Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, is called the seven hills' city and is known for its incredible light. It has been named one of the top five sunniest cities on the continent, bathed by the Tagus river, striking architecture, and delicious food. Lisbon is home to many of the country's most splendid buildings and landmarks. Steep hills, yellow trams, and blue-and-white tiles will catch your eyes instantaneously. The streets breathe history, and every corner has something fascinating to tell. The Jeronimos Monastery, the 14th-century St. George's Castle are examples you cannot miss. You can climb up to viewing points called "miradouros" and terraces with amazing panoramic views. Europe's largest aquarium is worth a visit due to its perfect picture of ocean wildlife. You'll leave Lisbon with unforgettable memories if you visit a typical Fado house and feel the nostalgia that this type of music brings. This musical genre is registered on the UNESCO's World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Many European capitals can envy Lisbon for its vibrant nightlife. Bairro Alto is the spot to go. Portugal is renowned for its pastry and Lisbon for the sweet, soft eggy confection known as Pastéis de Nata.
To the west of Lisbon lies the mysterious Sintra, a verdant cultural landscape declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage site with its mystical forests crowned with castles, palaces, and grand mansions. Taking a ride on a horse-pulled carriage and gazing at the marvelous manor-houses as one heads to Pena Palace is the perfect experience that epitomizes this magical place. It has an endless variety of exotic trees, subtropical plants, and shrubs imported in the 19th Century. Besides, it offers spectacular views across the coastline. The beaches of the Sintra/Colares region, including Praia da Adraga, on Sintra's coastline, are visited by many locals, scattered across the sand. Several characteristic rocks give it its personality, combining the mountains with the beach landscape.
Sunny Cascais, a chic seaside resort, is also located a mere 15 km west of Lisbon. This lively town boasts several sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, and championship golf courses, as well as a world-class marina. The renowned beach Guincho located near Cascais, is known for its high waves that attract windsurfers from all around the world. To the east of Cascais, you'll find Estoril with its famous casino and trendy nightlife.
Heading south across the Tagus river, about 20 minutes' drive from Lisbon, you'll find the Costa da Caparica that features some of the very best beaches within Lisbon. A natural reserve and 13 kilometers coastline board Aroeira Golf Resort, 350 hectares area surrounded by pine trees. White sandy beaches and beautiful cliffs are the delight of all beachgoers, windsurfers, kitesurfers, and fishing enthusiasts.
Serra da Arrábida and picturesque villages of Sesimbra and Meco are also worth visiting for their natural splendor. Don't miss Troia and Comporta, located on natural reserves and surrounded by kilometers of unspoiled sandy beaches backed up by dunes and ochre cliffs, considered the best in the Lisbon region. In terms of gastronomy, the Southern part of Lisbon is where you'll find the most freshly caught fish with an abundance of seafood. Cheese made from ewe's milk in Azeitão and wines produced in Palmela are internationally renowned for their high quality.