Take the long way home
Sintra should be on your list and to find out all about it and get some inspiration, head over to our Sintra post. If you plan your trip to Sintra from Lisbon it is well worth including Cabo da Roca and Cascais on your return journey to the city. There’s a regular bus (No. 403) that plies this route and gives you an opportunity to stand on the westernmost point of mainland Europe and admire the staggering beauty of Portugal’s coastline. We spent a good deal of time here admiring the lighthouse and walking the cliff-side trail. We just couldn’t take our eyes off the crashing waves over a hundred feet below and rolling along the coast seemingly forever.
When the next bus came we had to drag ourselves away from the view but we knew we had more to look forward to. The route continues through pretty little towns and rolling countryside onto the beautiful seaside town of Cascais where you can stroll on the beach, watch pro surfers riding the waves and tuck into delicious seafood in one of the waterfront restaurants for the sunset.
We were so busy watching the surfers and paddling our feet that we didn’t spend any time walking the streets of the old town! By the time the sun was beginning to lower onto the horizon we had worked up a good appetite and serious thirst so we headed to Azimut Bar & Restaurant and picked a table right on the boardwalk.
It was the perfect setting for a final farewell to this part of Portugal and left us with a serious hankering to return and spend more time.
It didn’t take us long to stroll to the train station and we were right on time to buy our tickets back to Lisbon from the efficient and very user-friendly kiosks (language options available). The train hugged the coast and in the dying light we could just make out many more stunning beaches we would have loved to stop off at if we had more time.
Alas, we only had time to get back to the city, check into our accommodation and grab a quick bite before resting our happy heads to face the early flight home next morning. We found it so easy to use the public transport in and around Lisbon that we feel sure when we eventually come back it will be for longer and we will definitely explore more.