The Lisbon Coast is one of Europe’s increasingly popular tourist destinations, with Portugal’s relaxed atmosphere and superb weather making it a great choice for travellers. There is much more to the region than the city of Lisbon itself, with some of the finest beaches and golf courses on the planet to be found in this part of the world.
For anyone planning to stay in Lisbon Coast hotels, here are eight of the top things to do.
Golf is without a doubt one of the top attractions of Lisbon Coast holidays and there is a huge choice for those who want to spend their break out on the course. Among the very best golf courses on the Lisbon Coast are Praia D’El Ray and Oitavos Golf Club, but with dozens to choose from, there is no chance of getting bored. The Estoril Golf Coast alone has quality golf courses within a short drive of each other and is a fantastic place to start.
The city of Lisbon is certainly among the best attractions of this part of the world, with the Portuguese capital having something for everyone. One of Europe’s oldest cities, Lisbon has a vast array of historic and cultural sites to explore and it is easily possible to spend multiple days here without seeing everything it has to offer.
Rich architecture can be spotted all over the city, while museums such as the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and Museu Nacional do Traje e da Moda should be on any holidaymaker’s agenda.
Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery are the city’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and also worth a visit.
The Lisbon Coast has some of the best beaches in Europe, if not in the world, and anyone staying in Lisbon Coast hotels has a huge range to choose from. Among the best in the region are the Praia do Guincho and Carcavelos beaches, although with dozens of superb sandy shores to explore, it is perhaps advisable for tourists to find their own favourites.
Many of the top Lisbon Coast beaches are also Blue Flag accredited, so visitors can be assured that they are very safe and clean places in which to spend a few hours.
Lisbon Coast has a reputation as one of the best locations in the world for water sports, with surfing one of the many top activities on offer in the region. Guincho is the surfing capital of the world and this is where the World Surfing Championships take place.
Windsurfing and sailing are also increasingly popular among people staying in Lisbon Coast hotels, while fishing on the area’s rivers and lakes is another excellent way to spend a day. Canoeing is also on offer, and there are many schools and courses available for beginners.
The Lisbon Coast is a paradise for nature lovers, and birdwatchers will find this to be one of the best places in the world for their favourite pastime. The Tejo estuary reserve is fantastic for walking and with facilities such as the Sintra National Forest and the Arrabida and Sintra-Cascais National Parks, there is plenty to explore during holidays on the Lisbon Coast.
Horse riding is another of the top outdoor activities on offer for people visiting this amazing region.
Cabo da Roca Lighthouse
The westernmost point of mainland Europe, the Cabo da Roca Lighthouse is the perfect place to spend an evening and watch the sun go down. With the unforgettable sunset providing memories that will be cherished for a lifetime, this is one of the most romantic locations to visit during a Lisbon Coast holiday. The lighthouse is just a short drive from Cascais and the views here are truly incredible; make sure you don’t forget to take your camera along with you.
The Lisbon Coast is home to many wonderful fishing villages, but one of the most popular with tourists is Sesimbra. Fresh seafood is available at many of Sesimbra’s homely restaurants and its blue bay is perfect for photographs. The position of Sesimbra at the base of the Arrabida makes it one of the most picturesque locations in the area.
The Lisbon Coast is full of many important historic sites, with Obidos one of the most popular for those staying in Lisbon Coast hotels. Visitors can spend time at the local lagoon – the Lagoa de Óbidos – and enjoy the stunning views across many vineyards. Obidos is also home to a magnificent castle, whilst terracotta-roofed homesteads make this a picture-perfect Portuguese gem.