Places in Setúbal Peninsula
As well as fine sands, turquoise waters and a Moorish castle slung high above the centre, this former fishing village offers excellent seafood in its waterfront restaurants. Though the beach gets packed in summer, the town has kept its low-key charm with narrow lanes lined with terracotta-roofed houses, outdoor cafes and a palm-fringed promenade for lazy ambles.
Costa da Caparica
Costa da Caparica’s seemingly never-ending beach attracts sun-worshipping lisboêtas craving all-over tans, surfers keen to ride Atlantic waves, and day-tripping families seeking clean sea and soft sand. It hasn’t escaped development, but head south and the high-rises soon give way to pine forests and mellow beach-shack cafes.
This sleepy seaside suburb lies just across the Rio Tejo from the capital. Its star attraction – visible from almost everywhere in Lisbon – is 110m-high Cristo Rei. Perched on a pedestal, the statue of Christ with outstretched arms is a slightly more baroque version of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer.
Tours and activities
Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting
Enjoy time away from Lisbon on a small-group day trip to Arrabida and Sesimbra. Enjoy a drive along the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest in Europe. Visit Palmela Castle, then sample four wines at a local winery...
Tips and articles
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