Welcome to Greater Lisbon
Drenched in shades of green, Sintra is often touted as the must-do day trip – it’s stunning. Moors, blue-blooded eccentrics and even Lord Byron let their vivid imaginations loose in above-the-clouds palaces, woods scattered with enormous boulders and subtropical gardens. To the southwest, Cascais is a cocktail of beach, culture and lively bars, and neighbouring Estoril might just tempt you to roll the dice at its once-ritzy casino of James Bond 007 fame. Go northwest for royal decadence in Mafra’s baroque palace of Versailles proportions.