Travel tips

Lisbon coast

With its stunning 1800 kilometer (1 118 miles) coastline, Portugal is the ultimate getaway holiday destination for beach lovers of all sorts. The waves of the Atlantic Ocean are ideal for surfing and other watersports while the sandy beaches provide perfect surroundings for a family holiday. Moreover Portugal is known for its famously rich cuisine which has been greatly influenced by the numerous expeditions to Asia, Africa and South-America. No wonder the most western point of continental Europe is one of its most popular tourist spots.

Capital of Portugal is Lisbon - the only European capital to be this near to sandy beaches. Lisbon’s beaches extend along four different coastlines: you can pick from nice family-friendly beaches with quality services to more pristine ones, often seeked by the surfers. Lisbon’s weather offers warmth and sun year-round - from april to september it is safe to expect a minimum of + 20c with four months over +25c. The beach season lasts from May to September.

Lisbon is a great destination for people of all ages. Whereas the beaches are full of adventures for the little ones to play around with, the culture and cuisine (not forgetting the beautiful wines) of the cosmopolitan city offer a unique set of experiences all within the reach of public transportation. Hopping on a tram is a fun and easy way to go around and feel the atmosphere of the lively international city full of sights to see. Lisbon is a centre of culture and activity that combines the best elements of both, the beach and city holidays making it the perfect destination for all travelers from backpackers to families.

1. Hit the beach. 

Along the railway from Lisbon to Cascais you can find several beaches, like Praia de Carcavelos, that are also preferred by the locals and surfers yet they have great tourist facilities. Costa da Caparica has a 15 kilometer long coastline that combines chilled beaches with trendy bar scene.

2. Day trip to the small town of Cascais 

Easily reached with train, in Cascais you can find smaller beaches and a variety of quality boutiques. Traditionally a fishing village, Cascais has some of the nicest restaurants and cafes. Specially recommended is the fresh seafood. A popular sight is the natural curiosity of Boca do inferno, the Jaws of Hell, An inlet surrounded by steep rocks and caves.

3. Visit the old town of Bairro Alto

Offering beautiful architecture by day and lively nightlife scene during the night, this Lisbon city’s central district is a must-see. Full of luxury shops and restaurants there for sure is a lot to choose from - Bairro Alto has over 250 bars and changes drastically from between day and night. During the day you can enjoy cultural sights such as the historical church of Carmo Convent.

4. Lisbon Oceanarium

is Europe’s second largest aquarium and world’s largest salt water Oceanarium. With its 450 species and 16 000 individuals, in Oceanário de Lisboa you’ll experience the marine life’s colourful depths like never before. Sharks, seahorses, stingrays, barracudas - you name it! A must-go for families.