visited Lisbon last month (November) and joined a day trip do Sintra with a local tour company: (www.lisbonhost.com) Loved the day! The guide was extremely helpful, exciting and joyful. Had a great day and tottally reccomend.


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  4. Susan Hartman says:

    My husband and I will be staying at the Four Seasons, Lisbon and have reservations for
    September 29, 2013-October 2, 2013. We are interested in a day trip to Sintra. Would you please give us specifics about this trip such as what we will see, how long will the trip be, and how much it will cost? Thank you very much.
    Susan Hartman

  5. Vicky says:

    I spent a day in Sintra (as a side trip from Lisbon) and truly say that it really is magical. Great photo!

  6. Orlando González Arias says:

    A visit to Vila Viçosa requires at least an over-night stay in the local Pousada, a historic hotel near the town´s main square.

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