Lisbon. Portuguese Riviera and Silver Coast
Lisbon appears to his guests as a city full of contrasts: friendly and discreet, modern and ancient, calm and noisy. It’s always a pleasure to walk around the streets, drop by to one of the cosy cafes and stay there, watching the passing locals. One of the most greatest routes the city can offer is a simple ride on a regular tram that will bring you to the most interesting places, such as, for example, the route that passes the steep ascents of Alfama quarter.
Of course, Lisbon deserves a separate story - so many interesting stories can be told about its past and present: starting from remarkable architectural monuments through its unique atmosphere and incredible Portuguese phenomenon - Fado, to the most famous "pastel de Belem" - the most delicious local sweets, which the capital is also well known for. Nevertheless, besides that, we can do nothing but mention the other outstanding places.
The most privileged touristic destination in Portugal is situated in only 10 km from Lisbon. The Estoril Coast stretches its white sand beaches along the azure-blue oceanfront from Carcavelos to Guincho. The coast is also well known as "the land of two springs" due to its climate: hot in summer, but mild and sunny during the rest of the year.
Luxurious villas and five-star hotels, surrounded by eucalyptus groves and golden sandy beaches, represent Lisbon Riviera. Despite a large variety of day excursions Lisbon Riviera is widely known by its fascinating nightlife. Holidays in Cascais and Estoril are the perfect choice for those who want to combine the enjoyment of peace and magnificent nature coast with a rich entertainment program.
On the northern slope of the mountain range to the north-west of Lisbon lies a true jewel of Portugal – the city of Sintra – hidden between cliffs, forests and springs. Sintra is truly a green quiet area. Beautiful palaces and mansions offer visitors a magnificent panorama of the city.
Sintra has been a favourite place for Portuguese kings and aristocracy. If you walk down the streets of the old center, you will have the impression that you are in the city of artists due to a huge number of antique shops, art galleries and studios.
In Sintra many castles and palaces are preserved in their pristine condition. These palaces still have unique historical and artistic collections. With romantic landscapes, exotic parks and ancient forests on the background they stand still striking your imagination.
Going further to the North along the coast, you will still have to stop quite often to observe these breathtaking and remarkable places on your way: Mafra, Ericeira, Obidos, Caldas da Rainha, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Batalha, Porto de Mos, Fatima, Tomar and many others. Do not miss anything! Behind every geographical name, there is an interesting story, magnificent views and stunning architecture. After visiting all these places, you can’t get rid of a feeling that you’ve been in a fairy tale.