While in Lisbon I did a daytrip to Pena, Sintra and Cascais, you can book this trip from any hotel or hostel as a half day trip or a full day trip. I took the half day trip but the trick is that it can save you money. Most people they go for the full day trip, so when a minivan arrived at my hotel to pick me up, the driver told me that since I was the only one who booked the half day tour, he will let me do the full day trip with the rest of the people on this tour at no extra charge. So I payed for half day excursion and got the full day, great deal for me and at the end of the trip I gave the driver some extra tip. Don’t know if this always works but I think it would be crazy for him to drive back to Lisbon to drop me off and then go back to do the rest of the tour with all the others.
The first visit in the cloudy and foggy morning was the Pena Palace. The colors and architecture of this palace which is situated in the middle of a park up hill makes this place look like it comes out of children’s fairy tale book.
Palacio da Pena – try to find me 🙂
View from the Palace
In the town of Sintra, I visited the Sintra National Palace with its big twin chimney’s and walked around the main square, had a lunch there and checked out the many souvenir shops in the narrow steeply streets.
The Sintra National Palace
Main square in Sintra
The steeply streets with restaurants and souvenir shops
In the afternoon the sun came out and the fog and clouds disappeared, great moment to go to Cascais and visit Cabo da Roca and Boca do Inferno on our way.
Cabo da Roca is the most Western point of the European continent.
Cabo da Roca monument
Monument that says it’s the most Western point of Portugal and Europe
Cliffs at Cabo da Roca
Near Cascais is Boca do Inferno (Hell’s mouth). The Seawater slams into the rocky caves, it’s a popular place that attracts many visitors.
Boca do Inferno
Finally I arrived in the city of Cascais to enjoy the beach, watch the fisherman bringing in their catch of the day. Portugal is the place to be if you want to eat good fish, it’s what I’ve heard but then again I’m not a big fish eater so what do I know. To know you have to try it for yourself here in Cascais.
many people at the beach on this beautiful day in Cascais
Fishermen arriving in the port of Cascais
nice catch ! From the sea to the restaurant 🙂
The port of Cascais